They’re an attraction for nearly all of our parties – large fresh pretzels. Sometimes however there are some of them left over but they’re not really tasty the next day. I found a recipe for frozen pretzels and changed it a little bit to make my two days old pretzels palatable again.

(for 4 pretzel)
100g sour cream or crème fraîche
2 eggs
4 – 5 slices of salami or ham, finely chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
50g grated Emmental
2 tbsp flour
black pepper, chili powder as you like

Put stale preztels on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and disperse some water on them. 2016_Brezel2Give all ingredients in a bowl and mix well with an egg beater. Season as required and fill the mixture into the spacing of your pretzels. If you like just put some further grated cheese on top of the filling. Bake pretzels in the preheated oven at 180°C for about 15 minutes. To prevent a too strong browning covert the pretzels with a piece of aluminiu foil after 5 minutes of baking. Remove them from the oven when the filling’s firm and serve with a fresh green salad. The female tinkering donkey had enough with one filled pretzel for lunch but tough guys will easily scoff two of them.
If you have soft pretzel sticks left over then just prepare the filling without flour. Cut soft pretzel sticks in halves lengthwise, apply cream on both halves and bake like said above.


Bet and win


For me, a German crafter, everything’s quite clear already – our soccer team is part of the last sixteen of the Euro 2016 and the next match will be on Sunday evening. We’ll have a barbecue with some friends and watch the game afterwards. To have more fun in anticipation of the match I prepared some pools coupons to bet on the outcome of the German match. This is less interesting for most other soccer fans. So I prepared some neutral cards that can be used for any other national team. They’re for free download here. Just download, print and let your guests bet and maybe win one of the small goodies you organized for your common viewing.

Next adversary


Our next adversary’s the Polish team and actually we do have a large offer of strawberries available. That’s why today I’ll propose a snack in red and white with this lovely fruit. They’re filled with herbal cream cheese smoothed with a bit of cream. Pepper richly and fill in a small piping bag. Take off the strawberries’ green using a drinking straw (honestly, I’m not joking). Place the straw’s end onto the strawberries’s tips and press through your fruit pressing out the green this way. Put strawberries on a plate and fill the hollow with your cream cheese. For an Italian snack just put a basil leave into the cheese tip.



European Champion


I love football/soccer and of course I wish our national team to win the championship. However today I’ll post a snack just colored like the French tricolor – blue, white and red. This because they’re hosting the competition and will have the first match.
To get the flag’s colors just assemble blueberries, banana slices and strawberries on wooden sticks. Mix some curd cheese with milk, sugar and vanilla sugar for a nice dip to be served with.


Edible spoons


Seen at, personally tried and I must admit it really works. Fluffy, lightly crunchy spoons made with puff pastry and filled with a red pepper cream cheese and decorated with egg and tomato. Just snatch at them! One large pastry sheet will make 10 to 14 spoons.


Flatten the sheet directly on your baking tray and put the according number of tea spoons on top. Cut around the spoons with a sharp knife and lift of the waste pastry. Leave the tea spoons on your pastry and bake both according to the instructions printed on wrapping. When the pastry spoons are lightly brown remove them from the oven and put them on a cooling rack with baking paper. Remove the cooled tea spoons and fill pastry spoons with cream cheese. Put some tomato slices and egg eighth on top and sprinkle with chive rolls.
For a further filling and a step-by-step-instruction look at the site mentioned above.