Friday, November 25, 2016

Thanksgiving, Snow, Railings, Supers,

Hoping you all had a great Thanksgiving yesterday and you are not feeling too stuffed and uncomfortable today. I miss the fun we used to have when we lived in North Carolina, but things change. Here, of course, we bowled again. I guess eventually I will get back my game. Although I did beat Matt in the last game by one point LOL. I didn't bowl as badly as I did on Monday, but.....

Here we have finally had a few snow falls but nothing very much considering the reports we have been hearing on the news of really tremendous storms in some place in the States.  I've heard reports ofblizzards and really heavy falls of snow. Odd, we are supposed to be the snowy country. The construction workers have all disappeared now, they have left some materials here fenced off. One thing I don't understand, they have taken over a bay in the underground garage, filled it with the walls and panels and then totally boarded up the area. Can't even see inside. Those panels are damned heavy, who did they think was going to steal them? I am talking about the railings in this picture before they put the panels on. The panels are heavy too. I have been told they will be starting again in March - weather permitting I assume. March can be pretty bad round here.

Just heard today that our Superintendent and his wife are leaving on Wednesday. Unfortunately she had made herself very unpopular with a lot of people round here. I wonder what the new people will be like. It is a pretty hard job with 120 (I believe) apartments and lots of work. She told me that if we (the exercise class) wanted to we could decorate a tree for the party room. I wonder if anyone will want to?

After Thanksgiving probably the last thing many of you need is a new cake recipe. However, I just found this one and thought it looked delicious.

Bee Sting Cake (Bienenstich)

This buttery brioche cake is named ‘Bee Sting' because it's glazed with honey right before baking

1/4 cup whole milk
1/3 cup honey
1 Tbs honey
1-1/2 tsp active dry yeast
2 large eggs lightly beaten
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbs granulated sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup bread flour
2 Tbs bread flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
2 Tbs sliced almonds
1 large egg
2 Tbs cornstarch
1-1/3 cups whole milk divided
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbs water
1/2 Tbs unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch Salt
1/2 cup heavy cream

1. In a small saucepan (or a small cup if you want to use the microwave), combine milk and 1 tablespoon honey and heat until it registers between 110 degrees F to 115 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer. Pour the mixture into bowl of an electric mixer and sprinkle over yeast. Let mixture stand for 10 minutes, until yeast is creamy.

2. Transfer bowl to mixer stand and attach paddle attachment. While mixing at low speed, gradually add eggs, all-purpose flour, sugar, and salt, and mix until blended. Gradually add all but 2 tablespoons of bread flour. Mix at medium speed until dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Dough should not stick to sides of bowl; if it does, add some of all of remaining 2 tablespoons of bread flour until dough cleans sides of bowl. Add butter 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing at medium speed until it is blended into dough. (Dough will be very soft.) Transfer dough to a work surface and knead by hand a few times to ensure that butter is completely incorporated into dough. Shape dough into a ball and transfer it to a medium buttered bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until it has doubled in volume.

3. Punch dough down to deflate it, and knead it a few times. Return dough to bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (or up to 12 hours). Dough should have doubled in volume. If it hasn't, let it stand at room temperature until it has.

4. Butter bottom and sides of a 9" spring-form pan. Shape dough into a ball and arrange it, smooth side up, in center of pan. Flatten ball gently with your palm until it covers bottom of pan. Cover pan and let dough rise until it is puffed, about 1 hour. Position a rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F about 20 minutes before dough is ready.

5. In a small saucepan, heat remaining 1/3 cup honey just until warm. Brush honey over top of dough, then sprinkle with almonds. Bake cake for 30 to 35 minutes, until it is a lovely golden brown and a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Cool cake in pan, set on a wire rack, for 15 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool cake on the wire rack completely.

6. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and cornstarch. Whisk in 1/3 cup of milk until smooth; set aside.

7. Place remaining 1 cup milk in a small, microwavable cup and microwave at high speed until scalding, about 1 1/2 to 3 minutes.

8. Meanwhile, in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine sugar with water and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and cook, without stirring and occasionally brushing down the sides of pan with a wet pastry brush, until syrup caramelizes and turns a golden amber color. Remove the pan from the heat and carefully add the hot milk (the mixture will bubble up). Return the pan to low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until any hardened caramel has dissolved and mixture is smooth.

