Bavarian Meatloaf – Bayerischer Leberkäse

Bavarian Leberkäse, as the name suggests, is the Bavarian form of Leberkäse, a speciality Fleischkäse (meatloaf) from southern Germany, Austria, and parts of Switzerland. Despite its name, Bavarian Leberkäse (literally liver-cheese) contains no liver nor cheese, in contrast to other Leberkäse which need to contain at least 4% liver and…

German Meatloaf – Hackbraten

Hackbraten is a childhood favourite enjoyed throughout Germany and Switzerland, with each country having many local varieties of the dish. Varieties containing a hard-boiled egg on the inside are often called Falscher Hase (False Hare). Ingredients: 4 tablespoons butter350 ml (1 ½ cups) chopped onions2 slices white bread, trimmed and…

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…

Onion Tart – Zwiebelkuchen

The onion cake is a hearty cake that takes its name from main topping, the onions. The cake is popular in southern Germany, eastern Germany and Switzerland as well as in Alsace, France. Depending on what region in Germany you are in, the ingredients and how it is prepared will…

Roasted Goose – Weihnachtsgans

The Weihnachtsgans, or “Christmas goose”, is a traditional Christmas dinner in Germany and neighbouring countries. According to legend, when St. Martin of Tours was to be made a bishop, he was reluctant to do so. As a result, he decided to hide so none could find him and make him…

Sausage Salad – Wurstsalat

A beloved recipe in areas of Germany, Alsace, Switzerland and Austria. Well-known variants are the Swabian sausage salad, half of which contains blood sausage, and especially the preparation known in Germany as Swiss sausage salad, also known as Strasbourg or Alsatian sausage salad, with a portion of Emmental cheese. Ingredients:…

Soupe de Chalet – Swiss Cheese Soup

Healthy, quick and easy to prepare this recipe comes from the Fribourg region of Switzerland. This recipe is sometimes recommended as an alternative to a fondue. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon butter150 g leeks, cut into thin strips1 onion, finely chopped1 kohlrabi, diced1 carrot, diced500 ml vegetable stock50 g pasta (e. g.…

Vanilla Crescent Cookies – Vanillekipferl

Vanillekipferl are a very traditional Christmas cookie in the shape of a croissant. They are made from a shortcrust pastry made from flour, butter, sugar and grated almonds, often also roasted almonds – but also walnuts, peanuts or hazelnuts depending on the region or country you are in. Ingredients: 2…

Venison – Wildsteaks

Game meat is deep in colour and rich in flavour, which makes it a popular meal in Germany and Switzerland. Try out this recipe with potatoes and apple quarters browned in butter and cooked in white wine. Ingredients: 3 carrots2 stalks of celery1 medium onion1 teaspoon mustard seed, slightly crushed2…