Friday, October 9, 2015

Pear Walnut Cake with Ginger Glaze

One of the most delicious items you can find in a Germany bakery is a covered cake or gedeckte kuchen.  Various fruit fillings are sandwiched between two thin layers of cake. Usually the top of the cake is glazed with a thin plain icing.

The good news is, they are fairly easy to make at home. The cake is baked in a sheet cake pan or brownie pan, depending on the recipe. 

This version has an early Fall twist using sweet fresh pears, crunchy walnuts and the lovely sting of ginger flavor. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Elderberry Marzipan Streusel Cake

This is truly one of the best cakes I have ever made. A marzipan riff on basic streusel takes this cake from rich to decadent. There is no traditional cake base. Pure marzipan streusel cradles the fresh elderberry mixture on top and bottom. This recipe is very easy to make if you already have marzipan on hand do not have to de-stem the elderberries (see method below). 

The fresh elderberries can be hard to harvest if not already not de-stemmed. If you purchase them on the stem, the best way to separate them is to freeze them in a paper bag. When the berries have frozen, shake the bag and the berries should fall off them stems. Make sure you separate and discard all stems as they are poisonous.

Or just substitute blackberries or any of your favorite berries for the Elderberries. For a fall riff,  use boiled, sugared fresh cranberries.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Potluck Pie Party 2015 - Rose Hip Meringue Pie in Ginger Crust

Last Saturday it was all about pie, savory and sweet. 75 food bloggers gathered at the exquisite new ICE (Institute of Culinary Education) headquarters in lower manhattan to connect with each other, the great sponsors and to indulge in pie.

This is the first time this event, expertly organized and produced by the talented Jackie Gordon and Ken Leung, has been held in this space. 

Located in Liberty Street tower in NYC's financial district, the space is enormous and has spectacular views of the Hudson river. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

What I Ate last Week During Oktoberfest 2015 in Munich

Last year I was not able to make it to Munich for Oktoberfest. Work got in the way. 

I hate when that happens. 

This year I was excited to celebrate my 14th visit to this world famous festival. What follows is a hodge podge of some of my favorite foods I ate during the week, not necessarily all at the fest, some in different places around Munich.

Once landed in Munich, I always reach for a butterbrezel as my off the plane snack. A fresh soft pretzel cut in half and slathered with sweet Bavarian butter. This year I tried something different and chose instead the schnittlauchbretzel. A soft pretzel sandwiched around fresh whipped cream cheese and chives. I admit over the course of the week, I had more than one or two of these.