New Year’s Treats: Berliner (Krapfen/Pfannkuchen)


Berliner, also known as Krapfen and Pfannkuchen, is a rather doughnut-like German treat usually eaten during Silvester (New Year’s Eve) as well as through the Karneval holidays. It is made by deep-frying a sweet enriched dough, filling it with jam or marmalade through a single hole and topping it with powdered sugar, rum-flavoured sugar or granulated sugar. For a party joke or roulette-like game, you can full some of the Berliners with mustard. Just a few though – you won’t want to waste a lot of these delicious Beliners!

We know that this is our second relatively unhealthy dish we have shared this week, but we believe that it’s okay to treat yourself once in a while and this is an easy and delicious way to do so. Don’t worry, we’ll get back to our healthier (yet, so delicious) recipes after this one.

If you don’t have a piping bag or piping tip, you can still follow this recipe. We have a few tricks we’ll share with you so you can fill your Berliners without having to purchase piping equipment.

Guten Appetit!

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New Year’s Treats: Oliebollen


In English, Oliebollen does not sound particularly appetising but trust me, these oil balls are pretty good!

These deep-fried dough balls are a staple in the Netherlands (its place of origin) around New Year’s. They are rather crisp on the outside. However, the inside is soft, fluffy and sweet. This sweetness mainly comes from the raisins and chopped apples mixed into the sticky batter-like dough which forms the oliebollen.

Traditionally, Oliebollen as it contains eggs and dairy. Nonetheless, we have veganised this recipe to make it suitable for those with dietary requirements or preferences which exclude dairy and eggs. For a gluten-free recipe, just substitute the flour with an equal amount of gluten-free all-purpose flour.

This recipe is not particularly healthy, but every now and then we ought to be able to treat ourselves and our guests.

We hope you enjoy our vegan oliebollen recipe!

Eet Ze!

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12 Days of Christmas: Cozonac (nut-free)


Welcome to 12 Days of Christmas. Starting from today, every day, at 11am GMT, we will be sharing a new recipe with you to help you prepare for this festive period. In this series, we will be featuring breakfast ideas, snacks, appetisers, main meals and desserts from various cultures in order to introduce you to new dishes as well as to give you a variety of options or plant-based meals you can make for yourself or your vegan/vegetarian loved ones. Some of the recipes will also be alcohol-free, nut-free and gluten-free for those with particular dietary requirements or preferences.

To kick this off, here’s our first recipe – a nut-free cozonac.

Cozonac is a Romanian sweet bread which is usually eaten during Christmas and Easter. Traditionally, it is made with eggs, milk and butter which enrich the dough. However, for this recipe, we have substituted those ingredients with suitable and affordable plant-based alternatives. We suggest that you do not substitute those alternatives with other alternatives such as flax eggs instead of aquafaba as that will change the texture and density of the bread.

The shape and shininess of this bread are so attractive and foretell the delicious taste experience offered by the bread. However, they hide the surprise inside the loaf which is the curving effect of bands of raisins and chocolate toasted oats, which is what we have used to replace the chocolate walnuts found in traditional cozonac in order to keep this bread nut-free whilst not compromising on a nutty flavour and texture.

Without further ado, here’s our nut-free cozonac recipe.

Poftă Bună!

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