Bavarian Pot Roast in Dutch Oven with Kartoffelknödel

Ingredients

  • 1 boneless beef chuck pot roast (about 3 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Optional: Cornstarch and water

Directions

  • 1. In a Dutch oven, brown roast in hot oil. Combine water, beer, tomato sauce, onion, sugar, vinegar, salt, cinnamon, bay leaf, pepper and ginger. Pour over meat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until meat is tender, 2-1/2-3 hours.
  • 2. Remove meat. Discard bay leaf. If desired, thicken juices with cornstarch and water.
    Freeze option: Place sliced pot roast in freezer containers; top with cooking juices. Cool and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little broth if necessary.

Rhabarberkuchen mit Vanillecreme und Streusel

Rhabarberkuchen-mit-vanillecreme-und-streusel

 

Für den Teig:
100 g Butter
80 g Zucker
1 Pkt. Vanillezucker
2 Ei(er)
75 g Schmand
180 g Mehl
1 TL Backpulver, gehäuft
Für die Creme:
1 Pkt. Puddingpulver, Vanille
40 g Zucker
375 ml Milch
125 g Schmand
Für den Belag:
800 g Rhabarber, geschält gewogen
Für die Streusel:
200 g Mehl
100 g Zucker
1 Pkt. Vanillezucker
150 g Butter, kalte
Zimt, nach Geschmack
Puderzucker, zum Besträuen

Zubereitung

Arbeitszeit: ca. 20 Min. / Schwierigkeitsgrad: normal / Kalorien p. P.: keine Angabe

Den Rhabarber schälen, in kleine Stücke schneiden und zuckern. Etwa eine halbe Stunde ziehen lassen. Danach in einem Sieb gut abtropfen lassen.
In der Zwischenzeit aus den Zutaten für den Teig einen Rührteig herstellen und in eine gefettete Springform (28 cm Durchmesser) füllen. Bei 180° im vorgeheizten Backofen ca. 15 Minuten vorbacken.
Für die Streusel Mehl, Zucker, Vanillezucker und Zimt mit der Butter zu einer krümeligen Masse verkneten.
Den Pudding mit dem Zucker und der Milch kochen und unter ständigem Rühren etwas abkühlen lassen. Den Schmand unterrühren und auf dem Kuchenboden verteilen. Darüber die Rhabarberstücke verteilen und die Streusel darüber streuen. Den Kuchen bei 180° ca. 30 – 35 Minuten fertig backen lassen.
In der Form auskühlen lassen und mit Puderzucker bestreuen.

Apfel Puddingteilchen

Pastry filled with vanilla pudding or custard then topped optional with fruit of choice I stayed with autumnal fruits like our local apples, really simple but oh so yummy treat that you could find in any German bakery. Again I had some trouble figuring out how to call this in English, did not have much […]

via Apfel Puddingteilchen/Apple Pudding Danish — A little Swiss, a little Canadian

Zwetschgendatschi ala Oma

zwetschgendatschi

Zwetschgendatschi is the Bavarian word for plum cake. The dessert uses Damson plums, which are only in season for a few weeks each year.

Ingredients:

3+ pounds Damson plums, cut into quarters, pits removed
¾ to 1 cup warm milk (start with ¾ and add extra to the dough as needed
1½ tablespoons dry active yeast
4 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 stick butter (1/2 cup) melted but not hot
2 eggs
1 teaspoon quality pure vanilla extract

For the Streusel:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup butter, at room temperature

Directions:

Dissolve the yeast into the ¾ cup warm milk and let is sit for 5-10 minutes until frothy.

Mix flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer, pour in the yeast mixture, melted warm (not hot) butter, eggs and vanilla extract. Give it an initial stir to combine the ingredients and then attach a dough hook and knead it on the bread setting (“2”) for 4-5 minutes, adding the remaining ¼ cup milk as necessary. (The dough will be sticky but should hold together fairly well. It will not be firm enough to knead into a ball, think of it more as a thick batter.) Cover it loosely with plastic wrap and set it in a warm, draft free place to rise for an hour or until about doubled in size.

Generously butter a German Backblech extended to full length or a large jelly roll pan (at least 18 inches in length and 1 inch sides but even then the crust will be thicker than with the Backblech).

