Review: Express Lane Cooking

It’s Day 3 of Cookbook Week and I’ve definietly saved the best for last! Express Lane Cooking by Shawn Sypus of the blog I Wash, You Dry isn’t about baking desserts, but about creating delicious, healthy meals with only 5 ingredients!

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Express Lane Cooking is my newest cookbook and has quickly become my favorite!  The family friendly recipes are simple, require little prep and are delicoius!

The fun part about Shawn’s book is that she offers three different ways to prepare the same 5 ingredients.  This is great if you like to shop at bulk food stores where they sell massive packs of meat and veggies.   You can buy a bulk amount of chicken and have three different ways to prepare it for the week.  Genius!

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My family has made two of the chicken recipes from the book so far, both from the same 5 ingredients.   The first recipe I made was the Cheesy Potato Crusted Chicken.  I’m a sucker for anything covered in potatoes… and bacon.  This recipe was simple to make and the flavors were amazing and used chicken breast, bacon, red potatoes, cheese and broccoli.   I would have never thought to layer my potatoes on top of my chicken so this was a fun, new way to eat the classic chicken & potatoes.

I posted my version of it on Instagram the night we ate it!  SO YUM!

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We also made Loaded Chicken Casserole using the same 5 ingredients… chicken breast, red potatoes, cheese, bacon and broccoli.  I did take a picture of this casserole, but it wasn’t as pretty as the photo in Express Lane Cooking, so I’m not going to share that with you.  HOWEVER,  this was MY FAVORITE new recipe!  I absolutely love big chunks of potatoes in my meal so this was right up my alley. Cookbook Review: Express Lane Cooking by Shawn Syphus | JavaCupcake.com My kids devoured it and asked for seconds.  Shawn’s Loaded Chicken Casserol is a WINNER and will definitely make it into the rotation of meals we make for the family! I also, wanted to share with you a few of the other recipes from Express Lane Cooking that looked too good not to share! Cookbook Review: Express Lane Cooking by Shawn Syphus | JavaCupcake.com With fall upon us, this Chili-stuffed Spaghetti Squash would make the perfect dinner for a chilly evening.  The 5 ingredients to make this meal are spaghetti squash, vegie chili, bell peppers, onion and cheese.  Easy peasy and delicoius! And for all you seafood lovers, Shawn has several recipes in Express Lane Cooking for you.  I mean, can you go wrong with shrimp wrapped in panchetta?  I think not! Cookbook Review: Express Lane Cooking by Shawn Syphus | JavaCupcake.com Are you inspired to try some new meals for your family?  I know I was the moment I opened Express Lane Cooking!  You MUST buy a copy of Shawn’s book! You won’t regret it!

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Review: Cupcakery – Party Perfect Cupcakes in a Flash

I’m so incredibly excited to share with you this book on Day 2 of cookbook week!  Cupcakery: Party-perfect Cupcakes in a Flash by Toni Miller is a genius book showing that with a few colorful supplies and planning you can create the most delicoius, fun and themed cupcakes for any occasion!

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Toni and I have one awesome thing in common… we’re both Army Wives!  Toni and I were connected through our blogs (she’s the mastermind behind Make. Bake. Celebrate.) a few years ago and once we found out we were both Army Wives… well we bonded instantly.  There have been many late nights chatting with Toni about Army life and cupcakes!  It’s a unique friendship unline any other I have and I’m giddy with joy to know her!

When Toni told me she was writing a cookbook all about cupcakes I was ELATED for her!  If you already know Toni and MBC, you’ll know that her cupcakes are always bright & colorful and her piping skills with the frosting is pure perfection!

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Cupcakery features cupcakes that will not only taste delicoius but that will be simple to recreate for any party you’re hosting!  Since the fall and winter seasons are right around the corner, I want to share with you some of my favorites from Cupcakery that will pair perfectly with the coming seasons.

Summer is just about over along with cherry season, but I’m certain that you could whip up these Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes for a back-to-school treat!

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Are you ready for some football!!!??  Football pre-season is in full swing and the regular season is coming fast!  These football themed Candy Bar Cupcakes would make the perfect dessert for your tail-gate party!

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I am always looking for a fun, new way to decorate cupcakes for Halloween.  Toni has created these colorful Poison Apple Cupcakes that are simple, yet scary at the same time and on-point for a haunted house!

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You may not always think cupcakes with you imagine Christmas desserts, but Toni does an amazing job at creating a beautiful Cinnamon Eggnog Cupcake that is guaranteed to be a holiday favorite!

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To help ring in the New Year, bake up a batch of Cookies n Cream Cupcakes and dress them up to party!  Toni has done an amazing job transforming these cupcakes into a treat special enough to celebrate 2016 in style!

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Love the liners you see on Toni’s cupcakes?  They’re from Sweets & Treats Boutique so you can recreate all of these cupcakes with ease knowing where to buy the beautiful liners!

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Review: Cupcake Envy

I’m super excited to bring you the first of three cookbook reviews this week!  Each day, you’ll have a chance to enter to WIN all three books so make sure to come back tomorrow and Friday too!

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Today’s book is a cakelette decorating book, Cupcake Envy, by the talented Amy Eilert.  Amy Eilert founded her online shop Cupcake Envy in 2006. Her cakelets have been featured in local and national media outlets such as DailyCandy.com, Skirt Magazine, Brides Magazine and the Ugly Betty show. She travels throughout the U.S. and Canada teaching classes and judging national cake competitions including That Takes The Cake Sugar Art and Cake Competition and Cakelove 2011 and is also a certified instructor at CakeCentral.com.

