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Neverending Strasbourg and Chocolate Marble Bread

Strasbourg

Strasbourg has really got a hold on me – for five years already. Here is one of my numerous tributes to this magnificent in its own way city on the Eastern boarder of France. I talk about this city a lot whenever such occasion falls, so let’s just look at it and try to imagine Strasbourg. Or rather its multiple restaurants and cosy corners!

This is the last post in the French series. Previous posts on the same trip to France: , A Glimpse of Rhône-Alpes and Cheesy Cauliflower Soufflé and Provence and Tapenade on Crackers

Strasbourg

Petite France district, Strasbourg

Strasbourg

 Petite France district, Strasbourg

Strasbourg

Petite France district, Strasbourg

Strasbourg

Petite France district, Strasbourg

Strasbourg

Walking along the river Ill, Strasbourg

Strasbourg

In the center of the city, Strasbourg

Strasbourg

Heading towards the center from Petite France district, Strasbourg

Strasbourg

Petite France district, Strasbourg

Strasbourg

Petite France district, Strasbourg

Strasbourg

A restaurant in Petite France district, Strasbourg

Strasbourg

The tree sisters or brothers – three traditional maisons à colombages along river Ill

Strasbourg

My favourite bridge in the center of the city, Strasbourg

Strasbourg

Strasbourg is a truly bike city

Strasbourg

The Cathedral’s tower, Srasbourg (the square is called Fish Market)

Strasbourg

In the heart of the city – a street of restaurants you might call it, Srasbourg

Restaurant, Strasbourg

Winstub (=traditional restaurant, with wine of course), Srasbourg

Flower Shop, Strasbourg

Flower shop on Broglie Square, Strasbourg

A food place in Strasbourg

This is what I call food court! Strasbourg

A cafe in Strasbourg

L’Épicerie restaurant serving baked garnished tartines, Strasbourg

A restaurant in Petite France

Tanners’ house (now restaurant) in Petite France district, Strasbourg

A restaurant in Petite France

Yet another restaurant (Cordeà linge) just across the square,Petite France district, Strasbourg

A restaurant in Petite France

Petite France district (surely another restaurant), Strasbourg

Lebkuchen shop, Strasbourg

How many kilos of gingerbread (pain d’épices) would you like? Strasbourg

A restaurant in Petite France

Petite France district (Au Pont St Martin restaurant), Strasbourg

A restaurant in Petite France

Petite France district (restaurant!), Strasbourg

A restaurant in Petite France

Petite France district (restaurant :), Strasbourg

Easter baked decorations

Easter decorations in a bakery window, Strasbourg

A restaurant in Strasbourg

A restaurant in the city center, Strasbourg

A cafe in Strasbourg

Strasbourg sparrows have their own restaurant – eating out at bretzel, tarte flambée and crêpe place

A restaurant in Strasbourg

A restaurant menu board with the region’s meat favourites: Choucroute (Sauerkraut + a ton of meat), Baeckeoffe (baked meat + potatoes)

Funny advertisement

A funny advert of a comedy show parodying L’Oréal promo (playing with words – l’oignon = onion, one of the region’s favourite food)

Alsatian aprons

Traditional prints on kitchen aprons (too expensive to use in the kitchen 🙂

A restaurant in Strasbourg

A restaurant just near Petite France district, Strasbourg

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And for a tit bit as we say in Russia (na zakusku!) a nice recipe of a marble cake – because this is what my friend Isabelle made for me us in Strasbourg. I’m sharing this cake with her this time too, even if virtually. And after all marble cakes always remind me of my year spent in Strasbourg where I gobbled down lots of marble cakes bought in Germany : )

Chocolate Marble Bread from www.joyofbaking.com

A year ago – Khachapuri and Bread with Herbs (another recipe of khachapuri is coming soon!)

Two years ago – Gros Sablé Breton or Je ne Mange pas Six Jours

Chocolate Marble Bread adapted from www.joyofbaking.com will make a sweet soft cake with a crunchy crust and rich chocolate part! The original recipe is easy and clear, so just follow the link.

Changes: I added less chocolate which still resulted in a very thick and rich chocolate part. As I had no cake flour, I used all purpose flour with some potato starch added to it. Instead of coffee or water I took some cocoa, added water and ‘cooked’ the lot together with the chocolate. Also added cardamom and mixed some oil with the butter. My ‘yogurt’ was actually sour cream plus milk.

Chocolate Marble Bread from www.joyofbaking.com

Remarks: I’ve made this cake twice already, both times using a bundt (tube) baking pan. No problem taking it out! I forgot to run a skewer or knife through the two batters to achieve a marbled effect – and you know what? It worked even without this trick : )

Result: We liked this marble cake cause the texture of the chocolate part is richer than when you add just cocoa or coffee. Of course that also adds some calories but then I rarely make anything really loaded with fat and this cake is definitely far from being too fatty. The white part of the cake is moist and tasty too – as is the entire cake! =) If you need an easy recipe which will yet result in a smart looking cake – this is your choice.

Chocolate Marble Bread from www.joyofbaking.com

Check this other version of Marble Cake, or Marmorkuchen (a less rich cake with less calories) and here you can find more chocolate treats.

More food soon – something savoury this time!

G.

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