Not long ago I came across bread products that caught my attention. Of course as a German I am missing the nice baked goods. I am still in love with German rolls and bread and, I am sure you know, it’s hard to find in the USA. You can find the items either in special German stores or online. In this article I am answering this one question:
There are not many places to find original German rolls and bread online. Especially over the last years with all complications regarding shipping, there are only a few companies left. Let me introduce “The German Brot Box” to you!
The Brotbox is a wholesome Bakery & Makes Bread that Takes Care of you
You can eat their bread without feeling guilty because it’s made out of only a few ingredients in a true German bakery.
Info at One Glance
– Baked in a German Bakery
– No additives or preservatives
– Baking time varies for each rolls – Baking Instructions are on package
– Amount: Each roll comes in a 5 pack
– The order does not ship frozen but with ice packs and insulation for protection against heat
Stone Oven Buerli Potato Carrot Rolls
All Rolls come in a sealed Bag with Handling Instructions – 5 Pieces
Keep the bag at room temperature for a while, pre-heat the oven, then bake them as instructed. Baking time is from 10 to 20 minutes.
Swiss Farmers Bread
Bake the bread per the instructions, let it cool off a bit then cut it and hear the sound of the best crust ever! The crust is crunchy and the inside is soft. So lecker! I couldn’t resist and had a slice when the bread was still warm with just some good Irish butter. So good!
If you love a good assortment of rolls and bread then these boxes below are ideal. You find all the goodies in one box. It’s a great selection and has something for any taste. Plus the box makes a nice gift for a beloved one. The large box comes with free shipping!
A German breakfast is a wonderful meal. Especially with German rolls, jam, Müsli and coffee. All these items are in the convenient breakfast box from Lovegermanfood.com.
The Munich Oktoberfest is the most popular and the originator of the Oktoberfest. In 2023 the 188th Oktoberfest is being held on the “Wies’n” for three weekends and the days in between.
Germany’s heritage is celebrated in the USA as well and many cities from NY to Seattle are holding an Oktoberfest. We are happy to show you where Oktoberfests are celebrated by state in America.
LovegermanFood.com has an Oktoberfest Box that contains packaged German specialties that make a great side dish for any Oktoberfest. Just add fresh ingredients such as Brats or meat.
September 22-23, 2023, Auburn, AL
September 28 thru September 30, 2023, Cullman, AL
October 14, 2023, Railyard Park, downtown Rogers, AK
Four Peaks Oktoberfest
October 13-15, 2023, Tempe AZ
October 7, 2023, Flagstaff, AZ
October 14, 2023, Rogers, AR
September 23, 2023, Little Rock, AR
Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest
September 17 thru November 5, 2023, Big Bear, CA
San Diego Oktoberfest
September 29 thru October 8, 2023, San Diego, CA
Old World Oktoberfest
September 17 thru Nov 5, Huntington Beach, CA, every Wednesday – Sunday – Visit Oldworld here –
September 15-17, 2023, Vail, CO
September 2, 2023, Keystone, CO
September 22-23, 2023, Milford, CT
Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest
September 15-17, 2023, Newark, Delaware
Wundergarten DC Oktoberfest
October 18- 19, 2023, Washington, DC
American German Club Oktoberfest
October 13-15 & 20-22, 2023, Lake Worth, FL
Cape Coral Oktoberfest
October 20-22 & 27-29, 2023, Cape Coral, FL
September 7, 2023 Helen, GA
Coming in 2024, Atlanta, GA
September 24, 2023, Aloha Stadium, HI
Oktoberfest Old Boise
September 23, 2023, Boise, ID
September 15-16, 2023, Coeur d’Alene, ID
German American Fest
September 8-10, 2023, Chicago, IL
German American Heritage Center Oktoberfest
September 9, 2023, Frankfort, IL
German American Klub Oktoberfest
September -9, 2023, Indianapolis, IN
Terre Haute German Oberlandler Club Oktoberfest
September 15-16, 2023, Terre Haut, IN
Des Monaise Oktoberfest
September 22-23, 2023, Des Moines, IA
September 23, 2023, Iowa City, IA
October 7, 2023, Wamego, KS
September 29-30, 2023, Hays, KS