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Earlier this year, Amy released a new book, Cupcake Envy! Cupcake Envy walks readers and aspiring dessert chefs through techniques and preparations to bake exquisite treats that resemble amazing objects such as stylish party dress, a wicked voodoo doll, an adorable baby bottle and more than two dozen other amazing likenesses that people will buzz about!

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These clever single-serving cakelets assume beloved forms that will appeal to all the special people in your life. Amy’s instructions are easy to follow, and readers will easily be able to customize their own creativity to each of the designs.

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Even those who don’t have an aptitude for baking, will enjoy decorating these mini cakes. Every cake can be made with a simple box of cake mix and store-bought toppings, giving more time to devote to the fun and creative parts of the process—shaping and decorating the cakes.

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Find more about Amy and Cupcake Envy on the web or Facebook! Cupcake Envy is availble in most major bookstores and online at Amazon!

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Polish Pottery Shopping in Poland: A Complete Guide

While living in Europe with the military, one of must-go-to places among the spouses is Boleslaweic, Poland to shop for pottery.  If you live here long enough, you’re likely to go more than once.  Last week, I went back to Poland for my third visit to buy pottery.

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This third visit was the smoothest and most productive Polish Pottery trip yet.  I was prepared, had plenty of time, with a budget and a list of what I wanted.  With that in mind, I decided to put together everything I’ve learned over the three visits here along with the helpful information from the collective military spouse community here in Germany to bring you this…

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Polish Pottery Shopping in Poland: A Complete Guide

Hotels
I have only stayed over night once out of my three trips to Poland for pottery shopping. I found a room on booking.com just north of Bolesławiec for €48/night for a 4-person room with kitchenette and bathroom.  It wasn’t anything special, but it was perfect for what we needed.  Noclegi Gregoland was about 10 minutes from the center of Boleslawiec and the pottery shops.

The Blue Beetroot is a very popular hotel for American’s to stay at when visiting Boleslawic.  They speak English and I’ve heard nothing but great things about them.  They also put together the map & guide of all the pottery shops in the area.

You can also look on places like booking.com, airbnb.com and homeaway.com for hotels and apartment rentals.  If you’re going in the summer months, I suggest booking early because a lot of places fill up quickly in the town center.  Make sure to read the reviews and check the accomodation listings to make sure they have eveyrthing you need.

Gas
There are gas stations all over Boleslawiec. If you’re in the US Military from Germany, you can fill your ESSO card with money and pay US prices at any ESSO station in Germany.  Use the ESSO Fuel Finder app (Android/IOS) to help you find their locations.  I suggest filling up before you cross the border into Poland so you’ll have enough gas to go from store to store.

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ATM/Cash Machines
Just as you enter into Poland on the A4/E40 there is a gas station and rest area.  Here you can use the bathroom and grab some Polish currency called the Zloty.  I found this was the easiest place to pull out money on the way to Boleslawiec.   However, there are other cash machines throughout the city, just look for the banks because you can always find a cash machine there.

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Currencies Accepted
Every pottery store I went to accepted the Polish Zloty, the Euro and the US Dollar along with all major credit cards.  Bottom line is that they want your money and they want to make it easy for you to give it to them.  However, you are in Poland and it’s easiest to pay in Polish Zloty.  I found that some of the smaller shops didn’t give back change in the currency you paid in but in Zloty.  So, I suggest stopping at a cash machine to get Zloty.  It’s just easier.

Restaurants will always take Zloty and most will accept your credit cards.  But, you will find that some only accept cash so it’s best to be prepared with Zloty.

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Best Time of Year to Visit
tumblr_nt0eddKlEg1rgfirdo3_500I have been in early Spring (March), late Fall and Summer to shop for pottery in Boleslaweic. The stores are open all year except for on holidays.  The summer months are always the bussiest and most crowded because the weather is the nicest and it’s easier to walk from shop to shop without bad weather.  However, if you plan to go in the summer and want to avoid the crowds try going on a week day as well as not during a festival weekend.

The best deals however are on the big festival weekend in the summer.  In 2015, I went on the weekend of August 21-23 and all the stores had sales and may had festivals with free food, games, entertainment and prizes.

Check each store you want to go to for when their fesitvals and sales are when planning your trip.

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Getting to Boleslawiec
Since I live within driving distance, I can only advice you on how to get there via car.  The A4/E40 takes you straighgt into Boleslaweic from Germany and is really the easiest and most direct route from Bavaira where I live.  My best advice is to put your first location (hotel or shop) into your GPS before you leave to gauge how long it will take you to drive there.  It really is worth the drive if you live in Europe.

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Parking
We did not encounter any issues with parking at any of the pottery stores in Boleslawiec. There was always a lot of street parking outside of every shop. During the festival weekend, there was only one lot I saw that was asking €1 a car to park. Some of the street parking in the city areas does require you to pay at a meeter, so bring change for that. Otherwise, parking is not a huge concern.

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Where to Eat
I have only eaten at two Polish restaurants during my visits, but each was outstanding but I highly recommeend eating at Chata Opalkowa.  Chata Opalkowa is where I had the most amazing perogies ever.  My first visit to Poland I had perogies, but they weren’t anything to write home to mom about.  These however were so good that I have made it my goal to learn to make them before I leave Europe.  Yes, they were THAT GOOD.

