A Healthier Pumpkin Spice Latte

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Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Lattes (“PSL”) that are available at coffee shop chains usually contain a lot of sugar (or syrup) and are often over-spiced. The following recipe is a healthier version of the Pumpkin Spice Latte – with real pumpkin and less sugar. It only takes about 15 minutes to make it.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe with less sugar

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The Most Popular Recipes of 2016

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bestof2016lilvienna

Another year has passed, so let’s focus on 2017! But before we do that I think it’s interesting to see what posts people are reading on our blog and in which recipes they were especially interested in 2016. I hope you do too and maybe you’ll stumble upon a new recipe you want to cook this year.

With that in mind, here are our 5 most popular blog posts of 2016 (of all blog recipes). Thanks for reading and supporting us, Ursula, David & The citizens of Li’l Vienna!

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Austrian Breads – Cooking class (January 21) – SOLD OUT

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Sunflower seed bread recipe

Update 1/7/2016: Unfortunately, this class is sold out. I’ll keep you posted about future classes.

Are you interested in learning how to bake Austrian bread? Do you live in the Boston area? Then come and join my class about Austrian breads at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education in Cambridge, MA.

In this hands-on class you will learn how to make a delicious sunflower seed bread, a sourdough bread and how to braid a sweet Rosinenzopf (typical Austrian yeast braid with raisins). You will not need any special equipment and all recipes are easy to follow. You will enjoy a taste of all the breads we make in class. At the end, you will leave with a 2-year old sourdough starter to bake your own bread at home.

There are still 3 spots left. It’s sold out already.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

To register hop over to the CCAE site.

Italian Amaretti Cookies

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Italian Amaretti Cookies

These Italian amaretti cookies have a crunchy crust and a chewy center. I love to eat this Italian classic year round, especially when served with a cup of “Melange”, the most famous Viennese coffee with lots of milk foam on top. I prefer these cookies with a chewy center but feel free to bake them a little longer to get a crunchy cookie all the way. Store them in an airtight container to keep them the way they are for as long as possible.

Amaretti Biscotti Recipe

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Fluffy Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls

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Thanksgiving Dinner Rolls with Brown Butter

I made these soft dinner rolls with the addition of browned butter and sage. The sage flavor is very subtle and the browned butter adds a wonderful earthy flavor. The two ingredients make them set them apart from the usual, classic dinner rolls. Why not add a little extra bling-bling for a great Thanksgiving (or other) feast. Besides, who doesn’t like browned butter and sautéed sage? Well, at least I really love this combination. Recently, I am adding those two ingredients in/on almost every meal. So I thought to myself, why not try a recipe for classic Thanksgiving dinner rolls WITH sage and browned butter? And, I am pleased to say that they turned out gorgeous.

Dinner Rolls wit Sage and brown Butter

The recipe is pretty straight forward: There are two proving times involved (each time about 1 hour) and you can divide the work for these dinner rolls between two days – which is great for Thanksgiving. There is enough food prepping anyway on this day.

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Ladder To Heaven – Himmelsleiter

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Ladder to Heaven - All Saints day, Austrian pastry

Today, I am going to share a very special recipe with you. This pastry is called “Himmelsleiter” in German, which translates to “ladder to heaven”. It goes way back, it’s really ancient. This pastry is traditionally baked and eaten around All Saints day on November 1st.

Ladder to Heaven - Pastry for All Saints day called "Himmelsleiter"

So, why is it so special? Well, because it’s kind of a lost treasure. The yeasted pastry with the interesting shape is only known in the very region of Austria where I come from (Upper Austria). And even there, not many people know of its existence. Lucky me, I grew up with a traditional bakery opposite the street from our house, which offered these treats around All Saints day.

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Quick Pickled Onions, 3 Ways

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Quick pickled onions recipe

Quick pickled onions in 3 variations: plain, with ginger, and with ginger and spices.

