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Alfajores Con Dulce De Leche + Giveaway

December 12, 2013, 3:00 am
Good day. Do you need a versatile, flexible food blogger who safely serves all culinary areas? Take me. I can cut out fir trees, cut out snowflakes and, recently, even cut out clouds. Cookie dough with butter, cookie dough without butter, cookie dough with butter and a little vanilla extract - everything is possible, it shouldn't get boring. Cookie cutters in the shape of angel wings, stars, diamonds and another type of snowflake are in the planning stage. Possibly also snowflakes in a different size.

... oh no. There I stand in the kitchen, I am highly motivated and think, now I'll bake something completely new ... and half an hour later I catch myself rolling out a cookie cutter again as if obsessed Pierce the dough. I don't know why this always happens to me ?! No matter what I start to bake, it will always be a cookie cutter. Help. I probably get up sleepwalking at night and stab hearts, stars, octopuses, Facebook icons and the outlines of Baden-Württemberg like a madwoman. And then feed everything up. That would at least explain a lot.

Well, these are not dull cookies. These are alfajores, a kind of Spanish or South American shortbread, filled with perversely sweet milk jam aka Dulce De Leche - a figure killer of the first order, but unfortunately awesome. Maybe you know this caramel cream from Bonne Maman? Dulce De Leche tastes similar. You can use it as a spread on bread, as a sauce with ice cream, on waffles and crepes, in coffee, in yoghurt ... the best thing to do is to prepare a whole supply of it right away.

I've done a little research and there are arguably two main methods of making Dulce De Leche:
For the first one, put a liter of milk in a saucepan, add 300g sugar and a little bourbon vanilla and let the whole simmer while stirring until it takes on the desired caramel brown color. Unfortunately, this takes up to two hours. If you are not talking to your best friend on the phone anyway - rather impractical.
For the second, you buy sweetened condensed milk in a can (milkmaid), pour it into a small, flat baking dish and cover the form with aluminum foil. Place the small dish in a larger casserole dish filled with water. Put the whole thing in the oven at 220 ° C for about 60 minutes (depending on the oven's power). Has the advantage that you don't have to stir and can easily do something else during that time. Only towards the end of the baking time should you occasionally check the degree of browning. For me, the mass was a bit lumpy afterwards, but once with the hand blender and everything is fine again.

Addendum: Exactly, some of you were right to say that you can simply let a closed can of Milkmaid float in a pot of boiling water for about 2 hours. I didn't want to recommend that, because if you don't pay attention and boil the water, the can supposedly could explode. So you always have to pour water carefully so that the can is constantly covered. And you just can't keep track of the degree of browning. But if you're not as crazy as I am and quickly turn 5 minutes of checking emails into 2 hours (oops, what went wrong in the kitchen ?!: D), then this is certainly the most practical method of all !

When filled in screw-top jars, the Dulce De Leche will keep for a few months in the refrigerator. You can definitely give it away as well ...

50g cornstarch or corn starch
100g soft, diced butter

1. Mix the flour, starch and baking powder.
2. Using a hand mixer, beat the softened butter, sugar and eggs in a large bowl until they are fluffy and creamy.
3. Scrape out the pulp of the vanilla pod and add to the egg mixture.
4. Slowly pour the flour mixture into the egg mixture and continue stirring until a smooth dough is formed.
5. Wrap the dough in cling film and place in the refrigerator for about half an hour.
6. Roll out the dough about 4mm thick on the floured work surface (a little thicker than normal cookie cutters), cut out any shapes (traditionally circles, I thought little clouds were nice ...) and place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
7. Bake the alfajores for about 10 minutes at 190 ° C. Let cool down and use two alfajores with a teaspoon of dulce de leche to build sandwiches. Warning, these things are addictive! Actually, you feel sick, but you always want to keep eating. Devil stuff.

For activities like Dulce De Leche production, I really like my enamel crockery: it can be used as a stove or oven and, for aesthetic reasons, I could stare at it forever (even for two hours, possibly). And so that one of you can stock up on it too, dear Chris from Newstalgie * gave me a € 50 voucher to raffle off! Of course, the winner can use the voucher to order everything else from the Newstalgie online shop, you will not be forced to buy enamel crockery. There would be, for example, endless cookie cutters (also the outlines of Baden-Württemberg, grin), fluffy pillows and blankets from Fussenegger, the original Tolix chairs and stools (well, it would only be a small deposit), elegant quiche molds in black, White and red ... oh you'll find something, I'm sure of that.