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Where to Shop
The Blue Beetroot hotel has already put together “The Map”. Among the military community here in Europe anyone who has been to Poland is farmiliar with “The Map” and we live by it on every visit. So, I’m not going to reinvent the wheel and make a new map or point you to google maps… I’m just going to share with you “The Map” by which we plan each and every trip to Boleslawiec.  This map comes with a complete guide to every shop and what they sell, their location and hours and what currencies they accept.  It truly is a must-have tool for your trip.

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You can see that locations are numbered.  The guide has all the detailed information about those locations and can be downloaded here…  Complete Guide to Pottery Shopping in Poland

Please note that this map is NOT to scale.  You’ll need to use the locations listed on the guide to plug into your GPS to help get you there.  Many of the shops also have websites and often have a Google map or GPS coordinates to help you get there.

Knowing What You’re Buying – The Quality of Pottery

Not all Polish Pottery is created equal.  You may find one bowl you love in a certain pattern in one price, but find another with a different price.    This is because the quality of the pieces vary depending on their defects.

On each piece of pottery will be a sticker stating it’s price and quality.  You’ll want to stick to #1 and #2.  These are the best.  Most of the brush stroke defects are very small and often times can only be see to the trained eye.

Pottery Quality Guide:
“Gat 1” is the best quality; there aren’t any defects in the pot whatsoever.
“Gat 2” pots may have a stray brush stroke.
“Gat 3” may have a crack in the glaze.
“Gat 4” may have a chip.
“Gat 5” cannot be used in the oven.

You will also notice a difference in price depending on the style/pattern of the pottery.  More expensive pieces mean their pattern is either rare or in high demand.  You will pay more for the unique pieces with rare colors.

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My Favorite Places to Buy Polish Pottery in Boleslawiec

I have been to every pottery shop on “The Map” and a few of them stand out as favorites.  Starting with my most favorite store, I’m going to breakdown why I love them and what makes them different from the others.

MANUFAKTURA (#13 on “The Map”)

Manufaktura is my #1 favorite store in Boleslawiec because each time I have been there I have found things I love and can not live with out. Their selection of patterns is vast and their prices can’t be beat. This is the store that I bought the bulk of my pottery from on my second visit when I got all of my everyday plates, bowls, serving bowls, etc. Manufaktura has a large sale section where every item is 20-30% off.

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This year, I went to Manufaktura during their anual festival weekend. In addition to their sales and selection they offered free food, factory tours, games with prizes, pottery painting and lots more! It was amazing to spend hours in the store shopping then relax in their back yard with a bowl of homemade goulash, bread and a beer.

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I never would have imagined being able to paint my own pottery too while in Poland, but Manufaktura offered me that experience. They took their tools and supplies straight from their workshops and made them available to the public to create their own unique designs. It was amazing to be able to do, see, experience first hand the process of painting pottery by hand.

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I didn’t take the tour this time, but I did get to sneak a peek into one of their work rooms!  Rows and rows and rows of pottery waiting to be painted.  And this was just one small part of their factory!

And because I’m so fasctinatd with pottery right now, this video from Manufaktura shows a behind the scenes look at exactly how their pottery is made. Such an amazing process!

I have probably purchased more items from this store than any other.   In fact, we are planning one more visit to Poland before we leave Europe and this will be our first stop.  I HIGHLY recommend Manufaktura!

CERAMIKA ARTYSTYCZNA (#15 on “The Map”)

Everytime I go into Ceramika Artystycana I find unique patterns and pieces I have never seen before.  This shop isn’t the biggest in space, but their shelves are packed and the prices are great!  You can see in this picture how packed the shelves are!

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In Ceramika Artystycana you will find everything from tea cups and saucers to dinner plates, baking dishes, home decor and so much more.  They sell only the highest quality products.

Ceramika Artystycana also participates in the festival weekend in August with food, entertainment and great discounts!

This photo is from my first trip to Poland in 2012 outside of Ceramika Artystycana!

Across the street from Ceramika Artystycana are several smaller shops (#4, #8, #3 on “The Map”) that are definitely worth going to.  Some of these stores have an upstairs that contain discounted items as well as wicker baskets and other unique items.   If you’re looking for a deal, check out these shops.

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I scored this aqua cake stand, the only one I saw in all of Boleslawiec at one of these smaller shops.  I did see this pattern at Manufaktura, but no cake stands.  It pays to go into the smaller shops, you find onesies and twosies of things you may not find in larger shops!

MILLENA POTTERY (#6 on “The Map”)

Out of all the smaller, off the beaten path, shops we went to, Millena was my favorite.  This was a “mom and pop” shop that is located in the owners home and factory.  It’s about a 10 minute drive from the center of Boleslawic, but compeltely worth the visit.  We were the only ones in the store when we were there and I loved that we could take our time, not feel rushed and had the attendents complete attention to asnwer and and all questions we had.

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Millena had purple patterns and unique floral designs.  They had so many other colors besides purple too, so much it prompted me to take pictures of everything.  Most of the pictures from this post are actually featuring the bright colored pottery from Millena.  I couldn’t get over this boutique shop and highly recommend it if you have the time to stray away from the city center and the clusters of shops there.

