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.…

Germany and Coffee- Coffee Culture and History of German Coffee

“Komm, lass uns einen Kaffee trinken“… words I’ve heard my whole life. Come on, let’s drink a coffee. Mornings before a big day, the middle of the afternoon on a shopping trip, or maybe just while sitting and chatting. Germany and coffee go hand in hand. Germans might actually drink more coffee than beer… they certainly import more coffee than…

What is a Radler? – The History of a Drink Named for a Cyclist

I realize this might be considered blasphemy, but I’m not much of a beer drinker. I just never developed a taste for it (apparently, I make an “eeewww” face from the bitter flavor when I drink it). But soda is generally too sweet. Fortunately, an innkeeper in Deisenhofen, Germany came up with a solution that I really enjoy when he…

German S’mores! Why NOT play with your Food?

German S’mores are what happens when I’m alone in the kitchen and craving the flavors of childhood. To be perfectly honest, and because I know lots of people will point this out, German S’mores aren’t a real thing. But I think they should be, and now, they CAN be! When I was a child growing up here in the US,…

What is Maggikraut : All about Liebstöckel or Lovage

When my friend Edie told me about Maggikraut, I didn’t believe her. In my world, Maggi exists in liquid form to add flavor to soups and stews. Didn’t I just visit Spicey’s Spice Museum in Hamburg and see the Maggi exhibit (yes, I do realize that the previous sentence makes me sound like a nerd, but we all know how…

Ostalgie or Ostalgia for East German Products

What is Ostalgie? Ostalgie or Ostalgia, words that combines the German words for East and Nostalgia, describe a feeling of longing or desire for bits and pieces of the now wiped-away DDR (GDR). Now, while very few people can look you square in the face and say how wonderful the East German government was, or how fantastic it felt to…

Kase Sahne Torte Recipe Made EASY with Dr Oetker Mix

Two minutes after my Tech Guy said, “I really don’t want to eat a piece of cake”, the plate was empty. (And it looks like a few more pieces are missing….). Now, I LOVE Kase Sahne Torte. To those who taste it, this deceptively light cake seems like a magic trick. All that cream! and it’s a cheesecake? Yet, instead…

How to make Eierlikör at Home

My Oma always had a bottle of Eierlikör and a bottle of Schnapps in the door of her refrigerator. The Schnapps was there for when my Onkel stopped in on his way home to Mittagessen for a ‘Kurzen’ with her… and the Eierlikör was for us. We would get our warm meal mid-day, and there would always be a Nachtisch…

Eierlikör Torte Recipe – Perfect for Easter or the Kaffeeklatsch

I am not a trained baker. What I am is a woman who loves to eat baked goods, so I started baking at home. I had a theory… If I have to bake it myself, I won’t eat as much, because it will take time/energy to create delicious baked goods, and I’m a bit lazy by nature. It turns out…

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