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Marble Bundt Cake

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This cake was a must on our Sunday table nearly every weak when I was I child.

It looks very sophisticated, but let me tell you, it is one of the easiest I make.

The ingredients should be enough for a 10 inch (25 cm) pan.

I used quite a large bundt pan so I doubled the amounts.

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To make it you need:

3  medium eggs

2 1/4 cups (270 grams) cake flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2  cup (240 ml) vegetable oil

1 1/4 cups (250 grams) white sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup (240 ml) milk

4 teaspoons cocoa powder

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And this is how:

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1. Preheat an oven to 350 F (177 C).

2. Spread oil over the inner side of the bundt or tube pan and dust it gently with flour.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat together eggs and sugar.

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4. After about 5 minutes, when it looks just about this, you can add oil and the vanilla extract.

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5. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

6. With the mixer on low speed alternately add the flour mixture and the milk to the batter.

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7. Pour half of the batter into the bundt pan.

8. Stir the cocoa powder into the other half of the batter, mixing well. Then gently, spoon by spoon, add the cocoa batter to the pan.

This will create the wonderful marble effect.

9. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

This cake will keep for a couple of days at room temperature.

Enjoy dear friends!



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Managed to gather all these beauties today.

Pure early fall bliss!

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Hey, did you miss me?

Don’t worry, I am back.

Do you wonder where I have been?

Well, on the BEST VACATION ever!

Me and my boyfriend decided to have a look at what it looks like over in Hungary.

For those of you who don’t know where on earth that could be – Hungary is a lovely state in the center of Europe.

The following pictures will guide you through the whole journey!

Enjoy dear friends!

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The first town we visited was called Eger.

They have a wonderful castle offering this marvelous view.

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Then we strolled up and down the little streets and found this cute late summer harvest display.

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This little cafe looks so inviting.

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Hmmm, and I hadn’t even expected this – GRAPE MUST – an absolute autumn Hungarian must.

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The sun had set and our first day was done.

Time to go to bed and get a good sleep. There were six days of traveling ahead of us.

We slept at little local hotels. Another night – another hotel. It was interesting but it has taught me that there’s no such thing as your own lovely, used-by-nobody-else-before bed.

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The next day we visited Miskolc, a truly wonderful town. This alley had led us to a huge surprise…

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… actually, it wasn’t huge, it was HUGE!

And that is a king in the front. Yeah, you are thinking the right way, he did own the castle.

Can you see the years on the front plate (1342-1382)? That was pretty long ago, haaa?

According to Wikipedia he enjoyed reigning over various countries and his greatest hobby was warfare.

Who would expect that, right?

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This is my personal favorite.

It really warms up my heart and brings about that sweet dreamy feeling.

Yaaay!

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The third day was spent on water.

Precisely, on one great river called Tisza.

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We borrowed a motor-boat…

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… and had a great time.

Especially me because I had to do absolutely nothing –  just look around, relax and take pictures.

Lucky me!

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A pumpkin patch.

I had never seen that before.

I was totally amazed.

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This is the Hungarian renowned puszta – a wide field with no hills or mountains in sight.

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Our last but one day.

The town of  Bekescsaba.

The guy looked back at me and asked if he should move.

And I said “no please”.

Yummy…

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Lovely tulips.

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Warm sunny morning in Szeged.

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I had to show you this!

And then we headed back home to show you all the great pictures.

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So Much …

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So much Summer …

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So much Pleasure and Peace …

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So much Freedom!

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Wanna be in a better mood?

Wanna lift your spirits?

OK then, there you go … .

This is gonna be instant!

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And can you see that one in the back.

He is already rolling on the floor, he’s gonna laugh his guts out.

What do I hear you saying?

You want some more?

Well, here you have it!

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Better, haaa?

P.S.: My Mom makes these guys, can you imagine? She’s unbelievable, that’s what she is!


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Almond Crescent Cookies

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If you like it (naughty) nutty (not much better) and buttery then this is something  just for you.

I like making these cookies for two basic reasons.

The first one being that my guy loves them (and we all want our men to be happy and satisfied because then the whole life gets just so much easier, am I right?).

And the second reason revolves around my childhood memories when my Mom used to make these at home. We were laughing like mad when we were comparing Mom’s perfect shapes to my strange ones.

And let me tell you that they are very easy to make. I would even consider it a great therapy to produce loads of evenly shaped crescents. Trust me, you will leave your kitchen relaxed like never before!

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To prepare the almond crescent cookies you need:

2 1/2 cups (320 grams)  all-purpose flour (I used wholegrain)

1 cup (230 grams) butter

1 cup (110 grams) confectioner’s sugar

2 cups (200 grams) ground almonds

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp almond extract

2 egg yolks

1/2 cup (60 grams) powdered sugar for covering

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And this is the method:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C).

2. Cream the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the extracts and mix.

3. Add the flour and the ground almonds. Mix thoroughly.

4. Divide the whole mixture into for even parts. On a lightly floured surface roll each part into a cylinder.

5. Cut the cylinders into smaller pieces and form a cute little crescent from each piece.

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6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

7. Place onto the sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until they become light golden brown.

8. Roll in powdered sugar.

… and Enjoy!

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Lenka and Leo

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Today I met my dearest friend Lenka with her little boo Leo. I have known Lenka for almost 15 years now. We met each other during our High School years.

She is my closest friend and she is one of those few people in my life who just understand … .

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I brought her a little present because it’s been her birthday recently.

We had a wonderful time full of laughter, ice-cream and girly chat.

OK, we had to run after Leo most of the time, but still, it was fun.

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