Never Enough

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Halloween is approaching so fast!

So, as I was thinking about what kind of cookies I could prepare for this special occasion, I checked my cutters.

To my own surprise, I have found out that my collection has grown quite considerably over the years.

And I still don’t have the feeling that this should be enough.

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My Sweet Mary Jane Slippers

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Today I have finished my first ever crocheted mary jane slippers.

I was quite pleased with the result because they seemed to be a perfect, cute and lovely alternative to socks (for home use of course; it might be a bit too difficult to fit them into shoes).

And then I showed them to my boyfriend… .

“Do I know the old lady?”, he asked.

“What old lady?”, I asked him back.

“Do I know the old lady you’ve made these for? The old lady in her late 80s?”

Well, to be frank with you, I still like them. I think it’s this girl thing that boys can’t understand. Ever!

So I keep telling my boyfriend they are vintage, he keeps telling me they are horrible. It’s been going on like this for the last few hours.

What do you think dear friends?

Are you on my side?

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Grated Cheesecake

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Yes, this cheesecake is really grated!

More specifically, the dough that makes up the top and bottom layer is grated.

It is an absolutely delicious cake.

I am sure you will love it!

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To make the dough you need:

1 3/4 cups (230 grams) all-purpose flour

1/2 cup (110 grams) unsalted butter

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon cocoa

2 tablespoons confectioner’s (or icing, powdered) sugar

2 tablespoons milk

For the filling you need:

16 ounces (500 grams) cream cheese

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups (150 grams) confectioner’s (or icing, powdered) sugar

1 tablespoon corn starch

1 tablespoon vanilla sugar (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)

1 tablespoon lemon zest

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1. Preheat an oven to 350 F (176 C).

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2. Grease and flour a springform pan.

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3. In a larger bowl mix the flour and the baking powder.

Then add the butter, cocoa powder, sugar and milk.

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4. Using hands form a firm ball.

Place the dough ball into a fridge for at least 1/2 hour (it gets firmer when cooled).

(Update: Though putting the dough into the fridge worked for me, I later found out that it gets so much easier if you put the dough into your freezer for an hour or two – the dough gets much firmer and easier to grate.)

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5. Now let’s make the cream cheese filling.

In a bowl of your electric mixer place the cream cheese, sugar, egg yolks, lemon zest, vanilla sugar and the corn starch.

Beat on medium speed until smooth (about 2 minutes).

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6. In a separate bowl beat the egg whites until the mixture holds stiff peaks.

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7. Mix the cream cheese mixture with the whipped egg whites gently.

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8. Remove the dough from the fridge.

Cut it in two halves.

Grate the first half of the dough in the pan.

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9. Now spread the cheese filling over the dough evenly.

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10. And grate the second half of the dough over the top.

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11. Bake for about 45-50 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool.

Don’t worry if the cake still wobbles a little when shaking a pan gently. It should be that way.

For even though the center may not look fully baked, once it cools it will firm up and be the correct consistency.

The great thing about cheesecake is that is stores very well and can also be frozen for several months.

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P.S.: Writing this post and going through all those pictures made me so hungry for the cake again I had to arm myself like this.

That thing on the right is vanilla custard.

What an evening!

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Annual Fall Market – Yay!

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I love this market!

It takes place every year during fall.

Many, many craftsmen gather to present their mastery.

I especially love gingerbread cookies, things made of wood and ceramics and the fresh chilly air filled with friendship and joy.

And mulled wine of course (a great friendly atmosphere enhancer)!

I have made some pictures for you to enjoy…

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Great natural kitchen tools made of wood.

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Loads of gingerbread and various sweets!

I want to have it ALL!

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Are you very hungry?

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Yaaay, dolls!

They look amazing.

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“I am taking this and that and that little think over there and this, please!”

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Cute pots and…

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… six zillion mugs with every possible name on them.

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I tasted one of these and it was delicious!

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Bling wonderland!

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These are scary-machine lovers in full swing.

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Lovely dried fruits.

Yummy… , my favorite!

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Turkish Delight and lollipops.

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Little loveys made of marzipan.

They look adorable.

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Teeny tiny rolling pins.

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And more lollipops… .

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Another scary looking machine.

The people in there were up-side-down at that very moment.

You should have heard that screaming!

But I am sure you can imagine that.

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Every possible thing made of wood here.

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Then these monkeys (after some kissing and hugging with each other) waved goodbye to me and I knew it was time to go home.

What a wonderful time that was, I am sure I’m coming next year again.

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