My 200th Post! (And a German Osterkranz)

Today I am celebrating my 200th post!

I’ve been blogging for just over six months now, and it has sustained me through a difficult winter. (My Irish wolfhound – the love of my life – has been quite poorly, and we have been confined to the house and garden since November.)

Not only writing, but reading other blogs has brought me immense pleasure and has inspired me in so many ways. I am extremely grateful to all those who read my blog and to fellow bloggers too. Thanks for the comments and for all the wonderful posts!

To mark this occasion a recipe of course!

Osterkranz

I think the best translation for Osterkranz is “Easter Bread”. It is a very simple, light and only slightly sweet plaited bread with curd cheese (quark), but no yeast, in the dough. (If you have a really sweet tooth it can be sliced and spread with jam). It has slowly become a tradition for me to make it shortly before Easter, as a modest treat during Lent. And, as a good “Hausfrau”, I have to have something to offer my neighbours when they come for coffee on a Sunday afternoon! 😉

Osterkranz

  • 400 g self-raising flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 200 g quark (curd cheese)
  • 6 +1 tbsps milk
  • 6 tbsps oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 80 g sugar
  • 2 tbsps vanilla sugar
  • Decoration if required (see picture)

Mix the quark with 6 tbsps milk, the oil, egg, sugar and vanilla sugar. Sieve the flour, baking powder and soda and stir half into quark mixture. Mix well. Add rest of flour and stir gently until thoroughly mixed. Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a baking tray.

Divide the dough into three, and on a floured surface form each into a 50cm long roll. Place on the baking tray now, and plait the rolls on the baking tray (Easier than trying to transfer the whole thing later!) Form the plait into a ring. Mix the last tbsp milk with the egg yolk and brush over the bread.

Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.

Please help yourself to a piece… there’s enough for everyone!

Enjoy!

30 thoughts on “My 200th Post! (And a German Osterkranz)

  1. I will try this tomorrow. Bread baking is one of my favorite things to do. The cheese isn’t familiar, but I can find something to use. Sorry to say, that I don’t have flowers yet.

  2. Congrats on your 200th post! I have enjoyed your blog immensely! The bread looks delicious, beautiful light in the photos! I have been experimenting with different types of bread lately, and will definitely give this a try!

  3. Happy 200…congratulations! The bread looks absolutely delicious, especially with the sweet little flowers. I enjoy reading your blog, it’s fun to see what’s happening in another part of the world!
    Elaine

  4. Dear Cathy, my congratulations on your 200th post! I take pleasure in reading your blog – day by day. It´s an enrichment of my life,.. I hope you will continue writing still for a long, long time.
    Thanks for the recipe of the “Osterkranz”! I will definitely try it.

  5. Congratulations on your 200th post!!! I enjoy reading your blog very much and I´m looking forward to a lot more posts from you 🙂

  6. Ich glaube, es gibt auch eine religiöse, katholische Tradition Osterbrot und Kätzchenzweige von einem Priester segnen zu lassen. Ich meine das zu erinnern aus der Zeit, als ich vor 20 Jahren eine kurze Zeit in Bayern gelebt habe.

    • Soweit ich weiß, werden am Ostersonntag Eier, Schinken, Osterbrot, Butter, Meerrettich und Salz mit in die (Katholische) Kirche gebracht und nach dem Gottesdienst gesegnet. (Dann zum Osterfrühstück gegessen!). Von Weidenkätzchen habe ich auch was gehört… muß recherchieren!
      Thanks for your comment! 🙂

      • On Palm sunday it is tradition to bring “Palmbüschel” (some green twigs mostly boxtree with willow catkins) to church and have them blessed. The “Palmbüschel” shall remind on the entry of Jesus in Jerusalem where people waved at him with branches of the palm tree. Then they are taken home and put behind the cross. This is to keep away all evil from the house.

  7. 200 posts in 6 months is a fantastic accomplishment! (I’ve only done about 23 posts in a little over 4 months…) Sure wish I could be there to celebrate with you—that bread is gorgeous. 🙂

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