Vanille Kipferl Austrian Cookies

Hello eveyrone,

It’s been sometime since I’ve last posted a recipe. Now that it’s Christmas time and we’re in the middle of winter, I’d like to share with you a very nice cookie. It’s called Vanillekipferl, it’s an austrian cookie that is just perfect and right for winter. It’s a nice gift to give to anyone, a box full of these cookies will have someobdy with a smile all through winter !

I hope you all can try them.

 

Vanille Kipferl

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Ingredients:

  • 300g flour
  • 150g ground almonds
  • 175g butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 packet vanilla sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • confectioners’ sugar and vanilla sugar for rolling and dusting

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (175 C)
Mix all the ingredients to a short-crust dough, wrap and refrigerate until firm for one hour. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Pinch off tablespoons of dough and roll into short ropes. Bend into crescent moon shapes on baking sheets, leaving about two inches between cookies.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned. Mix confectioners’ sugar and vanilla sugar together, then toss the hot cookies in the mix. Carefully roll warm cookies in the vanilla sugar.
You can store the cookies in a sealed tin for several days.

 

Makes around 30 cookies!

 

These are perfect as I said before to bring to a new years eve gathering or just a simple gift to someone !

 

Enjoy them and I’ll see you all soon !

-Matt

 

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Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla Ice Cream

Everyone should have a recipe for Vanilla Ice Cream in their book of recipes. This one will serve you well! It’s fresh and not very complicated. You can serve Vanilla Ice Cream with almost anything. I strongly reccomend that you try it with brownies, apple pies, warm berry crisps, caramel sauce or chocolate sauce! Anything that you think that it’ll be nice
Soon it will be summer, so I don’t have to tell you… Make this recipe for your friends when you invite them over ! It will be a very nice detail!

Well, without further chit-chat, I give you the Vanilla Ice Cream!

 

Ingredients

1 cup (250ml) whole milk

A pinch of salt

3/4 cup (150g) sugar

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

2 cups (500ml) heavy cream

5 large egg yolks

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preparation

1- Heat the milk, salt, and sugar in a saucepan. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the milk with a paring knife, then add the bean pod to the milk. Cover, remove from heat, and infuse for one hour.

2- To make the ice cream, set up an ice bath by placing a 2-quart (2l) bowl in a larger bowl partially filled with ice and water. Set a strainer over the top of the smaller bowl and pour the cream into the bowl.

3-  In a separate bowl, stir together the egg yolks. Rewarm the milk then gradually pour some of the milk into the yolks, whisking constantly as you pour. Scrape the warmed yolks and milk back into the saucepan.

4- Cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula, until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula.

5- Strain the custard into the heavy cream. Stir over the ice until cool, add the vanilla extract, then refrigerate to chill thoroughly. Preferably overnight.

6- Remove the vanilla bean and freeze the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instruction or into your freezer.

A nice tip: Used vanilla beans can be rinsed and dried, then stored in a bin of sugar. That sugar can be used for baking and, of course, for future ice cream making!

Another tip: If you put it in your freezer, you must take it out from the freezer every hour for 5 minutes, to make the crystals smaller.

 

Experiment with this recipe! And always share with everyone you can that’s the secret to happiness!

 

See you all soon!

 

 

Brownies

Hi again,

Yes, yes, I know that everyone has at least 10 different recipes of brownies… but maybe someone only has 9!! So they need this one to complete it! And maybe someone needs a fresh brownie recipe.. so here it is.

I once heard that the brownies were originally made by a librarian who forgot to put baking powder to a chocolate cake!

These are great when you don’t know what to bring to a special occasion, and when you don’t have time! They always taste good.

Here it is the all American, all chocolate, brownie!

Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz (65 g) unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup of (125 grams) of all purpose plain flour
  • 1/2 cup (125 grams) of unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar ( 250 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon and a half of vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream (60 grams)
  • 2/3 (90 grams) of chopped walnuts

Directions:

1- Preheat the oven to 325ºF (165ºC). Melt the chocolate with the butter in the top of a double boiler ( in Barcelona the double boiler is called el bany Maria). Let is cool a bit.

2- Mix the eggs with the sugar in a large bowl. Mix it during 3 minutes until it gets a light color. Slowly beat in the chocolate mixture. Stir in the vanilla, sift in the flour, mixing well. Stir in the salt, sour cream and walnuts.

3- Pour the batter into a greased 8 inches (20 cm) square cake pan. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean of the center, around 25-30 minutes.

4- Let it cool

Enjoy!!

That’s it, fast and vibrant! The key here is that you need to get a 8 inch cake pan to do it, if not, it will not come out as a brownie, and you shall have invented another thing!

The walnuts are optional, not everyone likes them.

You can heat them a little bit before serving and melt a bit more of chocolate and spread it out on top, the result is astonashingly good. And if you want to go over the top, do some vanilla ice-cream to accompany it, then you have a amazing desert! As you can see in the picture.

Soon, I’ll post the vanilla ice-cream recipe!! From scratch!

If anyone has any requests for any recipe, just ask, and I’ll see what I can do.

See you next time!