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European Desserts

Dutch Speculaas Spices Cookies (the Best Dutch Christmas Cookies)

Made with fragrant Dutch Speculaas Spice, these delicious cookies deserve a spot on your holiday baking tray! Included in this recipe are two ways to make Speculaas Spice Cookies – thin and crispy or soft and chewy. Both are super easy. You’ll love them! A while back I shared how to make Dutch Speculaas Spice …

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Best Authentic German Cheesecake (Käsekuchen)

This German Käsekuchen (German Cheesecake) is made with Quark and has a hint of lemon. One bite and you’ll swear you’re in Germany! There are many variations of German cheesecake. This version is light, fluffy, and has a crust. If you’re looking for a denser cheesecake or a simpler and faster one without a crust, check …

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German Quark Recipe, Tips for Making Homemade Quark & How to Make Blackberry Dessert Quark

Quark is a healthy, versatile, and super delicious soft cheese popular in Germany and other parts of Europe. Not only can you bake and cook with Quark (mmmm…German Cheesecake), you can eat it for breakfast, enjoy it as a healthy mid-day snack or turn it into a heavenly dessert. Keep reading for my homemade plain …

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Best German Cheesecake with Quark (Crustless Cheesecake Version)

  This crustless German cheesecake uses Quark cheese – a German baking staple – instead of cream cheese. It’s quick, easy, and so good! Not sure what Quark is or where to find it? Keep reading! Are you a cheesecake fan? Want to branch out beyond cream cheese cheesecake? If so, give this super easy, …

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German Gebrannte Mandeln (German Cinnamon Roasted Almonds)

These German Gebrannte Mandeln (almonds roasted in cinnamon and sugar) taste just like what you’d find at a German Christmas Market! They’re quick and pretty easy to make on your stove at home. Whether you miss the German Christmas markets or just want to make something new, try these almonds. You’ll love them!  When I …

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German Apfelkuchen (German Apple Custard Cake Recipe)

This authentic German Apfelkuchen (apple cake) recipe features a moist custard cake topped with tender fresh baked apples. Using simple pantry ingredients, this cake is easy to whip up for a spontaneous afternoon Kaffee und Kuchen! I’ve got another delicious German dessert recipe for you! A reader emailed me recently looking for a recipe for …

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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! So …

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Christmas Traditions from Germany: German Christmas Sweets, Decorations, Markets and More

If you want to Christmas like a German this year, you’re in the right place! Whether you’re planning a trip to Germany at Christmastime, are interested in how Christmas is celebrated in Germany or want to incorporate German Christmas traditions, decorations, and recipes into your own celebrations at home, keep reading! In this article I …

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Easy Irish Soda Bread with Currants (and Irish Soda Bread Pudding)

You only need five ingredients and one bowl to make this easy traditional Irish Soda Bread! Whether you make it with currants (my favorite), raisins, dried cranberries or plain, I’m sure you’ll love it. Then, if you’ve got leftovers, make my one bowl Irish Soda Bread Pudding – it makes a delicious dessert, afternoon snack …

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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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10 Must-Try Swiss Desserts & Sweet Treats

When it comes to cuisine, Switzerland may be best known for its cheese dishes fondue and raclette but there are plenty of sweet treats to tempt you, too. My husband’s aunt lives in Bern and on our many visits to her house we’ve always been served up the most amazing cakes. As well as aunty’s …

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

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 I met in Germany had both in their kitchen cupboards at all times. These days, so do I. But …

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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 a Christmas favorite! 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 rum balls with or without hazelnuts and adjust the rum flavor to your liking.  Tips for …

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German Christmas Bread (Easy Stollen, Mini Stollen and Stollen Bites Recipe)

Buttery yeast bread with candied zest, sliced almonds, rum-soaked raisins, currants, and dried cranberries (and marzipan if you like it) topped with a buttery layer of powdered sugar – one of the best German Christmas treats!  This is a robust Stollen tutorial. If you want to go right to the recipe, click on “Jump to …

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Easy Clotted Cream Recipe (What Works…and What Doesn’t!)

If you want to make homemade clotted cream, this is for you! I’ve made it many, many times now, and in this article I share all the details about what works and what doesn’t. If you want to get right to the recipe, click “jump to recipe” or scroll aaaaaall the way down. If you …

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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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Best Traditional European Christmas Desserts

Looking for Christmas inspiration? Want to kick your baking up a notch? Check out these mouthwatering European Christmas favorites! They’re easy to make at home using items you probably already have in your pantry. Your friends and family will love these European Christmas cookies, cakes, pies, and other scrumptious treats!  

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Best German Cakes: What to Eat When You Visit Germany

  One thing I always look forward to when I go to Germany? Cake! Germany has the best cakes. So many different and while I prefer some over others, they’re all basically delicious. And different from many of the cakes that are typical in the US. So I thought I’d share some cakes with you …

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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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10 Must-Try German Desserts & Sweet Treats

  Germany is known for its bounty of delicious desserts and sweet treats. How to choose which ones to try when you go to Germany? It’s tough because everywhere you turn, there are just so many tantalizing  options! You could spend your entire visit to Germany just eating dessert and still never try all of …

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Where to Buy German Food Online (+ Gift Basket Ideas)

If you’ve ever lived or traveled in Germany, one of the things you probably miss the most is the food. I sure do – that’s one reason I make so many German desserts! But there are certain German food items you just can’t make from scratch at home.  Over the years I’ve been back in …

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Golden Syrup Cookies (3 Ways!)

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

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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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Best European Desserts

Ah, Europe…full of beautiful castles, romantic cobblestone streets, and ah-mazing desserts! So many desserts! To help you plan the sweet side of your next trip to Europe (or find mouthwatering recipes to make right now), I put together this list of must-try European desserts. Pastries, cakes, ice cream, cookies, tarts, candy – and more – …

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5 Easy International Food Gifts (to DIY or Buy)

Looking for an easy yet unique foodie holiday gift? Tired of the same old cake/brownie/hot chocolate DIY gifts in jars recipes? Like the idea of international gifts or homemade gifts with mason jars — but need new ideas? Look no further! I’ve got five easy and delicious homemade food gifts in jars ideas that your foodie …

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Easy German Plum Cake (aka Zwetschgenkuchen or Pflaumenkuchen)

This easy 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 a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure …

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30 Vintage Recipes: Cakes, Cookies, Candy, Pies & More

Making a vintage cake, a batch of old fashioned candy or finding long lost vintage Christmas cookie recipes is like getting a big hug from grandma, isn’t it? There’s just something special about retro recipes, especially when they’ve been handed down from generation to generation. I don’t have too many vintage recipes from my own …

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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 20 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 …

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