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German Pflaumenmus Recipe (aka Zwetschgenmus or German Plum Butter Recipe)

Got plums? Make German Pflaumenmus (German plum butter)! It’s super easy, an almost totally hands-off cooking process, and you can freeze any leftovers you have – if you have any left! When my friend Marliece (who lived in Germany the same year I did when we were high school students) shared photos of her German …

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Where to Buy Ingredients for International Dessert Recipes

When I ask International Baking Club members about their biggest baking challenges, the topic of ingredients is always first to come up. Can I make recipes using ingredients I already have in my pantry? Do I need to buy a bunch of fancy or unfamiliar ingredients? Where can I find the ingredients I do need? …

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My Most-Used Kitchen Tools for Making International Desserts

You don’t need a lot of kitchen tools to make amazing international desserts, sweets, and snacks! But certain tools really do help you bake better. I’m more of a minimalist when it comes to kitchen tools and rarely buy anything that won’t get a lot of use. During the years I moved around a lot, …

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Authentic Bienenstich Kuchen (German Bee Sting Cake Recipe)

If you love honey and almonds, you’ll swoon over German Bee Sting Cake (Bienenstich). This traditional German treat has two layers of yeast cake, a vanilla cream filling, and a crunchy gooey honey almond topping. If you’re looking for an easy authentic German dessert that will fly off your cake plate, this is it!

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Easy Nutella Recipe (Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Spread)

  Creamy, chocolatey, and full of toasted hazelnuts, this homemade Nutella is out of this world! You only need a handful of ingredients and 15 minutes to make this amazing chocolate hazelnut spread. Confession: I love Nutella. Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread) used to be something I only ate in Germany but nowadays you can easily …

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Lemon Ginger Mint Tea Recipe: the Best German Tea I Had in Germany (Plus Christmas Market Photos)

Warming, healthy, and easy, this delicious Lemon, Ginger and Mint Tea is the perfect solution to cold winter days. I started drinking tea when I moved to Germany as a teenager and quickly became a fan of all kinds of German tea. Especially German chamomile and peppermint on cold winter evenings. It seemed like everyone …

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Golden Syrup Chex Mix & Speculaas Spice Muddy Buddies

I’ve got two very simple and super tasty holiday treats for you! First up is Golden Syrup Chex Mix and then, for the chocolate lovers, Speculaas Spice Muddy Buddies. You can whip these up in just a few minutes and are perfect for holiday office parties, watching cheesy holiday movies on Netflix or for snacking …

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Easy German Rum Balls (Rumkugeln)

German Rum Balls (Rumkugeln) are an easy and delicious Christmas favorite! You’ll definitely want to add these no-bake treats to this year’s Christmas celebration. These no-bake treats couldn’t be easier to make and are perfect to bring to holiday parties, to add to your cookie tray or for delicious post-dinner snacking. You can make chocolate …

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Mini Treacle Tart Recipe (Harry Potter’s Favorite)

Since golden syrup is one of the IDB’s most popular recipes, I thought I’d share an easy dessert that uses golden syrup and is out of this world delicious: mini treacle tarts!  These individual treacle tarts are two bites of buttery, lemony deliciousness. The slightly salty almond shortbread crust pairs well with the sweet filling. …

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Apple Spice Birthday Cake with Brown Butter, Golden Syrup, Mascarpone Swiss Meringue Buttercream

I don’t make too many layer cakes these days but I do make one each year on my birthday (and my husband’s if he wants one). I dream up a flavor profile and then go search for recipes. This year, I craved apples and spice. The cake I made was SO incredibly good, I decided …

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German Hazelnut Cookies

These easy German Hazelnut Cookies are delightfully light, buttery cookies packed with flavorful chopped hazelnuts. I always associate cookies with Christmas in Germany. The first year I lived in Hamburg, my German host mom made all kinds of delicious holiday cookies. I was always so happy when she’d bring out a selection of traditional German …

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Golden Syrup Cookies (3 Ways!)

