Good evening beautiful souls,

FirstlyΒ  I would like to apologise for not posting anything on Sunday evening, however I have a very valid reason – and this is why:

The Kaffeehaus Amadeus Re-launch

Kaffeehaus Amadeus is my dad’s amazing Austrian/German coffeehouse in Lanchester, County Durham. After Christmas we shut for 2 months for a big refurb and this past weekend it was finally time to reveal our lovely new look!






We had events on all weekend, from a Coffee Workshop, Viennese Afternoon Tea, Evening Glow with a Feuerzangenbowle (which is a rum punch that is set alight) and a musical affair on Sunday with our in-house quintet Quintessential Voices. The new interior went down well with all the guests and it was lovely to finally see many of our regulars enjoying our coffee and cakes again.



If you haven’t heard of our little gem of a cafe you really need to visit. Come experience something quaint, exquisite and different. I know this is a biased review but I am proud of what my dad has achieved. Being different and bringing a piece of our heritage to this little cafe in Lanchester is what is important to us. We prize ourselves on an atmosphere of GemΓΌtlichkeit and believe we offer the best coffee in the North East, prising ourselves on our fresh single origin bean V60 brew! There are numerous beans to pick from and lovely loose leaf teas if you’re not quite a coffee fan. We offer light lunches ‘Jause’ style all on homemade bread of course as well as soups and salads. Everything is homemade on site from the famous Viennese Sachertorte to our scrumptious German Kasekuchen!




And if that isn’t enough to persuade you to come and try a lice of Vienna on your doorstep, we have the wonderful Anna our professional chocolatiere creating all her heavenly handmade truffles at the cafe!

So please come and say hi and take your taste buds on a journey!

Love Carina xo


Good evening beautiful souls,

A couple of days ago Jessica and I decided to bake some gingerbread biscuits and apart from placing them too near one another on the baking tray they turned out fab. They were super easy to make and I thought you might like to have a go too, so here is the recipe!


350g plain flour – 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda – 2 tsp ground ginger – 2 tsp of ground cinnamon – 115g butter – 175g of dark muscovado sugar – 4tbsp golden syrup – 1 egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas mark — Lightly grease or line two baking trays.
  2. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger into a bowl. Rub in the butter with your fingertips until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs; stir in sugar.
  3. Beat syrup into egg then stir into flour mixture.
  4. Knead the dough until smooth. Roll out to 1/2 cm thick on a lightly floured surface; stamp or cut out desired gingerbread men shapes.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and puffed, about 10-12 minutes. Let them sit on the tray for a few minutes before moving to a wire rack.
  6. Cool completely before decorating with icing.












Love Carina xo


Good evening guys,

On Friday I hosted a Halloween games night and made these cute pumpkin crispy cakes. I thought you’d like this easy recipe, so here you go.

You will need:

  • Silicone moulds (these pumpkin ones were from Lidl)
  • 195g mars bars
  • 90g butter
  • 3 cups of rice crispies
  • Orange extract
  • 200g milk, dark or white chocolate

Melt chocolate in the microwave and pour a little into each silicon mould. Pop into the fridge to cool. Now chop up butter and mars bars and melt on a low heat until smooth. Add a couple drops of orange extract. Once smooth take off heat and stir in rice crispies. Take moulds out of fridge and fill with rice crispy mixture. Leave to cool down before putting moulds back into fridge to set. You’ll be able to enjoy them after an hour or two.

Love Carina xo