Tag: baking

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

On Sunday it was the first of advent and I was ready! Over the course of 3 weekends, I managed to make 6 types of Christmas cookies. A big thanks to my little elves Tim and Ellie, who made the baking even more fun!

Before going to Chifan for Charity a couple weeks ago, Tim and I made Nugatstangen and Orangenplätzchen. I finished the glazing and chocolate dipping on Sunday and also made Walnussbusserl.

The weekend after, I didn’t just bake pumpkin pies and pumpkin cookies for Thanksgiving, but also made Kokosmakronen on Saturday and Nuss-Marzipantaler on Sunday :).

Last week Ellie visited us for 4 days and we had a busy itinerary: Getting jianbing (repeatedly), enjoying her homemade scones, going to brunch, dinners and a comedy show. We also got to work and made a big batch of doppelt gefüllte Mürbchen with my mom’s amazing jam.

We finished them Saturday morning, so just in time for December and the first of advent! There is also a little advent decoration in our living room, so lots of holiday spirit all around. And of course the advent calendar my mom made me helps with that, too!

On Sunday, Boramy hosted a crafting afternoon, including Christmas tree decorating, Christmas music and hot chocolate. I supplied the cookies of course! We got very into the crafting and made some pretty awesome Christmas cards and gift labels, if I may say so myself 🙂

So that was Part I of the Christmas season in Shanghai. Up next: A “Boozy Christmas Sweater Making” class with Boramy tonight! Can’t wait!

An Epic scone bake off 

An Epic scone bake off 

On Saturday Ellie and I had a little scone baking competition in our kitchen. I had mentioned a few weeks ago that I’d just gotten an awesome scone recipe from my colleague in Germany who is from the UK, which prompted Ellie (also from the UK) to state that they could never be better than hers. So the scone-off was born.

In preparation I tried out the recipe a couple of weeks ago, both the sweet and savory version (with cheddar cheese). I thought they turned out awesome, so I was feeling pretty good about it.

Baking was a really international affair: First, it was an English-German competition in China and for the ingredients we had flour from France, sugar and salt from China, baking powder and milk from Germany, butter from New Zealand and cheddar cheese from the US. We even managed to track down clotted cream at Cityshop – a real deal for only 6 Euro, usually it costs 9 😉 The price of some imported goods is a bit crazy but in that case it was so worth it. In combination with my mom’s homemade jam it was delicious.

Shane, Pearl and Thorben got to try all of the goodies but in the end there wasn’t really a clear winner because I had made cheesy scones and Ellie the original kind which was hard to compare. Also, our jury wasn’t really helpful so I guess it was a tie. In the end we had fun baking and all got to eat lots and lots of scones, so I’d say we all won.

It was great to finally use the kitchen and the oven and wear the “Baking Queen” apron my awesome colleague made for me with her kids 🙂 Hopefully more baking will happen soon.