Hi guys! I’m Rafi. I live in Massachusetts and I’m kind of obsessed with baking (and eating) ,and that’s why I decided to make a baking blog.
OK, that’s enough of the obvious. You might’ve been wondering about the name: Zuckertraum. It’s actually German and means “sugar dream”. My mom is German and I lived in Germany for three years, which brought me to learning about the culture and becoming fluent in the language. I was lucky enough to grow up with delicious German treats coming from my mom, “Oma”, aunts, and other German family members who always welcomed us with fresh baked sweets. I will be sure to post many German recipes, from christmas cookies like the wonderfully buttery, sugary, aromatic “Vanillekipferl” to classics like flaky “Apfelstrudel” and rich, chocolatey “Schokokuchen”.
I also love American desserts and have a special love for pie. A huge slice of warm apple pie, together with a generous portion of vanilla ice cream, and I’m in pastry heaven (If there’s such a thing, invite me in). I also love to make cookies, muffins, and other traditional treats, sometimes with a twist, say classic blueberry muffins, but with a blanket of buttery, crisp, cinnamony streusel.
My love for baking started a few years ago, when I was 14. I always had an obsession with desserts, and my mom knew this. Sometimes after school I would be met with the smell of cookies baking in the oven. Nothing could describe the feeling of coming home after a long day of school, and being rewarded with a fresh-from-the-oven, gooey chocolate chip cookie with a tall glass of milk. Things started to change when my mom gave birth to a little boy, and her time in the kitchen shifted to warming formula milk bottles and opening baby food jars. My dad, who we like to call a gourmet chef because of his cooking obession, will make anything, including preserved duck “confit”, but he refuses to bake. So, I had no other choice but to start baking myself. I grabbed an oven mitt and a wooden spoon, and started to bake a batch of cookies, which turned out to be one big, sticky, doughy mess which landed in the garbage (trust me, it wasn’t pretty). From there I started experimenting with different recipes and learned from my mistakes, and baking turned into my favorite hobby.
That’s enough about me…it’s time to start baking! Guten Appetit!