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Revised: Easter Wreath

Easter Wreath Top

Last year I made an Easter Wreath for my German Language class. This year I thought I revisit that recipe and see how I can improve on it. Since then and now I have actually found fresh yeast and thought I would give it a try.

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Home-made Bread Bowls

In the Pumpkin Soup recipe I showed off some home-made bread bowls. These are relatively easy to make, I think, and I will share the recipe that I used with you today.

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Sourdough Bread with Pumpkin Seeds

I miss bread, real bread, with a crust, and with a bite. This is one of those food differences that most Germany will lament because it’s so encoded in our DNA. Dark bread, black bread, gray bread, buns, don’t forget the buns with like pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, mixed seeds. The texture of fluffy bread that still takes some effort to chew.

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Easter Wreath

German Easter Wreath

Every Thursday I am teaching German in a German Language School. My class is the Level 2, which means the kids are between 8 and 12. There is also Level 1, Level 3 and a high school class. The Level 1 teacher usually bakes a bunny (yeast dough) for her class to explain what Germans do for Easter. This time, however, she was somewhat sick and not really able to bake something. I pitched in and made the Easter Wreath.

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White Buns

Goes well with Nutella.

This is another recipe from my time in the Bistro. Those buns were made to go with Chili con Carne and honestly, they do very well. However, if you need some buns for any occasion, these are the go to ones. They are fairly simple to make I find if you are ok with yeast dough. I know my mother doesn’t like that type of dough and I believe neither does my grandmothers. There is always the chance of killing the yeast, which can happen quickly. I am not saying that I am an expert with this, I had some accidents myself already. Practice is the key word, as always.

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Banana Bread

This is a husband favourite. He was also the one who provided me with the recipe.

Banana bread:

– 3-4 ripe bananas
– 80g butter
– 200g sugar
– 1 egg
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1 tsp baking soda
– salt
– 180g flour

Cream butter and sugar and add vanilla. Mash your bananas and add them together with the egg to the butter/sugar mixtures. Sift flour and baking soda together and add to the batter.

Grease your loaf pan, dust it with flour and fill with batter. Bake at 175°C for one hour. You might want to cover the top with foil for the last bit otherwise it might burn. Remove from pan, let cool and dust with icing sugar. I should try chocolate at some point. Chocolate glaze makes things better.

Sorry, no picture at this point.