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Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond Garmisch

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Brandied Chocolate Cherry Almond GarmischGarmisch is another wonderful yeasted coffeecake as only the Germans can make them. Superb bakers, their products not only look beautiful but are luxurious tasting.

This yeast dough is really easy to put together and even if you have been slow to come to yeasted doughs this is a great place to start. It is a firmer dough that handles easily. It can be made ahead and refrigerated for several days before shaping and after baking, it freezes to be eaten another day – maybe as a special treat on New Years Day morning.

This Garmisch dough comes from a recipe that is so old I can’t remember where I got it. The dough itself is not sweet. The sweetness of the Garmisch comes from the filling. The original filling was walnuts and while delicious, the chocolate cherry almond filling adds a note of excitement. Dried bing cherries are soaked in brandy. Almond paste, a European favorite combines exquisitely with the cherries and brandy. The processor makes quick work of combining the ingredients into a filling with the egg white used to bind the filling. Continue reading

Pfeffernusse Cookies

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Finished photoI’m not sure why Pfeffernusse cookies are relegated to the Christmas season, but they seem to be.  They come from the German repertoire of cookies and the word pfeffernusse translates to  “pepper nut”.   While everyone seems to agree they have molasses, pepper and spices, just which spices seem to vary.  I have seen recipes with nuts, lemon rind, candied fruit ,a list of spices a mile long, brown sugar, granulated sugar, molasses, honey or molasses and honey.  However, this is the Pfeffernusse cookie I remember from the first time I tasted them and fell in love with their spicy, sweet flavor.

These Pfeffernusse cookies are like a fine wine – they need time to develop their flavor.  As such plan ahead to give them at least a week, preferably several.  If eaten when first baked, they are rather uninspiring.  However, left in an airtight tin for a week or several weeks deepens the flavor and melds the spices so they are not so individual and sharp.  The second flavor to all the spices is anise, a favorite German flavoring and one I love.  I have seen recipes without it and if you are not an anise fan, substitute vanilla. Continue reading