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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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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: 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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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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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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How to Make Vanilla Sugar (with Vanilla Beans, Paste or Extract)

Vanilla sugar is a German baking staple. Well, probably a European baking staple, because I’ve seen it all over Europe. It’s super easy to make at home, and I highly recommend giving it a try. I make a jar of vanilla sugar every fall and use it throughout the year. Vanilla sugar makes a lovely …

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How to Make Homemade Speculaas Spice Mix (and 5 Ways to Use It)

  When I think of Christmas in Europe, I think of fragrant speculaas spice mix (called speculoos in Belgium and spekulatius in Germany). Traditionally, you’ll find speculaas spice in Dutch windmill cookies, biscoff cookies, cookie butter spread, and German spekulatius spice or Dutch speculaas spice cookies. But you can use speculaas spice mix in so many other …

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How to Make European Style Butter

  Delicious, creamy, rich European style butter…easy to make and so worth making from scratch. The secret? Culture the cream before churning the butter! Pin This for Later! I didn’t eat real butter on the regular until I moved to Germany as a teen. I love the rich taste and creamy texture of European style butter, …

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