Nougatkugeln

Aka the chocolate truffle, the bite-sized petit four is made from a creamy mixture of chocolate ganache, usually with butter and cream. However, this German version I've prepared below is with less fat in the recipe, but does not sacrifice the decadent chocolate flavor. As I've written prior, the quality of the truffle is primarily dependent on the quality of chocolate you start with. I can't stress this enough.

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Nougatkugeln

Recipe by Chef George Hirsch | Makes about 35 truffles 

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped

1 cup confectioners sugar

2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

*2 Tablespoons espresso or strong brewed coffee, or as needed

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 cup hazelnuts or almonds, lightly toasted & ground 

Optional filling: To make an all chocolate truffle: substitute 1 cup semisweet chocolate, ground medium-fine, for the hazelnuts.

Optional flavoring: Reduce espresso by 1 Tablespoon and substitute with 1 Tablespoon of Frangelico (halzelnut flavor liquor), or Grand Marnier (orange flavor liquor) 

Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid over heating. As chocolate begins to melt, remove the bowl from the heat.

In a separate bowl, combine the confectioners sugar and cocoa powder with a wire whisk. Mix in espresso, vanilla, and nuts. Mixture should be slightly thick, add additional espresso if truffle mixture needs to be slightly smoother. 

Cool mixture slightly; and with a small scoop or by hand form small balls by shaping into 1/2- to 3/4-inch diameter balls. Dip the balls into the melted chocolate.  

Garniture: Place your coatings for the truffles on a plate and roll truffle balls in one of the following:

Toasted crushed nuts

Powdered sugar

Cocoa powder

Tempered chocolate striped over truffles

Coconut

Shaved chocolate

Chill until firm. Nougatkugeln is best when served at room temperature. 

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Sunday Supper II + Our Christmas Gathering

Sip warm herbal tea from the wassail bowl while enjoying crisp flatbreads at the wood burning oven before sitting down to a family style dinner prepared by a creative Team of chefs. Conversation and conviviality is the way of bringing back the tradition of Sunday's past, when family and friends gathered around the table.

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the Sunday Supper menu begins fresh from the farm field. here @ Seps Family Farm

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Dresden Stollen

It’s that time of year. No, not Miller Time, it’s Stollen Time! And the best place for stollen is Dresden, Germany. Get inline at the Backerei & Konditorei (bakery & pastry); but don't worry if you can’t make it to Germany for the festival on December 3rd. Enjoy with a good mug of coffee.

Stollen MaidenAbout the Festival:

The history of the Stollen Festival dates back to the beginning of the 18th century. In 1730, Friedrich August I., better known as August the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland arranged a legendary amusement festivity in the framework of a camp known as Zeithainer Lustlager (or Zeithainer Lager). Even today, it is still the epitome of the baroque way of life because of its luxury and splendour. This festivity is the historical model for today's Stollen Festivals.

The Dresden Stollen Festival is quite a young festival. It was celebrated for the first time in 1994. In the meantime, it has established itself as part of Dresden's cultural life and is considered to be the highlight of the Dresden Christmas fair (Striezelmarkt). Originally, the festival was planned as a single PR-Event for the Dresden Stollen. It has become an important destination for the Christmas Capital Dresden and takes place every Saturday prior to the 2nd Advent.

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If you dare try, here's an authentic recipe, translated. Note measurements in grams.

Dresden Stollen -recipe with one "Metze" (4 kg) flour for 6 four-pound-stollen

4000 gram wheaten flour

1600 gram butter

  500 gram butter lard

  600 gram preserving sugar

  750 gram sweet almonds, pulverized

  250 gram bitter almonds, pulverized

  600 gram candid lemon peel

3000 gram seedless raisins

1000 gram milk

  250 gram yeast

    50 gram salt

  100 gram lemon peel

    10 gram Macis

  300 gram rum

      1 gram vanilla pod

Dresden Christmas Stollen (translated from native tongue, German)

The Dresden woman Lenelies Pause delivered in her monography about the "royal Children" a stollen recipe in his high developed form. It demonstrated the high school of the art to bake Dresden stollen: 

"There are a lof of tales. The history tells, they don't used milk, they better took the rich cream, 2 cans, full, directly from a farmer. It is the speech of a "Metze" (4 kilogram) dusty wheaten flour. This "Metze" devours desirous 2 kilogram of the best butter, snatch 3 kilogram seedless raisins with themselves, satisfied themselves with 1 kilogram almonds. It desires an hand full with bitter glassy candied lemon peel, planed orange peel, takes also a breath mace - rubbed soft over a peace of sugar with powerless hand -, demands a charge of the good old  Arrak and takes the sugar not in the modern crystallized form, but after the good old tradition as an hat which is packed in blue paper, and then also only martared, sifted and on the lemon rubbed off. The Stollen is an unready children only mixed, formed and baked. With 1000 gram melted hot butter the stollen will be slowly and softly touched und steeped, sugar, smells like vanila, sinks up like a snow clouds, till it finally carried home, with a sweet aroma, which march through the whole city in the days before Christmas and all bakeries, whichs breathes out of all corridors."

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In Hot Chocolate Caramel

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The Christmas season is upon us, so a hot chocolate seems like a very appropriate beverage. Homemade hot chocolate is everyone's favorite, even us big kids. This is my spin on hot chocolate and has put smiles on many faces. Enjoy!

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George's Hot Chocolate Caramel

Makes 6 Servings 

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1/3 cup pure cane granulated sugar

1/3 cup unsweetened good cocoa powder

1/3 cup water

8 caramel candies

6 cups milk (whole milk for best results)

mini marshmallows or whip cream

1 ounce brandy (optional)

In a large saucepan combine sugar, cocoa powder, and water. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add candies and stir until melted. Stir in milk. Heat through. Top with brandy. Pour into mug, top with mini marshmallows or whipped cream.

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Sunday Supper + Our Christmas Gathering

Gather ‘round the table with family & friends at our next Sunday Supper as we celebrate the wonder of the Christmas season and the joy of sharing a meal and conversation. For December we take the farm & cheers indoors for our supper. 

Join us to enjoy servings of savory dishes and seasonal entree favorites as featured on PBS’s George Hirsch Lifestyle. Also, just-picked vegetables, farm salads & sides, fresh baked dessert and herbal tea. Craft beer & wine, sold separately.

Christmas Decoration Tree Ornament

Growing up, Sunday was the one day our family set aside all other activities to break bread as one. We are recreating this tradition with our extended community. Guests at our Sunday Supper will enjoy a traditional family dinner, Sep’s Farm fresh picked produce and some of our families’ favorite dishes. - chef g

Amazing Day of Community Love, Sunday Supper + Autumn Farm Experience Oct 23, 2016

Amazing Day of Community Love, Sunday Supper + Autumn Farm Experience Oct 23, 2016