Use your hands to spread the dough out across the full length of the pan, pressing it up against the sides. (It’s yeast dough so it will resist, but just keep pushing it back into position the best you can. Once you put the plums on it, those will help keep it in place.) Lay the plums close together in rows over the whole length of the dough on the sheet pan. (If you want your cake a bit sweeter you can sprinkle it *lightly* with sugar or cinnamon-sugar if you prefer more cinnamon. I emphasize “lightly” because the more sugar you add the more watery the cake will be as the sugar liquifies during baking and your streusel will also “melt” in contact with it.)

Set the pan in a warm place and let it rise for up to another hour.

To make the streusel: Place all the ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and use your fingers to bring it all together. Work with the mixture until it’s thoroughly combined and forms a rough sand and clumpy texture. Sprinkle the streusel over the top of the cake.

Bake the cake on the middle rack of the oven preheated to 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden.

Let the cake sit for at least 10 minutes before slicing to let some of the liquid set. Slice the cake into squares and serve.

Notes
*This cake holds up well for a day or two and is even more flavorful once the juices have absorbed into the dough.

Oma’s Gsgsälzbredle


About 40 cookies 

Here is one of grandma’s cookie recipe.  Gsgsälzbredle is the Swabian Word for Marmalade Kekse or Marmalade Cookies.

1⁄3 cup unsalted butter, softened
2⁄3 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
6 tablespoons marmalade (any kind you like)
1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder

Directions
Preheat oven to 375°F Grease a cookie sheet (I just use parchment paper).

Grandma mixed the ingredients by hand but I found using the kitchenair mixer is much easier with the same end result. 

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the egg and marmalade and mix until thoroughly combined. Add additional marmalade if the batter is too stiff.
In another bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. With the mixer running, slowly add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture until blended.
Drop by spoonfuls on the cookie sheet; do not crowd the cookies as the batter will spread during baking. Bake until the cookies spread out and are lightly browned, 8-10 minutes.
Cool a minute or two on the cookie sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Chocolate Squares (Studentenschnitten)

Studentenschnitten perfect for the next class reunion

A little Swiss, a little Canadian

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year!!

It can be very tricky to translate a German word/sentence, because if you do translate word by word it often does not make any sense. This cake is called Studentenschnitten, which means student slice. This does not sound so great, therefore I will call it simply, Chocolate Squares. You can buy it ready made in Switzerland, and that is what my Mother and everyone else I know used to do-we never made it ourselves…

This recipe is a great way to use up any leftover Christmas cookies and chocolate. I used a simple recipe from a Swiss chef, Annemarie Wildeisen. The base crust, which is similar to a pie crust, is from my Tiptopf cookbook. (She is using a store bought dough)

Chocolate Squares

Base crust (Pie crust):

  • 150g flour
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • 90g butter, cold
  • 2tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg

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German Silk

Ingredients for two bottom layers
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened, cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil or canola
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1-2 oz. red food coloring, depends how deep you want the color
  • 1 teaspoon of white distilled vinegar
  • ½ cup of prepared plain hot coffee (don’t skip this ingredient)

First Layer of Silk

  • 3 eggs
  • 90g dark chocolate
  • 3 Tablespoons of Water
  • 1 teaspoon of Knorr Gelatin

Second Layer of Silk

  • 500g chocolate
  • 500g whipping cream
  • 3 egg whites

 

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the sugar and vegetable oil.
  4. Mix in the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and red food coloring until combined.
  5. Stir in the coffee and white vinegar.
  6. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients a little at time, mixing after each addition, just until combined.
  7. Generously grease and flour two round, 9 inch cake pans with shortening and flour.
  8. Pour the batter evenly into each pan.
  9. Bake in the middle rack for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Do not over bake as cake will continue to cook as it cools.
  10. Let pans cool on a cooling rack until the pans are warm to the touch.
  11. Slide a knife or offset spatula around the inside of the pans to loosen the cake from the pan.
  12. Remove the cakes from the pan and let them cool.
  13. Frost the cake with cream cheese frosting when the cakes have cooled completely.
~TIPS~
Be sure to not overbake! Check the cake at 30 minutes as some ovens run really hot.
Cakes are really moist and you may need to refrigerate them to firm them up before stacking and frosting.
To bake cupcakes, bake for 18-20 minutes, checking at the 18 minute mark.