Strawberry Dumplings

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OK, the first plan today was to make plum dumplings, because I had some plums in the fridge from our last visit to my parents’.  As I was gathering the ingredients I opened the fridge and, to my surprise, the plums were gone.

My boyfriend, though he had been informed about my plans with them, just did what felt right for him last night.

What can you say?

Let’s make strawberry dumplings!

And good they were!

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These are the ingredients.

To make the dough you need:

4 larger potatoes

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp butter, softened

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup (130 grams) all-purpose flour, or as needed

To fill the dumplings you need:

about 20 fresh or canned strawberries, cut in halves

sugar

And to cover the dumplings you need:

1/2 cup (115 grams) butter, melted

1/2 cup (100 grams) white sugar

1 cup (120 grams) bread crumbs (I used grind corn flakes)

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This is how it was all put together:

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1. Clean the potatoes thoroughly and place them into a pot with enough water to cover.

Bring them to a boil and cook until tender. It should take about 35 minutes.

Then drain and let cool.

When potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel and mash them. Set aside to cool.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the prepared potatoes, salt, eggs and flour until well blended.

If the dough is still wet and very sticky you can add more flour. But be careful not to add too much because then the dough gets too tough and we don’t want that.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth.

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3. On a well floured surface roll out the dough to 1/4 inch (0,6 cm) thickness.

Cut the dough into even squares of about 2 1/3 inches (6 cm).

You can put 1/2 tsp sugar on each square (that is optional, but if you use fresh fruit, it is fine to use the sugar, because the fresh fruit is not so sweet).

But look at me!

I used canned (quite sweet) strawberries but still had put the little heap of sugar onto each square.

Somebody likes it sweet!

And then place a strawberry half on the top .

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4. Bring the corners around to the top, …

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… pinch together all the seams to seal and form a nice neat dumpling.

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5. Melt the remaining 1/2 cup (115 grams) of butter in a pan over medium heat. Stir in bread crumbs and 1/2 cup (100 grams) of sugar. Continue to cook and stir until browned.

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6. Bring a large pot of water to a slow boil. Place about 6 dumplings into the water at a time. Once they float to the surface (sometimes I have to help them, because they get stuck on the bottom), continue to cook them for about 5 more minutes. Transfer cooked dumplings to a bowl.

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7. Roll warm dumplings in the mixture until covered.

These dumplings can be filled with many other fruits like plums, apricots or anything else you dare to put in them.

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Marble Bundt Cake

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This cake was a must on our Sunday table nearly every weak when I was I child.

It looks very sophisticated, but let me tell you, it is one of the easiest I make.

The ingredients should be enough for a 10 inch (25 cm) pan.

I used quite a large bundt pan so I doubled the amounts.

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To make it you need:

3  medium eggs

2 1/4 cups (270 grams) cake flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2  cup (240 ml) vegetable oil

1 1/4 cups (250 grams) white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup (240 ml) milk

4 teaspoons cocoa powder

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And this is how:

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1. Preheat an oven to 350 F (177 C).

2. Spread oil over the inner side of the bundt or tube pan and dust it gently with flour.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat together eggs and sugar.

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4. After about 5 minutes, when it looks just about this, you can add oil and the vanilla extract.

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5. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

6. With the mixer on low speed alternately add the flour mixture and the milk to the batter.

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7. Pour half of the batter into the bundt pan.

8. Stir the cocoa powder into the other half of the batter, mixing well. Then gently, spoon by spoon, add the cocoa batter to the pan.

This will create the wonderful marble effect.

9. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

This cake will keep for a couple of days at room temperature.

Enjoy dear friends!



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Lovely Early Fall Treats

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Managed to gather all these beauties today.

Pure early fall bliss!

This Huge Trip Around Hungary

Hey, did you miss me?

Don’t worry, I am back.

Do you wonder where I have been?

Well, on the BEST VACATION ever!

Me and my boyfriend decided to have a look at what it looks like over in Hungary.

For those of you who don’t know where on earth that could be – Hungary is a lovely state in the center of Europe.

The following pictures will guide you through the whole journey!

Enjoy dear friends!

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The first town we visited was called Eger.

They have a wonderful castle offering this marvelous view.

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Then we strolled up and down the little streets and found this cute late summer harvest display.

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This little cafe looks so inviting.

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Hmmm, and I hadn’t even expected this – GRAPE MUST – an absolute autumn Hungarian must.

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The sun had set and our first day was done.

Time to go to bed and get a good sleep. There were six days of traveling ahead of us.

We slept at little local hotels. Another night – another hotel. It was interesting but it has taught me that there’s no such thing as your own lovely, used-by-nobody-else-before bed.

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The next day we visited Miskolc, a truly wonderful town. This alley had led us to a huge surprise…

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… actually, it wasn’t huge, it was HUGE!

And that is a king in the front. Yeah, you are thinking the right way, he did own the castle.

Can you see the years on the front plate (1342-1382)? That was pretty long ago, haaa?

According to Wikipedia he enjoyed reigning over various countries and his greatest hobby was warfare.

Who would expect that, right?

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This is my personal favorite.

It really warms up my heart and brings about that sweet dreamy feeling.

Yaaay!

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The third day was spent on water.

Precisely, on one great river called Tisza.

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We borrowed a motor-boat…

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… and had a great time.

Especially me because I had to do absolutely nothing –  just look around, relax and take pictures.

Lucky me!

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A pumpkin patch.

I had never seen that before.

I was totally amazed.

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This is the Hungarian renowned puszta – a wide field with no hills or mountains in sight.

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Our last but one day.

The town of  Bekescsaba.

The guy looked back at me and asked if he should move.

And I said “no please”.

Yummy…

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Lovely tulips.

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Warm sunny morning in Szeged.

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I had to show you this!

And then we headed back home to show you all the great pictures.

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