Plundergebäck (Danish Pastry)

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The other day I still had some apples from our tree and I was slowly running out of ideas what to make with them. There are only so many apple pies you can bake, you know? So I thought I’d try something new and then I found ready-made dough for Danish pastry. I had no recipe so I just grabbed random ingredients which I thought could taste nice and oh my God, they did.

This is of course, no professional recipe, but if you’re willing to experiment, maybe it can be some sort of inspiration for you :)

Ingredients
1 package of curd cheese
1 cup of vanilla yoghurt
1 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
sugar or vanilla extract (depending on how sweet you want the filling to be)
some honey
Apples and/or peaches
Ready made dough for Danish pastry

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What to do
Okay, so since I didn’t have a recipe for this and did most by taste this is what you’ll have to do as well.

Pre-heat the oven to the temperature needed for the dough.

Peel and cut one apple in small slices. I added lemon juice, honey and cinnamon for taste and cooked it for a few minutes. Take care that the fruit doesn’t get too soft.
Then I did pretty much the same with the peaches, but left out the cinnamon.

Mix together the curd cheese and some of the vanilla yoghurt (again, just as much as you think tastes nice). Add vanilla extract (syrup or whatever else you have). Add sugar if you want to (I didn’t. Mostly because I’m trying to reduce my intake of sugar when it’s not absolutely necessary, like in coffee or tea :)).

Cut and fold the dough. I found this tutorial and it worked really well! Put the curd cheese – yoghurt mixture on it and top it off with the apples or peaches. Then put it in the oven and bake it for the required time.

If you want to you can coat the pastry with an egg/milk mix before you bake it as well.

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Zwetschkenkuchen (Plum Cake)

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Let’s embrace the fact that there’s still a lot of seasonal fruit out there right now. Like plums. I love plums because you can do so many things with them. Cake, jam, compotes,…
So yes, needless to say that I was super, super happy when my neighbours brought us a basket full of them from their tree.

This is another really quick and easy recipe if you have a lot of plums but no idea what to do with them or no time to make something more elaborate. The added cinnamon gives it a slightly autumnal touch, which is sadly, very appropriate these days.

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Ingredients
Plums (sliced in half or even quartered)
120g or 1/2 cup butter
150g or 2/3 cup finely granulated sugar
75g or 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
100g or 3 1/2 oz ground almonds
3 eggs
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
Butter to grease the pan (or baking parchment)

What to do
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C / 350°F.
Cut the plums in half (or quarters, however you prefer) and toss with the cinnamon. Leave to the side.
Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one after the other. Mix together the flour, salt and baking powder. Stir in gently with a metal spoon. Fold in the ground almonds.
Pour the batter in an appropriate (and greased, or lined with baking parchment) tin. Place the plums on top.

Bake for 40-45 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.

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Marillenkuchen (Apricot Cake)

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Apricots are in season and this is kind of a tradition. We make cake every year and my gran makes enough jam to last me the entire year. So much goodness.
So when I was about to bake Coconut Cupcakes today my mum just raised an eyebrow at me and then nodded to the entire bucket full of apricots that was standing in the middle of our kitchen. Point taken, thank you very much.
This is the first recipe I found and one of the quickest, easiest recipes for dough I’ve ever made. Seriously.

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Ingredients
200g butter (unsalted)
200g powdered sugar
200g all purpose flour
4 eggs
1 packet vanilla sugar
1 pinch of baking powder
300g apricots (pitted)

Butter to grease the form (or baking paper, if you prefer).

What to do
Melt the butter, let it cool for a while then mix with powdered sugar until smooth and white. Carefully add the eggs and vanilla sugar. Mix and then slowly add the flour and baking powder.
Pour the batter into a greased form (about as thick as one of your fingers) and put the sliced apricots on top.
Bake at 150°C until a skewer comes out clean.

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Rhubarb – Curd Cheese Cake

I’ve already told you about my obsession with rhubarb. I love it so much. I obviously also really love curd cheese, so here’s another recipe. Super quick and easy and yummy.
Let’s get started, shall we?

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Ingredients
170g butter (unsalted)
170g sugar
a pinch of salt
1 packet of vanilla sugar
lemon zest of 1 lemon
5 eggs
250g curd cheese (20%)
2 tbsp sour cream
60g raisins
a bit of rum
250g all purpose flour
1 packet of baking powder (this seemed a bit much to me so I added baking powder by touch)
60g fine sugar

butter for the baking form

500g rhubarb
100g sugar

What to do

Pre-heat the oven to 175°C.
Put raisins in the rum and let them soak for a while.

Cream together Butter, sugar, salt, vanilla sugar, lemon zest and egg yolks. Add curd cheese, sour cream, raisins, flour and baking powder. Whisk the egg whites and fine sugar until stiff, then carefully fold into the batter. Pour the batter in a greased baking form.

Wash, peel and cut the rhubarb in small pieces. Then cook it with a bit of water and the sugar for a short time. Put the rhubarb on the batter and then bake for 30minutes.

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Gebackene Apfelspalten

Baked Applerings:
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I’m on a roll here with recipes of typical Viennese/Austrian desserts. I hope I don’t bore you all too much, but these recipes are all just so easy and so tasty.
This recipe for example is something I grew up with. It’s something my great grandmother used to make for me often (she also baked elderflowers, which smell great but taste… like not much to be honest). Anyways, it’s also something I regularly ate at school for lunch, but never really made myself – until last night. I was pleasantly suprised by how easy, quick and well these turned out!

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Ingredients:

3-4 eggs
120g flour
1/4l milk
ca. 6 apples
some rum and lemon juice
a pinch of salt
some butter for the pan

Additional you might want to get some ice cream (vanilla usually, but I’ve also had it with cinnamon, walnut or pistacchio ice cream), or cinnamon sugar. I also reccomend you drink a glass of milk with it.

What to do:
Mix the eggs, flour, salt and milk until you have a smooth batter. I haven’t posted a recipe for Palatschinken (typical Austrian pancakes) yet, but this batter should be a bit thicker than that one as it has to stick to the apples.

Peel the apples and remove the core. Cut into rings and let them soak in the rum-lemon juice mixture. Dip them in the batter and bake until golden brown.

Serve with powder sugar or cinnamon sugar, top off with ice cream of your choice. That’s it.

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