German Easter Candy and Sweets to Fill Your Easter Basket

When I was young, we looked forward to receiving packages from my Opa a few times a year. Brown paper wrapped packages, tied up with string (actually twine… but Julie Andrews never mentions twine in her song). They came at Christmas (in the odd year he didn’t visit), our Birthdays, and Easter. After Mama carefully untied the knots and saved…

Vanilla Sauce Recipe – Vanillesoße – the Perfect Dessert Topping!

Vanillesoße is the little black dress of sauces. Honestly, it just goes with every dessert or Nachtisch… it softens the tartness of Rote Gruetze, gives an added dimension to Apfelstrudel, and it magically transforms boring chocolate pudding to a fancy dessert. My Oma always kept packets of instant Vanillesoße in her “packet drawer” (you know the one… it had packets…

What is Bock Beer? And Do Germans Really Call it Liquid Bread?

I regularly see memes and articles about how German beer is considered “flüssiges Brot” or liquid bread. But where does this idea come from? Most likely this started with  a group of monks and Bock Bier. During Lent, members of the Paulaner order abstained from eating solid food. Bock beer, with its extra load of carbohydrates and nutrients satisfied some…

Chocolate and Pear Cake Recipe aka. Schoko-Birnen Kuchen

One of the things I love about German baking is how they mix fruit and cake so easily. (Maybe it’s to lessen the ‘guilt’ of eating cake? You can honestly say you are getting your daily allotment of fruits too.) The first time I saw this Chocolate and Pear cake I thought… hmmm, it looks like a version of a…

German Hedgehog Cookie Recipe

The first time I ever saw a hedgehog in the wild, I was riding home from a party at 2am with my cousin on a small road in Germany. We were tooling along, and suddenly he slowed,  “Look, an Igel” and there, scampering along to road, a spiny little Hedgehog! I think I may have squealed. So, my dear cousin…

Weihnachts Kinderpunsch Recipe- Warm Christmas Drink for Kids

At Christmas Markets and in homes, you find Glühwein for the adults at Christmastime. (My mother always left a pot on the stove Christmas Eve, and we would enjoy it during the Bescherung, or gift exchange) Warm wine, aromatic spices, it’s such a cozy feeling to hold the warm mug and breath in the delicious steam while sipping.  But the…

Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple

I’m rather proud of my first book! Easy German Cookbook: 80 Classic Recipes Made Simple Easy German Cookbook was a labor of love. But sharing German culture and food is what I do online, so this book seemed like the next logical step. Between the covers you’ll find 80 pages of food memories. Foods that we ate at home, foods…

Simple German Bratapfel Recipe with different Variations

In my old German recipe book, there’s a Bratapfel recipe. Ingredients – Apples, nuts, raisins, cinnamon, honey (rum). Instructions… carve the core out of the apple, stuff with filling, bake. That’s it. No details, no actual amounts. Even the bake time is vague… Bake until soft. I didn’t think much about the actual recipe until very recently when the weather…

Gedeckter Apfelkuchen Recipe – Covered German Apple Cake

Like so many other foods in Germany, you won’t find just one recipe for German Apple Cake. Personally, I now keep three different recipes in my back pocket, because you never know… the apple cake must fit the occasion after all! Apfelkuchen mit Streusel vom Blech (Apple Streusel cake in a Pan) for everyday and Versunkener Apfelkuchen (sunken Apple Cake),…

My Oma’s Schoko-Nusskuchen Recipe- A Nut-lover’s Favorite

My cousin Linda absolutely made my day when she sent me our Oma’s recipe for Schoko-Nusskuchen along with the note “this is the cake Oma always baked for our Birthdays“. This simple little cake may not be a fancy Torte, but flavorwise, it packs an amazing punch…reminding me a lot of my favorite mid-day pick me up treat, a Hanuta.…

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