On arrival, our guests were treated to a glass of "Weisser Bischof", which is a hot punch made out of white wine, apple juice, lemon juice and mulled spices - perfect on a cold winter's day. Alongside, we served vegetable crisps and palmiers - small puff pastry rolls filled with our homemade black pudding, cheddar and poppyseeds. These were very much appreciated and we quickly refilled the little bowl.
Dessert had to be "Faschingskrapfen", the most traditional and popular sweet dish eaten during Carnival in Germany. They are very similar to doughnuts, but unlike in Anglican countries, only eaten during these Carnival festivities. Traditionally, they are dusted with icing sugar and filled with apricot jam, though nowadays all kinds of creations can be found. We thought of giving our diners a bit of a choice and made tiny Krapfen that were served slightly warmed as a "Krapfen-tower" alongside 3 dips: apricot&lime&ginger jam, spiced chocolate sauce and orange curd for everybody to share. Once again, they went down a treat and only very few Krapfen were left - the best compliment I can imagine!
We swiftly went on to make coffee and tea for everybody and because it was Valentine's Day the following day, as petits fours, we had prepared heart-shaped meringues that were dusted with freeze-dried raspberries and chocolate & amaretto meringues. It was great to see our guests enjoy the food, company and atmosphere so much and we very much hope that it was not their first and last visit of a supper club!