German Pancakes – Deutsche Pfannkuchen

A German classic for the whole family to enjoy. This simple, quick basic recipe is suitable for either sweet or savoury versions. Ingredients: 1 liter milk8 eggs20 tablespoons flourpinch of saltsugar (to taste) Instructions: Mix all ingredients well starting with milk and eggs. Add the flour spoon by spoon using…

German Quark Torte with Crust – Käsekuchen

This recipe for a classic cheesecake should be in every recipe book! It has delicious crust made of shortcrust pastry and a wonderful cream filling with quark and milk. Ingredients: 355 ml (1 ½ cups) flour80 ml (⅓ cup) sugar1 tablespoon sugar1 teaspoon baking powder80 ml (⅓ cup) butter1 tablespoon…

German Sourdough Rye Bread Rolls – Roggenmischbrötchen

Any type of bread or bread rolls/buns are an important part of Germany’s food scene. Did you know that there are over 300 bread varieties and over 1,200 different bread rolls and baked goods in Germany? Ingredients: 100 g (1 cup) rye flour100 g (½ cup) warm water2 g rye…

Hazelnut Cake – Haselnusskuchen

A simple recipe for a delicious hazelnut cake without flour. Ingredients: 475 ml (2 cups) ground hazelnuts475 ml (2 cups) cream of wheat295 ml (1 ¼ cups) sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract1 tablespoon flour1 tablespoon baking powder475 ml (2 cups) milk Instructions: Combine hazelnut and cream of wheat. Sift together flour…

Hussar Biscuits – Husarenkrapferl

These cookies are small shortbread pastries filled mostly with red jam. They are found in traditional Austrian Christmas baking. The recipe is mostly unchanged since the second half of the 18th century. Ingredients: 200 g all-purpose flour100 g icing sugar8 g vanilla sugar100 g ground almonds2 egg yolks150 g unsalted…

Jam Cookies – Spitzbuben / Hildabrötchen

These delicious cookies are considered traditional Christmas cookies in Germany, while in Austria they are year-round. There are also different names for them, “Spitzbuben” is a regional synonym for “Hildabrötchen”. Not only are there different names for these cookies but the shape can vary. The hole in the middle is…

King’s Cake – Königskuchen

If you are looking for a classic holiday cake for Christmas, this is it! This is Germany’s answer to fruit cake. Ingredients: 240 ml (1 cup) butter240 ml (1 cup) sugar¼ teaspoon salt1 teaspoon vanilla extract4 tablespoons rum4 eggs710 ml (3 cups) flour295 ml (1 ¼ cups) corn starch1 teaspoon…

Königsberger Meatballs – Königsberger Klopse

Königsberger Meatballs originated in East Prussia and are named after the city of their probable origin, Königsberg (now Kaliningrad, Russia). It is considered one of the highlights of East Prussian cuisine and is still a popular dish in Germany to this day. Ingredients: 227 g (½ lb) ground pork227 g…

Kraut Crullers – Krautkrapfen

They are considered a Swabian and Allgäu specialty and make for a wonderful, hearty meal in cold weather. Ingredients: 500 g flour2 eggs125 ml watersome salt 1 jar sauerkraut200 g bacon, dicedsalt1 onioncaraway seeds, pepper Instructions: It is best to make the sauerkraut one day before making this recipe. In…

Lübeck Style Coconut Macaroons – Lübecker Kokosmakronen

The recipe comes from the city of Lübeck in Schleswig-Holstein, on the Baltic Sea coast. Ingredients: 250 g (2 ⅔ cups) coconut flakes, unsweetened5 egg whites250 g (1 ½ cups) confectioners’ sugar400 g (1 ⅔ cups) marzipan 2 tablespoons rumzest from ½ lemon90 g (⅓ cup) unsweetened chocolate2 tablespoons unsalted…