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My friend Lizzie scored these two tea pots, cups with saucers,  and tea bag plates from their sale rack.  They don’t completely match perfect, but it didn’t matter because the price was right!

ANDY (#1 on “The Map”)

ANDY is a fan favorite of everyone I’ve ever talked to about going to Boleslawiec to shop for pottery.  Although the shop isn’t the biggest, their selection has always been amazing and their prices even better!

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On the first day of the festival weekend, Lizzie and I were the FIRST ones at ANDY to shop.  Bright and early at 7am Lizzie and I took a selfie as proof that we were first!   They were also having a festival with discounts for shopping this weekend and free food and entertainment! Although I didn’t come out of ANDY this time with as much pottery as I thought I would, I will definetly be back and I 100% recommend for you to stop here.

ANDY is so friendly to Americans.  This is the only pottery shop that I know of that will do custom work specifically for military related items.  I have seen Girl Scout mugs made, gifts for unit functions made here and military-related items curated by ANDY.  If you have an upcoming event you need custom work for, I highly recommend contacting ANDY.  Just make sure you give them several weeks/months advance notice!  They will ship or you can pick it up!

HENRY’S (#12 on “The Map”)

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find Henry’s online.  However, I did find this blog post that is completely dedicated to Henry’s, has a lot of pictures and is very helpful with lots of details about the store.

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Henry’s has a great selection of the small stuff like spoons, wine stoppers (pictures above) and THIS (which is NSFW or little eyes… so I’ll just let you click on the image AT YOUR OWN RISK.  And yes, it IS WHAT YOU THINK IT IS!! hahaha)

What Did I Buy this Trip? 

This visit to Boleslawiec I was on a limited budget and had only an vague idea of what I wanted.  Since I had been twice before (you can read about my first visit here) I knew I was looking for patterns that I had not seen before in colors that were unique also.  I also knew I wanted to buy a mug stand and fill it with small coffee/tea cups.

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Can you tell what color I found?  I don’t know if you call it aqua, teal, seafoam, mint or a combination of them all… but I will tell you it’s one of my favorite colors!  I bought coffee cups, a plate, buter dish and cake stand in this color.  Swoon.  I’m in love!Polish Pottery Shopping in Boleslawiec, Poland - A Complete Guide | JavaCupcake.com

My friend Lizzie had gotten a mug stand on her last trip to Poland and I fell in love as soon as I saw it.  I have tons of pottery, but not a lot of it is out and displayed.  This mug stand was the perfect way to do that!  So, this trip I bought one and filled it up with the most colorful mugs I could find!  I can’t wait to have friends over so we can sip coffee together from these mugs!

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And I am seriously dying over this water pitcher.  I found this one downtown at the main festival market.  We arrived there so early that hardly any of the stands were open but as soon as I saw this, I snagged it.   It had to come home with me!

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This might not be my last trip to Poland.  There were a couple of items I had my eye on that I didn’t purchase this time and may want to go back to get.  And my husband saw some prints that he loved too… so I feel another trip coming on this winter!   I think I may just go back to buy more of the dot/swirl patterns in blue.  LOVE them.

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A Gift for You!

If you’ve made it this far down in this post I’ve got a surprise for you!  I picked up three mugs for three of you! Simply complete the entries below and 3 of you will get a mug I picked out just for you from Poland!

Winners must have a USA or Germany mailing address.

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Apfeltasche – German Apple Turnover

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I am inspired by the world around me every day to create and try new things in the kitchen.  Recently, I’ve been seeing pastries pop up in the local German bakeries filled will delicious apples.  The Apfeltasche or the Apple Turnover is one of my husband’s absolute favorite goodie from the bakery so I knew I had to try and recreate it at home!

I absolutely love my KitchenAid Stand Mixer and use it any chance I get.  This Apfeltasche recipe is the perfect opportunity to use my KitchenAid Stand Mixer because it requires the use of both the paddle and and dough hook to make the dough.

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I was especially inspired by this recipe because the dough calls for the use of Quark.  If you aren’t farmiliar with Quark is a warmed soured milk that is strained until you have a thick creamy cheese left.  It is similar to cottage cheese, ricotta or mascarpone.  Since quark is hard to find in the USA, I used mascarpone in this recipe.  The quark is mixed with oil and eggs before flour is added.

One of the best things about German baking is that their pastries are not overly sweet.  This recipe is no exception.

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The apples are really the star of this apple turnover.  Tart Granny Smith apples are used to fill the turnover and are simply spiced with sugar and cinnamon.  Each bite of this turnover is a bit sweet but a lot tart, delicious apple.  Serving this Apfeltasche with a cup of coffee would be the perfect Sunday morning treat for you and your loved one.

