Spoonfuls of Germany


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German baking in America

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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


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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


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All hands on bread

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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