Are you a breakfast person? I am on the weekends for sure. I love a long breakfast mainly a traditional German version. That includes “Brötchen” – little bread rolls that you then stack with yummy cold cuts and cheeses and jams. However during the week I often just have a coffee, followed by a tea and then have lunch at around 1pm. But sometimes a little snack in the morning with the first coffee and the first video call is a nice change. And so we started to stack up on granola bars. Unfortunately many of the store bought granola bars have lots and lots of sugar. So I decided to give homemade granola bars a try. And I was not disappointed at all.➢ KEEP ON READINg
It’s time for our annual Finnish get-together. How awesome of you to join me for the fifth time and celebrate with me. I promised you dinner last year unfortunately the recipe I was going to serve needs to be in the oven for 5 hours or so. Not very ecological when cooking for 1-2 people. So instead let’s have some hot steaming porkkanavesirinkelit – Finnish for carrot rolls. Could be part of your dinner too however I enjoy them in the morning.
Here is what you need:
- 100 ml of warm water
- 50 ml of milk
- 50 ml vegetable oil
7g of yeast which equals one pack of dry yeast
- 1/2 tsp of sugar
- 3 spritz of agave sirup
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 100g grated carrots
- 500 g flour (I used 350 whole grain and 150 wheat)
Here is how it’s done:
Dissolve yeast in warm water, milk and add sugar, salt and oil. Add too carrots and mix well. Now add flour and knead dough until it comes off your fingers. Let rise in a warm place. I prepared the dough at night and let it sit over night.
Form little balls and gently press flat. Let them rise a bit more while you start heating a pot with 2 l of water and add 2 teaspoons of salt for cooking. Preheat oven 200-degree.
Make a hole in the middle of the buns with your thumb and drop them into the water a few at a time. Allow to boil for about a minute and bring them to baking paper to dry.
Bake the rolls about 15 minutes until they have a beautiful color.
Serve with salted butter or marmalade.
Now I would suggest you enjoy them still warm and fresh out of the oven. At least that is how I prefer homemade fresh rolls.
As you know I love a good winter hence my winter wedding. However it seems like yet another winter where Berlin is not really blessed with snow. We’ve only gotten one or two days with a tiny bit of snowflakes. Nothing stayed on the ground of course. While I haven’t given up completely on winter yet I see the signs for spring all over. And therefore I was wondering if those rolls might actually be a perfect addition to an Easter brunch. What do you think?
Well for now let’s enjoy the cold weather.
I like warm breakfast. It doesn’t really matter if it is winter or summer really. For me something warm to start the day is just comforting.
I discovered this recipe in a detoxing book. There it was said, that the human body was actually build to eat more soups, mashes and purees and especially in the morning. It was some argument about looking back in history that all the ancient civilizations and most all of the indigenous people up until today have done so. Just think about millet gruel, oatmeal gruel, bread soup…
Anyhow, I am not that fanatic but I found the thought interesting. And the recipe about warm oatmeal was sounding pretty good too. Of course I pimped it a bit and it is not really detox (I think you were supposed to cook with water but I think that is the most disgusting thing there is).
Here is the main recipe and then I have a few variations for you:
❤︎ 3-5 tbsp rolled oatmeal
❤︎ milk, enough so that the oatmeal is covered
❤︎ cinnamon – lots of it (it’s supposed to tame appetite… I just love it!)
❤︎ fruit of choice – my go to is apple and specifically Pink Lady as they taste the best here
Put oatmeal and cinnamon in pan and cover with milk. Let simmer until milk is almost gone. While it cooks prepare your fruit. I usually stir in the fruits and let sit on the hot stove for a bit as I like it semi-warm.
I sometimes swap the apple for pears. I always wonder if there is something better than cinnamon to go with pears…
Then of course as soon as the season of strawberries rolls around this is my go to and I sometimes add a bit of mint or basil:
Then I also love love love red currents. This needs additional sugar though. I sometimes use plain brown sugar other times fancy coconut flower sugar:
When I make a bowl with blueberries I usually add a bit of vanilla:
And then when fall comes around I really love plums and cinnamon.
Tomorrow I will try a new version with grapefruits. What is your idea? And will you give it a try?
What do you eat when running errands or traveling and needing a snack? Are you more the sweet tooth or the sandwich girl?
I love me a muffin but I equally enjoy an egg sandwich or as we call them here “Eierbrötchen”. I never really thought much about it… But I guess it is kind of unique. Every bakery store in Germany offers those kind of sandwiches. Also every snack store in train stations and such. It is the most common one next to cheese, salami and ham.
They come in all sizes and shapes. Dark bread, wheat bread, baguette style or simple size. Some are made with way too much butter and others with remoulade. And they usually all have a leaf of lettuce too.
Also they are mostly the cheapest snack in the house.
It is funny. As much as I like having this snack when being out and about I would never really attempt to do that at home. Why is that? Do you have a snack that falls in this category?
I remember we used to have “Eierschnittchen” at every birthday party when we were kids. And usually they were the first to be gone. But I guess scarceness makes them more special. Or maybe I am just too lazy to boil eggs and slice them up… I think I only ever eat this at home if I have some easter eggs left over. But that’s about it.
Now happy munching,
There are days when you just need waffles. At least I’ve got those days. It was raining, it was cold and I had a craving. In the days I somehow always go for sweet stuff: pancakes, semolina, french toast or waffles…
Those waffles were the most fluffiest waffles I have ever had. Seriously. They are fluffy yet crunchy, not too sweet and just yum. A real treat. Don’t believe me? Have a try and be convinced.
125 g whole grain flour
25 g grape seed flour
250 ml milk
3 tbsp coco flower sugar
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 pinch salt
4 tbsp oatmeal, whole grain
- Mix flour, milk and sugar and let sit for 20 minutes.
- Separate eggs and whip up egg whites with salt.
- Add oil, egg yolks, oatmeal to the flour mixture.
- Fold in egg whites.
- Bake waffles.
- Enjoy with salty butter and powdered sugar while still warm.
Do you make waffles for breakfast? Or is it more a treat in the afternoon? Would you spill your favorite recipe? And do you know of a recipe where no egg whites need to beaten? Because lets be honest its a pain in the a**.
Anyhow happy waffle baking