Our Zucchini Apricot Cake is a little premiere. It is the first cake we baked in our new kitchen in our settler’s house. The inauguration cake, if you want. We already told you a lot about the kitchen’s genesis, now with this recipe we want to show you how wonderfully you can cook and bake here. This time, there is also a little video.
With the technical equipment, we were supported by OTTO.de*. We are especially happy with this cooperation because since the beginning of Krautkopf we also write for the sustainability blog ¨re: BLOG¨ by OTTO. We are close to the action with how the company works on this topics, initiates great projects and supports them (fair cotton ¨Cotton made in Africa¨, afforestation with ¨Bergwaldprojekt¨, clothing donation ¨Platz schaffen mit Herz¨). Also internal, the company works on the optimization of already existing and new structures to ensure a sustainable business economy. The vast product range of OTTO also contains the label GOODprodukt, which only contains sustainable products with different seals and certificates.
Our steam oven by Bosch also has such a certificate since it is a true wonder of energy efficiency. Until now, we only had a simple oven with only two functions (air circulation and upper/lower heat). We thought everything else is unnecessary bells and whistles. Wide off the mark!
Even if we just baked the first cake, the oven is not a virginally anymore. We already made hearty yeast doughs. Right now, we are addicted to Focaccia, and with the oven and its option for proofing it is a cakewalk to transform to dough into something fluffy within short time. The first time we tried it, Yannic yelled: ¨Susann, come over here, the whole oven is dough!¨ That was exaggerated, of course, but still it was interesting what the perfect coordination of heat and moisture can do. And that is only one function of many!
You also find design classics at OTTO’s online shop. The spacious fridge by SMEG has enough space for our fresh garden vegetables and, since we don’t have a cellar, for preserves and pickles. While we were still in Berlin, we always dreamed of a SMEG fridge but never had the room in our tiny kitchen. You can imagine how happy we are to have such a large kitchen now.
To work with doughs of all kind we love our Kitchen Aid Artisan. No matter if we have a yeast dough, which have an incredibly silky texture after 10 minutes of kneading, or, just as in this recipe, fluffy cake doughs. When it comes to kneading and frothing up, the Kitchen Aid is a wonderful and reliable helper. We also use the vegetable slicer for grating and slicing larger amounts of fruits and vegetables.
And now we are back at our Zucchini Apricot Cake…