You found a recipe for typical east middle German pancakes that are called Plinsen or Blinsen, in Russia they call them Bliny. They are round pancakes, some times they are even smaller than a pan size. If quark is added you get the “Quarkplinsen” or like in this recipe, you can make Buttermilk Plinsen by using buttermilk (Lausitz). There’s also a recipe for yeast Plinsen (Hefeplinsen).from Saxon. These little pancakes are fluffy and taste the best with jam, fruit puree, powdered sugar or apple sauce. Happy Cooking!
300 g flour
500 ml butter milk
1 package vanilla sugar, 0.3oz
1 dash salt
200 ml sparkling water, unflavored
oil for frying
– Combine all ingredients except the water in a bowl. Whisk well.
– Let sit for 30 min.
– Add the mineral water and mix well.
– In a non-stick pan add some oil, sunflower oil would be good.
– Add a spoonful of dough and fry until golden. turn after some minutes.
Danzig, or in Polish Gdańsk, is a city that has made a lot of history throughout the past centuries. It was and still is a very interesting place and used to be populated by Germans until 1945. From this time many recipes had its origin and others got lost. The good thing is some recipes are still available, and one of these recipes is the West Prussian dish Sour Meatballs Danzig Style. The dish reminds of the Königsberger Klopse but it’s a bit different. The recipe is using Pimento which is originated from the Spanish word “pimienta” (pepper or peppercorn). To most English speaking people the tree is called “pimento” and the berries “allspice”. This recipe is a rare find and I hope you love it. Happy Cooking!
For the Meatballs
750 g ground meat beef or pork, or half/half
1 medium-large onion, chopped
t tbsp breadcrumbs (natural, no spices)
salt, pepper to taste
For the Sauce
2 tsp flour TL Mehl
2 small onions, cut in quarters
1½ liter water
3 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp vinegar, eg Hengstenberg with herbs, or the German “Essig Essenz”
salt, pepper to taste
6 piment corns (Allspice)
2 bay leaves
2 tbsp butter
– Chop onion fine.
– Combine egg white with meat, onion, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper.
– Knead well until you get a dough that allows to make balls.
– Form small to medium size and round balls from the meat.
– In a larger pot bring onions with water, sugar, vinegar, bay leaves and piment to a boil.
– Add a dash of salt.
– Place each meat ball on a spoon and place carefully into the water. Reduce heat.
– Let meatballs simmer on low-medium heat for about 15 min, then remove with a slotted spoon.
– Keep warm and keep the broth. Remove the spices.
Make the Sauce
– – Heat butter, sieve flour over it and add 1 liter of the broth. Whisk consistently until a brief boil, reduce heat and let boil for 10 min.
– Spice with vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper to taste.
– Beat the egg and add to the sauce – Make sure the sauce is NOT boiling. Turn off the heat.
– Add the meatballs to the sauce and let simmer on for 5 min.
Serve with boiled potatoes, that’s the classic side dish for the meatballs.
The Dresden Cheese Cake Eierschecke is a cake specialty from Dresden, mainly from Saxon and Thuringia. The photo below shows the famous and beautiful cheese store and restaurant “Pfunds” www.pfunds.de. where they sell this cake (see the photo below, showing the cheese chop).
Schecke is a cake that is made on a baking tray out of a yeast dough and it is topped with apples, quark or poppy seeds. Tt also has a glaze that is made out of egg, cream, sugar and flour.
Back in the 14th century the Schecke was the name for men clothing and consisted of 3 parts (upper, belt, and lower part). The cake had been named after these men clothes.
The Cake “Schecke” has 3 Parts:
The upper layer is a creamy egg yolk with butter, sugar and vanilla pudding; the middle part is mainly a mix of quark, egg, butter and vanilla pudding; the lower part is a dough made out of yeast or a normal mix. That is the Dresdner Eierschecke.
The cake is cut in rectangle pieces or like a tart. You can add raisins, almonds, Streusel or a chocolate glaze. Here is the recipe for you on how to make this cake from scratch. Happy Baking!
For the Dough
65 g Butter
50 g sugar
1/2 package baking powder, 0.3oz
200 g flour
For the Filling
50 g butter
75 g sugar
500 g quark – Make your own Quark – click here –
1 package vanilla pudding, Dr. Oetker – Find it here –
3 eggs, separated
75 g sugar
100 g butter and some butter for greasing the form
– Combine all dough ingredients in a bowl, mix well.
– You get a crumbly dough. Knead the dough until it is smooth.
– Grease a spring form 10 inches or layer one with parchment paper.
– Fill the dough into the spring form. Spread even.
Make the Filling
– Mix all ingredients for the filling.
– Make the pudding per instructions. Half of the pudding will be added to the filling. Let the pudding cool off until it’s warm, place plastic foil on top, to prevent skin build up.
– Fill the cream on the dough.
– Preheat oven to 300F.
– Separate eggs, then beat egg whites until firm.
– For the topping beat egg yolks, sugar and butter until creamy.
– Ad the remaining pudding; mix well, then add the firm egg white and carefully fold in the cream.
– Place it on top of the filling.
– Bake for 50-60 min on 190 C (convection) 375F – After 30 min cover the cake with parchment paper or foil, so the surface won’t get brown.