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Apfeltasche
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
Filling
  • 1 kg (6 medium) Granny Smith Apples
  • 1 Vanilla bean, seeded
  • 50 g (¼ cup) Sugar
  • 6 EL (½ cup + 2 Tbsp) Water
  • 4 Tbsp Apple juice
  • 1 Tbsp Corn starch
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
Dough
  • 600 g (5 cups, not packed) Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 300 g (1 ¼ cup) Quark or Mascarpone
  • 200 g (1 cup) Sugar
  • 10 EL (½ cup + 2 Tbsp) Milk
  • 10 EL (½ cup + 2 Tbsp) Vegetable oil
Assembly
  • 1 Egg, separated
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200 C or 390 F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Filling
  1. Peel, core and small cube apples and place them in a medium pan. Mix corn starch with the apple juice then pour it over the apples. Add water, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla bean seeds and mix until combined. Heat to high then reduce to low and simmer for about 5 minutes or until the apples are just soft, but still firm to the touch and the liquid has begun to thicken. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Dough
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle, combine the mascarpone, oil, milk and sugar and mix until combined. In another bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Gently add the flour to the wet ingredients and mix with the dough hook until just combined.
  2. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead 2-3 times. DO NOT overwork the dough. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle, very thin rectangle. Cut 16 rectangles from the dough.
  3. On 8 of the dough pieces, cut 4-5 slits across the middle of the dough to create vents. Arrange the remaining pieces of cut dough on the prepared baking sheet. Brush egg whites on the outside edges of each piece then spoon apple filling in the center. Spoon as much of the apple filling as you can on to the dough. The apples will cook down so you want to use up all of the apple in the filling.
  4. Place a vented piece of dough on top of the apple filling with the floured side down. Pinch the sides of the dough together until sealed. Brush the top of the turnover with egg yolk mixed with 1 Tbsp of water. Repeat this process with the remaining pieces.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Once cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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Roasted Apricot and Peach Cake

Roasted apricots and peaches fill this decadent summer cake with unparalled flavor.  This fruit cake is a must-make for the summer!

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Yesterday, I shared details on the design of this cake and today I’m share the recipe for the inside.  This Roasted Apricot and Peach Cake is a magnificant treat for summer fruit lovers.

I began this cake with the idea that I wanted to include seasonal roasted fruit into a cake.  When I went to the store the apricots and peaches were fresh so I decided on them.

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The process off roasted the fruit made my house so incredibly amazing.  Butter, brown sugar and cinnamon topped each halved piece of fruit which were then roasted until soft, sweet and golden brown.

The roasted peaches and apricots almost didn’t make it into the cake because I really wanted to just eat them hot off the pan.

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I diced the peaches and folded them into the cake batter and pureed the apricots along with cinnamon and sugar to make the filling.  These two flavors are a the perfect cake combination.  Sweet, tart, and a bit savory.

The cake itself was crumbly, but in the best way possible, moist and so incredibly flavorful.

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Although you can’t really tell from the decoration, the cake is covered in a whipped white chocoalte buttercream.  I knew I wanted a a frosting flavor that wasn’t too sweet, but had it’s on distinct flavor to go with the fillings of this cake.  When my husband suggested white chocolate as I was brainstorming ideas for the flavors of the cake I knew it was the winner.

I shared the cake with my neighbors and got rave reviews.  Not only was it beautifully decorated Katherine Sabbath style (read more about that here), but it was decadently delicoius.

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I really hope you make this cake.  It’s completely worth the effort of roasting the fruit and even if you don’t decorate it like I did… it’s going to be delicious.

Happy Baking!

Apricot filled Peach Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream
 
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Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
Roasted Fruit
  • 6 large ripe peaches
  • 25-30 ripe apricots
  • brown sugar
  • unsalted butter
  • cinnamon
Peach Cake
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • Roasted peaches
Apricot Filling
  • Roasted apricots
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, loose
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
White Chocolate Buttercream
  • 300g high quality white chocolate
  • 1½ cups unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • ¼-1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • Lemon yellow, pink, leaf green, blue Wilton gel food coloring
Instructions
Roasted Fruit
  1. Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Line a baking sheet with foiil.
  2. Cut in half and take the pit out of the peaches and apricots and place them cut side up on the baking sheet.
  3. Put a dab of butter onto each half of fruit then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.
  4. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until they are hot, soft in the middle and begin to brown.
  5. Allow to cool completely.
Apricot filling
  1. In a small bowl combine the roasted apricots, brown sugar, butter and vanilla. Mix togehter with a whisk until completely incorporated.
  2. You want to mash up any pieces of apricot and remove any skin that is still in large pieces. The goal of the filling is to be the consistency of jelly.
Peach Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line 3 8-inch round cake pans with grease, parchment paper and flour.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for 3-4 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl periodically.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar and mix until incorporated.
  6. In small parts, add the flour and with the mixer on medium-low speed mix until all the flour has been incorporated. DO NOT OVER MIX.
  7. Dice the roasted peaches into ¼in chunks and remove any skin that comes off the peahces easily. Fold the peaches into the batter. Scrape the bowl down to make sure everything has been incorporated evenly.
  8. Distribute the batter evenly in the three prepared pans.
  9. Bake for 25-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out of the center clean.
  10. Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
White Chocolate Buttercream
  1. Chop the white chocolate into small chunks and place in the pan of the double boiler. Melt the chocolate over medium heat until smooth. Set aside to slightly cool but not set.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat the sugar and butter together until smooth.
  3. Pour in the cooled chocolate and and mix until combined. Add the salt, vanilla and ¼ cup of the heavy cream and beat until smooth.
  4. Add up to ¼ cup more heavy cream until you get your desired consistency. Beat on high for 3-4 minutes or until fluffy.
Assembly
  1. NOTE: Coloring the cakes green and orange are optional. I've detailed the process to get the frosting the colors I have freatured here. Feel free to leave the frosting white.
  2. Reserve at least ½ the white frosting and set aside. Separate the remaining frosting into two bowls.
  3. To make the peach, combine equal parts of lemon yellow and pink. Remember to start with less color, you can always add more. Mix until smooth and combined. Set aside.
  4. To make the mint green combine 1 part leaf green, 1 part yellow and 2 parts blue. Start with less... add more color as needed. Mix until smooth and combined. Set aside.
  5. Place one cake on your cake plate. Pipe white frosting along the outside edge of the flat top of the cake to create a border for the filling. Fill the top of the cake with a generous layer of apricot filling until it just reaches the top of the frosting border.
  6. Place a second layer on top gently and repeat the filling process.
  7. Finally, lay the third layer of cake on top.
  8. Crumb coat the entire cake and freeze for 20 minutes or until the frosting has set.
  9. Frost the outside of the cake generously. Use a straight edge to make smooth.
  10. To create the orange & green look, frost the top ⅓/ of the cake with orange frosting, the middle ⅓ with white and the bottom ⅓ with green. Use a straight edge to blend them together.
  11. For more on decorating, visit this post with details.

