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Baumkuchen

With all the bûches de Noël I saw, made and ate last month, I almost forgot we Germans have a `log` cake as well: Baumkuchen, originally baked  on a turning spit, owes its name to multiple layers of dough mimicking the year rings of a tree (Baum). Unlike the bûches, Baumkuchen is not exclusively related to Christmas, but was first baked in […]

Elisenlebkuchen

This year, I `m already under a Christmas spell. As soon as the first of December was in sight, the kids started crafting their wish lists, begged us to buy a Christmas tree and to open the boxes filled with ornaments and decorations. Now every day for them begins with a dash of excitement as they pick a daily dose of sweets and […]

Walnut tart

Since I saw the walnut trees in the Southwest of France last summer, I wanted to return later in the year for walnut saison. Now in early October an abundance of noix is about to fall from the trees all over the Périgord region, ready to be turned into local delicacies like precious oils, traditional walnut cakes, […]

Rabbit in red

Every day on our way to school, the snow white silhouette of Sacré Coeur greets us from afar, topping the hill of Montmartre like a sugar coated ornament on an over-dimensional masterpiece of pâtisserie. More often than not the church is draped in an opaque cloud of morning mist, a pinkish hue announcing a good and sunny day. Few landmarks of […]