Yummy Pumpkin Guglehupf :: Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers and friends of this American Holiday.

Now comes another story of my year in the USA. If you are here to get the recipe you could skip ahead but I dare you not to.

Thanksgiving made me forget about my vegetarianism!

pumpkin gugelhupf

When I came to the US in ’99 I was a vegetarian going on 9 years. I never really cared much for meat. Most the times I didn’t like the taste. So it was no big deal to me to skip the meat. Honestly though it wasn’t merely about the animals. Of course I felt sorry for the coneys my grandpa farmed and which ended up on the table every holiday. And when I started back then it was a big deal to me. But it was never the main reason.

So coming to Idaho did change me quite a bit. Soon after I arrived you could see me hunting, climbing hills up and tracking down quail or going fishing. I loved to be outside and enjoyed the countryside, lots of family vacations were based on hiking and so I felt happy. And it was all about the American way of life for too, right?

I was also impressed about the attitude of the Idahoians (is that even a word). They hunted because they ate the meat. Elk hunting was to have meat for winter! If you didn’t shoot one – tough luck. They knew about wildlife, didn’t shoot the young ones and observed a lot. During hunting season lot of people at school were missing but that was just the way it was. It was a healthy way and I didn’t vehemently condone hunting and eating meat. It changed my attitude.

So it was all the American experience right? And Thanksgiving was around the corner. This was to be the time for me to eat meat again. And it was delicious this turkey! It was so delicious that I ate turkey at every house I came by. All this turkey eating resulted in me receiving a smoked turkey in the mail a year later back in Germany.

But you might wonder now what with the pumpkin gugl? Well pumpkin pie is just as important as the turkey. And I hated it! Yes I did hate pie!

pumpkin gugelhupf_

But a couple weeks I gave pumpkin pies second chance when being in Munster – but what can I say… Not my kinda pie. But I was intrigued with pumpkin and pie and veggies in sweet stuff.
So I looked at my go to carrot cake recipe and made something up on the go. And this will be my pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving!

But now let’s bake! Get the following ingredients:

5 egg yolks
250 g sugar
250 g almond (grinded)
250 g mashed pumpkin
100 g flour
3 tsp baking powder
1-tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
5 egg whites
1 pinch of salt
icing sugar

1. Combine egg yolks and sugar into a bowl and beat until foamy. Then combine almonds and pumpkin mash.

2. Add flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and baking powder and combine well before mixing into punmpkin-sugar-mixture.

3. Whip egg whites and salt until foamy. Fold into dough.

4. Grease pan with butter or oil and coat with flour. Fill dough into cake pan. Bake at 175-200°C for about 50 min. Don’t forget to proof dough throughout with a wooden stick.

5. Let coal and remove from cake pan. Sprinkle with icing sugar and enjoy your Pumpkin Gugl.

How to do mashed pumpkin:
Cube pumpkin and boil in water until soft. Blend it well and let cool before using. You can add a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon already.

10 Weird Seeds I’ve discovered on a fall walk in the park

We are right into the middle of fall even though my mind is racing toward winter, advent and christmas. Oh I’ve got so much stuff planned….

BUT IT IS STILL FALL! So I am trying to soak up a few fall moments and enjoy the fresher air (sometimes smelling like snow flakes) and the brighter colors and walk through life with open eyes.

That is when I came across really crazy weird seeds and fruits.

As I have no clue (mostly) of what they are it’s gonna be just numbers. But if you know more than I let me know!


weird fall seed





#3 oh, I know this one: beechnut




weird fall seed


#5 yeah me another one: larch pine cones

larch pine cones



weird fall seed


#7 ok this one is easy: hazelnut



#8 alright now that is kindergarten: chestnut




weired fall seed


#10 well this one is technical no seed but I love the picture and I got real dirty taking it so it has a right to be shown here.

mushroom in fall


Have you taken any fall walks? Let me know where I can see some pictures.

Have a great day, Tobia

Maple Cream Cheese Pie – Hello Fall

I am not the biggest fan of cheesecake. I would always prefer a chocolate or a coffee cake with streusel. But this one – ohhh myyyy. This is such a great combination. Really yummy with a pinch of fruity taste and then comes the herb punch. Love it.

maple cream cheese pie

Even though this recipe is THAT good I’ve included everything I am not the biggest fan of. Now tell me I am a wiz, huh? I’ve got this bag of musli in the storage I am pretty pretty much sure I never bought. But then I am the only one eating musli… So I was more than happy coming across this post by Rike. A few days later I read Maike’s cake recipe. Then my boss mentioned she loved cheesecake and I figured why not try out this recipe that was forming in my mind anyways. I made up the final recipe on the go never ever expecting it to be so great…

Well I can go on rambling how great it is but you are here for the recipe right?!

So here we go! You need the following ingredients:

  • 100 g white chocolate
  • maple syrup
  • 100 g cookies or zwieback
  • 100 g musli
  • 200 g cream cheese
  • 100 g butter
  • 250 ml whipped cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Lets get started:

Melt the butter and let cool a bit while you crush up your cookies/zwieback. Now combine well. Prepare a tarte or brownie pan by laying out baking paper. Press cookie crumple to pan so its all packed (if it’s too crumbly add maple syrup) and put into the fridge for about an hour.

While its cools do the cream. Melt chocolate over hot water and let cool bait before adding cream cheese. Whipp the cream and add sugar. Fold into chocolate-creamcheese mixture. Add maple sirup to your liking.

Now put into fridge (least 4 hours) and go watch Gilmore Girls or sleep or take a bath or what ever keeps you from eating this darn good cake.

I’ve decorated mine with nectarines and decadently poured some more maple syrup.

maple cream cheese pie

So what you think? Are you giving it a try? And is there a cake you don’t love?
Love reading from you.
Cheers, Tobia