Vienna Christmas Walks…

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Vienna is very beautiful in the pre-Christmas time, from mid November until shortly after the New Year. There are plenty of Xmas markets/stalls around the city. One of my favourites is the one in front of the Karlskirche (Charles’ Church) … Continue reading

My grandmother’s cookies

This is my first recipe in English and the photos are once again copied directly from my Croatian blog’s editor.

These used to be some of my favourites cookies that my granny was baking for us. She used to call them ‘Home cookies’ and for me they are just grandma’s cookies.

I make them for many occassions, cutting different shapes. If it is Valentines, I’ll cut little hearts and put red sugar coating, in Summer I may do them without the sugar icing/glaze but adding some lavendel from my garden into the dough. For winter and Christmas time, I decided to use the snowflakes cutters. It is also possible to put a hole into the cut cookie before baking and after baking and cooling down, you could tie and hang the cookies as a decoration. My children love these and normally make various animal shapes.

You’ll need:

630 g flour
250 g butter
250 g sugar
3 eggs
pinch of salt

optional: organic lavendel, 2 teaspoons

sugar icing:
about 250 g powder sugar
lemon or lime juice (about 2-4 teaspoons)
food colours (blue in this case)

1. Mix the eggs with sugar and add soft butter. Slowly add flour and the rest of ingredients. Mix well and do not add flower too quickly. Wrap the dough in an aluminium foil (or cling film) and leave for half an hour in the fridge.
2. Roll the dough about 0.5 – 1 cm thick and cut shapes. If necessary add a teaspon of water or cream to make it roll better. It may be easier to roll over the cling film or a plastic foil.
Preheat the oven at 180°C.

3. Bake about 10-15 minutes. I like them crispier so I wait until they get brownish on edges. However, this is really not necessary.

4. Cool well and prepare the powdered sugar icing by slowly adding the lemon juice. Two teaspoons may not seem enough in the beginning but do not add more until well mixed with the sugar. If you wish, you can also add water or orange juice but it is too sweet for my taste. Spread over the cookies.

I hope you’ll enjoy these cookies, with or without glaze, as much as we do!

My first post….testing

This is my first post, I have no idea of how to use wordpress but I am not new to blogging.

This is my blog in Croatian language: http://kuharicazadjecu.blog.hr

It is about cooking for children and adults and it is one of the most popular food blogs in the region. Through this blog I also published my first cookbook.

Now it is time to move on…since I live in Vienna I want to write about Vienna, its restaurants and coffee houses, sweet shops and many other, unknown people or shops producing interesting food.

All photographs published on my other blog, in my cookbook and those that are going to be published here are my babies :). So please do not kidnap but ask me for a permission to use.

Since I am just testing … here is also a first photograph of the stuff I’ve been baking these days. If any interest, I am going to publish a recipe as well….

If anyone has some good advice for me, please go ahead and help me with this platform 🙂