Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Favorite bakery in Munich

Hofpfisterei is my favourite bakery here in Munich. They make amazing breads, sweet breads, danishes, cookies...just name it. All bread is organic sourdough and they have so many variates. My favourite  bread is called '1331', a blend of rye and wheat. But to be honest I love them all.
And their poppy seed streusel and hazelnut-braid, oh my oh my, addiction for ever and ever.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Mexican drinking chocolate

Never return from Mexico without chocolate. I live by this wise rule. These are Mexican drinking chocolates I got when we were on the visit last time. Two are bought in a supermarket, one at the market and one at the airport. I liked three of them, but the fourth one (the largest disk) not so much as it was too sweet.

And I finally bought the traditional chocolate whisk, molinillo. The Mexican hot chocolate has to have a thick froth on the top (has to) and molinillo, together with some elbow grease, makes a wonderful froth...

...and it is a beautiful piece of wooden art as well.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Carob crêpes

I really love the taste of carob. My grandmother makes an amazing carob-apple cake, but here comes a simple carob crêpes recipe. As carob is naturally sweet I only spread a super thin layer of my favorite crepe-filling, and right now that would be dulce de leche.

Carob crêpes
makes 10
1 large egg
pinch of salt
1/2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp carob powder
8 tbsp flour (I use spelt)
3 dl milk

Beat the egg, add salt, sugar and carob powder, mix well. Add flour and very slowly the milk. Heat your well seasoned cast iron pan and make the crêpes.

Saturday, May 01, 2010


Ebersberg is a small town in Bavaria, about 30 kilometers south of Munich, and on the 1st of May the inhabitants of this small town gather to erect the Maypole (Maibaum in German). The tradition goes way back in time and if you are in this part of the world 1st of May it is definitely a great experience.

This maypole was about 30 meters tall and it was erected by some 30 men with a help of a forklift. It took them a bit more than an hour to put the pole on the place and another hour to decorate the pole with shields that represent the crafts and industry of the town.

And everything was observed by huge crowed sitting in the beer garden, chatting about how the work is advancing, enjoying beer, sausages, sauerkraut and cakes (loved it). Long live traditions like this one!