Recipe: Dutch Apple Pie

My sister’s friend from Romania is now in Holland. He really likes sweet things and we let him try some really dutch stuff. Of course the famous stroopwafels but I also made a dutch apple pie for him. I made one with only apples in it. In most dutch apple pies there are also raisins but my sister and I both don’t like them so I left them out.

Here is how you make a dutch apple pie.

8 fresh sweet apples (I used Jonagold)
125 gr. butter
125 gr. margarine
200 gr. sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
400 gr. self raising flour
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Butter or spray a baking pan of 28 cm.

Peel the apples. Cut them in small pieces. Put them in a bowl with the cinnamon and one teaspoon vanilla.

Put the other teaspoon of vanilla in another bowl with the butter, margarine and a pinch of salt. Mix it until it is light and fluffy.

Add one egg and mix until you have got a smooth batter. Add the self raising flour and mix again. If necessary, switch to dough hooks or use your hands.

Put one half of the dough in the fridge for about 15 minutes (just to make it firmer). Put the other half on the bottom of your cake pan. Roll out the other half of the dough. Cut out one large strip for the sides of the cake pan.

Put apples in your cake pan.

Cut the remaining dough in stripes and put them on top of the apples in a checkered pattern. Brush the pie with the remaining egg.

Put the cake in the oven for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

And your finished! Hurray. Not that hard, right?

Enjoy! :D

Recipe: Marble Cookies

It has been a while since I posted my last recipe. This is because I have been on a vacation. So I am sorry for that. But hopefully this recipe will make up for it :).

These cookies are awesome. They are a bit chewy and the combination of vanilla and chocolate is so delicious. It took only one day here to eat them all up. My family really liked them. And they are really easy to make.

195 gr. flour
30 gr. cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
125 gr. butter (unsalted)
90 gr. white sugar
90 gr. brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg

Preheat your oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Put the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. If you use vanilla sugar you can also add it here.

In another bowl, mix the butter with the sugar. If you use vanilla extract you can add it here.

Add the egg and mix it well.

Add the flour mixture in parts. If the dough gets to thick, switch to dough hooks or use your hands.

Split the dough in two. Add the cocoa powder to one half of the dough.

Get two small balls from each dough. Make one cookie of the two parts. Mix it a little bit so you get the marble effect.

Put them in the oven for about 10 minutes. They should be golden brown but still a bit soft because they wont get totally hard.

And that’s it! Really easy and it looks and tastes awesome.


Recipe: Bagels with Sesame Seeds

I really love bagels. I don’t know why, but I do. Especially with sesame seeds. And with a little bit of cream cheese and cherry tomatoes. Or a tuna salad. Hmmm, really like them. About one week ago I made them myself. It was very easy, I thought it would be more difficult. I must say they are only oven baked, so that makes it more easy of course. The recipe is from the dutch cooking channel 24Kitchen.

Fresh they tasted awesome. The outside was really crispy and the inside soft and airy. But when I ate them the next day they were a bit dry. I think this is because I did use less yeast than was said in the recipe. So in the ingredients of this recipe you will find the right amount of yeast. Gonna try them soon again :D.

500 gr. Flour
265 ml. Water
12 gr. Dried Yeast
12 gr. Salt
20 gr. Butter
1 Egg
Sesame Seeds

Put the flour, water and yeast in a mixing bowl with a dough hook. Knead it for about 4 minutes. Add the salt and the butter and knead for another 8 minutes.

Put some plastic over your bowl. Leave your dough to rise for about 40 minutes.

After 40 minutes, you can divide your dough in 6 pieces. Roll the pieces into a ball. Push your tumb trough the ball so you have a hole in you bagel. Put them on a baking tray with some parchment paper. Put some plastic on it and let it rise for another 35 minutes. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

Now, strike some egg over your bagels.

Put the sesame seeds on your bagels.

Put the bagels in the oven for 20 minutes. They are ready when they are golden brown.

Hmmm, delicious!






How To: Cake Roll Cake

I think I mentioned it earlier, but a few months ago, I followed a baking workshop. It was amazing! I learned so much of it. The man who was teaching us the baking stuff showed us a cook book with amazing pictures. One of them inspired me to make this cake. I think the cake was made kinda like I am going to show you here. But I can guarantee you that the cake in the book looked wáy better :). But anyway, I think this also looks good.

I made this cake with the cake roll I posted on July 20. This cake roll had a filling of white chocolate and cream cheese. The filling of the cake I am going to show you here is with a mouse of raspberries. This mouse I also learned at the workshop. Maybe I will post the recipe sometime, but first this cake roll cake.

Of course there are many variations of this cake roll cake. You can use many different kinds of cake roll. Different fillings, different tastes. You can use a cake roll from the supermarket or a home made one. Also the filling can vary in many ways. Fill it with ice cream to make an ice cream cake. I am definitely gonna try that some time. With some home made ice cream it should be really easy to fill this cake. A great idea for christmas (but I think it also will taste great now :D ). Or fill it with a mouse as I did. Chocolate mouse, strawberry mouse or a mocha mouse. Hmm, I am really gonna make this cake again!

One thing I want to mention is that the cake slices I made here are a little bit thin. The taste of the cake was awesome, but the proportion mouse was way to big in comparison to the cake. So that is something I am going to remember for the next time.

For this cake you only need one or two (I think two, I used one but I almost came short) cake rolls, some filling (mouse or ice cream), a bowl and some plastic foil. That’s it, so this is really going to be easy! :D

First, put the plastic foil on the bottom of the bowl. Make sure the whole bowl is covered.

Then, slice the cake roll. Make sure you have enough slices to cover the bowl with.

Cover the bowl with the cake roll slices. If there are any holes between the slices, put some leftover cake roll in it to make sure the filling won’t come out. If a slice has an ugly side (like the two ends of the cake roll) put that on the inside of the bowl (because you won’t see that when your cake is ready).

Pour or scoop your filling in the bowl. Make sure it is filled till the edge the cake roll slices. If you use a mouse, put it in the fridge. If you use ice cream, put it in the freezer.

When the mouse is set or the ice cream frozen, get your cake out of the fridge or freezer. Put a board on top of your bowl and turn it. Get off your bowl and the plastic. And ready it is! :D


Does n’t this look awesome? I must say, that with the cake roll filling I used the pattern of the cake roll is not very clear. But maybe you can imagine how it would look if you use a chocolate cake roll with white cake roll filling, or a vanilla cake roll with chocolate cake roll filling. Just try out yourself!