Oct 292014


The Griessnockerl Soup (or Griessnockerlsuppe in German)  is a German soup that is a perfect starter for a menu. In Germany soups are served before a menu and the Griessnockerlsuppe is a classic soup that you can find on many traditional German restaurant menus. Nockerl are semolina dumplings and the origin is Austria. The Nockerl are very popular in Southern Germany and Bavaria. If you don’t want to make the beef broth use an instant vegetable broth (cubes or powder). Happy Cooking!

1x1.trans Griessnockerl Soup

500 g beef for the soup and 750 g beef bones
1 big onion
1 bay leave
3-4 cloves
2 carrots
black pepper corns
soup greens: celery (root and stems), some parsley, 1 small leek
chopped parsley

120 g semolina (Griess)
80 g soft butter
2 eggs
fresh ground nutmeg to taste
salt to taste
1-2 tbsp chopped parsley

Cooking Instructions
- wash bones and meat under cold water and pat dry with kitchen paper.
- add about 2 l cold water in a big pot, place meat and bones into water, add bay leave, pin cloves into the onion and add to broth, and pepper corns. Bring to a boil then reduce heat, let simmer for 1 hours (not covered). Take of the foam that has appeared.
- add the chopped greens and let simmer for another hour.

- For the Nockerl add soft butter to the semolina and mix well; beat eggs and add to the semolina until you get a smooth dough, add chopped parsley, spice to taste with salt and nutmeg.
- When the broth is done, sieve it and bring back into the pot, spice with salt, nutmeg and black pepper to taste. Have the broth on low heat, it should be hot but not boiling.
- With 2 teaspoons form Nockerl out of the semolina dough and place them carefully into the broth. It should not boil. Let them cook for 15 min and make sure the broth is NOT boiling. The Nockerl will fall apart otherwise. Before serving sprinkle the broth with some fresh chopped parsley. You also can use the carrots by slicing them and add to the broth (if they are not too soft).

Serve hot.


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Oct 222014


The German Holiday Kinder punch is for the kids when the adults enjoy a glass of Gluehwein (mulled hot red wine). The Kinder punch is great for parties, the holidays, evenings or any occasion where children are involved. Happy Cooking and Happy Holidays!

1x1.trans German Holiday Kinder Punch


1/2 l tea (hibiscus, red fruit, christmas tea, any tea that is red)
1/4 l apple juice
8 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
juice of 1 lemon
juice of 1/2 orange
sugar to taste (stevia, agave, honey or raw sugar)
orange peel flavor or the peel of an organic orange

Cooking Instructions German Holidays Kinder Punch
- make the tea and let it soak for 8 min, use your favorite red tea (it tea contains sugar use less sugar to sweeten the tea, in any case be moderate with sugar; too much sugar is unhealthy for children).
- add apple juice and all spices.
- warm it but don’t bring to a boil.
- let rest for 10 min; remove the spices with a sieve and serve hot.


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Oct 222014


Hot white chocolate for a long winter’s evening or for Halloween with some orange eatable color. Easy to make, just get some white chocolate. If the white chocolate is already sugared don’t add additional sugar. Happy Cooking!

1x1.trans Halloween Hot white Chocolate

Ingredients Halloween Hot white Chocolate
200 g white chocolate, chopped
1000 ml (1 l) milk 2%
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
optional: orange eatable color for an orange Halloween color
whipped cream
grated chocolate for decoration

Cooking Instructions

- bring milk to a boil, stir frequently so the milk won’t burn or use a lower temperature.
- chop the while chocolate if it is not chopped yet.
- reduce temperature when milk has come to a boil, then add chocolate while stirring continously.
- let it simmer until chocolate has dissolved completely.
- remove from heat, add the color if desired- the more color you add the more orange it will be.
- then add sugar to taste, optional. It depends how sweet the white chocolate is.
- fill in glasses and add whipped cream on top and sprinkle with grated chocolate.
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Oct 192014
German Fruit Bread

  German fruit bread is a German holiday specialty and is very easy to make at home. It tastes so good with butter, jam or honey and is an ideal and healthy snack. The only unusual ingredient is “citronat” which is candied lemon peel, an important ingredient in German Holiday Baking. Find Orangeat in this … read more …

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Oct 132014
Authentic Nuremberg Elisen Gingerbread

This is a authentic Nuremberg Elisen Lebkuchen recipe from Germany that needs some specific ingredients but you can get them all in the USA. These Lebkuchen are supposedly the best ones. Of course you can buy them also ready made in the USA, imported from Germany, but there is nothing better than home baked Christmas … read more …

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Oct 122014
German Gingerbread or Lebkuchen Recipe

Gingerbread, or Lebkuchen in German,  recipe is a classic holiday cookie that is not that difficult to make.  You mix all ingredients and bake it on a baking tray. If you like you can spread chocolate or a sugar frosting on top. Happy Baking! Ingredients German Gingerbread or Lebkuchen Recipe 350 g flour, sieved 200 … read more …

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Oct 092014
German Apple Streusel Cake

German apple streusel cake is one of my favorite cakes and you can vary it with prunes or apricots. It is the ultimate Kaffee and Kuchen Cake in Germany. The cake is easy to make, even baking beginners will have fun.  Happy Baking! Ingredients German Apple Streusel Cake Dough 300 g flour 200 g butter … read more …

Oct 042014
German Apple Bread

The German Apple bread is a nice alternative to fruit bread, it does not contain eggs. Happy Baking! Ingredients 750 g apples or 4 big apples 200 g sugar (or 250 if you like it more sweet) 250 g raisins or cranberries 150 g whole almonds 500 g flour 1.5 packages baking powder (Dr Oetker) … read more …

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