– Let the cake cool off in the form, then release from form carefully.
Serve with whipped cream.
The “Nusszopf” or German sweet bread with a hazelnut filling is a classic German cake or pastry. It is made out of a yeast dough and filled with almonds or hazelnuts, braided. This is an authentic and proven German recipe. To make this German sweet bread you need to have some baking experience. It’s a great addition for the Sunday brunch or for the traditional coffee and cake table Sunday afternoons. Happy Baking!
30g yeast (fresh) or 1 package dry yeast
1/4l lukewarm milk
1 dash salt
zest of ½ organic lemon
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200g marzipan, raw
2 egg white
2 tbsp sugar
150g ground almonds or hazelnuts (or half/half)
2 cl rum
4 tbsp powdered sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp water
– Sieve flour in a bowl, form a mold in the middle, add or crumble yeast and mix with some milk and some flour.
– Let this starter or “pre-dough” raise for 15 minutes (covered with a clean kitchen cloth).
– Melt butter and mix it with sugar, salt, lemon peel, entire flour and starter dough.
Make the Filling
– Mix marzipan with egg whites, sugar, almonds and rum.
– Roll dough to dimensions 50×40 cm or 20 inches x 16 inches and spread filling on top.
– Roll it lengthwise and cut in half, then turn it into a braided bread (Zopf).
– Place it on a baking tray layered with baking paper and let it raise for 15 minutes.
– Pre-heat oven to 200 C or 350 F and bake it for 35 minutes on the lowest level.
Make the Glaze
Mix powdered sugar with lemon juice and water. Spread it over the hot braided bread.
Sausages in beer gravy is a authentic and original German dish. Germany is the country of the best sausage making since centuries. The best sausages are made in Germany. You probably know the simple version of a boiled and/or fried sausage that you enjoy with a roll or bread and Sauerkraut. The recipe today shows an interesting way to cook the sausages: They are served in a beer gravy together with mashed potatoes and Sauerkraut. Any other side dish would be delicious too: fried potatoes, Spätzle, red cabbage or dumplings. For making the gravy you would use dark beer, see below what kind of beer to use. Happy Cooking!
4 sausages (uncooked Bratwurst or Brats)
125 ml beer (preferably dark beer, if the typical Bavarian dark beer is not available, you can use instead ale, Guinness or Stout)
125 ml water
1/4 bay leave
1 slice lemon
2 tbsp flour, salt
Worcester Sauce to taste
1 tbsp mustard (medium, preferably German)
– Place sausages in a pot with water and bring it to a boil; take them out.
– Heat ghee or butter in a skillet. Fry sausages on all sides evenly until they are showing a light brown crust on both sides.
– Remove from the pan.
– Chop onions fine and saute them in the same pan you fried the sausages until they are light brown.
– De-glaze with beer and water (or just use beer).
– Add bay leave, clove, lemon, salt, mustard and Worcester Sauce.
– Bring to a boil then place sausages into the sauce.
– On low heat and covered let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
– Remove bay leave, clove and lemon, place sausages on a warm dish and cover with aluminum foil (keep it warm).
– In some cold water mix the flour, stir until smooth; add to the gravy.
Serve with mashed or boiled potatoes, Sauerkraut or red cabbage.
This German dish called Kratzete reminds a lot of Kaiserschmarrn but is slightly different. It’s served mainly, and if not only, in the region of Swabia in Baden-Württemberg, a state in southwest Germany bordering France and Switzerland. The pancake batter will be torn apart while cooking and the result ate smaller pieces dusted with powdered sugar. Happy Cooking!
– Separate eggs.
– Combine yolks with flour, salt, sugar and milk and mix until smooth.
– Beat egg whites firm and fold into dough.
– In a non-stick pan heat some clarified butter.
– Add little portions of the dough and bake like pancakes. Before they are done tera them apart into smaller pieces, and bake until finished.
– Keep warm i n the oven until all dough is done.
– Dust with powdered sugar or a mix of cinnamon and sugar. If you like serve with apple or plum compote or apple sauce.
A perfect German Christmas menu ends with a dessert that is including holiday spices, and which will end the menu perfectly. One of such desserts is the German Spekulatius Mandarine Dessert. The spiced cookies are available at Aldi, German specialty stores or Cost Plus Market. You also need quark for making the cream. If you have a shop nearby that sells quark, you are lucky. if not you can make it from scratch (see link below). Happy Cooking!
(3 servings in small glasses or 2 for bigger glasses)
250 g quark – How to Make Quark –
200 ml heavy cream
2 packages vanilla sugar- 0.6oz
50 g sugar (or to taste)
1 small can mandarine oranges, unsweetened – keep some for decoration
8 Spekulatius cookies
cinnamon to taste
– Beat heavy cream until firm.
– Combine quark with milk, vanilla sugar, cinnamon and regular sugar, mix well.
– Add the heavy cream, mix.
– Crumble the Spekulatius cookies: Use a freezing plastic bag, place cookies inside and crumble with a rolling pin.
– Layer the cream alternating with crumbles and mandarines into dessert glasses.
– Place one mandarine orange on top of each glass.