Friday, 6 November 2009

A stollen a day

I have been out taking photos for an article about my town. On my travels I discovered one of the coffee shops had delicious mini stollen cakes for sale. Needless to say I have returned day after day this week to buy some to accompany my coffee. I also found this great recipe that looks very close to what I tasted so I am going to give it a whirl later today.
Do you have any favourite festive recipes to share? I have been gathering magazine pages for so long about christmas recipes, decorating, entertaining and gifts, I really must to knuckle down and finish collating them all in a book.

27 comments:

Ange said...

Have you tried pavlova? It's an Antipodean dessert (the Kiwis and Aussies vie for ownership but I believe the kiwis finally won the toss) that we eat at christmas time. A sort of enormous fluffy meringue covered in whipped cream and fresh cut fruit. Ii also add a berry coulis for the colour. Sometimes I add cinnamon or food colouring (for my daughter's 8th party it was pink) I'm sure Donna Hay, renowned Australian food editor, has a recipe and beautiful photographs somewhere in her magazines or cookery books. Or I could send you the recipe...
I am going to research 'stollen' now! Thanks

Signorina Svizzera said...

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/butternut-squash-and-apple-soup-recipe/index.html

That is my favorite winter soup, although I make it with pumpkin in place of the squash, and I only add about 1/2 C tops of apple cider at the end, so that it is very "hearty". I also add chopped roasted chestnuts (I don't roast them myself, there is a chestnut guy in the main square of town) and crisped sage leaves (I just put them in a pan with a drop of vegetable oil).
I hope this helps!

Helen said...

hmmm i love stollen. rachel allen has a good stollen recipe i might try this year. i think reading christmas magazines is one of my favourite things about the run up to christmas, although they all seem to come out in september now! haha

A Bun Can Dance said...

Now just hold on there, Mrs!!!
You can't talk about recipes and stollen and post such photos without some explanation with regards that 'Most Amazing' wardrobe/cupboard in the first picture???!!!!
Is it yours??? Is it a photo from the web??
Needing to know "Most Desperately"
Yours, anxiously,
Denise x

The Curious Cat said...

Hmmm...festive recipes...well we make our own Christmas cake but this is courtesy of Nigel Slater and his book 'Kitchen Diaries'...and we also do prunes wrapped in bacon on the day and I like to cook carrots and celery with garlic and white wine...I also hear carrots fried with honey and balsamic is very delicious...xxx

kelly said...

oh i have so many favourite festive recipes too...i love your idea of collating them into a book. you've inspired me to try and whip around my family for their input and try to put something together that we can all share and put our christmas memories into.

a recent find for me has been rachel allen's savoury festive tarts which have butternut squash, cranberries, walnuts and blue cheese in. they are scrumptious!

i adore red cabbage in the winter months cooked with spices and red wine...eaten with clove spiked ham. baking treats as gifts is so special too and i can't wait to get in the kitchen and whip up some treats whilst singing along to wintery tunes!

i'll try and email you some recipes XxX

v said...

You have a beautiful blog:)

s said...

stollen I looooove it,it is my FAVORITE X-mas cake of them all, there used to be a german baker that would come every year here in my town for the x-mas market, he makes the best stollen I've eaten, hope he will come this year (it's in 2 weeks) :)

I also love panetone, even thou' I can't really eat a lot of this (panetone or stollen) because it contains cow milk :-(

In Portugal we have filhozes, I love love them with cinamon but it really is hard nd long to make so I don't eat them anymore :-(

Kristina said...

Every picture I see of your kitchen table, I fall a little bit more in love. Where, oh where, did you find such a perfectly beautiful table? Did you jump up and down?

Kristina
Sweetfern Handmade

Dionne said...

That recipe looks awesome, I wanna try!

Foodgawker.com always has great recipes, you should check it out if you haven't.

Michele said...

Hi - well you might like jamie Oliver's latest gingerbread it's called "ultimate gingerbread" You can just google "Jamie Olivers ultimate Gingerbread" and here's an interesting thing about it Jamie says:

"The best gingerbread I’ve ever eaten in my life is from a shop in Grasmere, in the Lake District, that I visited some years ago. They use a secret recipe which is about 150 years old and, of course, they wouldn’t let me in on it, so I decided to have a go at my own... and it’s not half bad – in fact, this will be some of the best gingerbread you’ll ever eat! So, here we go. Don’t forget, you can eat this simply as a biscuit, but it also works well sprinkled over ice cream or dipped into warm compote and cream for afternoon tea. And it’s especially nice when used as a cheesecake base."

I hope this is something you can use :)

Megara said...

my favorite favorite favorite thing to bake at christmastime is gingerbread loaf with yummy icing. i can't dig out the recipe now, but i'll try to post it on my blog when i bake some later this month or early december!
xo meg

Dawn M said...

No real tips, just enjoying your snap shots into your home and day.

OdetteO said...

I love the idea of snacks meant especially for accompaniment to coffee or tea (tea rituals fascinate me).
I'd love to hear how you plan to collate your recipe collection into a book. I have more recipes saved up than I know what to do with - & since I'm moving soon, doing something with them is becoming an issue. I'm not so enthused about the standard-issue recipe notebooks out there - would love inspiration/suggestions.

Heather said...

what sweet lovely images, love the flowers on the table...I need to make a bouquet :)

nice to meet you..
~Heather

withoutwordswouldyouknow said...

there's something so magical about this time of year that makes me just want to cook up a storm in the kitchen.

stollen and hot chocolate on a raint afternoon.
bliss.

penny patten said...

Your photo's are lovely, and it all looks so yummy. Good luck with your new recipe. For the holidays I tend to make the same goodies, such as pies and bread, but maybe I'll try some thing new this year.

girlontheave said...

these photos are all so beautiful and heartwarming!

Ruxandra said...

This looks so yummy.I can't think of any recipe right now.I'll come later to share one:)Happy weekend.

kiki said...

i'm lovin your new site banner. :)

Kerrie said...

I'm not sure who won the toss for ownership of the pavlova but it's on my list of yummies I make each Xmas here in Aus - the family walk in the door wanting to know where 'the pav' is! lavishings of whipped cream and seasonal fresh fruit on top - mangoes, peaches, cherries, nectarines, plums......

Kristin said...

Mmmm, stollen is so yummy. We always get one in the mail for Christmas from France. I'm going to try my hand at it.
Thanks!!

thea said...

it's funny, stollen was my family's fave for years. My gran was german and used to bake it but I can't stand marzipan so that counted me out! I also made up for calories though on the yummy fruit cakes & mince pies - MYIAM!

thea.
xx

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manon 21 said...

j'aime beaucoup 'ambiance chez toi!!
amicalement

manon

Melissa Blake said...

I always love your photos!

Cottage Smallholder said...

Thank you so much for linking to my blog - much appreciated.

Your blog is bursting with succulent images a real find!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

well my timing was perfect for reading your blog..it is cloudy and I decided to put on some Christmas music....

Beautiful blog....

I'll be following you.

More later,
Kary