Sunday 22 July 2012

Bienenstich on One Sunny Sunday

 Caramelized almonds as toppings
German Merienda - Bienenstich or Bee Sting Cake

Bienenstich or Bee sting cake is a German dessert made of a sweet yeast dough with a baked-on topping of caramelized almonds and filled with a  vanilla custard, buttercream or cream.
The cake may have earned its name from its honey topping: according to one legend, a bee was attracted to it, and the baker who invented the cake was stung.
Another source cites a legend of German bakers from the 15th century who lobbed beehives at raiders from a neighboring village, successfully repelling them, and celebrated later by baking a version of this cake named after their efforts.
(Source: wikipedia)