Himbeertorte – German Raspberry Cake Recipe

A typical cake served for German coffee time.  It is best to use a special pan, that when flipped, leaves a recess in the cake, much like shortcake cups, but any 11″ pan should work.

Difficulty: Moderate.
Preparation Time: 2 hours.
Portions: 4 – 6. 12 pieces.

Ingredients:himbeerkuchen

Cake Batter

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. warm water
  • 6 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 7 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 6 tbsp. cornstarch

Topping

  • 1 1/2 pint raspberries
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. sugar

Jelly

  • 1/2 tsp. gelatin
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. red food coloring

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Rumkuchen I – German Rum Cake I Recipe

A yummy, basic, rum cake recipe.  This is especially good as a cold weather dessert. Serve with cherries over the cake for extra yum factor.

Difficulty: easy.
Preparation Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes.
Portions: 6.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound flour (this is about 3 -4 cups, but check the flour weight for best results)
  • 3/4 pound butter, softened
  • 6 ounces sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup rum

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Champignon Rahm Sauce – Creamed Mushrooms Recipe

This is super easy, and a nice accompaniment to schnitzel.   In Bavaria, it is referred to as Pilze in Sahnesoße.

Difficulty: easy.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Portions: 4.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbs butter
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 large can, 2 small cans, or 2 cups of fresh quartered or sliced mushrooms
  • 1 – 2 cups broth, beef, pork or vegetable
  • pinch of salt

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Berliner Currywurst – Knockwurst in Curry Sauce Recipe

Anyone that has been to a German city, particularly Berlin, will know that you can’t walk a block without finding an Imbiss (food stand or cart) or pub, that serves Currywurst.  It is the best fast food, that only requires a plastic toothpick to eat. And it is also super easy to make at home.

To make this authentic in appearance and taste, knockwurst is the best to use.  However, I have made it with hot dogs to great effect.  As a German vegetarian recipe option, why not try soy dogs?  The typical side dish to serve this with is french fries, or Pommes.  I make my own, but you could also buy bagged for an even quicker meal.

Difficulty: easy.
Preparation Time: 35 minutes.
Portions: 4.

Ingredients:currywurst_pommes

  • 1 package of knockwurst (5 links) OR 1 package of hot dogs
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 2 8-ounce cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

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Zeppelin Hall – Jersey City, NJ

Zeppelin Hall

We have been waiting for ages to have a beer garden (or biergarten) nearby.  Well, apparently our wait is over! Sometime very soon, there will be a grand opening for Zeppelin Hall.  It is located in Jersey City, New Jersey, right near Liberty State Park.  It is going to accommodate over 800 people, and they are family friendly, even offering a kid’s menu.

They seem to be trying to replicate a Munich beer garden, which is perfectly fine by me.  I can not express the joy I felt at seeing their website!  Can’t wait to try all those beers…. 🙂

UPDATE!

Zeppelin Hall just posted their grand opening! June 26, 2009 – THIS FRIDAY!  Unfortunately we’ll be away, but as soon as we’re back, we are there with lederhosen and dirndl on!  See you there.

Kartoffelpuffer – German Potato Pancakes Recipe

I LOVE these! There are a little bit of work, but well worth it.  Try them with some sugar sprinkled on top or applesauce (my personal favorite). Yum!

Difficulty: normal.
Preparation Time: over 1 hour
Portions: 4.

Ingredients:kartoffelpuffer

  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 – 1 cup flour (if potatoes are dry, use less, wet, use more)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • vegetable oil or butter, or a mixture of both (for frying)

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Weinkraut – Baked Sauerkraut with Apples Recipe

A yummy variation of sauerkraut.  This is a perfect way to get rid of some not-so-fresh apples!

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation time:  1.25 hours
Servings: 4 – 6 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart sauerkraut
  • 1/4 cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp. butter, bacon drippings, or margarine
  • 2 – 3 medium sized apples
  • 1 1/2 cups white wine
  • 1/2 cup beef broth or bouillon
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. celery seeds

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Vanillesauce – Vanilla Custard Sauce Recipe

This is a wonderful garnish for Rote Grütze.

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation time:  2 hours
Servings: 2-1/4 cups of sauce, 4 – 6 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole milk or half and half
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

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Rote Grütze – German Red Fruit Pudding Recipe (Red Grits)

This is a Summer time staple dessert in Germany, and takes advantage of the fresh berries of the season.  Served with a vanilla sauce, this is a wonderful dessert, and lovely change from the usual.

Difficulty: Easy.
Preparation time:  Make 24 hours in advance.
Servings: 4 – 6.

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups fresh or frozen, unsweetened berries (raspberries, strawberries, red currants, or a combination of these)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

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