 

Katherine Sabbath Inspired Cake

Kathrine Sabbath is a revolutionary cake maker and her style is unlike anyone else.  Inspired by Kathrine’s style, I set out to make my version of her innovative cake!

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If you’ve never heard of a Kathrine Sabbath cake, no worries.  Just google her and you’ll see so many of her beautiful creations.  My favorite place to follow her work is Instagram, which is where I first discovered her cakes.

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Kathrine style uses bright colors and creative toppers for her cakes.  When I set out to make this cake I knew I wanted to use two colors, peach and mint.  However, when I mixed the food coloring they turned out a bit bolder than I wanted, but the end product I still liked.

To top my cake, I took inspiration from the jagged chocolate pieces Katherine uses in many of her cakes as well as the meringue kisses.  Knowing that I live in Germany and don’t have access to a lot of sprinkles, bobbles and candy to decorate with I went through my supplies and picked out all the decor I thought would fit.  I found big round sprinkles, bright color nonpareils as well as giant green pearl balls.

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The jagged chocolate pieces were made by dolloping melted white candy melts randomly on a baking sheet lined with tinfoil.  I then repeated that with peach and mint colored candy  melts (which made by dying white) and swirled them together with a knife.  I topped it all with the various sprinkles.  To get the candy melts flat, I tapped the baking sheet on the counter a few times to level it all.  After it set up in the refrigerator, I used a large knife to cut it into big and small triangle shapes.

The meringue kisses were made using the recipe and instructions from Bakerella.   I used orange and and green dye on the inside of the bag to get the swirls of color on the kisses.  They were actually super easy to make and added so much character to the cake!

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For the frosting,  I originally wanted to do more of an ombre transition between the colors on the side of the cake.  However, that didn’t work out like I planned so I decided a break in the color with the white would be a good alternative to ombre.

Katherine Sabbath cakes are known for their height, so I placed the larges chunks of the candy melts bark toward the back and smaller in front of those.  I then placed the meringue kisses to fill in empty places and finished the top with sprinkles, nonpareils and green pearl balls.

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The bottom of the cake in the green is decorated with smaller chunks of the candy melts and sprinkles.  There was no rhyme or reason to where I placed everything, just kinda tossed it up there until it looked good!

All in all, I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out!  I didn’t exactly know how it would look when I was finished, but I knew I had several ideas of what I wanted to incorporate in the design.  When I actually put it all together is when the cake really cake to life!

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The inside of the cake is a roasted peach cake with roasted apricot filling and it is all covered in white chocolate frosting.   The cake tasted just as amazing it it looked.  You can get the recipe for the Roasted Apricot and Peach Cake here!

Have you ever made a Katherine Sabbath inspired cake?  If so, I’d love to see it!  Send me links or pictures to betsy @ javacupcake.com!

Interview with Hot Chocolate Hits

A few months ago I was interviewed by Vedika from Hot Chocolate Hits as a part of her Phenomenal Foodies series!  Vedika recently shared the interview on HCH and I’m excited to share it all with you today!

In this video I share how my love for baking began and tons of behind the blog details about my life… check out the video!

Make sure to check out Hot Chocolate Hits for tons of fun baking videos, interviews and so much more!

Thanks for the feature Vedika!

Summer Sides for your next BBQ

 

This post is sponsored by Hebrew National via Mode Media.

Boost your summer BBQ up a notch with these three delicious Summer Sides!

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You’re having your favorite Hebrew National All-Beef Franks for dinner again, but you want to spice things up a bit with the sides.  I’ve got three perfect sides for you that are light, fresh and delicious!

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Living in Germany, I get inspired by my German friends who bring traditional side dishes to parties and cookouts.  Someone always brings potato salad.  German potato salad on the surface may look like American potato salad, but I guarantee you it’s not the same.

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This potato salad recipe comes from my friend Mareile who is half German and lives near me here in Germany.  She’s from the North of Germany and this recipe is unique to that region!

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This family recipe goes back at least four generations in Mareile’s family and is nothing short of spectacular and makes the perfect addition to a summer BBQ.

Get the recipe for this Bavarian Potato Salad here!

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Summer means there are always fresh, in-season vegetables available at the grocery store.  My son Matthew loves cucumbers and I love tomatoes, so I whipped up this light Cucumber Tomato Salad to go with our BBQ.

