JELLY RINGS FROM BAD ISCHL – The No-Eggs Xmas Cookie
In our Christmas Cookie Baking Series, we share today one of Dieter Kermas’ favorite ‘Weihnachtsplätzchen’ that he has baked for years! It’s a straightforward recipe that doesn’t need any eggs.
The cookies make for a beautiful looking and deliciously tasting Christmas treat. In fact, this cookie and some with slight variations (different jams & jellies) belong to the traditional staple of Christmas cookies in Germany and shouldn’t miss on any Christmas cookie platter. A variation of this cookie is called ‘Spitzbuben’, a cookie that looks similar but sometimes incorporates an egg in its cookie batter.
100g almond flour
185g powdered sugar
2 packets of vanilla sugar
1 pinch of salt
some flour to roll out the dough
75g raspberry jelly
Step #1 – For the dough, mix the flour with the almond flour and the 125g powdered sugar.
Step #2 – Make a well in the middle. Add the Vanilla sugar and the pinch of salt to it.
Step #3 – Spread the butter in little flakes around it. Quickly prepare to a smooth batter. Cover and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
Step #4 – On a lightly floured work surface roll out the dough about 3mm thick. Cut out round cookies with a diameter of 6cm. Turn half of the cookie batch into circles by cutting out a hole of about 2cm in the middle.
Step #5 – Put all on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 8 minutes at 392 Fahrenheit.
Step #6 – Once baked, remove the circles with the holes from the baking sheet and dip them still warm in a mixture of powdered sugar and the rest of the vanilla sugar.
Step #7 – Cover the full round cookies with the raspberry jelly and place the powder sugared circles on top of it.
Tastes delicious with a hot cup of coffee, hot chocolate or spiced tea!
Dieter Kermas, CaliforniaGermans Author and a true Berliner, turned to writing after he retired from his profession as an engineer. Family and friends urged him to document his many experiences during his childhood in wartime Germany. This made for a collection of various essays which have been published here at CaliforniaGermans. (You can find the stories here on CaliforniaGermans.com by putting “Dieter Kermas” into the Search Box.) Apart from his childhood memories, he is also sharing some of his short stories and poems on CaliforniaGermans. Dieter Kermas, who loves to write, has published his first novel “Kolja. Liebe im Feindesland” in 2016, available at Amazon. Some of his work has been included in anthologies.
To get in touch with Dieter Kermas, please send an email with subject line “Dieter Kermas” to email@example.com
Christmas Rum Cake
This is the recipe for a delicious rum cake that our CaliforniaGermans contributor Merrill grew up with. It’s a treasured recipe from his mother, who used to make many smaller cakes from this recipe instead of one big one. It stayed a tradition for him and his family and every holiday season they are the delight of everyone in his family.
LIST OF INGREDIENTS:
|1.||1/2 Pound||Cake Flour|
|4.||5 Eggs||Separate the yolks from the egg white|
|5.||1/2 Cup||Evaporated milk|
|6.||2 Tea Spoon||Baking Powder|
|7.||1 Tea Spoon||Vanilla|
|8.||1/8 Tea Spoon||Salt|
|9.||3 Table Spoon||Burned Sugar (see procedure)|
|10.||3 Table Spoon||Raisins and cut Prunes soaked in Rum for several weeks|
|11.||1/3 Cup||Chopped Walnuts|
|12.||1/4 Cup||Red Cherries cut into Halves|
|13.||1/4 Cup||Green Cherries cut into Halves|
|14.||1/3 Cup||Dark Beer|
|15.||1/8 Tea Spoon||Grinded Nutmeg|
|16.||2 Table Spoon||Orange Juice|
|17.||1 Orange Skin||Grated orange peel|
STEP #1: Burn the 3 tablespoons sugar to a dark syrup then add 1 tablespoon of water, keep to a thick consistency. Let it cool down.
STEP #2: Mix butter with sugar, add dark syrup from STEP #1, grated orange peel, vanilla, nutmeg, orange juice. Add egg yolks one at a time. Add evaporated milk little by little.
STEP #3: Strain flour, baking powder, and salt together in separate bowl and add to the batter.
STEP #4: Add the cherries, prunes, chopped walnuts.
STEP #5: Whip the egg white apart and add to the batter at low speed. Add the dark beer.
STEP #6: Pour into a buttered 9-inch mold.
STEP #7: Bake at 350 ° F for around one hour
As a recent retiree, Merrill Lyew Emanuel now has time for his old and new hobbies. Within his hobbies are writing fan fiction in German, solving chess puzzles, repairing things at home that are not broken, doing a little bit of social media, reading every and anything that looks like a book, traveling a little, and taking snapshots with his mirrorless camera.
Having lived in Germany, Costa Rica and the USA, he is fluent in the languages of these countries. As a professional geographer he traveled profusely throughout Latin America. He is living in Southern California for over thirty years. Find more of his work at http://www.merrillius.net
One of my favorite holidays since living in the U.S. has definitely been Thanksgiving. I love getting together with friends to cook, chat, eat, and just have a great time. We do have Thanksgiving in Germany as well, but it’s not being celebrated the way the Americans do, at least when I was still living there.