Today I’ve got these super easy and super delicious Golden Syrup Cookies for you. Even better, I show you tasty 3 variations! Since British Golden Syrup is one of the most popular recipes on the IDB (right up there with German “Bee Sting” Cake and German Cheesecake), I’ve been testing out recipes that use this …

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The Easy Way to Make Homemade Skyr Yogurt (One of the Best Desserts in Iceland)

When I was in Iceland a few years ago (on a stopover after a work trip to the Netherlands) I was super excited to try authentic Icelandic skyr yogurt. I love yogurt, quark, and creme fraiche, and I was pretty sure I’d swoon over real skyr…and I was right. Skyr is so smooth, thick, and …

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Authentic Tres Leches Cake Recipe (Flaming Eye Ghost Cake)

This tres leches ghost cake is an updated vintage cake recipe perfect for Halloween. Don’t want the ghost shape? Make the tres leches cake in a rectangular pan. This cake is delicious, no matter what shape it’s in! Raise your hand if you had the Betty Crocker Cookbook for Boys and Girls when you were a …

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Easy German Plum Cake (aka Zwetschgenkuchen or Pflaumenkuchen)

This easy German Plum Cake is a popular dessert in Germany (it’s called Zwetschgenkuchen or Pflaumenkuchen in German). Filled with fresh plums and topped with streusel, it’s the perfect summer treat. To make it extra delicious, serve with whipped cream or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Do you like plums? Not being a …

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Lemon Strawberry French Mille Crepes Cake

If you like crepes, you’ll love this French mille crepes cake! This delicious cake is comprised of tender crepes, a luscious lemon whipped cream filling in-between each and every crepe, and fresh strawberries. I drizzled golden syrup over the strawberries and added a few hazelnuts to give the cake a little something extra. This mille …

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Ultimate Guide to French Palmiers

What’s better than a delicious cookie? A delicious cookie that looks like you spent hours making them but only requires two ingredients and is actually a cinch to make. French Palmiers are that cookie! Click here to pin this for later! What are French Palmiers? French Palmiers are a crunchy, buttery, sweet “cookie” made from …

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Espumilla: Ecuadorian Meringue Cream Dessert

When my friend Michelle told me about espumilla, a traditional Ecuadorian dessert that she ate in Cuenca, Ecuador, I was intrigued. You’ll see espumillas being sold on the corners of the plaza or outside of churches. They look like ice cream that never melts, but don’t be fooled! It’s actually a soft meringue served in a cone. Espumilla de guayaba …

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French Chocolate Mendiants Recipe (and 10 Tips for Traveling in Europe)

I always travel with chocolate. Please tell me I’m not the only one who gets chocolate cravings in the middle of a long flight! I usually resort to buying (expensive and not that satisfying) peanut butter M & M’s at the airport, something I only crave when I’m traveling. But for my recent trip to Europe …

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Cafe du Monde Beignets for Mardi Gras

With Mardi Gras coming up, why not make some hot, fresh, homemade beignets? I’ve been wanting to make homemade beignets ever since visiting Cafe du Monde in New Orleans last spring…yuuuum! Funny story…my husband and I road-tripped to NOLA to see our favorite band. I was super excited when I realized that our hotel was only a 3 …

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Dulce De Leche Mini Tarts (+ New Free Ebook!)

These dulce de leche mini tarts are so easy to make and are absolutely delicious! I feel like I say that every time I post a new dessert recipe…but it’s true. Pin This For Later! The slightly salty almond shortbread crust pairs well with the sweet dulce de leche. You can make, bake, and cool …

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Recipe for Pavlova Fruit Wreath and Eton Mess

I’ve taken some time off this week and have been baking up a storm, making all sorts of new and delicious things – Icelandic Skyr, cultured European butter, quark, creme fraiche, dulce de leche, and 10+ different types of mini tarts for my new ebook (which you can download for free here). With all of the …

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Bûche de Noël (French Yule Log Cake)

Bûche de Noël (Yule Log Cake) is my kind of dessert. It’s is a beautiful French Christmas cake that looks impressive but is actually very easy to make!  I’ve made made Bûche de Noël before but I’ve never made one with meringue mushrooms, so I decided to give it a try. It’s worth the effort …

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Danish Brunkager – the Best Christmas Cookies

These crunchy, caramel-flavored, nut-filled traditional Danish cookies are sure to become a staple on your Christmas cookie plate!  I discovered Danish Brunkager cookies through a friend who lives in Copenhagen. When I asked her about the best Danish cookies for Christmas, she recommended I make Brunkager. I’m so glad I did! These cookies are easy …

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