German nougat – also called viennese nougat or gianduja – is made with three ingredients: hazelnuts or almonds, chocolate and sugar. While store-bought nougat contains dairy – this homemade German nougat is dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free and vegan!
German nougat is so delicious – it’s used as baking ingredient, as cake or praline filling, for ice creams and desserts or eaten as it is. I always wanted to make German nougat at home – especially since I can’t eat dairy (and therefore store-bought nougat) anymore. However, all recipes that I tried produced more a chocolate spread – not real German nougat!
But, finally, after years of research and trial and error I found an old recipe for traditional homemade German nougat. Yay! I adapted the recipe slightly because the nougat was made with too much chocolate. I’m so pleased with the recipe: This homemade German nougat is even better than store-bought German nougat! I never thought that it’d be so easy to make German nougat from scratch at home.
Made with just three ingredients – quince paste is a traditional Christmas candy popular since the Victorian era.
Quince paste – also called quince candy, quince cheese and quince jelly candy – is an old-fashioned Christmas candy. It has a beautiful reddish color and tastes like a sweet version of quince jelly. It takes some time to make quince paste at home but it’s so worth it and you’ll only need three ingedients: quinces, sugar and lemon juice! Continue reading Victorian Quince Paste – Homemade Quince Jelly Candy→
Noyaux, marzipan, amaretto, kirschwasser, cherry jam – there are a lot of recipes that are made with apricot kernels, peach kernels or cherry pits!
Just recently I found out that apricot kernels, cherry pits, peach kernels and peach leaves can be used as natural bitter almond flavoring. ‘Families should always save their peach-kernels, as they can be used in cakes, puddings and custards.’ (Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes and Sweetmeats, 1836, p. 56) And even if the kernels contain amygdalin, which turns into cyanide in the body, it’s safe to consume food prepared with kernels if it’s cooked or baked before eating (more about it here).
Almond extract is easy and cheap to make at home – it just takes some time! You can use almonds to make homemade almond extract or something that you’d usually throw away: fruit stones!
In the past, fruit stones – such as apricot pits, peach kernels and cherry pits – were often used to flavor custard, cake or compote. Real almond extract – also called noyaux – is made with fruit stones. But apricot pits etc. contain a form of cyanide – so if you’re worried about it just make homemade almond extract with almonds! Continue reading Homemade Almond Extract – With Almonds Or Apricot Pits→
Homemade kiwi curd – creamy, sweet and tart – a great alternative to lemon curd! Enjoy it on its own or serve it on bread, pancakes, cookies or ice cream. Kiwi curd is also delicious as pie filling with meringue topping!
Homemade aquafaba is amazing stuff! Turn something that you’d usually throw away into vegan whipped cream and vegan meringue. How amazing is that?! Aquafaba is easy to make at home and it tastes much better than store-bought aquafaba.
Aquafaba – sometimes called chickpea brine – is the cooking water of chickpeas (or other legumes). It’s a natural, vegan, plant-based egg replacer. You can use aquafaba as vegan egg substitute for cakes, as binder for vegan burgers, for vegan mayonnaise or vegan cheese, for vegan marshmallows or vegan marshmallow fluff, to make vegan mousse and vegan buttercream, as vegan whipped cream substitute or vegan ice cream base, for vegan chocolate-covered marshmallow cookies, for fluffy vegan waffles and crepes – you can even make vegan meringue or a vegan pavlova with aquafaba! Continue reading Homemade Aquafaba→