Just leave me a comment under this post stating that you want to win.
I also need some form of contact, how I can reach you in case of a win. It doesn't have to be an email address, a blog link, Facebook link, etc. is also sufficient.
The closing date is Sunday, December 15, 2013, 23:59. Any natural person worldwide can participate, including anonymous readers. I use the random number generator random.org and then contact the winner to send the voucher. The contact details you may have provided, such as e-mail addresses, will only be used to notify you of the winnings. If you are under 18, please ask your parents for permission before participating. The competition only takes place on the blog. The judges' decision is final.

Acrylic spoon: again from Saber, great love, I'm pulling it on EVERY photo at the moment ...
Crochet things (pot holders sound stuffy and doilies even more, uärgs): DIY
Cloud cookie cutter: Miss Etoile

By the way, it may well be that the pictures seem a bit more bluish / dull / washed out than usual ...? I switched from PC to Mac and apart from the fact that I am now in a lot of chaos and am constantly on the lookout for lost emails and files (and always unintentionally close Safari when I do something + cmd + If you want to press Q for an @, but cmd + Q is short for close on the Mac, gnaaah), the retina display is much more brilliant and less bluish than the one on my old laptop. As a result, when I checked my Mac-edited photos yesterday on the old computer again, I almost fell over and increased the clarity and contrast again a bit. They were brilliant on the Mac, but washed out on my old girl, a bit backlit and gray, even though I had actually optimized the contrast curve in Lightroom with the alt key and the black and white sliders. I left the bluish tint because my old laptop was definitely in the wrong color space and had a lot too bluish tint, which meant that my photos were often a tad too warm in the past. Sure, it's all a question of calibration and you can't please every monitor. And at some point we'll have to buy a properly calibrated Eizo or NEC monitor. But until then I'll try to find the best compromise for all screens - with a slight preference for the Mac, simply because I have one myself and probably also some of my readers and customers, media people;) If it looks very strange with you, please scream, thank you!

Uuuand I urgently need to adapt the alternative fonts in my source code. Only now can I see with the Mac that in Safari a serif font from my first choice Calibri becomes, but online I prefer sans serif fonts.

So, I have to go to sleep now and I will unlock the post for you tomorrow at noon. Have you ever eaten Dulce De Leche? I could imagine that then you either hate it or love it ... which side are you on?

December 18, 2013, 6:52 am
Wohooo! The last REWE post has been photographed, texted, submitted and will go online on Christmas Eve. Nothing against the challenges, I really had fun with them, but after all the food, a little interior is also good again. I can't shoot on the balcony anyway, because I had the glorious idea to dust a photo background completely with powdered sugar to simulate a magical snowy landscape (for the biscuit trees here). Unfortunately, the powdered sugar was then spread out magically on the entire balcony floor and by the time I had enough motivation to clean it away, it was RAINED. With the magical effect that the WHOLE balcony is now sticking. Sometimes it even pulls strings when you walk over it. Waaah! How am I ever going to clean this up again ?! I think I just ignore it, then it will surely get over it at some point ... I still don't feel like cleaning away (the "it's your own fault, bitch!" That the superhousewife hisses in my head, I just discreetly ignore ).

So close the balcony door, continue shooting inside. At the moment the bedroom is on the hit list again. In 2012 we still had a shabby-style bedroom (and rosaaa, hrhr ... or yellow-pink, because my old laptop had a perverse blue tint), then it got a bit more Nordic and straightforward and at the moment I'm still trying this style enforce more consistently and experiment with different shades of gray.

What absolutely had to get out: the chandelier. We now have such a hipster origami paper folding lamp for that.
The bed linen with the flourish print Savon-Paris-Lavande-blabla was replaced by linen bed linen in two shades of gray from H&M (it is not unironed, it has to be!) And an anthracite-colored fitted sheet from TK Maxx.
Instead of the slatted bedside tables there is one of the Frosta stools from Ikea that were raped for you (but without knitted cuffs !!!)
Laundry bag with vintage print out, Ferm Living laundry basket in (the male may not like the poor thing, but he has to go through it now).
And in front of the bed was a gray and black zigzag rug from Bloomingville.
Nothing has changed at the corner of the desk, I haven't photographed it again. It doesn't really belong in a bedroom, but we had no other option ... You can take a look at the other side of the room HERE.

