Category Archives: Honey

BienenstichKuchen/ German Bee Sting Cake.

IMG_5057Since baking for We Knead to Bake I have come across different breads. Most of them something I never knew existed. It’s been an amazing experience.

For We Knead to Bake this festive season we are baking BienenstichKuchen/ German Bee Sting Cake.    

Bienenstich is not really a bread but a traditional German sweet yeasted cake baked with topping of crunchy almond toffee-like layer and filled with a vanilla pastry cream. Bienenstich is traditionally eaten as dessert and also served with tea or coffee.

Its name Bienenstich in German means “bee sting” and probably got its name from the honey flavoured topping that it typical of this yeasted cake.

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E for Eggless Pancakes

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All the delicious pictures of Pancakes keep me drooling over them and wishing I can eat them! 

Well you will say that is nothing new. I am drooling over most of the food pictures I see. Most of my comments are,”Mmmmmmm I want that!” no thought process is needed its plain desire from the bottom of my heart!

You may also say so make the Pancakes and eat them, the recipe is simple enough. I have a problem these Pancakes are something that I have to eat on my own and I do not want to eat them alone.

 Pancakes need to be shared, savored in company, and flinched from someone else’s plate.

So when my friend said she was coming over I jumped! We had Pancakes, Eggless Pancakes as she does not eat eggs (and I did not have any)! It did not matter that it was afternoon and it does not matter if you think I am crazy. We enjoyed them!!

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Pumpkin Juice for the Harry Potter fans!

Pumpkin Juice

My daughters are Harry Potter fans. When the younger kid, Akanksha turned 11 we threw her a HP party. You can check it out more here.

For the non-Hp fans, Pumpkin Juice is one of the drinks that Harry and his fellow witches and wizards drink like you I drink orange juice; the other is butter beer or tea. They even have a course where they try reading tea leaves!! 🙂

Coming back to the party…  one of our drinks was Pumpkin juice (the other was butter beer)!

Not long before I had hosted a Kids Delight Theme on Storybook Special and had been wondering how I am going to make this brew! But Apeksha, my elder daughter and my encyclopedia on HP searched for the recipes and bookmarked them all! One of the sites she had used was Wiki How To and my Pumpkin Juice is from here today!

Is it not apt to start the month long Blogging marathon with a welcome drink?  So sip along as you cruise with me and my friends for this month with exciting recipes for all on different themes. This week you will see us sharing recipes under the “Theme Occasions” and like most moms my recipes are birthday party dishes.

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Yorkshire Parkin(?)/Cake

Why the question mark after the Parkin you may ask?
 Well I did not know what Parkin is till this moment and what I have baked is definitely not parkin.  Parkins are North English form of ginger bread. I left out the most important ingredient ginger not because I don’t have it my people do not like ginger much. So it is more of a cake than a parkin.

The whole story began When Susan of a The Well-Seasoned Cook put up this beautiful picture of Yorkshire Parkin I flipped.

 I had to make it!

I did not see the name of the post   I just straight away bookmarked it. Then the print out was hanging as a notice on fridge just waiting for me to just make it.

Finally on Sunday I made it. And was it yummy.

Of course I made changes here is the original yummy recipe.  

It was so yummy before I could make the topping it was over. So next time I will make 2 of this so that I can peacefully try the icing. 

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup  brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon powder (next time I will use 1 tsp)
2 tsp red chilli powder ( next time will use about 3 tsp)+ 1 tsp for dusting on top (optional)
1 cup quick-cooking oats (also known as thin oats)
1 cup milk + 1 cup more (if needed)
4 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
½ cup golden syrup
½ cup honey
1/3 cup of chocolate chips (as baking is never done without chocolate in my place)


1.   In a bowl soak oats in milk for one hour.
2.   Preheat oven to 180ºC.
3.  Grease a 9”by 7” tray.
4.  In a large bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon powder and chilli powder.
5.  Melt butter and add to the oats along with golden syrup, honey.
6.  Mix well then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and chocolate chips.
7.  Beat with a wire whisk till well blended. Since my batter was very thick I added a little milk.
8.    Pour in the greased tray. Dust the chilli powder on top and bake for 30 minutes. You may bake it till the cake is slightly brown or the knife comes out clean.

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