Plätzchen backen

Advent started today with the traditional “Plätzchen backen” – baking Christmas biscuits garnished with coloured or chocolate sprinkles, or with grounded almonds.

The dough is a mixture of flour, baking powder, sugar, butter and an egg, and is left to cool in the fridge before being rolled out and cut into the shapes. These are then coated with egg before the topping is added and baked for around 10 minutes.

Karl’s Strawberry Jam

Karls Erlebnisdorf is a small theme park of children in Zirkow on Rügen. Everything is themed around strawberries, and the gift shop sells a number of unusual strawberry-based items such as strawberry pasta and mustard.

Last year when we visited it was so hot, that we decided not buy any strawberry jam and have it in the car for several days with temperatures above 30°C, so being on the island this week I went back and stocked up.

Karls Strawberry Jam - with marzipan (left) and with prickly pear (right)
Karls Strawberry Jam – with marzipan (left) and with prickly pear (right)

Gemüsesuppe & Kartoffelpuffer

Traditional fare at the Stammesfest on Christi Himmelfahrt at the Partner Erde Scout Group in Rüsselsheim:

1. Gemüsesuppe (Vegetable soup) – home made the night before


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