Bavarian Pork Roast with Beer Gravy and Semmelknodel

bavarian pork roast

This is not just a perfect Bavarian Oktoberfest or fall meal that you will love! It’s for any season. It’s served in Bavarian restaurants throughout the year. The Bavarian Pork Roast comes in a beer gravy and is served with bread dumplings (Semmelknödel) and Bavarian cabbage or red cabbage. Happy Cooking!

Ingredients Bavarian Pork Roast

2 kg pork roast, preferably with the slab
caraway seeds, coarse salt, pepper to taste
3 medium sized onions
2 medium sized potatoes
1/4 celery, root
1 leek
1 liter dark beer
1,5 liter beef broth – How to Make Beef Broth –  

For the Dumplings
500 g 2 days old German style rolls (should be Wheat rolls)
3 eggs
250 ml semi-warm milk
1 medium sized onion, chopped
parsley, chopped
salt, pepper, nutmeg to taste

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Cooking Instructions Bavarian Pork Roast

Pre-heat oven to 175 C or 350 F convection (regular oven 195 C or 380F).

– If the roast has the slab, with a sharp knife cut it diamond-shaped.
– Rub in a good amount of the coarse salt (but not too much!), caraway seeds and a little bit of pepper.
– Place the roast, slab side should face upwards, into a dutch oven.
– Pour 1/2 liter of boiling hot beef broth over the meat and place in oven.
– Let cook in oven for 1 hour.

– Cut onions in half, then quarter and quarter again.
– Slice leek, cut carrots in cubes.
– Add vegetable to the roast. Pour in 1 liter boiling hot broth.
– Let cook for another 2 hours. Pour several times some broth from the pan over the roast.

– 30 min before roast is done increase heat to 220 C or 420 (broiling heat) and pour the beer over the roast.  It’s done so you get a nice crust. This process is very short. Watch it so it won’t get black.

– Remove the roast from the pan, and slice it with a sharp knife.
– Drain the roast juice, thicken if necessary with tomato paste or 1 tsp corn starch mixed in some water. You also can squeeze the soft veggies through a sieve and add to the gravy.

Make the Bread Dumplings

– Cut the rolls into fine slices.
– Bring water with some salt in a pan to a boil. Pan should be big enough so 8 dumplings can float next to each other at the surface.
– Pour the warm milk over the rolls. Mix with hands.
– Chop onions and parsley fine.
– Add parsley, onions and eggs to the rolls, mix well.
– Spice to taste, let sit for  2-3 min.

– Moisten your hands and form about 8 dumplings.
– Place the dumplings one after the other into the boiling water.
– Reduce heat and let simmer for about 20 min.
– Remove with a slotted spoon and serve right away.

Serve the roast with the dumplings, Bavarian cabbage or RED CABBAGE

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Valentine’s Day Breakfast Eggs

valentines day breakfast eggs

Valentine’s Day Breakfast Eggs – Surprise your beloved one on Valentine’s Day with a special breakfast that contains heart shaped toast bread with eggs and rosemary butter. Learn how to make the rosemary butter from scratch. Happy Cooking and Happy Valentine’s Day!

50 g soft butter
1/2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
salt, pepper to taste
4 eggs
8 slices white toast

Cooking Instructions
– Make Rosemary Butter: Mix soft butter with rosemary and salt, beat until foamy.

Make the Toast:
– Spread the rosemary butter on all toast slices
– With a heart shaped cookie cutter cut out hearts on 4 toast slices. You get heart shaped pieces and slices that are cut out (like a frame). Place these slices on a slice of toast that is not cut out.
– Place the double toast slices on a baking tray layered with parchment paper.
– Place each egg first into a bowl, then place it into each heart shaped toast.
– Bake in pre-heated oven for about 10 min on 350 F.
– Spice the egg with salt and pepper to taste.


Southern German Apple Cake with Almonds

german apple cake southern style

The Southern German Apple Cake is a specialty from the South of Germany and is different than other apple cakes featured on this website. This German apple cake is awesome for any “Kaffee and Kuchen” table, for the holidays, for birthdays and festive occasions. The apples are covered in a creamy filling and will be placed on a light dough. It is easy to make. Even baking beginners will succeed. I prefer to add raisins and cinnamon. We had this cake some days ago, and it was gone within one day! My husband said, “The best apple cake I ever had!” What a compliment! Try it out and let me know how you liked it. Happy Baking!

