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Chocolate Rolls With Roasted Strawberry Sauce Recipe

Are you ready for a delicious breakfast or brunch recipe? Hi everyone, it’s here with a new recipe for you to indulge in. I suppose after a festive period like Easter, where chocolate is the key player, something healthy should be in order, but these breakfast rolls are just a little too good not to share, and I can promise they will soothe your soul. I have been traveling like mad recently with quite a few journeys still planned in the coming months. As much as I love and thrive during travels, I have been longing for the comfort of my own walls and have been savoring every minute I get to be home these days. Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

Very few things make me feel at home after travels more than the scent of fresh pastry, slowly finding it’s way to every corner of the house. Whenever I’m back, I spend every morning baking. These chocolate rolls have become sort of a tradition to be the very first thing I make, but then again chocolate is the answer to everything in my world. The weather has also been very generous of late and we got to have our first “al fresco” breakfast this weekend, dipping hot chocolate rolls into roasted strawberry sauce with a wonderful mountain view. If there is a breakfast heaven, I’m sure this was pretty close to it.

Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

A word must be said about the roasted strawberry sauce. The taste of fresh strawberries we are getting here still leaves quite a bit to be desired so slowly roasting them, not only concentrates their flavor, but also leaves a bit of freshness. In short, they are the perfect companion for the gooey chocolate-filled rolls to savor precious moments.

Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

Ingrediants 5 tablespoons/ 75 g butter, softened 2 tbsp sugar pinch of salt 1 cup / 250 ml milk 0.25oz/7 g instant yeast 15.8 oz/450 g all purpose flour 1 egg 1 tbsp water Filling 6 tbsp/90g butter, softened 6 tbsp light brown sugar 3 tbsp raw cacao powder ½ cup chopped dark chocolate Roasted strawberry sauce 2 cups quartered strawberries 2 tbsp light brown sugar 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out

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Process Sift flour, sugar, salt and yeast together. Warm the milk till it is just luke warm (anything more will kill the yeast). Stir the milk into the dry ingredients, using a mixer will speed things up here, if you prefer. Continue to knead the dough adding a few cubes of butter at a time. If the dough is too wet, add more flour. Continue to knead the dough till it no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl, about 5-8 minutes. Cover with a damp towel, place in a warm spot and allow rising for about an hour, till double in size. You can make the chocolate rolls directly or if making the dough the evening before, place it in the fridge. Preheat the oven to 120C/250F. Dust some flour on clean surface for rolling, give the dough a quick knead, then roll out a rectangle. Combine butter with cocoa and sugar and spread onto the dough, sprinkle the chocolate on top. Next roll and slice the dough, arrange in a buttered tin, cover with a tea towel and allow proofing for another hour. While the dough is proofing, toss the strawberries with sugar and vanilla in an ovenproof bowl and roast for about an hour, then blend. Preheat the oven to 230C/445F. Beat egg with water and brush the rolls and bake for 10-12 minutes. Serve warm with roasted strawberry sauce.

Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

Gintare Marcel for cattledogs

I'll see you back here on April 27 with another delicious recipe, so nice to visit you here today! -

(Photography, Styling, Text, Recipe: Gintare Marcel. Editor: Holly Becker)

DIY Candle Holders From Furniture Legs
Agata Dimmich for cattledogs
Agata Dimmich for cattledogs

I'm particularly excited to share a fun DIY project with you today, to kick off the week, because it's a quick and effective one... You can't go wrong! In fact, the results are also comparable to what you can find in the design stores. I'm always on a look out for interesting objects that could be repurposed and transformed into something else. I look at everything with curious eyes, "Hmmmm... What could this become?". This time I tried using my imagination with wooden furniture legs. I spotted them in a local hardware store and instantly fell in love with their shape. I knew they could become something fun and useful and then, the idea of candle holders came to mind.

What I really like about them is that they are stylish but don'’t try to look too fancy. They are great both for special occasions like holidays and birthdays, and casual Saturday dinners with friends. I like the look of raw wood, however if you prefer more finished look, you can paint them in your favorite colors. I kept two raw and painted one with white paint.

SUPPLY LIST (for raw, add paint and a brush if you intend to paint them) - 3 different sizes (shape and color) of wooden furniture legs - A drill - Screwdriver - Golden metal wire - Golden curtain ring for decoration (and wood glue)

Agata Dimmich for cattledogs
Agata Dimmich for cattledogs

HOW TO: 1. Some furniture legs already have screws inside so you will need to take them out before drilling - I've used a screwdriver for this, but depending on the leg you might find other tools more useful. 2. Once the screws are out, drill holes in the legs, big enough to hold your candles. I recommend checking (keep trying to fit the candle) while you drill to make sure the hole is not too big. 3. Wash all 3 legs well (to remove the dust from drilling) and wait for them to dry. 4. I have decorated one of the candle holders with a golden metal wire and glued a golden curtain ring on top of the other with hardware glue, however this step is optional.

