In 10 words

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Have you ever tried to describe yourself in 10 words? Think about the first 10 words that come to your mind when thinking about yourself and your life.. what are they? These are mine

BAKING (obviously the first word, cause this is what my blog is about 😉 )

LANGUAGE (I have never been good in learning new languages.. I am supposed to speak five of them, but I can only have a coversation in three. I think it is interesting that, although the very first language I spoke is Polish, I would never be able to wirte a blog in that language. My first blog was in German. Now my second is in English. I wonder what’s next 😉 Btw. I hope you don’t mind my mistakes in my posts. As long as you understand what I am trying to say, it’s ok and if you are entertained by them… even better 🙂 )

PHOTOGRAPHY (I like taking pictures and freeze a moment and I really love seeing beautiful photos taken by others. I love when people have the skill to capture a scene in just the right moment and keep it forever. It’s like sharing one’s very personal view.. I think a photo tells a lot about the person who took it)

PERFECTION (I gave up trying to achieve this a while ago. I am a little too German sometimes… very picky and always unhappy with myself when I realize I can do it better. On the other hand, I think perfection is the most boring thing in the world. I love things and people with an edge.. their stories are always better than the plain and sleek ones 😉 )

DETAILS (Always pay attention to them! You can learn a lot from details about the world, other people, yourself. And there is so much inspiration in details. For your work, your relationships, your life..everything. Details enrich our lives in so many ways when we just pay a little attention to them)

CURIOSITY (I would like to know everything.. too bad my brain is not big enough and my life not long enough to learn everything)

DREAMS (We all need them. Our lives would be empty without dreams and goals. My biggest dream is an own cafe, with a lot of books, where people can come and have a good time, relaxing, reading, chatting.. with coffee and cake)

SMILEYS (You might have realized that I am using them whenever I can. Life is too serious to save on smiles and smileys 🙂 )

ICECREAM (Love the person who invented icecream!)

BOOKS (Whenever I can, I get lost in a story. I love reading. No matter whether it is a true story or just phantasy. Leaving the real world for some time and diving into black ink on white paper describing another life and world is a great way to learn and let go)

little treats for the weekend

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You guys already know that I like to bake for friends and family and would take (almost) every opportunity to try a new recipe (or an old one that is almost forgotten). And when it is friday afternoon and a friend is coming over after a week full of stressfull work, it is even more fun to treat that friend with some sweets. Like yesterday 🙂

A few weeks ago I was strolling through some stores (mostly home and decorating stuff ;)) and I found those adorable little cups… on sale 🙂 YEY! Seriously, could I possibly have turned my back on these little cups when they were actually begging me with their little red price tags to take them home?? Of course, I had to adopt them and they found a new home in my cupboard waiting for their first mission.. which happened to be yesterday 🙂

I am not a big fan of greasy food and so I never use butter or oil for my pans, but waxed paper. With these cups it is a little tricky, but I still insisted on not making them greasy, so I cut little squares and put them inside before starting with the batter. It actually looked really nice with the paper ( you don’t see it on the picture, cause I took it out after baking.. next time I might let it in. It adds a decorative touch to it).

And here is the recipe for the cakes in the cups:
2 eggs
160ml milk
75g melted butter
225g flour
175g sugar
1Tbs baking powder
1/2Tsp salt
8Tbs jam

1. Preheat oven to 200°C / 390°F
2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs. Add milk and butter. Whisk until well blended.
3. Add sugar, flour, baking powder and salt. Mix until dry ingredients are moist.
4. Put one Tbs batter in each cup.
5. Put one Tsp jam on top.
6. Cover the jam with rest of batter.
7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
8. Let cool completely.
9. For topping use.. whatever you like – frosting, melted chocolate, nothing… I used powdered sugar and lemon juice..for me the best topping on a cake like this 🙂

I usually don’t eat all the stuff I am baking.. but I try once in a while and I can say that these are good 🙂 Try them and let me know!
Btw. I think my little cups did a great job on their first try 😉
Oh, of course you can use this recipe for standard cupcake pans as well 🙂

A weekend treat wouldn’t be a real weekend treat with only one cake.. where is the choice? 😉 The second treat you see on the picture are great and delicious meringues. Yummy 🙂 Like I said, I usually don’t eat all I am baking…but here I have to say (blush) ….. they are almost all gone. I love the chewy center..and how they melt inside my mouth…I didn’t have those for such a long time that I forgot how good they are! And SO easy to make! I should stop writing about them, cause I am about to go to the kitchen and eat the rest of them 😉 If you don’t like (basically) pure sugar with egg white.. don’t even try. But if you do….

100g sugar
2 egg whites
salt
a few drops lemon juice or vanilla

1. Beat the egg whites approx. 1min
2. Add sugar and mix until the mixture is stiff and a little glossy
3. With an icing bag put small “roses” on a baking tray (don’t forget the waxed paper 😉 )
4. Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours at 100°C / 215°F to 150°C /300°F (it depends a lot on your oven and how you like them. I left them in the oven for 1 1/2 hours at 125°C. They are a little golden and chewy in the middle, just the way I like them. You might need to adjust it a little for your own taste.. Just try it 🙂 )

So, my stomach is happy and full of sugar 😉 I think this is a good start of a weekend.

I hope you guys enjoy your weekend.. wherever you are. Have some tasty days 🙂

The best chocolate cake ever :)

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Here is the recipe for the best chocolate cake ever!!

2cups sugar

1 3/4 cups flour

3/4 cups cocoa powder

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cup vergetable oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water

 

1. Preheat oven to 350 °F / 175°C

2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt

3. Add eggs, milk, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Mix for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water last

4. Bake for 45 minutes (might need a little longer, depending on the oven)

5. Let cool and Enjoy 🙂