German American Club Gesangverein
September 8-9, 2023, Louisville, KY
Spencer County Octoberfest
October 7, 2023, Taylorsville, KY
October 13-14, 20-21,27-28, 2023, New Orleans, LA
Roberts Cove German Fest
October 7-8, 2023, Roberts Cove, LA
Saddleback Maine Oktoberfest
October 7, 2023, Rangeley, ME
October 5, 2023, Portland, ME
August 26-27, 2023, Hagerstown, MD
September 29-30, 2023, Frederick, MD
October 14, 2023, Hadley, MA
Boylston SchulVerein Oktoberfest
September 9-10, 2023, Walpole, MA
September 14-17, 2023, Franken Muth, MI
Oktoberfest Grand Rapids
September 29-30, 2023, Grand Rapids, MI
Saint Paul Oktoberfest
September 8-9, 2023, Saint Paul, MN
Twin Cities Oktoberfest
October 6-7, 2023, Falcon Heights, MN
Desoto County Oktoberfest
September 23, 2023, Southaven, MS
St. Louis German Cultural Society Oktoberfest
September 8-10, 2023, House Springs, MO
St. Charles Oktoberfest
September 22-24, 2023, St. Charles, MO
September 28 – October 7, 2023, White Fish, MT
German American Society Oktoberfest
September 15-16, 2023, Omaha, NE
Oktoberfest Family Festival
September 22-23, 2023, Norfolk, NE
September 8 – October 31, 2023, Las Vegas, NV
Oktoberfest Las Vegas Seven-oh-Brew
September 29 – October 2, 2023, Las Vegas, NV
White Mountain Oktoberfest
October 7-9, 2023, Lincoln, NH
October 1, 2023, Troy, NH
Mountain Creek Oktoberfest
September 16-17, 2023, Vernon, NJ
September 23, 2023, Cape May, NJ
Red River Oktoberfest
October 6-8, 2023, Red River, NM
Discover Ruidoso Midtown Oktoberfest
September 30, 2023, Ruidoso, NM
September 8 thru October 31, 2023, New York, NY
September 16, 2023, New York, NY
Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest
October 7-8, 2023, Sugar Mountain Resorts, NC
October 6-7, 2023, Raleigh, NC
September 9, 2023, Jamestown, ND
October 7, 2023, Ashley, ND
September 8-10, 2023, Columbus, OH
September 8-10, 2023, Cincinnati, OH
October 19-22, 2023, Tulsa, OK
Ponca City Oktoberfest
October 7-8, 2023, Ponca City, OK
Mt. Angel Oktoberfest
September 14-17, 2023, Mt. Angel, OR
German American Society of Portland Oktoberfest
September 9, 2023, Portland, OR
September 9, 2023, Warminster, PA
Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh Oktoberfest
September 6-30, 2023, Pittsburgh, PA
September 16, 2023, Newport, RI
September 16, 2023, Providence, RI
October 7, 2023, NewBerry, SC
October 14, 2023, Charleston, SC
October 6-7, 2023, Deadwood, SD
Remedy Brewing Company Oktoberfest
September 24, 2023, Sioux Falls, SD
October 5-8, 2023, Nashville, TN
October 20-21, 2023, Crossville, TN
October 6-8, 2023, Fredericksburg, TX
November 14, 2023, Austin, TX
August 12 thru October 15, 2023, Snowbird, UT
4th West Oktoberfest
September 30, 2023, Salt Lake City, UT
September 16, 2023, Stowe, VT
Oktoberfest Vermont Burlington
September 22-23, 2023, Waterfront Park- Burlington, VT
September 22-23, 2023, Lovettsville, VA
October 7, 2023, Vienna, VA
October 6-8, 2023, Puyallup, WA
September 29 thru October 14, 2023, Wenatchee, WA
August 22 thru October 7 2023, Summersville, WV
Weathered Ground Brewery Oktoberfest
September 30, 2023, Cool Ridge, WV
Kohler Falls Oktoberfest
September 8-9, 2023, Sheboygan Falls, WI
October 6-8, 2023, Milwaukee, WI
Downtown Cheyenne Oktoberfest
September 23, 2023, Cheyenne, WY
Oktoberfest and Golf Tournament
September 17, 2023, Saratoga, WY
Spiritofreddeer Oktoberfest Alberta
September 23, 2023, Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta
September 8-9, 2023, Lethbridge, Alberta
September 29-30, 2023, Vancouver, British Columbia
October 9, 2023, Maple Ridge, British Columbia
October 1-2, 2023, Winnipeg, Manitoba
September 1-3,2023, Bertrand, NB
Newfoundland and Labrador
September 30 thru October 1, 2023, Mount Pearl, NL
St. John Oktoberfest
September 22-24, 2023, St. John’s, NL
This is a perfect cake to surprise your beloved one for Valentine’s or Mother’s Day, or the Birthday! You also could make it for a hot summer’s day. Raffaellos bring an exotic taste to the table. It’s a rich cake indeed but doesn’t come with the old-fashioned buttery cream. Whenever you make this strawberry Raffaello layered cake serve the cake with a cup of German coffee. Happy Baking!