Agata Dimmich for cattledogs
Agata Dimmich for cattledogs

That's it! I can't tell you how much I love the atmosphere created with candlelight. I have a lot of candle holders at home, including some pricey ones by favorite design firms, but right now these three are my absolute favorites! So little money and time, yet so much happiness!

How do you like this idea? Is it your kind of DIY? Wish you all a beautiful day with lots of creative energy! See you here again with my next DIY column on May 9th!

Love, .

(Photography, DIY Idea, Styling, Text: Agata Dimmich, Editor: Holly Becker)

White Chocolate + Passionfruit Cheesecake Recipe

Hi everyone! It's and this month I'm sharing a super simple, but impressive White Chocolate and Passionfruit Cheesecake. This recipe was inspired by my recent trip to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland (on the East Coast of Australia) a couple of weeks ago with my family. We stayed right on and enjoyed a week that felt much like summer. The sun in the Northern parts of Australia rises and sets quite differently to how it does in Melbourne, and it would poke its rays above the horizon just a little after 5.30am. I am usually not a morning person, but the lure of golden rays dancing over the breaking waves at dusk was just too enticing. Every morning I strolled down to the beach with my camera in hand and soaked up the sun as it shone on my face. I watched the surfers catch a break or two before they headed to work, fisherman trying their luck knee deep in the surf and others just simply there to enjoy the sound of the ocean. Rachel Korinek for cattledogs

This recipe was inspired by that and I'd like to show you how to make it. But first, for the passionfruit topping, you can either use fresh passionfruit, (maybe you even have some growing in your garden?), or you can opt for the quick and dirty passionfruit pulp with syrup in a can. The tinned variety will spread easier onto the top of the cake, however a little bit of orange juice added to fresh pulp should help break it up a little. A thin layer will look more appealing for serving.

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If you’d prefer to have a more traditional cheesecake look by just using the biscuit mixture for the base, you can halve all of the base ingredients I've listed below. A spring form pan is such a lifesaver for a recipe like this so if you don’t have one, please change that! I’m known to take shortcuts whenever I can, and there is nothing worse than buying all of the ingredients, prepping and cooking only to find the cake is stuck in the tin! Trust me, I have been there many times (and I am food photographer, but we all have to learn the hard way I guess!).

Rachel Korinek for cattledogs

Food for me is as much about colour as it is taste. When a dish is bright and fun, it only adds to the experience. Blue skies and sun filled days are ahead for a lot of you (lucky readers!) and I hope this dish makes it onto your as the warmer weather approaches.

Rachel Korinek for cattledogs

Ingredients BASE 2 1/2 cups Butter Snap biscuits (or any light coloured biscuit), crushed 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 shredded coconut 100g butter, melted 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

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Cheesecake Filling 500g cream cheese, softened and cubed 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 teaspoon orange zest 2 teaspoons gelatine, (dissolved in boiling water and allowed to cool slightly) 200g white chocolate, melted 1 cup cream Topping + Garnish 1/2 cup passionfruit pulp, (or passionfruit pulp + syrup) Mint to garnish

Method Using a spring form cake tin, 20cm, lightly grease and line with baking paper. In a bowl, combine the crushed biscuits, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, coconut, melted butter and coconut oil. Press into the tin so there is a thin layer at the bottom and around the sides. Freeze for 20-30 mins to set. Remove.

Rachel Korinek for cattledogs

Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese, sugar and orange zest with an electric mixer until smooth and combined. Add the white chocolate and cream. Stir in the gelatine (whilst warm and still dissolved but not boiling). Pour the cheesecake mixture into the base. Allow to set in the fridge for at least three hours or overnight. Once ready to serve, top with passionfruit pulp and a few sprigs of mint.

Rachel Korinek for cattledogs

Rachel Korinek for cattledogs

Rachel Korinek for cattledogs

Rachel Korinek for cattledogs

Rachel Korinek for cattledogs

I hope you love this recipe and will make it! I'll meet you back here on May 4th with another recipe from my kitchen. Take care and enjoy!- .