When I was a child in elementary school, I remember that our class hosted a play for the parents at a farm in the forest on the actual Thanksgiving Day. The families gathered at the school in the morning before everyone, including teachers, kids, and parents participated in the approximately 20-minute walk towards the forest.
Once we reached the destination, the entertainment part started. I don’t remember many specific details except all of us singing songs together and the kids performing a play for the parents, praising all the great things the earth provided us with. That was pretty much all we did for Thanksgiving.
Coming over here, I really started seeing Thanksgiving more as a holiday and opened up to celebrating it. I mean, I moved all the way over here to get used to a different culture, might as well indulge in the American customs. I have celebrated in Texas a couple years and in California. Sometimes, my friends put together a Friendsgiving a couple days before the actual Thanksgiving Day, so I got to celebrate it twice in one year.
This year will be the first year where I won’t be celebrating on the actual day. Fortunately, my dear friend Katy (name changed due to privacy) put on a wonderful Friendsgiving celebration this past Saturday. It had an interesting twist giving the fact that my friend is vegan. I personally don’t eat meat myself and am pretty open to different diets and loved the various dishes.
Another Thanksgiving “tradition” I had to get used to as well was Black Friday. It is so crazy to me how people are lining up in front of stores for hours just to get a great bargain, when Thanksgiving should actually be all about being thankful for what we have. I love that there are certain stores that advertise the importance of being with family instead of shopping and keep their doors closed.
But however all of you are spending your Thanksgiving, I hope you are having a wonderful time.
Anne-Kathrin Schulte, is a contributor for CaliforniaGermans.com. She writes on her personal experience of the American Dream as well as on working as an au pair in CA. She was born and grew up in Düsseldorf, Germany, where she completed her degree as a state-approved Kindergarten teacher. After her au pair engagement in the US and a quick return to Germany she decided to attend university in California and moved back to the United States. She has been living in Southern California since 2011.
If you would like to contact Anne-Kathrin, please send an email to californiagermans(at)gmail.com and place her name in the subject line.
Wishing you Joy and Peace
at the Holidays and
throughout the New Year.
German Christmas Eve Family Services in California
Heiligabend / Christmas Eve at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. German Candlelight Service at 4:00 p.m.
Bilingual Candlelight Service at 6:00 p.m
Christmas Eve – 3:00pm. Family German Christmas Service – a service of readings, carols, organ music, a children’s message and a Kinderkrippenspic (Children’s Nativity play) entirely in German.
Christmas Eve – 3:00pm – The Christmas Story in German, German Christmas Carols, Sermon in English
Heiligabend, Dienstag, den 24. Dezember 2013, 18:00Uhr in der Christuskirche. Der Gottesdienst ist in deutscher Sprache mit engl. Untertiteln on screen. Mitgestaltet von den Solisten und dem Chor der Christuskirche.
German Service at 7:30pm
2011 is almost over. It was a beautiful sunny day down here in Southern California with the fog slowly coming in from the ocean in the afternoon creating some crisp winter atmosphere.
Have a great start into 2012!
Happy New Year !
Many countries around the world celebrate Christmas in different ways and on different days. In Germany, Austria and the German part of Switzerland it is custom to celebrate Christmas on the evening of December 24th, and many families end the holy night with the midnight mass at local churches. In contrary to the American Christmas Eve parties the celebration is one mostly with only the immediate family. The days of the 25th and 26th are the days to visit other relatives and close friends and celebrate with them as well.
December 24th is also often the day when the Christmas tree is festively decorated together with the whole family and some pay a last visit to the Christkindel markets, which close that afternoon until next year’s Christmas season.
Who will bring the presents to the children in Germany? Well, this depends if one is from the south or the north. The children in the north of Germany traditionally have the “Weihnachtsmann” similar to Father Christmas bring the gifts in the evening, whereas in the
south of Germany, and also in Austria, children are waiting for the “Christkind” (Christ Child) to bring them presents.
With this CaliforniaGermans wishes you all a wonderful Merry Christmas, Fröhliche Weihnachten, and a prosperous and happy New Year!
If you would like to know where you can find a German Christmas Eve church service in your neighborhood, please follow the link to the German Consulate.
Cornelia & CaliforniaGermans
The holidays’ festivities are only a little more than a week away and that’s most often the time when we remember Grandma’s precious silverware that has been stored away in some distant drawer over the year.
Stored silverware often surprises us with some unsightly looks at first. But there is immediate help on hand! In order for your silverware to shine and be the centerpiece of any festive table, one just needs to follow some simple tricks. [Read more…] about Show Off Your Silverware For The Holidays
The sun was out. Crisp air. Wonderful atmosphere. Fantastic start into the new year 2011 !