Ingredients Southern German Apple Cake

200 g butter – 1.5 sticks
4 eggs
60 g sugar
150 g flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
juice from 1 lemon
1 package vanilla sugar 0.3oz – How to make Vanilla Sugar –
4-5 medium size apples
70 g powdered sugar
1 tbsp vanilla pudding powder 
(1 tsp liquid vanilla and 1 tbsp corn starch if you don’t use the vanilla pudding powder)
butter for the form and flour for dusting the form
3 tbsp chopped almonds and/or 3 tbsp raisins
cinnamon to taste

So EASY – the Streusel Cake Mix from Kathi!

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 Baking Instructions Southern German Apple Cake

– Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
– Grease a spring form (10 inches) and sprinkle with bread crumbs.
– Melt 100 g butter, let cool off a bit (shouldn’t be hot).
– Separate eggs.
– Beat egg yolks with 60 g sugar until creamy.
– Mix flour with baking powder, add to the egg cream, swiftly mix it, then add the butter.
– Fill dough into the form, the best is with wet hands squeeze it evenly into the form. The dough consistency is not soft and not firm.
– Place dough in the fridge for 15-30 min (dough needs to get firm).

Southern German Apple Cake

– Peel apples, remove core and cut in slices, mix with lemon juice to prevent browning.
– Soften butter, and mix with powdered sugar, pudding powder or starch, add vanilla.
– Beat egg whites until firm.
– Add egg whites to the cream, mix gently with a spatula, add apple slices, mix gently.
– Remove dough from fridge (the dough should be firm), create an edge of 1.5 inches, gently press the dough around the rim of the form.
– Add the apple cream.
– Sprinkle with chopped almonds and/or add the raisins and cinnamon; mix well.
– Bake for 55 minutes, cover with foil to prevent that cake gets brown.
– Optional: Dust with powdered sugar.

Let cool off a bit before you release from the form. This cake tastes delicious if it is still warm 🙂

Serve with whipped cream.

German Rum Pot Muffins Recipe

rum pot muffins

When the Rumtopf is done you can serve the fruit in different ways. One is to make German Rum Pot muffins –  a perfect way to use the rum dripping fruit.
Rumtopf is a German dessert that is served during the winter months. It is a  mixture of various kinds of fruit, rum and sugar that is in a large stoneware pot (the rum pot) and will be matured for several months until the fruit is very soft and completely saturated with rum.
Making a Rumtopf is easy you just need to be patient and don’t eat it before it has reached the final result after 2-3 months.
You can use many fruit for the Rumtopf – Click here to Go to the Rumtopf recipe – Happy Baking!

Ingredients Rum Pot Muffins

60 g butter
50 g sugar
1 package vanilla sugar 0.5oz
50 g potato starch or Mondamin
70 g flour
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking powder
125 g fruit in rum
50 g quince jelly (Gelee) or alternatively red currant or apricot
paper forms for muffins

Cooking Instructions Rum Pot Muffins

– Mix sugar, butter, vanilla sugar and egg and beat until bubbly.
– Mix flour, starch and baking powder and add to dough.
– Let the fruit from the rum pot drip and add to the dough.
– Place muffin forms into a muffin tray.
– Fill forms 2/3 with dough.
– Bake in pre-heated oven on 160-180 C or 375 F for 20-25 minutes.
– Heat quince jelly and when it is liquid (don’t bring it to a boil) spread over the muffins.

German Egg Liqueur Made from Scratch

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If you ever wanted to find out how to make the German Egg Liqueur, here’s the Recipe. The German Egg liqueur, or “Eierlikoer” in German, is a traditional German liquor that you can buy from Verpoorten, the most popular Dutch brand for egg liqueur.
You can enjoy the egg liqueur pure in small liqueur glasses or use it as an ingredient for cakes and desserts. It is delicious as a topping for chocolate or vanilla ice cream and in Germany you can even buy German egg liqueur ice cream in ice cream parlors and frozen in the supermarket.  We have two recipes for you. Happy Cooking!