(Photography, Styling, Text, Recipe: Rachel Korinek/Two Loves Studio. Editor: Holly Becker)

Healthy Poached Pears Recipe
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Hi friends! I hope that you had a wonderful Easter. Since most of you are suffering from a chocolate hangover, I thought today I'd post something healthy and somewhat sweet that doesn't involve chocolate or a lot of calories. In fact, you can make a very low calorie version of this, and it is completely gluten-free. By the way, I don't contribute food columns on cattledogs because decorating is definitely more my thing, but this past weekend my friend came over and surprised me with poached pears for dessert and I can't stop thinking about them! They were so good and so easy to make! I woke up this morning and just had to share the recipe with you. I took this photo of the poached pears at night on my iPhone, so it's not the quality of photography and styling you are accustomed to here on cattledogs but oh well.... It's too lovely of a recipe to pass by! Anyway, here is the recipe from my dear friend . Esra_Pears

YOU WILL NEED: Mulberry or Grape Syrup (enough to yield 3 cups) 7 Bosc pears 3 cinnamon sticks 5 cloves

TOPPING whipped cream or vanilla ice cream ground cinnamon honey (drizzle)

Boil 3 cups of mulberry syrup (or grape syrup) with 1 cup of water, 3 cinnamon sticks and 5 cloves. Peel your pears, but leave the stems on. Place the peeled pears into the pot and cook them for 45 minutes at low temperature. Take the pears out of the pot and let them cool. Serve with whipped cream or ice cream and drizzle with honey if you'd like. You can also sprinkle ground cinnamon on top for additional flavor and to make it look pretty!

To plate: Add a bed of whipped cream to a white plate, place two pears on top, and drizzle pears with honey, top with ground cinnamon, letting some fall on the plate around the edges of the whipped cream.

(Recipe: , Photo/Text: Holly Becker)

DIY: Romantic + Classy Flower Arrangement In White

Hello dear cattledogs readers, it’s here again, with a fresh flower column! Traveling is a big passion of mine and two weeks ago I was lucky enough to make a trip to the Baltic Sea. Often I get asked where inspiration finds me. It’s exactly trips like this these that make me go home fully energized, with a vision that needs to be shared. Anastasia Benko for cattledogs

At the Baltic Sea, I was expecting a windy, stormy and dramatic coast. My other expectation included sunny but crisp cold days, beginning with a white frost. Let me tell you, none of it happened! It was all an illusion because when we arrived the sun disappeared and a hazy curtain covered the scenery.At first, it was disappointing since I like to wander around all day, discovering details so I can bring back an enormous selection of photographs. None of this became reality as most photos turned out to be quite boring, without any contrast. I took a few snaps, but then I decided to put the camera aside and to just enjoy my weekend off. However, I did notice one thing that took me by surprise: the natural light is different in northern Germany versus where I'm from... Despite the hazy weather, my surroundings were illuminated with a certain brightness, regardless of whether I was indoors or out. Having experienced this kind of light, I had to bring home this feeling and wanted to create a translucent, crystal-clear and pure flower arrangement for all of you today.

I decided to use delicate white ranunculus and white parrot tulips since they are in season here and since, if you are a little like me, you can’t wait for spring to arrive and to me ranunculus and tulips are the most gorgeous signs of spring! Having waited for a long time, I'm ready for the bright, sunny months to arrive!

Anastasia Benko for cattledogs

The first thing I did before beginning the arrangement is that I created a gorgeous origami trend-inspired paper tile wall as a proper backdrop. I then used a large black metal vessel and floral foam to stabilize the abundance of flowers and begin to clip and sculpt my flowers in place.

Anastasia Benko for cattledogs

I first put in some large ranunculus into the floral foam, the stems looking in all directions to balance the big floral arrangement.

Anastasia Benko for cattledogs

Anastasia Benko for cattledogs

Little by little, I added smaller stems and also, the parrot tulips.

Anastasia Benko for cattledogs

In the end, I added some twigs to the bottom, but only on the left side to give it an interesting and modern look, though it's still quite romantic. I stepped back and saw that I had created an exhilarating floral arrangement that reminded me of the trip to the Baltic Sea and the exceptional light there! Wild, white and natural.

