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Hot chocolate in the snow!

    We had a snowstorm again and there are some extremely cold days ahead of us! Could there be a better excuse to indulge in comforting hot chocolate? My Danish mother-in-law, Kirsten, makes the best hot chocolate. It is very rich and has just the right amount of sugar. And, what’s even better,¬†she has shared her recipe with me! Now, my kids ask for it all the time and I honestly feel very happy to fulfill this request… in fact I need it too! So here it is… Kirsten’s hot chocolate Ingredients: 1/2 gallon whole milk 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup sugar A little extra whole milk for the chocolate paste   How to make it: In a medium sized pot heat the milk up to just below the boiling point (do not let it boil!) In a bowl stir together the cocoa and sugar. Slowly add a little milk and stir it until it forms a thick paste Add this paste to the hot milk Serve with whipped cream on top

Rye bread granola

Danish children eat fairly healthy. For example they eat rye bread every day. But to my frustration my own children won’t really eat this even though in Denmark it is a staple like pastry and coffee… So last night I decided to make my childhood classic: rye bread granola. It is basically oven roasted rye bread crumbs with sugar. Don’t all kids eat pretty much anything as long as you add sugar? Yup, my four-year old daughter, Ava, had three portions of yoghurt with rye bread granola! Little one-year old Anton had a hard time chewing it and gave up after one never-ending mouthful… This made my daughter suggest we make a chocolate granola for him – and her… so I guess that will be up next! It will be something baby friendly with cocoa powder, oats and honey. But still less sugary than what you buy in stores. Ingredients: 500 gram of German Whole Rye Bread from Mestemacher (it has to be the hearty German kind, not the soft rye bread. You can also …

Super easy and hearty buns

Is there anything better than fresh bread right out of the oven? This recipe is so simple and easy that anyone can do it without previous baking experience plus it can be fitted into a busy schedule. With a one-year old and four year-old around me all day recipes need to be pretty simple these days… You just mix it all together before you go to bed, leave it in the fridge overnight and voila next morning you bake them and half an hour later you can enjoy warm freshly baked buns! Ingredients 3 1/2 cup warm water 1 1/2 package active dry yeast 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats, or walnuts or craisins 1/8 cup flax seeds 2 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, rye flour, buck wheat flour or spelt 3 cups all-purpose flour Sesame seeds, poppy seeds, oats for sprinkling This is how you do it: Proof the yeast in 1/2 cup of the warm water with 1/2 a teaspoon sugar When the yeast starts to rise and bubble …