Fresh cucumbers, seeded tomatoes and a red onion are dressed in olive oil and red wine vinegar with salt and pepper.  It takes only a few minutes to whip up and is the perfect summer side.

Get the recipe for this Cucumber Tomato Salad here!

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We have to have something sweet on our plate with our BBQ too so I sliced and grilled a pineapple then drizzled a brown sugar based glaze over the top.  It’s uncomplicated and delightful.

NOTE: The combination of franks and these toppings may not be Kosher.

Grilled & Glazed Pineapple
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into long slices
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • 50ml bourbon or whiskey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Skewers
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan over medium high heat, combine the brown sugar, bourbon and vanilla. Whisk to combine. Bring the mixture to a bubble, keep whisking then remove from the heat to cool.
  2. Slice each slice of pineapple onto a skewer then set the slices onto a hot grill.
  3. Grill each side a few minutes until grill marks start to form. You just want to warm the pineapple and get grill marks, do not burn them!
  4. Once you like how they look, remove them to a serving dish.
  5. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the pineapple slices.
  6. Serve immediately.

So if you’re in need of the perfect Summer Sides for your next BBQ, try my Bavarian Potato Salad, Cucumber Tomato Salad and Grilled & Glazed Pineapple!  Summer Sides for your BBQ | JavaCupcake.comSummer Sides for your Next BBQ | JavaCupcake.com #greatergrilling #HebrewNationalAuthorLogoWhat makes a Hebrew National kosher hot dog premium? It’s all about what makes the cut (And what doesn’t). We’re choosy about what goes into our franks – we use only premium cuts of 100% kosher beef from the front half of the cow and then choose the best from that. No artificial flavors, colors, fillers or by‐products. When your hot dog is Kosher, that’s a hot dog you can trust! For more summer fun with Hebrew National, visit Hebrew National All-Beef Franks.

 

Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes

Happy Birthday Kimmie!  Today I’m helping celebrate the birthday of my sweet blog friend Kimmie of Bake Love Give with these Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes!

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What better way to celebrate the birthday of a friend than with cupcakes… and alcohol.  These Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes are made with a chocolate liquor that adds a rich flavor to the cupcake and the chocolate buttercream.  The ultimate party cupcake!

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I’ve been online friends with Kimmie since almost the beginning of my blogging days.  To be honest, I can’t even remember what brought us together but I do know that she has been super supportive of my blogging career and has become a great friend.  It’s been fun to watch her grow in her blog over the last years.  I’m so thrilled to be helping celebrate her birthday today!

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Make sure to check out these other posts celebrating Kimmie’s birthday!
Happy Birthday to Me by Bake Love Give
Big’ n’ Soft Baked Dark Chocolate Donuts by Cupcake Rehab
Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes by JavaCupcake
Peanut Butter Oreo Truffles by Sarah’s Bake Studio
Raspberries & Cream Pie by Stetted
Brown Butter Crispy Rice Treats by A Less Processed Life
No Bake S’mores Cheesecake by The Seaside Baker

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Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes
 
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Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12 cupcakes
Ingredients
Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup chocolate liquor
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
Drunken Chocolate Buttercream
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 100g dark chocolate, melted & slightly cooled
  • ¼+ cup chocolate liquor
  • sprinkles, jimmies, anything you want for garnish!
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
Drunken Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Add the liquor, cocoa powder, and vanilla and whisk until combined. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream and the eggs. SLOWLY add a few tablespoons of the chocolate mixture to the sour cream and eggs. Whisk to combine. In a slow stream, whisk in the remaining chocolate mixture until combined completely.
  5. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in wet. Using a whisk, stir until no more lumps remain.
  6. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Drunken Chocolate Buttercream
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, whip the butter until smooth.
  2. Add the dark chocolate cocoa powder and mix on medium-high until combined.
  3. Pour in the melted, cool chocolate and mix until combined.
  4. Add the sugar and salt and mix until incorporated. The frosting will be very thick.
  5. Mix in the vanilla extract and chocolate liquor and mix until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix again for 20 seconds. Add more liquor if you want a thinner, softer, loser frosting.
  6. Beat on high for 2-3 minutes, scrape the sides of the bowl and beat again for 1 more minute.
Assembly
  1. Using a large round piping tip on a piping bag, pipe a large dollop/mound of frosting onto the top of the cupcake.
  2. Press the cupcake and frosting upside down into a bowl of sprinkles until all of the frosting is covered. Use your hands to shape a dome.

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Three words… Cucumbers Tomatoes Onions.  Those three fresh vegetables with a simple dressing make the perfect summer salad!

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My kids love vegetables.  Seriously, my 3 year old son Matthew would eat baby cucumbers every day for his afternoon snack if I let him.  Which, really isn’t a bad thing I just don’t grow cucumbers in my yard and he eats them so fast I run out! But, I do keep a variety of fresh veggies in the fridge stocked and both of my kids have grown up loving their fresh flavors.

This Cucumber Tomato Salad combines three distinct vegetable flavors into one great side dish.  I’m not a huge fan of salad dressings so this salad is dressed simply with olive oil, a splash of red wine vinegar and a healthy seasoning of salt and pepper.

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My husband and kids gobbled it up at dinner and we enjoyed the rest at lunch the next day.  This salad is perfect because it can go with almost any summer meal.   Whether you’re hosting a BBQ and need to bring a side or you’re making dinner for your family, it’s the perfect addition to any meal.

