Easter Break is a great time to get away and not just because the kids are off school. Easter is a worldwide holiday and celebrated in a variety of ways – some a bit more unique than others. Here’s a little look at how some of our favourite destinations celebrate the holiday. Ostersonntag in Germany: Germans, like us, spend their […]
It may not always be the first country that comes to mind when contemplating a European getaway -but with gorgeous scenery, welcoming people and a lot of good beer – here’s why Germany should be on your bucket list. Bavaria Described as one of the most picturesque regions of Europe, Bavaria is situated in southern Germany and a real treat […]
Zimtsterne cookies Zimtsterne cookies are as much a traditional part of German Christmas celebrations as jolly old St Nick. Mainly consisting of ground almond and cinnamon, these cookies have a wonderfully warming Christmas smell. In the past, cinnamon was very expensive and almonds had to be imported so any foods containing both of these were only for very special occasions such as Christmas. Nowadays, if you visit anywhere in Germany during the festive period, you’ll no doubt smell these cooking and hopefully be offered one of these amazing creations. In our first look at delicious traditional European Christmas foods, I had a go at making these pretty cookies. I tweaked a recipe that I found on BBC Good Food. Ingredients 2 large egg whites 200g icing sugar 250g ground almond 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp lemon juice* *I didn’t have a lemon so used a teaspoon of freshly squeezed orange which worked just as well. Making the mixture Heat the oven to 150°c/ fan oven to 130°c. Once you’ve separated the eggs, pop the two egg whites in a large mixing bowl. Whisk until they go nice and fluffy. Add the lemon juice/ something acidic to help the egg whites to create soft peaks. To check this just gently lift your mixing blades out of the mixture and if ready, it should leave little peaks. Slowly add in the icing sugar. (Don’t tip too much in […]
Fancy a trip to Germany, but can’t quite decide which area is right for you? We’ve asked the team in our German office for their highlights of both regions to help you decide.