These indulgent, gluten-free biscuits from my home area Frankfurt turn every marzipan hater into a marzipan lover. They are crisp on the outside, soft on the inside, and taste like Christmas. Just a bit different from all the usual German “Plätzchen”: They don’t need any extra spices and they are super easy to make. Simple almonds and marzipan are enough to create these little humps of happiness.
Do you also like a good old, outside-crunchy-inside-soft cookie? My recent trip to the US really inspired me – I loved the cinnamon raisin bagels everywhere and I’ve also seen a lot of oatmeal products. Back at home, I thought I’d try to combine these flavours as a nice way to be reminded of my last holiday. I also aimed for a healthy, pure recipe, so I chose whole-grain flour and nuts as a base, just a bit agave syrup instead of sugar and the overwhelming natural sweetness of the raisins. It worked out perfectly!
‘Last Christmas’ is being played on the radio, putting up Christmas decoration, panicking about presents, drinking mould wine at Christmas markets and eating loads of food – that must be Christmas time! A traditional German Christmas cake full of wintery flavours is Christstollen, a yeast cake filled with raisins, ground almond, candied orange and lemon peel. Here, you’ll find the vegan version which only differs from the original in the use of margarine instead of butter. Total preparation time is a bit longer than for usual cakes, cause the dough needs a bit of time to sit and rest between the steps. So choose a calm evening or weekend afternoon, grab a glass children fruit punch and enjoy the process of producing this fragrant and yummy Christmas delicacy…
After trying these, you’ll wonder why you ever baked a cake in the oven. And why you used sugar. And white flour. And not fresh, raw ingredients that are actually good for you and taste amazing. I made these delicious avocado chocolate cupcakes for my family when I was home last week.