(51) Mince pies with Florian Illies | NDR.de

Broadcast: eating. READING. sleeping. Books for you | 23/12/2021 | 06:00 | Katharina Mahrenholtz, Daniel Kaiser

74 min
| Available until 12/23/2024

Katharina and Daniel play book trade, brag, scold and give last minute tips for a literary Christmas.

The big question in this episode: Will Volume 2 of the Octopus thriller make it back to No. 1 of the worst books of the year? For the Christmas spirit, Katharina serves mince pies that have featured in many English books – of course Dickens’ A Christmas Story. Also in the very modern entertaining novel “The Working Mother”.

The book of the year for Katharina and Daniel is obviously Love in an Age of Hate by Florian Illies – a correspondingly great joy to have the author take the time to interview! Plus literary gifts and – new – holiday book game tips.

Books in this series


00:00:54 Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol (picture book with CD, Annette Betz Verlag)

00:03:40 Allison Pearson: “Working Mom” ​​(Rowohlt)

00:05:30 Allison Pearson: “If It’s Nothing” (Goldmann)

00:06:38 Dirk Rossmann: “Wrath of the Octopus” (Lübbe)

00:20:55 Julia Quinn: “Bridgerton: How to Charm a Viscount” (HarperCollins)

00:25:54 Florian Illies: “Love in times of hate” (S. Fischer)

00:31:25 Interview with Florian Illies

00:45:20 Eva Menasse: “Dunkelblum” (Kiepenheuer & Witsch)

Book recommendation:

00:51:18 Lothar Frenz: “Who Will Survive” (Rowohlt Berlin)

00:52:12 Angie Sage: “Todd Hunter Moon” (Hanser)

00:52:37 Ali Sparks: “Foxrunners” (KJB)

00:52:52 Chris Bradford: “Samurai” (Ravensburger)

00:53:14 Eva Baronsky: “My mother’s voice” (Ecco)

00:54:18 Orkun Ertener “So far” (joke)

Link to reading “Love in the Time of Hate” by Florian Illies:



00:18:35 “Literary dog ​​calendar” (Martin Gold edition)

00:20:05 “Reading by the sea” (360 Grad Verlag)

00:20:15 “Ship Meal Calendar: Literature and Recipes”

Recipe for mince cakes

180 grams of butter

250 g of flour

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of sugar

150 g of dried apricots

150 g of dry dates

200 ml of water

1 tsp ground allspice

½ teaspoon of cinnamon

100 g chopped walnuts

5 tablespoons of rum


Grind the butter, knead it with flour and egg yolk. Add salt, sugar and 2 tbsp of cold water and knead well. cool the dough. Cut the dried fruits into small cubes. Boil water in a pot and add dry fruits. Boil for five minutes, then add allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and rum. Roll out the dough on a floured work surface to a thickness of 3 mm and, with the help of a glass, cut out small circles slightly larger than the holes in the muffin tin. Grease a muffin tin with butter and press into circles. Pour the filling into the wells and cut circles the size of a muffin tin from the remaining dough. Cut out small stars for decoration. Place the “lids” on the pies and press down lightly. Bake at 180°C (preheated) and bake the pies for 30-40 minutes.

Turkeys, geese, game, fowl, wheat, large joints of meat, suckling pigs, long sausages, mince pies, plum puddings, oyster barrels, red-hot chestnuts, cherry apples, juicy oranges, piled up to form a kind of throne. delicious pears, huge twelve cakes and punch bowls that cloud the chamber with their delicious steam.

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