It  feels like I wrote my last blog post ages ago. Well, I had some very busy and not so busy weeks recently. First, the reason why I was pretty busy was because I prepared my first ever cooking class. I taught a class about Austrian cuisine at the Cambridge Center for Adult education here in Cambridge, MA … which was awesome. Honestly. Usually, I hide behind my laptop writing articles for a newspaper or for the blog, but getting in touch with people was really nice for a change. And, I think my students enjoyed what they saw and tasted ;-)

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Stovetop Veggie Frittata

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Veggie Stovetop Frittata Recipe

If I need a quick lunch or dinner, I make frittata. If I have to empty out the fridge, I make frittata. If I don’t know what to cook, I make frittata. As you can notice, there is a pattern here. I make frittatas a lot. Not only is it a very easy and quick dish to make, but you can use whatever veggies you have on hand.

Since I usually make frittata for one or two persons, I do not bother to cook it on the stovetop first and later bake it in the oven to finish. I simply make it on the stovetop – all the way. If you want to do so as well, please keep two things in mind:

  1. For a stovetop only frittata (no oven needed), the frittata must not be too thick.
  2. Choose a frying pan with an appropriate size. For this 2 persons-4 eggs-frittata I used a pan with an 8-inch diameter. You will also need a lid.

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Chia Pudding with Austrian-style Stewed Plums

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Coconut-Chia Pudding w Austrian-style Stewed Plums

In Austria, stewed plums are a big deal. No, as weird as it sounds, I am not kidding. I think for the most part this is probably because they are THE accompaniment for Kaiserschmarrn (shredded pancakes). Besides apple strudel, traditional Kaiserschmarrn is one of the most famous and iconic Austrian dishes. If you order it at any Austrian restaurant, you are almost guaranteed that they will come with stewed plums (Zwetschkenröster in German). And if Kaiserschmarrn is not served with stewed plums, stewed apricots (Marillenröster) are the way to go.

Chia Pudding w Austrian-style Stewed Plums

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Millet Bowl w/ Soy-Tahini glazed Tofu and Semi-Dried Tomatoes

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Millet Bowl with Soy-Tahini glazed Tofu and Semi-Dried Tomatoes

Nothing lives up more to hot summer days than this summer grain salad. It’s a perfect lunch on hot days as well as it’s a mouthwatering addition to picnics and potlucks. Once the millet is cooked and cooled it’s a matter of minutes to get the bowl ready. Since you will need to use cooled millet, it’s easiest if you cook it the day before, or at least a couple of hours before.

Millet Bowl with Semi-Dried Tomatoes and Tofu

What I am especially proud of is the tofu-marinade. I’ve always been looking to a way to make tofu …well … not boring. This soy-tahini-honey glaze is so easy and delicious (hello, 3 ingredients!) that lately I seem to prepare tofu exclusively this way. It’s my favorite quick and easy tofu marinade. So when you are finished mixing the tofu glaze, try not to eat it as is before marinating the tofu ;-)

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Semi-Dried Tomatoes (Oven-Dried)

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Oven-dried Tomatoes Recipe

Tomatoes simply taste best when they are at the peak of ripeness in summer. Juicy and, you know, full of tomato flavor – unlike their siblings from the winter season, which taste watery and bland.

Sun-dried tomatoes are a great way to preserve tasty summer tomatoes. After drying, they can be used any time of the year and will still taste great.

Oven-dried tomatoes recipe

To  make sun-dried tomatoes, ripe tomatoes are left in the sun to dry for a few days, where they will lose most of their moisture. Since most people simply don’t have the option to do so (Hello, tiny Boston apartment without garden), or don’t want to wait for so long, you can achieve the same results by drying out the tomatoes in the oven.

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Lazy People’s Ice Cream (no-churn, no eggs)

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3 ingredient fruit ice cream without eggs

No-churn, no eggs, and only three ingredients: This ice cream is a real game changer. It’s ridiculously easy and quick to throw together, and yet so delicious. With this recipe, making ice cream is a 5-minute job rather than a weekend project. Seriously.

No churn no egg ice cream

You don’t need an ice cream maker to churn the ice cream, nor do you have to return obsessively to the freezer to stir. You don’t need to prepare a custard, usually an egg-sugar-milk base, as you have to do with traditional ice cream. Sweetened condensed milk takes the place of the custard base and the whipped cream adds air for a creamy texture. Mix the two together and you get a simple and very tasty, creamy, scoopable, no-egg, no-churn ice cream.

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