Roopa A stollen is a traditional German bread filled with nuts, spices, and candied fruit. Apparently this stollen is the gem of this German pastry course, and we were advised not to share it with anybody. The overall appearance of the stollen is supposed to represent the baby Jesus wrapped in blankets. While I would … More Dresdner Christmas Stollen
Roopa Spekulatius (or ‘Speculoos’ or ‘Speculaas’) are a spiced shortcrust biscuit from …Europe? It would seem that there is a lot of debate over where these cookies originate from. They are thin, crunchy cookies, and are typically made in a hand carved wooden mold. I was more than a little bit excited to make these! … More Spekulatius Cookies
Roopa We talked specifically about oranges, but this applies for any other fruit as well. DIRECTIONS Cut the peel into nice quarters Blanch the orange peels by submerging them in boiling water for 20 – 30 seconds. This cleans the skin, and also opens the cells so they can absorb sugar Put the peels into … More Candied Oranges
Roopa The kipferl cookie is similar to a sugar cookie, and is an Austrian cookie that means “crescent”. They are allegedly supposed to represent the first snowfall on the rooftops of Vienna.
Roopa These cookies originated in the city of Aachen. While they were traditionally sweetened with honey, they began sweetening them with sugar beets when Napoleon issued a trade embargo affecting the availability of honey.
Roopa This is a relatively newer cookie, as chocolate was not traditionally available. Still delicious though! They are named after their colour (bruun) and are a classic Swiss cookie. They are made with sugar on top which provides a characteristic crunch.
Roopa This directly translates to “pepper nuts” and are a traditional European spice cookie. Black pepper used to be very rare and expensive, so this was a special ingredient in a cookie.
Roopa Lebkuchen is a type of Christmas cookie. While they are commonly translated as being gingerbread, this is a misconception as they do not actually contain ginger! The Elisen lebkuchen originated in Nuremberg around 1500, and must contain at least 25% nuts.
Roopa I reference sweet pastry (or sweet paste) in a bunch of other posts, so I felt it deserved its own post! It’s a really versatile pastry that can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes, and works very well as a stable and delicious base for cheesecakes. I don’t have a great photo … More Sweet Pastry
Roopa These are a particularly famous Christmas cookie made from mostly marzipan. They were my personal favourite of all the cookies we made in this course, which was surprising since I don’t generally love marzipan. Apparently quality marzipan makes a difference!