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How beautiful does the Cucumber Tomato Salad look next to the hot dog and German potato salad? It’s perfect really.

Enjoy!

Cucumber Tomato Salad
 
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Recipe type: Side dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8-10 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 large Roma tomatoes, seeded and quartered
  • ½ large red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 large cucumber, halved long way then sliced into ⅓ inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 slashes of red wine vinegar
  • salt/pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Clean, prep and slice each vegetable and place in a large bowl. Toss together gently.
  2. Drizzle the olive oil and vinegar over the top. Season with salt/pepper to taste. Toss together until completely coated.
  3. Serve immediately or chill until ready. Use within 2 days.

 

No-Bake Desserts

Although Summer brings us some of the best fresh produce for baking, the heat doesn’t always make it easy.  I’ve teamed up with some super sweet food bloggers to bring you a round-up of some of the most delicious no-bake desserts out there.  So there won’t be any melted frosting or crazy high temperatures in your kitchen to make these desserts!

Enjoy!

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German Potato Salad

Looking for a way to reinvigorate your potato salad?  Try this generations old German Potato Salad recipe made with yellow potatoes, hard boiled eggs and pickles.

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I’ve been pretty lucky with the friends I’ve made while living in Germany.  In particular, my friend Mareile and I not only share a love of coffee and our children (who are only 2 weeks apart) but we also love good food.  Mareile has dual citizenship in both Germany and the USA and has a love for the food from both cultures.

Mareile was nice enough to share her families recipe for potato salad with me.  She told me the recipe comes from her Mom’s grandma… which means it’s 4 generations old!

The biggest difference between German and American potato salad is that German potato salad is usually served warm, not chilled.  Mareile’s recipe doesn’t call for it to be served warm, but I found it was best when it wasn’t chilled.  Meaning the salad was best when served at room temperature.  Another difference is that American potato salad uses a lot of mayonnaise, but you’ll find none of that in this recipe.

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Let’s talk about a few of the ingredients…

First, the potatoes.  The key to this potato salad is to use a firm, yellow potato and to generously season it with salt while it cooks.  I know a third cup of salt seems like a lot to cook with, but trust me you’ll never boil potatoes without it ever again.  The salt brings and adds so much flavor to the potatoes that you’ll want to eat them by the spoonful as soon as they get out of the boiling water.  Also, make sure not to over cook the potatoes.  You want them soft, yet firm still.  We don’t want a mashed potato salad here.

Fleischwurst.  You may be wondering what the heck it is.  Basically, it’s the German version of bologna.  It’s a mild pork sausage that you can easily buy at any deli in Germany.  If you’re making this salad in the USA, you could sub your favorite bologna, mild sausage or even bacon.  There’s no wrong choice here.

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Since there’s no mayo in this salad dressing, Schmand is used to tie it all together.  Schmand is basically German sour cream and any sour cream, greek yogurt or white creamy sauce could be subbed. Just don’t use mayo. You don’t need much of it in this recipe, so I suggest starting with a couple tablespoons and going from there.

I shared this recipe with my neighbor who is also German and she loved it, ate the entire bowl I gave her to sample then asked for the recipe.  I’d say that’s a winning recipe!

Enjoy!

German Potato Salad
 
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  • 1kg firm yellow potatoes
  • ⅓ cup salt
  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 330g jar of dill pickles (185g of actual pickles)
  • 50ml of pickle juice
  • 200g Fleischwurst, 5mm slices (or a mild sausage or bologna)
  • 4 Tbsp Schmand (sour cream)
  • Salt/pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut the potatoes into 1 inch pieces and put them into a large pot with the ⅓ cup of salt.
  2. Cook the potatoes over high heat until they are al dente or not completely cooked and still a bit firm. Strain the water from the potatoes and let them cool completely.
  3. While the potatoes are cooling, dice 4 of the eggs and the pickles into small cubes. Slice the fleischwurst into bite size pieces or strips. There is no wrong or right way to cut these ingredients, you just don't want them so small you can't taste or see them or so big they are too large to eat in a bite.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the al dente potatoes, diced eggs, pickles and sliced fleischwurst. Add 50ml of pickle juice from the pickle jar, the schmand and salt/pepper to taste. Gently fold together to combine until coated completely.
  5. Spoon salad into your serving bowl. Slice the remaining hard boiled eggs and garnish the top with them.

 

The Ultimate Chili Dog

It’s National Hot Dog Day!  Let’s celebrate with my simple, delicious Ultimate Chili Dog!

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With just a few delicious ingredients and 8 simple steps, you’ll be on your way to enjoying the Ultimate Chili Dog!

Enjoy!


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The Ultimate Chili Dog
 
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  • Hot dog buns
  • Hot dogs
  • Chili, warm
  • Shredded cheese (I used a 3 cheese blend)
  • Diced onions (I used red and white)
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Diced jalapenos
  • Sour cream
Instructions
  1. Grill the hot dogs until perfectly plump and hot.
  2. Place a hot dog in the center of the bun.
  3. Scoop warm chili onto the hot dog. Make sure it gets down the sides of the dog onto the bun as well.
  4. In this order top the hot dog with shredded cheese, diced onions, diced tomatoes, and diced jalapenos.
  5. Spread a line of sour cream over the top.
  6. Enjoy!

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