Which, by the way, doesn't quite fit anymore: The bed and the chest of drawers in the country house style can be seen HERE in the first picture. Unfortunately, I have not yet found any spare parts that are absolutely desirable. Sure, bed and chest of drawers from the simple Malm series from Ikea always work. But to get a little theatrical now: That would be like a half-hearted relationship, just not to be alone, at least not the great love! That's why I just moved the chest of drawers away for the photos and turned the bed over - you can roll your eyes now;) I already have my fair punishment for it, because the bed is now squeaking again after turning it twice by 180 ° C. Damn.

You can also see my new darling there, by the way, to whom we owe the end of the yellowish photos. So now I can refine my interior photos with a Macbook that happened to be draped. Yesss.

And so that this is not just a "Ällabätsch, look what I'm gonna hahaaab" post, here is a little added value in the form of 6 ideas "How to style your bedroom":

1. I could go back and forth over and over again, so it becomes point 1: The bedside tables do not have to be bedside tables! Maybe that's just my personal quirk, but I don't like furniture that was obviously designed as a bedside table and can only be used as such. There is so much more that can be used as a bedside table: stools, side tables, wine boxes, knitted poufs, stacks of magazines, stepladders ... you get the idea.

2. The bedroom is a space to relax, so be sure to keep things tidy here. It shouldn't be too crowded and, above all, no parking space for discarded furniture, so muck it out regularly. Storage space can be created in a cautious way with built-in cupboards, a simple chest of drawers, a stack of beautiful boxes or simply under the bed.

3. The order should also be reflected in a calm, harmonious color scheme. It's certainly a matter of taste, but I especially like the whole range of gray tones, from dark anthracite to light light gray, mixed with black, white and a few bluish or gray-violet accents. Taupe, mud, slate - all of these desaturated colors that are actually not colors are great for the bedroom.

4. Making beds so they look good is not that trivial (at least I can't). Since we are also missing a nice bedspread, my solution is: pillows. Just spread a lot of it on the bed and it looks like something. Of course, again pay attention to a harmonious color palette, feel free to experiment with one or two patterned accent pillows. In practice, however, the whole pillow rabble is swept out of bed before going to sleep ... but these are not tips on how it is most practical, but how it looks nice.

5. Bedding matters a lot. It is often not cheap, but it is worth investing in beautiful, high-quality sets that also go well with the overall concept of the room. Darkwing Duck bed linen can even ruin a bedroom with a box spring bed and Artemide bedside lamps.

6. The "Big Blank Wall" problem: Unfortunately, we have it too. If you don't have a sensational headboard on your bed, it quickly looks bare over the bed. Ideas here would be, for example, a large modern print, a picture strip, a simple shelf as a shelf for books and selected favorite items, a large board made of assembled wooden panels as a headboard or, if they are tasteful, wall stickers (sounds terrible at first, I know ). I'm thinking more of something like achromatic confetti dots or oversized overlapping circles ... less of ornate "Carpe Diem" lettering. But here too, as everywhere, the following applies: everyone has their own and there is no arguing about taste.

Bloomingville runner: Lunoa
Stool, bed, bedside lamp, curtain: Ikea

Do you have any tips for a nice, very simple bed and something like a dresser? I would be very grateful :) And what style do you like in your bedroom?

The € 50 voucher for the Newstalgie online shop won: Ina from Petite Saigon! Congratulations, I'll get in touch with you by email soon :)
December 22, 2013, 6:02 am
So this is Christmas ... huh, I'm a terrible Christmas junkie, are you? American films somehow gave me a very specific picture of Christmas romance, which I mercilessly chase after every year. White wooden banisters decorated with holly, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas in a loop, kissing under the mistletoe, wandering hand in hand through the snowy Central Park and then shopping a little at Tiffany's, wearing an off-white bobble hat and shiny eyes, then Return to the white-painted, neat suburban house of the upper middle class and warm your hands on a cup of Eggnog, put the goose in the oven and wait with a perfectly starched apron for the bell of the relatives packed with presents, laughing and talking confused. So basically the Chevy Chase scenario, minus exploded cat and flared grandpa.

Unfortunately, our small old apartment in the middle of the city is not big enough that we could accommodate all the relatives and the Muddi (= me) could do her American housewife performance ... so I have to dream a little further. At least the gifts are already wrapped, as it should be for a proper Christmas muddi! This year the main elements are snowflakes made from iron beads, self-stamped paper and stars made from wooden balls. Color concept: Well what (although with me shades of blue are slowly replacing black and white ... but more of that in the New Year).