For the Base Cake
100 g sugar
2 drops rum flavor
50 g flour
50 g corn starch
1 tsp baking powder
– Pre-heat oven to 175 C / 350F (regular; convection is 150 C or 300F)
– Beat egg whites with 3 tbsp water until firm. Add the sugar and continue beating until sugar has dissolved.
– Add the egg yolks, flavor.
– Mix flour with starch and baking powder, add to the egg cream. Mix with a spatula.
– Layer a 26cm – 10 inch – spring form with parchment paper.
– Place dough in spring form, spread even.
– Bake for 25-30 min or less, do the tooth pick test.
Make the Filling
– Cut the base cake one time horizontally.
– Chop 10 Raffaellos in pieces. Keep remaining ones in the fridge.
– Cut half of the berries into small pieces.
– Combine half of heavy cream with 1 tbsp sugar, 1 package vanilla sugar and whip it. Beat until form.
– Mix in strawberries and Raffaello pieces.
– Spread the strawberry cream on the lower piece of cake. Place the other piece on top.
– Place cake in fridge for 30 min.
– Roast the coconut pieces lightly in a non-stick pan without adding oil or butter.
– Slice remaining strawberries, keep one whole fruit.
– Beat remaining heavy cream with 1 pack. vanilla sugar until firm.
– Spread the cream around the cake and on top. Sprinkle with coconut pieces.
– Place the strawberry slices around the edges and on top like a wreath.
– Add some whipped cream into a decorating bag and squirt little flowers for each piece of cake.
– Decorate with whole Raffaellos.
The German cake “Granatsplitter” or in English “Chocolate Mountain” is a typical cake specialty, or you could also call it a pastry.
So what is is exactly?
In the bakeries it is made out of the left overs from cakes and a so called “Tortenboden” (layered cake biscuit). The cake left overs are mixed with a buttery cream, rum and almonds and mounted on a shortcrust cookie bottom piece up to a height of 10cm or 4 inches, so it’s shape reminds of a little mountain.
This little mountain will be completely covered with chocolate. Because the ingredients can vary the Granatsplitter is always different and this makes it so unusual. You can be very creative and use all kinds of ingredients.
In Berlin they call them “Hackstockkratze”, in the Eastern regions it is a “Punschberg” (because of the rum). For the glaze you can use dark, medium or even white chocolate. To make the dough you can use all kinds of cake rests like from a coffee cake, cookies that are left over or a biscuit base cake. The recipe below is original and authentic German. Happy Baking!
– Makes 8 Granatsplitter –
1/2 biscuit base cake (Tortenboden) – Already made or make from scratch (500-600 g)
You can use the recipe for an Obstkuchen (fruit cake) – Find it here –
some baking flavor: rum or vanilla (or Whisky, brandy, Amaretto etc)
75 g almonds chopped coarsely (or hazelnuts, walnuts)
150 g flour
1 tbsp baking powder
50 g sugar
1 package vanilla sugar 0.3 oz – How to make Vanilla Sugar –
2 tbsp milk
50 g butter
500 ml milk
100 g sugar
250 g butter
1 package Vanilla pudding or Cream pudding, Dr Oetker
150 g chocolate glaze or “Kuvertüre” (if you cannot get the Kuvertüre just melt 1 bar of dark chocolate like from Lindt using the double boiler method, add 1 tbsp of coconut oil and let it melt)
The German Breakfast Box comes with these Items!
Make the Cookies
– Mix flour with baking powder, and sieve it on a baking board.
– Make a mold into the flour, into this mold add sugar, vanilla sugar, rum and milk, mix with some flour.
– Add cold butter that is cut in smaller pieces.
– Knead until you get a smooth dough.
– On a floured baking board or smooth surface roll the dough very thin.
– Cut out round cookies (diameter 4-5 cm or 2 inches).
Optional: If you have left over dough, you can create fantasy forms which will be used for the topping.
– Bake cookies and fantasy forms for 10 minutes on 180 C or 350 F.
