Spoonfuls of Germany


German baking in America

Dresdner Eierschecke

Practice makes perfect, or, as you say in German, “Übung macht den Meister”. Well I wouldn’t dare to say that my baking is perfect but baking several times a week, and having baked hundreds of different recipes from the classic German baking repertoire in my almost 19 years in America, I have a pretty good handle on how to bake authentic German cakes, cookies and other pastries, and with readily available ingredients. Continue reading


Rote Grütze, the dessert misnomer

Rote Grütze Cheesecake slice

There is no beating around the bush: Rote Grütze, one of the most delicious German summer desserts, has an ugly, unappealing name. Literally, Grütze means “grits” in English. To German ears, Grütze sounds actually worse than that; it evokes associations with Continue reading


All hands on bread


I have Marlene Dietrich’s husky voice in my ear singing the German version of “Where have all the flowers gone?” when I walk through a familiar neighborhood in Germany and notice that yet another bakery isn’t there any longer. Continue reading