We are what we eat!

We are very happy that we finished the process for our organic (BIO) certification! We’ve cooked bio before, but are entitled to refer to it as BIO now!

Which is why we serve healthy and balanced diets to our young guests at Schloss Leizen. Last week we went a level higher and finally got our official certification as an ORGANIC FOOD provider. We can now openly announce that almost all of our suppliers are organic certified (mostly German regional) companies. The two major exceptions are our long-term local partners that deliver excellent quality milk Van der Ham (from the nearby village Bollewick) and fish Die Müritzfischer (from Waren an der Müritz).

                      

Healthy carbs at breakfast

Another key element of every breakfast is carbohydrates. Healthy carbs at breakfast give your body an energy boost, which it needs for the day. Here, at Schloss Leizen, you won’t get your carbs through the usual bread or muesli…

There’s a better way 🙂

             

       

             

 

Vitamins: What are they and what do they do?

Your body needs a lot of important nutrients to stay fit and energized throughout the day, for example, vitamins. These can be either water-soluble or fat-soluble:

🌱 Water-soluble vitamins include vitamins C and B. Your body needs vitamin B for a proper exchange of nutrients in the cells (metabolism). Vitamin C blocks dangerous molecules (catches free radicals), which helps the immune system.
🌱 Fat-soluble vitamins include vitamin A, D, E and K. These are important for building new cells in the body.

We always make sure that children get their portion of vitamins with each and every freshly cooked meal we serve, especially at breakfast. Check out the pictures below!

          

How are you today?

Good mood can set the tone for the rest of the day. This is why we value the family atmosphere at our Schloss Leizen breakfasts so highly. We get to enjoy the first sunlight together, joke around, help each other wake up still sleepy kids and discuss our plans for the new day. And all that – as a big family, with the young and the old at one table.

             

Berry Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Kids in Leizen always love to know what is going on with the Schloss. Check out how they test the recipe for ORGANIC COOKIES to be handed out to the participants of the Association of German International Schools (AGIS) Conference taking place in Hannover this coming weekend. Schloss Leizen prides to be a sponsor and will be presenting its residential class trips and holiday camps this coming week-end.

INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED:
300g organic spelt flour
200g organic cold butter
100g organic raw cane sugar
1 organic egg, size L
1 pinch of Vanilla powder
Peel of ½ organic lemon

To gain a fruity taste, we use 6 teaspoons of either: raspberry powder, mango powder, blueberry powder & strawberry powder.

HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT COOKIES!
1. Mix the spelt flour with vanilla and the relevant fruit powders.
2. Transfer this mixture to a work surface and form a well (hole) in the middle.
3. Cut cold butter into cubes and place them into the well. Also add the sugar, lemon zest and the egg.
4. Quickly, knead everything into a dough, cover it with cling film, and let it rest in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
5. Finally, form the dough into desired shapes. Bake the cookies in a pre-heated oven at 400°.

Try this recipe and let us know how it goes!

Would ice cream NOT melt in the hot oven?

Just as we isolate our homes from the cold creeping in during winter, so we isolate ice cream with merengue from the heat of the oven. Whilst isolation does wonders for homes and Baked Alaska, it creates significant damage to relationships between people, especially between generations. Which is why kids at Schloss Leizen love to invite the village elders to share the warmth of the festive season.

Baking with boys

Boys. Fun. Baking. How do the three go together?

Very Well is the answer!!!

Especially if you have two hours of intense excercise and football, followed by a delicious warm lunch – the kids couldn’t be happier to join Chef Maik to bake their own pastry for tea time.

Of course with apples !!!

                               

Here is the recipe:

🍕 Dissolve 1 tsp organic cane sugar in 240 ml lukewarm water.

🍕 Add 42 g of yeast, 500 g organic spelt flour, 1 pinch of salt and 80 ml of vegetable oil (we used safflower seed oil).

🍕 Mix everything thoroughly and knead until dough is smooth and elastic. It will make pizza airy and light.

🍕 Let the dough rise for 1 hour.

🍕 On a floured surface, roll out the dough and let it rest for another 20 minutes.

🍕 Add the toppings of your choice. For extra sweet pizza: slather the top of the pizza with jam or sour cream and add your favorite fruits (we used apples, of course J).

🍕 You can also sprinkle the flaked/sliced almonds, cane sugar or cinnamon over the top.

🍕 Bake at 200 ° C (fan oven) for about 15 minutes (depending on the size of the pizza and the thickness of the topping).

It’s time for pizza! 😋