Are you in the Holiday Mood Yet? Oh, this is my favorite time of the year and it’s also the time where I’m always homesick the most. I miss this time of the year being in Germany with my Family and Friends, enjoying the festivities, traditions and just miss them all overall. This time of the year makes it always harder for me and homesickness kicks in. Oh, a little housekeeping real quick, I may have affiliate links in the post, just so you know.
Okay now back to the post. Every year I try to dish up lots of delicious recipes from my home country to share my traditions with my family here in Florida. It’s a win win for both, my husband and the kids et to learn and enjoy my German upbringing and I get to enjoy some of my favorite recipes that bring comfort to me, it’s my comfort food.
Glühwein is one of those comforts, everyone in German drinks it as soon as it gets cold and you can buy it on almost every corner. I’m not a drinker and usually don’t touch any alcohol at all, besides the occasional drink here and there, but come Christmas time I always have a few bottles of Glühwein in the house and I drink a glass here and there in the evening after dinner. It reminds me of home and gives me a little comfort.
The hard part, I’m in Florida and it’s still in the 90s. YES… I said 90’s, so drinking hot Glühwein right now is not as comforting as it could be in a little bit of cooler climate, so I decided to make my mom’s favorite red wine coffee cake and put a little spin on it and use Glühwein instead. It’s a win win, I have some comfort food and I can enjoy my Glühwein as well. Best part, since it is being baked and the alcohol will be baked out, just the amazing Glühwein flavor is left behind, making it totally safe for kids to enjoy as well.
As you have seen many times on the blog I love the Doughnut Pan and why not make Glühwein Chocolate Doughnuts, right? What can be better than that? Ahhhhh… the memories, the smells, the taste, just an amazing flavor explosion inside and out. You have to try them, totally trust me!!
Now the kids can enjoy the doughnuts or if you like you can use a Bundt cake or any other kind of baking dish, but the Glühwein Glaze is strictly for “ADULTS”!! So if you know kids will be over and you may have a party where you can not supervise what doughnuts or cake they are eating, make the glaze kid friendly by using cherry juice instead. Same great color, just non alcoholic!
You can find Glühwein at many places in the US, traditional German Glühwein. World Market and Aldi sell them this time of the year, very affordable like $5 a bottle, but you could also make it yourself if you can’t find it and if all else fails just use red wine alone in the recipe. The cake is usually made with red wine alone, I just spiffed it up for the season with Glühwein.
Isn’t this a simple recipe? Ohh… the batter was amazing I love licking the spoon. I know, I know… there are eggs in it, well sometimes you have to live on the edge and this was one of those days. A few licks, totally harmless and AHHHHmazing. I dare you to take a lick or two as well. But don’t let the kids taste, remember we have Glühwein in there.
These Glühwein Doughnuts (or cake if you rather make that) would be wonderful on your Thanksgiving or Christmas table, for everyone to enjoy. Now you have a new Holiday Tradition, thanks to me and my German heritage.
Also while planning your Holiday meals don’t forget to check out my friends recipes over at Blessed Elements, Simply Southern Mom, A Southern Celiac and It’s My Side of Life you will love the ideas as much as I do.
Our Progressive Meal group even has an amazing Pinterest board with all our recipe collections, be sure to check it out and follow along for lots of great meal ideas. Have a great recipe you think would work well and like to share, feel free to do so in the link up below.