Hello Kitty Banana Blueberry Cupcakes

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Preparation : 15 Minutes

Baking : 20 Minutes

Serves : 12 Cupcakes

Episode : (no video available yet)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

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Mackayla had been asking for Hello Kitty Cupcakes, so we baked Banana Blueberry Cupcakes with sprinkles of our leftover Oreos. Soft, sour, sweet and you literally could taste the banana in the cakes. Make these for your kids, they will love them! Believe me ❤️

For this recipe, you’ll need:

2 Riped Bananas, mashed with a fork (I had medium size bananas)

1 Cup of All Purpose Flour

1/2 Cup of Sugar

1/4 Cup of Melted Butter

1-1/2 Cups of Fresh Blueberries

A pinch of Salt

1 tsp of Baking Powder

3-4 Oreos, bashed into a coarse powder

For the Frosting:

100 gr of Mascarpone Cheese

200 gr of Heavy cream, whipped

1 package of vanilla sugar

(I personally don’t like it too sweet, that’s why only 1 package of vanilla sugar / 8 gr).

For the decorations, you can use anything you want 🙂

Instructions : 

  1. Preheat your oven to 360 degrees Farenheit (180 Celsius).
  2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl with a fork.
  3. Add in sugar, melted butter, salt and mix them.
  4. Add in flour, baking powder, and mix with your spatula.
  5. Put in the blueberries and don’t over mix them.
  6. Use your spoon or ice cream scoop to put in the batter into muffin tins which are lined with muffin liners. Scatter some bashed Oreo. Bake them for about 20 minutes.
  7. During that time, you can prepare the frosting.
  8. Put the heavy cream into a bowl with the vanilla sugar. Whip until soft peak. Add some mascarpone cheese and fold them gently. Transfer into a ziploc or a plastic bag. Put into a fridge until your cakes are ready (cooked and cold).
  9. Decorate the cupcakes with some frosting and hello kitty 🙂 Enjoy them with some Latte Machiatto or a cup Cappucino.

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These were the cupcakes before frosting xoxo

Roasted Nuts (Vegan)

Preparation : 2 Minutes

Roasting Time : 25-30 Minutes

Servings : –

Episode : –

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Hi guys!

I just made these super awesome roasted nuts for my yoghurt toppings or just snacks. My kiddos love them! The reasons why I roast my own nut, because most of the nuts in Germany are already mixed with salt. And I don’t like salty nuts in my yoghurt or skyr. We just don’t consume that much salt. The second reason is ready to eat nuts at the supermarket are normally mixed with a lot of peanuts and by roasting them by yourselves, you can choose your favorite nuts. I usually mix cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans and some pistachios. Sometimes I buy mixed nuts and there are a few peanuts there and I don’t mind.

It’s super easy, super yummy and healthy 🙂

Preheat your oven to 320 degrees F (160 Celsius), spread all your nuts into the baking sheet. Roast them for 25-30 minutes and stir them occasionally with a spoon spatula. Voila! Have a great Sunday!

xoxo Christina

Classic Italian Lasagna

Preparation : 15-20 Minutes

Making and Baking : 30-35 and 40-45 Minutes

Servings : Serves 6 to 8 portions

Episode :  (no video available yet)

Author : Christina Hann Trefzger

Who doesn’t love Italian Lasagne. The crispy top with crunchy edge and creamy oozy inside. My husband, Nick is always very happy if there is lasagna on the table. He can just eat it everyday. We love lasagna, and always keep it in the oven if we don’t finish it and Nick will take some to go to work for his lunch.

I’ve made so many different kinds of lasagna and I’d love to share with you this recipe.

I used this Ikea Casserole dish, to be honest, I don’t know the size (sorry).

List of the ingredients:

Barilla lasagna sheets

500 gr Ground Beef

2 German Sausages (picante), can’t find Italian sausages and I think they taste quite the same. Remove from the casing.

2 Carrots, finely chopped.

2 Celery Stalks, finely chopped.

1 Onion, finely chopped.

3 Cloves of Garlic, chopped.

2 Cans of chopped tomatoes.

1 Can of crushed tomato.

2 Tbsp of Tomato paste.

1 Cup of beef stock (you can also use  1 Tbsp of beef bouillon and mix with warm water).

1 Tbsp of sugar.

Salt and Pepper, to taste.

1-2 Tbsp of Italian Seasoning.

3 Bay leaves (take them out later otherwise it will taste weird/bitter).

1 Cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

1 Cup of freshly grated Mozarella cheese.

1 Cup of Ricotta cheese.

Some Olive Oil.

Freshly chopped parsley for garnishing.

*If you don’t want to grate your own cheese, you can also get a bag of Cheese for Casserole (very common in Germany to use those kinds of cheese).

How to make your lasagna:

  1. Into my pan on medium high heat (you can also use a dutch oven or anything higher on the sides because you’re making the lasagna sauce) put some olive oil. Put chopped onion, carrots and celery. Cook for about 3-5 minutes.  Put your ground beef, Italian/German sausages, and garlic inside. Mix all of them together. Cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Toss in all of the canned tomatoes (chopped and crushed ones), beef stock and the tomato paste. Mix well. Lower the heat into low medium.
  3. Add in the Italian Seasoning, I love it so much sometimes I add in 2 Tbsp 🙂 and then the bay leaves. Cook for about 25-30 minutes.
  4. Don’t cook the lasagna sheets, trust me!
  5. During the time preheat the oven to 360 F (180 Celsius). My oven is slightly hotter than other people’s, I have no idea why.
  6. To assemble, get a ladle spoon and your casserole dish. Spread some ricotta cheese with a spoon, sprinkle parmesan, mozzarela, add some sauce and lay lasagne sheets (mine was about 4 sheets. Repeat until your casserole is full or your sauce and cheese are done. But save some cheese for the top part tho, otherwise you’ll bake the sheets and you don’t want that.
  7. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes and after that I turn my oven into 200 C (400 F) and bake for about 5 minutes. Garnish it with some parsley.
  8. Enjoy your lasagna with a glass of good Chianti or Barolo. Enjoy!

P.S. Above is the pic before the oven

xoxo

Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday 🎉

Merry Merry Christmas and Happy birthday to me! I know, it’s so late by now. But there’s something I’d like to share with you guys.

People say life begins at forty and I think mine begins at 39. Three weeks before Christmas/my birthday, I opened up a foundation page for raising some donation for cancer patients. I am so blessed and astonished that more than 1,726 Euros were collected in a very short time.

Thank you very much for all of you who have made my birthday so special and there is no words to express how blessed I am. The money went to Deutsche Krebshilfe, which is an organization that helps a lot of people, and it will be used for research.

xoxo