Traditionally, the Bulgarian Christmas Eve table weighs down under the abundance of food the earth has presented us with – fruits and vegetables, nuts and beans, honey and wine. The center of the festive dinner is the ritual bread, decorated with pastry fruits, flowers and ears of wheat – symbol of fertility. Inside the bread is hidden a fortune coin – symbol of prosperity.
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A few weeks ago I attended a Stollen baking workshop organized by Der Beck - a local bakery. We tried different combinations of dried fruits, nuts and marzipan and all of them were delicious. Ever since, I've been planing to bake one of my own and today, I finally found the time.
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I found this recipe in a Burda magazine from the 80s. I added a bit from myself and the result was four small and succulent apple pies. Cover the bottom and sides of the baking form with puff pastry. In this case, I am using 4 small ceramic dishes. Pierce the dough at the bottom with a fork, to avoid puff bubbles while baking. Refrigerate while preparing the filling.
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It's a perfect autumn day; outside, the wind is tossing the raindrops back and forth, forth and back; inside, roasted pumpkin and cinnamon flavor is coming out of my oven...I am baking pumpkin strudel /Tikvenik/.
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Where does the Easter bunny come from and why does it bring colored eggs?
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