Make the Butter Cream
– Make the pudding per instructions
– Place plastic foil on top to avoid skin build up.
– Let cool off completely.
– When pudding is cooled off beat briefly, then add the butter.
– Mix well until you get a smooth cream.
Make the Dough
– Crumble the cake that you will use, you need very small pieces.
– Combine crumbles with butter cream, not in one time, bit by bit.
– Add rum flavor and chopped almonds.
– If you use the left over cookie dough, cut it in very small pieces and add to the dough. It adds some crunch to the Granatsplitter.
– Knead well until you get a dough that can be formed with the hands.
– Place in fridge for 10-15 min.
Make the Mountains and Glaze
– With a spoon remove some dough, place it on the cookie and form it into a little mountain.
– Place in fridge for 1 hour.
– Melt chocolate with some coconut oil by using the double boiler method.
– Pour chocolate over the mountain, use a BBQ fork or a spatula that has holes (see video). If you try to dip the mountain into the chocolate it might fall from the cookie.
– Place on parchment paper and let dry.
The video below is in German, but you can follow it quite easily. She shows 2 variations to create the little mountain:
Use a frosting bag or place with hand a small portion of the dough on the cookie and form the mountain.
Leipziger Allerlei is a German Vegetable recipe that makes a delicious side dish. This German recipe is an original recipe from the German city Leipzig that you will love.
Leipziger Allerlei contains of fresh peas, carrots, asparagus, mushrooms or morels. You also can add green beans, cauliflower, or kohlrabi. The classic recipe adds additionally river shrimps and shrimp butter. But it is not necessary at all to add crabs and crab butter which is hard to get in the USA. The original recipe comes with different veggies and a sauce that contains crawdads or crayfish, craw-butter and little bread dumplings. It should be served with fresh ingredients from mid may to end of June. And it is being said that it used to be a dish fro the poor (Arme-Leute-Essen).
A Legend tells…
Beginning of the 19th century after the Napoleon wars they wanted to protect the wealthy city of Leipzig from tax collectors and beggars. The town chronicler Matthus Hempel recommended: „Let’s hide the bacon and only serve vegetables. Who will come to us shall get a cup of vegetable broth instead of meat. Hence, the beggars and tax collectors will go to Halle and Dresden.”
Another source suggested that vegetable from Leipzig is the second course in a festive menu, and only fresh spring vegetable shall be used for making it.
In Germany you can buy the dish frozen or canned.
The photo below shows the recipe with shrimps. I like this recipe because it has this variety of vegetables and that’s why it is a great side dish for any meat dishes with a gravy or not. Happy Cooking!
1 small cauliflower
250 g of each: white asparagus – green beans – green peas (fresh or frozen)
250 g carrots (small ones)
250 g mushrooms or morels (fresh or dried)
50 g butter
30 g flour
½ liter vegetable broth (or instant) – Find it here –
3 tbsp heavy cream,
25 g butter or crab butter
4 tbsp chopped parsley
salt, nutmeg, sugar, white pepper
– Wash the vegetable.
– Break cauliflower apart.
– Peel asparagus and cut in 2 inches pieces.
– Clean beans and cut them in smaller pieces.
– Peel fresh peas; cut carrots in smaller pieces.
– Wash slice mushrooms. If you use dried mushrooms prepare them per instructions (soak in water).
– Boil every vegetable separate in water (with some salt added) until the vegetable is somewhat soft (al dente, that means it needs to be a bit crunchy).
– Drain the boiled vegetable and keep it warm (Cover with foil).
– Melt butter and add flour, stir continuously to avoid clump building, then add vegetable broth and bring to a brief boil. Reduce the heat to low.
– Add heavy cream and butter, spice with salt, nutmeg, white pepper to taste and a dash of sugar.
– Now combine the vegetable with the sauce.
– Serve in a warm bowl or on a warm platter. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and/or chervil.
Serve it with your favorite meat dish.
This pastry specialty from the city of Leipzig is called Leipziger Lerche, and if you don’t know German, you might not know that “Lerche” is a German songbird that has the most unique sound (in English lark). During the 18th and 19th century millions of these birds got captured because the bird was a delicatessen. The bird was roasted with herbs and eggs and served as a filling in a pastry crust. In the year 1720 alone, 400,000 larks were sold in Leipzig for consumption. They even exported the food to Russia.
