2 December 2017

Dark Chocolate Lebkuchen (german biscuits)

Lebkuchen is a traditional german cookie that is usually baked for Christmas !
Almost all years for Christmas I make a new recipe.
It is most like a soft gingerbread cookie full of warm spices. In this case the glazed is chocolate.
I think not matter how you make them, you will be glad with tehm !
I glazed too with sugar and lemon, yo can see others recipes here in Christmas recipes.

adapted from :  A dash of ginger


85 grams butter (3 ounces)
200 grams runny honey
220 grams plain flour
100 grams ground almonds
1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking powder
100 grams dark brown sugar 
1 egg 
Juice of medium orange

To coat the cookies
200 grams  (7 ounces) dark chocolate


Preheat the oven to 180 °c. Heat the butter and honey in a pan over medium heat until the butter has melted. Allow to cool slightly (about 5 minutes)

In a large bowl, add all the remaining dough ingredients. Add the butter/honey mixture and mix until combined.
If the dough feels a bit too wet to work with refrigerate for 15 minutes (I made )

Roll the dough into balls  (like the picture)  if is needed add some flour, and place on a lined baking tray, leaving enough space for them to spread. 

You'll probably need to use 2 baking trays or do this in batches.

Gently press each ball down to flatten a little. Bake for 10 or 12 minutes ( see the oven) until browned but still soft.
Remove and transfer to a cooling rack to cool.

Coat the cookies into the rack . I spread the chocolate over the cookies  with a spoon and sprinkle some little gold stars.
(but you can let only with the chocolate)
Leave the cholate set.

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Picture from A dash of ginger

When I coated my cookies and let set

en español

galletas alemanas de chocolate y miel

29 November 2017

Red lentil and carrot cream soup (My magic soup) (Sopa cremosa de lentejas rojas con zanahorias)

In these Christmas times beautiful and crazy, 
(although I do not go out much I'm the one that I get to those who come to the house) a simple and delicious  soup recipe, and then we continue with the Christmas recipes.

I call it my magic soup, because of how rich it is, how fast it is made and how comforting it is. My daugther say  that also has many vitamins and is good. But I do it because  only I love it.
Is vegetarian too, have red lentils, carrots, spices, curry, some basil and zucchini,  :)

Adapted from : All recipes UK


250 grams red lentils (US 1 1/4 cup) (UK 9 oz)
3 medium carrots
2 green onions (roughly chopped)
2 garlic cloves (crushed)
2 tablespoons basil chopped.
2 teaspoon curry powder
2 medium zucchini peeled and in slices
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1.2 vegetable stock
vegetable oil
1/3 cup heavy cream or greek yogurt
salt and pepper


Heat some oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Gently fry  green chopped onions and crushed garlic with curry and coriander powders for 5 minutes.

Add carrots and zucchini  peeled and chopped into thin slices. 
Mix well and cook for  about 5 minutes.
If looks dry add some vegetable stock.
Add red lentils and vegetable stock. Seasoned with salt and pepper.
Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and cook covered under medium heat for 20 minutes until carrots and zucchini are cooked.
Add cream  and chopped basil and cook for 5 minutes.
Puree the soup with a blender.
Season to taste.
Serve warm with a dollop of heavy cream or yogurt and some coriander. 

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en español
Sopa de lentejas rojas  y zanahorias

Hemos tenido unos dias rarísimos acá en Santiago . Algunos dias con calor otros con frio, En fin.
Que tal una sopita? despues viene todo lo que comemos en Navidad que es tan rico.
Esta sopa me encanta. Facil. deliciosa y maravillosa.
Las lentejas rojas tienen la gracia que no se remojan como las otras y se deshacen rapidamente. o sea uno la hace super rapido.
Me gusta en cualquier momento. No me gusta muy caliente ninguna sopa.
Para la noche es ideal.
Vegetariana y saludable.

250 gramos lentejas rojas
3 zanahoras medianas pelas y en rodajas
2 cebollines picados
2 dientes de ajo picados o aplastados
aceite  vegetal neutro
2 cucharadas de albahaca picadas 
2 cucharaditas polvos curry
2 zapallitos italianos medianos pelados y picados
1 cucharadita de cilantro en polvo o fresco
1, 5 litro de caldo vegetal 
1/3 taza de crema espesa o yogurt griego
sal y pimienta


Calentar algo de aceite en una olla mediana a fuego medio/suave.
Suave,mente freir los cebollines ay el ajo picado con el curry y el cilantro. Por unos 5 minutos.Agregar a la olla los zapallitos y las zanahorias pelados y picados en rodajas. Revolver bien y cocinar por unos 5 minutos(si esta seco agregar algo de caldo)
Agregar las lentejas rojas y el caldo vegetal.
Sazonar a gusto con sal y pimienta.
Cocinar a fuego medio hasta que las zanahorias y zapallitos esten cocidos. (unos 20 minutos)
Agregar la crema o yogurt natural y la albahaca.
Cocinar unos 5 minutos. 
Dejar enfriar un poco y moler con un procesador (blender) .
Servir con un poco de crema o yogurt y algo de albahaca o cilantro.
Se puede guadar en el refrigerador hasta dos dias.

Nota: la proxima volvemos a recetas navideñas!
ah las lentejas rojas las he encontrado en el Jumbo y en el Lider. (Oriental products)