CardamonCakeSlice

Cardamon Coffee Cake

“Cardamon Coffee Cake; very rich – very delicious,” begins the recipe, ever so enticingly. Somehow it’s the words that get me every time I look at a cookbook, even when it’s beautifully illustrated. Memories of descriptions of food in children’s books remain long after the storylines have faded. Do you remember the candied chestnuts with…

CitrusPress

Kitchen Gadget Envy

Kitchen Gadget Envy – you know it don’t you? That feeling when you see a gadget that makes that annoying job just so much easier. ‘Why don’t I have one of those?’ you ask yourself. Suddenly it seems unthinkable to live without one. That envious feeling swept over me as I watched my mother squeezing…

HotChocCake

“Hot” Chocolate Cake

Being named after a saint has at least one advantage – you get an extra birthday each year. Like a birthday, your Saint’s Day or Name Day is an excuse to have a feast. The tradition of celebrating your Saint’s Day was originally a Catholic one, and it has spread through Europe. But even if…

ChocPruneRoll

Prune Roulade with Chocolate and Ricotta

Moving house is enough to make you wish you were a minimalist. Or at least that your partner was one. “Why does he collect historic computers?” you ask yourself, “and what use are all his uni notes about…?” But when he asks about your archive of baking magazines, you suddenly find the minimalistic lifestyle isn’t…

TorteChocQuark

Chocolate Quark Torte

It’s not customary to buy yourself a present for someone else’s birthday, but hopefully buying yourself the equipment to bake a really good birthday cake is excusable. Baking using the tea-cup guestimation technique is great for muffins, but not for a proper torte. Electronic scales are not only more accurate than teacups, but also nicer…

ChocRhubarbMuffins

Chocolate Rhubarb Muffins

Flick through the first few pages of any cookbook and you’ll find a section on the measuring ingredients. The measurement system will be explained, and you’ll be reminded of the importance of making accurate measurements. However I’m sure that most of you have some recipes that you don’t use a book for. Recipes that you…

SacherTorte

The Demel, Vienna

If you have a sweet tooth one of your first pieces of German vocabulary should be ‘die Konditorei’, which refers to a cake shop that serves torte. Vienna has a plethora of shops that sell these moist cakes. One of the oldest and most famous of these Konditorei is the Demel K.u.K. Hufzuckerbäcker, that is…