In 1876 the hunting of the songbirds was officially banned by King Albert I from Saxon after recognition of their agricultural importance. Still, larks were still exported from Leipzig until the end of the 19th century. The pastry of today is mimicking the traditional meat-filled pastry after the ban. Here’s the recipe on how to make this pastry. Happy Baking!
250 g flour
70 g sugar
1 tsp brandy
125 g butter, melted
dash of salt
125 g butter, melted
250 g apricot or cherry jam
150 g powdered sugar
75 g flour
1 tbsp corn starch
4 egg whites
2 egg yolks
200 g raw baking marzipan
bitter almond flavor to taste
Make the Shortcrust
– Sieve the flour into a big bowl.
– Add the egg, brandy and salt. Then the sugar and the melted butter.
– Mix well and knead until you get a smooth dough.
– Wrap in plastic film and let rest for 30 min in the fridge.
Make the Filling
– Beat egg whites until firm.
– Melt butter and mix until bubbly. Add all other ingredients except egg white and jam. Mix well.
– Carefully fold in firm egg whites.
– Pre-heat oven to 200 C or 390 F.
– On a smooth surface that is sprinkled with flour roll the dough 0.5cm (1/4 inch) thick.
– You can use small tartlet forms (diameter 6cm, 2.5 inches) or use a muffin tray. (If needed) grease the forms.
– Place rolled dough over the forms.
– Gently press the dough into the forms.
– Add one tsp jam into each form (directly from the jar).
– On top add the filling. In the video the baker is using a frosting bag and squirts the filling into the forms. But you can also use a tbsp for each form.
– From the remaining dough cut stripes that will be placed as a cross on top of each pastry.
– Bake the pastries in the oven for 20 min.
– When done let them cool off then release from the form.
Use 6 tsp cherry jam and 100 g apricot jam and mix it.
You can add a glaze of apricot jam after the pastry is baked. Warm the jam and press through a sieve so it has no fruit pieces in it. Spread in a very thin layer over each pastry.
Video How to Bake the Leipziger Lerche – In English
Note: It’s not following this recipe. They use a different filling.
The Swabian Pretzel rolls are our favorite when it comes to the German baking culture! They taste best when freshly baked with some butter. There are US stores who sell the pretzel rolls but they are not quite the same. Some are too sweet and the brown crust is different. We found an authentic and proven recipe for you, you just need Natron which is part of the lye that makes the brown crust. Happy Baking!
680 g all purpose flour (in Germany it would be Type 405, see below)
– Click here to go to All About Flour –
30 g fresh or dry yeast (1 package is for 500g)
approx. 400 ml water
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
coarse salt to sprinkle
3 EL Natron or food grade lye
– Mix yeast with flour, salt, sugar and water. Amount of water depends on the quality of the flour, you might need less or more. So don’t add full amount of water. Start with half then add more as needed.
– Knead until you get a smooth dough. Place in a bowl, cover with kitchen clot, let rest for 30-60 min.
– Sprinkle flour on a smooth surface or a wooden baking board. Form the rolls (see the video how this is done properly as it is a special technique). One roll should weigh 75-80g.
– Let formed rolls raise for another 30 min. Form them, if needed, again.
– Pre-heat oven to 220 C (convection 190 C) or 420 F / 375 F.
– Place parchment paper on baking tray.
Make the Lye
– Dissolve Natron in 1 liter water and bring to a boil. Watch out, the water will get very foamy!
– By using a slotted spoon place 3 or 4 rolls into the lye and let boil for 1 min, turn them.
– Remove with slotted spoon and place on the baking tray.
– With a sharp knife cut the roll crosswise on top.
– Sprinkle with coarse salt.
– Bake on medium rack for 17-20 min.
If you want to freeze the rolls don’t use the coarse salt. Add it before you will bake the rolls.
From the same dough you can also make pretzels or pretzel sticks.
What is Natron?
A naturally occurring mixture of sodium carbonate de-cahydrate (a kind of soda ash) and around 17% sodium bicarbonate (also called baking soda, NaHCO3) along with small quantities of sodium chloride and sodium sulfate. But it is not the baking soda as you find it in American super markets. It is a bit different. In the USA they use the food grade lye and Amazon carries it. It can be the alternative.
The German brand Dr Oetker carries Natron, we found it on Amazon (see below),
Video shows how German rolls get the typical form, it’s called “Rundschleifen” in German
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!
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 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)
250 ml semi-warm milk
1 medium sized onion, chopped
salt, pepper, nutmeg to taste
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.
– 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.