Every year a day or two before christmas we will meet up for a luscious brunch or „Kaffeeklatsch“ with our group of girlfriends from home. Most of us live in Berlin anyways but it is a wonderful time to share gossip, complain about the christmas-stress and exchange a gift or two. This year, May curiously watched me carry in a basket full of homemade goodies and told me that we might have prepared the same gifts. When it was time to reveal the presents, both of us sure enough pulled out cans of freshly made granola for the friends! While May had whipped up a delicious nutty banana granola, I had stuck to a more basic coconut-almond version. We will share both recipes and highly recommend preparing these gourmet granolas: easypeasy to make, great to have at home and both do indeed make wonderful gifts.
Happy sunday everybody!
As you might have noticed, Frieda has been absent for a while. Well, she is touring through the U.S. in search of the best burger joint in the country. Also, she will be a bridesmaid at a real American wedding. Can’t wait to see the photos! Before she’s back (hopefully with a lot of yummy recipes) I guess I will have to come up with something to satisfy our cravings for a sweet treat on a sunday afternoon.
This is what I did: I made a cheesecake out of a block of tofu. It sounds pretty gross, but I can assure you, it came out lovely! The texture is fluffy and the crust tastes like caramel melting on your lips. I made it with a type of shortcrust biscuit called Speculoos or Spekulatius, a traditional christmas cookie in Germany and the Netherlands. Speculoos are thin and crispy and they are flavoured with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cardamom, brown sugar and white pepper (flavour explosion!). If you caramalize these biscuits and add a pinch of seasalt, the flavour comination really is stunning with the soft texture of the tofu filling. If you can’t find Speculoos in your country, just use digestives instead.
Few things annoy me more than throwing away rotten food, which is why I find it extremely satisfying to make something delicious out of aliments just in time before they go bad. Yesterday we craved something sweet after dinner and as my eyes scanned our kitchen for anything containing sugar, they were caught by a brown and mushy banana in the fruit basket and a half eaten bar of chocolate. The decision was made- a banana and chocolate cake had to be baked!