Category Archives: CUT-OUTS, PRESSED AND SHAPED COOKIES

Christmas Lebkuchen

Christmas Lebkuchen

Lebkuchen is a traditional German Christmas baking good, somewhat like soft gingerbread, which was probably invented by Medieval monks in Franconia, Germany in the 13th century. Lebkuchen bakers were recorded as early as 1296 in Ulm, and 1395 in Nuremberg, the latter being the most famous exporter today, known as Nürnberger Lebkuche. Lebkuchen range in taste from spicy to sweet and come in a variety of shapes with round being the most common. The ingredients usually include honey, spices and nuts, almonds or candied fruit. Salt of Hartshorn and Potash are often used for raising the dough. Lebkuchen dough is usually placed on a thin wafer base called Oblate. This was an idea of the monks who used communion wafers to prevent the dough from sticking.

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

This Turkish Delight recipe is a traditional version of the classic Middle Eastern sweet. The resulting candy is delicately chewy and scented with rosewater. Rosewater can be found at specialized markets and shops and at some well-stocked supermarkets. There is really no substitute for this distinctive flavor, but if you cannot find it you can use another flavored extract like lemon, mint, or any number of floral flavors.

Strawberry cheesecake cupcakes

Strawberry cheesecake cupcakes

Strawberry cheesecake cupcakes are mix of sweet and tart from the fresh strawberries, and the taste of the cream cheese frosting goes so well with a traditional yellow cake. You can decorate your dessert with the graham cracker sprinkles, few slices of fresh strawberry or some other decorative sprinkles. You can choose decoration accordingly to the event you will serve the cupcakes – and it is suitable for almost every day – garden party, birthday party, Easter or Christmas. 

Chocolate merengue with rapsberries

Chocolate merengue with rapsberries

This chocolate merengue are real summer treat. Meringues eaten like biscuits are baked at a very low heat for a long time. One name for them is “Forgotten Cookies” as they can be left in a gas oven for long periods of time after the cooking is done. They are not supposed to be “tanned” at all, but they need to be very crisp and dry. They will keep for at least a week if stored in an airtight container. Meringue is a fat-free food, because the presence of even small amounts of fat before the meringue is baked causes the beaten egg whites to collapse. The principal nutritional components are high-quality protein from the egg whites and simple carbohydrates from the refined sugar.

Honey cut-out biscuits

Honey cut-out biscuits
Honey cut-out biscuits are healthy option for serving with tea or coffee. They are sugar-free and gluten-free, so they are suitable with people with special diet requests. Gluten-free diets (for reasons other than celiac disease) have become a recent trend. A number of experts are beginning to believe that celiac disease is at the extreme end of a spectrum of gluten sensitvity, and a number of people are adopting gluten-free diets to treat celiac-like symptoms in the absence of a positive test for celiac disease.