9. Whisk about 1/4 cup of hot caramel mixture into egg and cornstarch mixture. Return entire mixture to saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until custard comes to a boil. Continue to boil, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Remove pan from heat, scrape bottom of pan with a spatula, and whisk until smooth. Whisk in butter until melted. Quickly strain custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl. Whisk in vanilla extract and salt. Set the bowl containing caramel mixture in a large mixing bowl filled one-third of way with ice water (be careful that water doesn't splash into caramel mixture). Stir custard mixture frequently until it is slightly chilled, about 15 minutes. Cover surface of custard with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to assemble and serve cake.

10. Assemble cake: Using a long, serrated knife, cut cake in half horizontally to form two layers.

11. Remove caramel custard from refrigerator and beat vigorously with a rubber spatula until smooth. In bowl of an electric mixer, using whisk attachment, beat 1/2 cup heavy cream at high speed until it forms medium-stiff peaks. Gently fold whipped cream into caramel custard. Spread caramel cream over bottom layer of cake (it will be a thick layer). Top with other cake layer. Sprinkle top of cake very lightly with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately or refrigerate for up to an hour before serving.

Servings: 10

Source: German Foods

Have a great day


  1. You can find Bienenstich in every bakery over here in Germany. And it's yummy!! Hope your Thanksgiving was fun, even though it was different. Super post. Thank you.

    1. It's a long time since I was in Germany Nicola. It looks like a delicious cake.

  2. I don't remember seeing or having anything like that cake when I was in Germany, but it does look good. As for those railings, if they are metal, thieves will take them no matter how heavy they are. It is a real problem here in the states with some woman having the aluminum siding ripped off her home while she slept. If I put anything metal at the curb for trash pick-up, it is gone by morning after a local guy goes around looking for scrap metal to sell.

    1. That's interesting Denise, I didn't know it was something people would steal. I remember that during WWII people would steal the railings on people's yards. Didn't know it still happened.

    2. It's really bad here. They go in and steal the copper pipes from both old and new construction. The police try to get a handle on the buyers and charge them with accepting stolen property, but it is a never-ending nightmare.

    3. Well maybe it is that bad here Denise, just not heard anything about it. That would explain why they have boarded up these railings so carefully. I thought it was odd.

  3. I can just see you running off with those rails. LOL

    Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful. I had leftover pie for breakfast this morning.

    1. Yeah, one under each arm Diane!!

      Glad your Thanksgiving dinner was so good. Pie for breakfast, hunh?

  4. That cake looks really good except for the almonds!

    1. I imagine you can sub JoJo. Don't you like almonds? I do.

  5. You can do Thanksgiving food ANY time of year. Why not? It's not like the Thanksgiving police will come to your door. And if they do, tell them to come on in and grab a plate, or zip it.

    1. Phew, you have relieved me Ivy, I thought they would be knocking LOL. I must admit it would never occur to me to cook a turkey at any other time of the year other than Christmas and Thanksgiving.

    2. We don't do turkey or ham here but we do do full on Thanksgiving-style meals often. Why not?

    3. No reason why not at all Ivy. Let's face it, if you enjoy it, go for it.

    4. I was raised to eat in a way that no one day is special over the other. As in, I don't make anything special on a holiday that I would not eat year-round. Works for us but I know some that honestly, only cook twice per year. That's it. Hey, to each their own fun.

      Made lots of spicy soup this week when I was sick. I thought of you and your spicy soup that you like to get.

    5. I was thinking about you during the night Ivy and wondered where you were and if you were sick. I hope you are feeling better now. Soup sounds good.

  6. I could eat turkey every day. Honey, though, for me, is for special occasions. I'm tasting that bee sting cake right now, and will be linking to your blog post on Sunday. Yum! Alana

    1. Much as I like turkey, I think every day would be a bit much Alana. I wish I could taste the cake without the effort of making it myself.

  7. I had to take 18 school kids ten pin bowling for sport on Friday and I looked over at a group of adult bowlers who were there and thought of you. I did my best to make sure the kids weren't too noisy and didn't bother anyone. It was great fun. I came second in my team of ten year olds!

    1. On behalf of those bowlers, I thank you Pinky. Of course we do 5 pin which is only played in Canada. Dunno why nobody has introduced it anywhere else, we prefer it, having played both.