Ingredients German Egg Liqueur Recipe

(for 1 bottle 0,7l or bottle of 0,5 l content – entirely 1,2 liter)
6 egg yolks
250 g powdered sugar
0.5 liter heavy cream
1 package or 0.9oz vanilla sugar – How to make Vanilla Sugar –
250 ml dark rum, 54% (you can use Schnaps, cognac or brandy instead, 40%)

Cooking Instructions

Eigelb, Puderzucker und Vanillezucker werden mit einem Mixer schaumig geschlagen. Dann werden die Sahne, der Rum und der Alkohol (Apotheke) hinzugefügt, und alles wird zusammen nochmals geschlagen. Fertig ist der Eierlikör und kann in die Flaschen gefüllt werden. Er hält sich im Kühlschrank gut 1/4 Jahr.

– Rinse bottles with boiling water and let dry completely.
– Beat egg yolks, powdered and vanilla sugar with a hand mixer until foamy
– Slowly add the heavy cream and rum.
– Again beat the liquid very thoroughly.
– Fill in bottles – keep the liquor in the fridge (is good for 3 months).

Recipe Vanilla Egg Liqueur

5 egg yolks
125 g powdered sugar
200 g heavy cream
100 ml white rum
2 tsp vanilla extract

– Mix egg yolks and powdered sugar with the hand mixer for 10 min (highest level).
– Add heavy cream and beat for another 7 min.
– Add rum and vanilla;  mix for 3 min, then fill in clean bottles as described above.

German Beef Rouladen – Authentic Recipe

german beef rouladen

German Beef Rouladen (or beef rolls) is a very delicious and popular German recipe. It is not only popular during the holidays, it is served for Sunday lunches when the whole family and friends get together. They are called in German “Rindsrouladen”.
The German beef rouladen are filled with bacon, onions, mustard and pickles, and are wrapped in thin sliced beef.

Served with mashed potatoes or Spaetzle and red cabbage, and a glass of red wine makes a delicious German dinner.  You can get German pickles from the US brand Kruegermann or at Big Lots, and many local supermarkets carry the German brand Hengstenberg. You will find German mustard and pickles especially during the Oktoberfest season.  Happy Cooking!

Ingredients German Beef Rouladen

(serves 6)
– 1 1/2 pounds flank steak (calculate 1 piece each person; if you can get it from a German butcher already sliced; if not slice it as thin as possible, about 1 cm or 0.5 inches thick)
– Dijon mustard or German style mustard, enough to spread a thin layer on each piece
– 1/2 pound smoked bacon (Speck) cut in thin slice (per slice meat 1 slice speck)
– 4 medium sized onions
– 3-4 pickles (preferably German pickles like from Hengstenberg or Kruegermann)
– 2 1/2 cups water (as needed)
– red wine to taste, about 1/4 cup or more
– 2-3 tsp clarified butter
– 1 celery stalk
– heavy cream or crème fraiche for the gravy
– some dry red wine for the gravy – optional but adds a nice taste
salt, pepper, mild or sweet red pepper (paprika) to taste 

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Cooking Instructions German Beef Rouladen

– Cut the meat in 6 rectangular pieces, 1 cm or 1/2 inches thick, pound the meat if it is too thick.
– Spice them with salt, pepper and red pepper (paprika) on both sides.
– Spread mustard on the spiced side.
– Place one thin sliced bacon stripe on top.
– Chop pickles and onions. The pickles can also be sliced very fine.
– Add onions and pickles on the meat, then roll the slice.

German Beef rouladen

– Use sewing cotton or metal picks to prevent that they fall apart (don’t forget to remove them before serving).
– Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the rouladen from all sides really well.
– Add celery leaves and another onion and quench it with water (or if you like you can use red wine instead).
– Put on the lid and let it  simmer for at least 1 1/2 hours  (the meat should be very tender and might need cook longer, depending on the meat).

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Tip: Turn Rouladen one time and add more liquid if needed. Important is that Rouladen should be always covered with liquid so they won’t get dry.