But what only occurred to me when it was too late: recipients of gifts who are not design-savvy could easily mistake the wrapping paper, stamped based on Pia Wallen, for a military cemetery. Oh well.
The stamped paper and the snowflakes made from Hama pearls are basically self-explanatory. For example, there are nice instructions in the Christmas book by Miss Klein. However, the stars are not that trivial (at least I struggled on the first try) and since the question came up on Instagram, there are detailed DIY instructions here:

30 wooden beads of the same size with a hole
1.Cut a long piece of wire, even a meter. You can still shorten it, but if the wire is not enough you have to start from scratch.
2. Thread 12 beads onto the wire.
3. Thread the wire through all the beads again, so that a ring is formed.
4. Tighten the ring firmly. Make sure that a piece of wire stays as long as possible. The other end can be very short, so you don't do anything with it except to twist it at the end with the rest of the long wire.
5. Thread 2 beads onto the long piece of wire.
6. Thread this through the bead after the next. So skip a pearl (see picture).
8. Thread on 2 beads again and pull the wire through the bead after that. Do the whole thing until you are around once - i.e. 6 times if you pull the wire through every second of the 12 starting beads.
9. Now pull the wire through the first bead of the pair of two from step 5. You practically land on the tip of the star point. Thread a bead.
10. Guide the wire through the second bead of the pair of two back to the base of the prongs and tighten - the first star point is ready.
11. Now pierce the first pearl of the next pair of two and so on, until each star point has a point. A total of 6 times.
12. Tighten everything again nicely, twist the two wire ends together and cut off what is too long. You can also do the whole thing with fabric cord, but then a needle is recommended as a threading aid and the star becomes a little softer overall. But it may look nicer because you can pull the pearls together even tighter (last photo is made with string, photo 1-11 with wire).
By the way, one of the presents was for me and has already been unpacked. It came from the Danish brand "By Lassen" * and it contained this wonderful candlestick Kubus 4. You know that I have a little weakness for design classics and I had always wished for the Kubus. I can definitely understand its cult status in Scandinavia. He manages this balancing act between absolute simplicity and simplicity in the design on the one hand and ... yes, tension, fascination on the other (stupid nominal style, but I was now determined by the first part of the sentence). It just doesn't seem boring because it looks different from every angle and can inspire friends of mathematics to philosophize endlessly. And yes, I also have a thing for math. Hit me but it's out now

Fortunately, it came just in time to be our Advent wreath this year. Of course you have a lot of possibilities to decorate it as such, but I just wanted to enjoy its simplicity first and only put 4 gray ombre candles with a color fade (can you see that in the pictures?). There it burns today on the fourth Advent in full beauty ...

Wooden beads, iron-on beads, number tags, stamping ink, paper and ribbons: the Creativmarkt idea
Cross and fir stamp: DIY made of foam rubber

Well, then I'll try to implement as many clichés as possible from my Christmas kitsch list (at least it should be enough for an eggnog made from deer cups). The last REWE challenge comes online on Christmas Eve and then there is a little break here.
How did you wrap your presents this year? Have a nice fourth Advent!
December 24, 2013, 4:43 am
Have a wonderful good Christmas Eve morning! Is anyone online today or are you all still frantically buying the last gifts, wrapping them up, letting the hair conditioner take effect and quickly getting the last kumquats and carambolas in the supermarket? In any case, it's my turn today for my last REWE challenge. The task was: "Today I'll have breakfast like Santa Claus" ...

Well, how does Santa Claus have breakfast? What kind of person is that anyway, in terms of social background and so on? The general consensus is that he lives in Lapland, is obese and probably has a drinking problem (red bulbous nose, like to google rhinophyma). This, in turn, suggests that his wife is a blogger: he constantly has to eat up the sweets produced in large quantities and spends the evenings alone and depressed on the sofa while his wife hacks on her laptop until two at night. What else can you do but drink? So let's be clear: his breakfast will be a real calorie bomb, it's probably blogger-esque and it contains alcohol.

Furthermore, Santa Claus certainly doesn't have much time this morning. Today he has to make the DHL man for the whole world with a vehicle that is completely unsuitable from a transport logistics point of view (reindeer sleigh) (by the way, he used to be a DHL man - that's how he got to know his wife, the blogger). He has to be able to swallow his breakfast as quickly as possible without cutlery and there has to be something with him that he can take with him on the go.

So actually it is totally logical: Santa Claus has an enormous stack of pancakes with caramel sauce for breakfast, throws down several cups of glögg (Swedish mulled wine) with a lot of rum and takes a large portion of roasted almonds with him for his long day at work. His wife has him The whole thing was of course a bit nicely prepared and couldn't do without Tine K lanterns or honeycomb balls, a styler cake plate and a black and white color scheme.