Kokos Gugelhupf (Coconut Gugelhupf)

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Invited to a friend’s place we realised in last time that the cake we made might not be enough for 30+ people. So what do you do? You seek help from your good old friend the Becherkuchen. This literally translates to “Cup Cake” but not in the sense in which we all know and love cupcakes. It’s more related to the measurements because you only use one cup of each ingredient, throw everything together and pour it into a form. Gugelhupf basically means the form and shape in which it is baked.

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In any case, this is what my mum and I came up with:

Ingredients

1 cup of sour cream (or plain yoghurt)
1 cup of coconut flakes
1 cup of all purpose flour
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of oil
1 package of baking powder
1 package of vanilla sugar
3 eggs

Butter and flour for the form.

I used a 250g cup of sour cream, but since you use the same cup to measure the other ingredients it should be fine if the cup is a bit bigger. In that case though you might want to add 1 egg.

What to do

Pre-heat the oven.

Start pouring the cup of sour cream in a mixing bowl. Fill the cup again with the other ingredients to measure them. Put everything in the same bowl and mix quickly and pour in the greased and floured form.

Bake at 180°C for around 40 minutes.

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I apologise for the strange pictures but I have never, and probably will never win awards for how my baked goods look. In this case I worked together with my mum and she forgot to butter the inner circle of the Gugelhupf form so the middle stuck to the form and I couldn’t very well cover it up with icing sugar. I do promise that it tastes really nice though. In fact, I just finished eating my third piece ;-)

Peppermint Brownies

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I found this recipe for Peppermint Brownies and I was just SO intrigued.
I will post the brownie recipe I found here but will make some notes as I am not 100% happy with how they turned out. I might even take an entirely different brownie recipe next time and just add the peppermint extract to it.

In any case, here we go:

Ingredients

250g unsalted butter, chopped, plus extra for greasing
225g dark chocolate chopped
400g caster sugar
4 eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (Note: I added almost double the amount and the peppermint flavour is still barely there. This might change with what kind of extract you use, so you might want to taste the dough before.)
185g all-purpose flour, sifted

Icing (powdered) sugar for sprinkling

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What to do

Preheat oven to 160ºC (315ºF/Gas 2–3). Grease a deep 23 cm (9 inch) square cake tin with butter and line with baking paper.
Melt the butter and 200 g (7 oz) chocolate in a large heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water or in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Remove from the heat, add the sugar, eggs and vanilla and peppermint extracts and stir until combined. Add the flour and a pinch of salt and mix in. Pour into the tin and bake for 40–45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the centre. Cool completely in tin, then invert onto a chopping board and remove baking paper.
Using a sharp knife, slice into 3 cm (1/4 inch) squares or small triangles, wiping after each slice to ensure smooth slices.

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Notes:
Why it says 225g chocolate in the ingredients but then you only need 200g, I have no idea. I used 50g less sugar than the recipe says and it was still very, very sugary sweet. Also, I never melt chocolate over simmering water, I just don’t have the patience for it. The recipe doesn’t mention baking powder, you might want to add that as well and bake for a little longer than the recipe says. I baked it for about 40 minutes, the skewer came out clean and the dough is still super, super soft, almost not quite done yet.

Like mentioned before, if you have a trusty recipe for brownies and you want to give them an extra touch you can do this with the peppermint extract. It’s a subtle but great note and goes really well with chocolate. I will definitely try this again, though I’m not sure it’s going to be with this particular brownie recipe ;-)

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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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Coconut butter

I recently saw a tutorial on how to make coconut butter and thought “Well this looks easy enough, let’s give it a try!” I do love almost everything coconut related after all.

It really is super easy to make – you basically put dried coconut flakes in a mixer and mix it until it is a smooth and somewhat liquid mixture. The recipe I used said to add salt by taste, however, I added sugar instead. You could also not add anything at all and just put it on later – that’s really up to you and your personal taste.

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[Above: the first few minutes it looks like this. | Below: the (more or less) finished product.]

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[Above and below: 200g dried coconut made around 1 small jar.]

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[Above and below: Super yummy on toast and with fruit.]

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Note: When the butter dries it gets very hard and it’s best to put it in the microwave for a bit so you can spread it easier. Ergo: don’t use a jar with metal (like the one pictured in the photographs above). Be smart, learn from my mistakes ;-)