Make The Gravy From Scratch:

– Place the Rouladen on a plate, cover with a lid or foil, keep warm in the oven while making the gravy.
– Use the liquid with all ingredients, mix it very well, pour through a fine sieve.
– Mix, depending on how much liquid you have, 2-5 tbsp flour or potato/corn starch with a bit of cold water or red wine, add to the beef juice.
– Add some heavy cream or crème fraiche to the liquid.
– Bring gravy to a brief boil. Should the gravy not have thickened, add some more starch.
– Attention: Never use hot water with the starch otherwise it will clump.

If needed add some salt and pepper or 2 table spoon tomato paste (adds a nice darker color).

If you don’t want to make the gravy from scratch use some instant gravy and stir it up with some cream.
Serve it with mashed potatoes and vegetable (red cabbage or peas/carrots mix) or Spaetzle.
To save time for the next meal, make the double amount and freeze the rest (without the metal picks of course).
Instead using yarn to hold the rouladen together, you can use special rouladen skewers or rings that are available at


German Hot White Chocolate – Irresistible

German Hot White Chocolate

Who doesn’t love hot chocolate? The popular hot winter beverage can be made with dark or with white chocolate. Here’s the recipe for a German Hot White Chocolate – Simply irresistible. Happy Cooking and Happy Holidays!

Ingredients German Hot White Chocolate

(4 servings)
750 ml milk
125 g white chocolate
2 tbsp liquor such as Coffee or egg liquor
125 ml heavy cream
ground cinnamon

Enjoy the German Christmas Box Cake

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Cooking Instructions

– Bring the milk to a boil, then remove from stove.
– Break chocolate into small pieces and add to hot milk.
– Mix until chocolate has melted completely. If you still have some chocolate pieces heat the milk again.
– Add the liquor, mix well and pour into glasses or cups.
– Beat heavy cream but not firm, it should be creamy.
– Place cream on top and sprinkle with cinnamon.

German Green Beans with Bacon

german green beans with bacon

Learn today how to make German Green Beans with Bacon, nicely wrapped. It’s a delicious side dish for any menu. The recipe is using summer savory (Bohnenkraut) which is an herb that came to Germany in the 9th century,  brought by monks to grow in their monastery gardens.

Summer savory is used in combination with vegetable like beans, lentils, dried peas and helps with the digestion, diminishing unpleasant side effects. Find it fresh on a farmers market, or get the seeds. It is not quite a common American herb, and it might be a bit difficult to find it. Using dry summer savory can be the alternative.

Green beans are very nutritious. They are low in Sodium, and very low in saturated Fat and cholesterol. Green beans make also a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Copper, and a very good source of dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate and Manganese. As you can see this green vegetable is very nutritious. Happy Cooking!

Ingredients German Green Beans with Bacon

800 g fresh green beans
10 branches summer savory (Bohnenkraut), fresh – optional
1 garlic clove (optional)
1 tsp black pepper corns
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp oil
8 slices bacon (Speck) or German ham, alternatively Prosciutto
1 tbsp butter
water to cook the beans, 1 dash salt


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Cooking Instructions

– Wash beans and remove ends.
– Peel garlic clove, smash peppercorns.
Place oil in  a pan, roast whole garlic clove, pepper corns, salt and summer savory briefly in oil.
– Add water, let cook for 10 min, drain.
– Separate beans in 3 portions. In this broth bring each green bean portion to a boil and let cook until soft (not too soft, they should be al dente)
– Dip beans fast in ice cold water (ice cubes and some water) to let them cool off, place on kitchen cloth and dry them.
– Wrap about 8-10 beans in 1 slice of bacon. If you use German ham or Prosciutto don’t pan fry.
– Heat butter in fire proof form (iron cast), place wrapped beans in form, cover with lid. You also can use a regular skillet and fry the beans until bacon is crunchy.
Important is to place the wrapped beans with the bacon seam facing the bottom and not facing the top. You can use tooth picks to hold the wrap together.
– Bake for 5 min on 360 F – turn them one time.german christmas box ad

Side dish for pork chops, pork or beef roast
With Fried Potatoes or Potato Salad
Filet Mignon

steak with green beans wrapped with bacon