Anastasia Benko for cattledogs

My wish is that this arrangement brightened up your day and I'm looking forward to bring you more happiness in the next flower column, when I'll be back here on April 18th. See you again soon! -

(Text, Photography, Styling: . Editor: Holly Becker)

DIY: Pure + Natural Spring Mobile
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Hi readers, this is from Hannover, Germany and I'm really excited about being a member of Holly's team on cattledogs going forward. Once a month I will visit you here to share some lovely handcrafts that you can make yourself. Here is my first DIY inspiration for you, I worked on recently and it's a nice welcome project to spring. I love to work with a variety of materials and create some simple, nature-inspired items for home decoration or for yourself in the form of simple jewelry. Today we're going to make the elements shown below in my photo that we will then use to create a mobile. But first... Kerstin Reilemann for cattledogs

Sunday was the first day of spring, does it feel that way where you live yet? It's still not feeling like spring yet so I decided to create a light and poetic mobile for you because it is a nice symbol for the season. As the days warm up and the sun is out longer, why not go out and see what you can find from a nearby park, garden, forest or your backyard to use for this project? Nature thrives on opposites, which are brought into harmony – it is the same with my mobile. I decided to use various materials, like finds from nature which include birch branches, stones and blossoms and I've combined with wooden beads and nature-inspired paper cuts - light and heavy, round and angular, rough and soft.

Kerstin Reilemann for cattledogs

For showing you how easy you can create some of these elements, I made some photos to visually share my steps with you.

MATERIALS: for the leaf (no baking required, I used white) Colored paper Various Some veil herb, because it is nice when dried Birch branch Stone Clear natural-color thread 4 1 glue stick X-ACTO knife hand saw wire wire cutter Cutting mat All-purpose Sewing needle

Kerstin Reilemann for cattledogs

STEP ONE: Trim sharp ends from wooden skewers so they don't pierce you or anyone else! You will use 4 skewers to create a mobile like mine.

Kerstin Reilemann for cattledogs

STEP TWO: On the skewer at the top, add a fancy end so it looks like a long swizzle stick. Cut a strip of your favorite color paper 2-3" long and cut into the paper but not to the bottom forming lots of thin strips. You most likely learned this in school as a child, right? So I don't need to explain too much. Anyway, wrap the paper around one end, rolling with your fingers as you go, securing with glue to the stick.  This is the top of your mobile so set it aside to dry.

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STEP THREE: Quickly make these three elements for your mobile. The first is simply to cut a circle of paper in a color you love and thread through a bead in the center, then fold the circle over to create a half moon shape. Remove the needle, you will eventually tie this element to the mobile. The next element is to use 6 wooden beads and some thread, and simply thread the beads on and then twist to form a shape, then tie at the top. Make any shape you choose. The final element is to take a large wooden bead and glue something natural to it, like dried flower as I did. This bead will eventually be added to the end of the 2nd skewer on your mobile.

Kerstin Reilemann for cattledogs

STEP FOUR: I bet you made these in school too, paper fans! All you need is a bone folder for creating the best folds, thread, needled, scissors and paper. These are fun, you can see easily above how to make them so I don't think I need to go into detail! When you finish making one, just set aside for now.

Kerstin Reilemann for cattledogs

STEP FIVE: Using a found branch and a hand saw, saw off a round disc for one element and for the other, a 2-3" stump. Create looped wire piece you can see in image 2, you need to make two of these. Now, make small holes in the top of your disc element and in the stump element, and insert the ends of the loop pieces into the wood. Use glue stick first to add to end of wire for extra support. Tie thread to each to create two ornaments that you will hang onto your mobile later on.

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STEP SIX: Create some leaves with your modeling clay using your hands and then lay over a bottle to dry, wrapping them around curve of bottle so they have a natural, curve shape once dry.

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STEP SEVEN: Use paper, an X-ACTO knife and a cutting mat to create a leaf pattern like mine. You can use a template if you wish, or free form. It's easiest to first use a template, trace with pencil onto your paper, and then cut shape from there. When finished, place aside.

Kerstin Reilemann for cattledogs

Kerstin Reilemann for cattledogs

Kerstin Reilemann for cattledogs

Kerstin Reilemann for cattledogs

STEP EIGHT: Use clear stringing wire (or strong thread), and begin securing each skewer to the wire (or thread). I used one long piece of wire and tied to the first skewer, then the second, then the third, then the fourth, leaving some skewers off center. As you tie your elements to each skewer, pay attention to how well everything is balancing out so that the mobile is straight and not lopsided.

By choosing my elements, shapes and colors carefully, creating this mobile was more than just craftwork. It was a rela and enjoyable project; I loved to watch it grow by slowly testing out various combinations. During my experimental work, I love to play some good music and drink a good cup of coffee. Do you? I hope I will inspire you to do the same, no matter if your mobile or decorative wall hanger will look like my example or show your personal style, that's up to you.

Let me know if you have any questions, you can ask me in English or German in the comments section below. Thank you for having me for my first column today, readers! I'll be back in April with another pure and nature DIY idea for your home! - .

(Photography, Styling, Concept, Text: Kerstin Reilemann/ Editor, DIY Text: Holly Becker)