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

german egg liqueur

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 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

german christmas box ad

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 Beer Bread – Original Bavarian Recipe

german beer bread

wilhelm from BavariaGerman Beer Bread is the best to be made with German beer and especially the Bavarian beer from Hofbrau which is one of the oldest breweries in Bavaria. Here is a little history of the Hofbrauhaus: The Hofbrauhaus was founded in 1589 by Herzog Wilhem V.
Since then the brewery and the Brauhaus are a historical location in Munich. Hofbrau are part of the Bavarian history and it is a 400 year old tradition to brew this beer that is been served at the annual Oktoberfest. We all know it by its abbreviation “HB”. Indeed it is part of Bavaria and the beer has created a life style with the beer garden, the food and the “Gemutlichkeit”.

The First Oktoberfest

Bavarian king Maximilian I. demonstrated that he is a generous man when his son Ludwig was going to marry Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. For this wedding he sponsored a gigantic celebration for 40.000 visitors; it was in fact the first Oktoberfest and happened on October 17, 1810. The sensation of the fest was the horse race on a meadow in front of the city, and from that date on it was called the “Theresienwiese” (Wiese = Meadow), and from that day on, it had been decided that such a fest should be occurring every year.

It was the starting day of the famous Oktoberfest and it is happening yearly on the “Wies’n”, the former Theresienwiese. 2 years later, in 1812, a special beer was created: The Oktoberfest Beer. It is of a dark yellow color, and is more spiced, and contains more alcohol than the regular beer. Since then the Oktoberfest beer from Hofbrau has been the world most famous beer worldwide.

Germany is known for being the country with the best beer. It is because of the water they use, the hops and of course of their traditional recipes that are kept secret for hundreds of years. The beer does not contain any chemicals, nor unnatural ingredients. It is brewed per the rules that are quite strict in Germany (Reinheitsgesetz).

It is not strange that the German cook with beer! We found a recipe to make bread and the main ingredient is beer. Happy Cooking! And Prosit!

hofbrau beer

Ingredients German Beer Bread

360 g whole grain flour (rye, wheat or a mix of flours)
1 tsp baking powder (Dr Oetker)
1 tsp salt
1-2 tbsp honey (or to taste)
375 ml light beer such as original Hofbrau or Lager or any other light German beer
some melted butter

Baking Instructions German Beer Bread

– Pre-heat oven to 190°C or 375 F.
– Grease a bread baking form of size: 4 x 9 inches (10x20cm) generously with butter. Or layer with parchment paper.
– In a big bowl mix all dry ingredients very well, add the honey and then the beer. You could also dissolve the honey in the beer.
– Stir a little bit but not too much, this is fatal. You need to have some clumps in the dough. Use a wooden spoon (no mixer) and stir several times.
– Pour dough in a greased pound cake form and bake for 30-45 minutes, until it has a light brown crust.
– Remove from the oven, and increase temperature to 220 C or 425 F.
– Release the bread fro the form.
– Place the bread on a baking tray, and because the bread is hot, any butter will melt right away, so spread the butter generously over the top and sides. This creates a very nice crust.
– Place back in oven and bake for another 5-10 minutes.

Available from Sept 1 – Oct 30

german oktoberfest box

If you don’t like it sweet reduce honey or don’t use sweetener at all.
Dissolve the honey in the beer. The taste might be different according to the beer you are using. A light beer is recommended that is not too strong in taste.
Don’t use Guiness, Bock beer or ale.
Add if you like ham, onions, or garlic to the dough.



Pan Fried Leberkäse with Spinach

Pan Fried Leberkase Dinner

A classic and typical German meal is the pan fried Leberkäse with spinach and fried potatoes. It’s just delicious and so easy to make, you jsut need to get the Leberkäse. In the USA you wold find it in special German stores or places where they serve German specialties. Happy Cooking.

Ingredients Pan Fried Leberkäse with Spinach

500 g frozen spinach
4 eggs
3 larger potatoes
4 slices Leberkäse
1 onion
3 tbsp heavy cream
salt, nutmeg, pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions

– Place frozen spinach in a pot, add 3-4 tbsp water, cover the pot, and bring to a brief boil. When spinach has defrosted spice to taste and add the heavy cream. Cook for 5 min.
– Peel potatoes, cut in slices, boil them in water with some salt until semi-soft.
– Heat oil in a pan. Fry the Leberkäse slices until they are brown. Set aside and keep warm in the oven.
– In the same pan add chopped onions and fry for 2 min (add oil or butter as needed).
– Then add the potatoes and fry until they are golden brown.

– Make the fried eggs, spice with salt and pepper. Important is to add the eggs to the pan when the butter had become really hot. I always use a mix of butter and olive oil.

Place the fried egg on top of the Leberkäse, spinach and the roasted potatoes go aside. Alternatively you can also make French fries or potato salad.

Oktoberfest Creamy Mushrooms – Rahmschwammerl

Oktoberfest Creamy Mushrooms

The popular Munich Oktoberfest comes with many food specialties. One is the so called “Rahmschwammerl” or Oktoberfest Creamy Mushrooms. The classic combination would be to serve with Semmelknoedel – Find recipe here –   It’s a delicious meatless alternative, and so easy to make. It’s a dish that can be made throughout the year – Happy Cooking!

Ingredients Creamy Mushrooms

750 g white mushrooms
1 small onion
200 ml heavy cream
4 tbsp cooking oil
50 ml dry white wine
100 g créme fraîche, optional
2 twigs Rosemary
4-5 tbsp chopped parsley
salt, pepper to taste
1 dash sugar

Cooking Instructions Creamy Mushrooms

– Clean mushrooms and cut in quarters or in halves.
– Peel onion, chop fine. Wash herbs, dry on kitchen paper.
– Heat oil in a large pan, add mushrooms and rosemary twigs, brown for 6-7 min.
– Remove rosemary. Add onions.
– Fry for about 2 in.
– Add chopped parsley to mushrooms, then the wine. Set some parsley aside.
– Let cook until wine has evaporated.
– Now add the heavy cream, bring to a brief boil, then add creme fraiche.
– Let simmer for 5 min, spice with salt and pepper to taste.
– Should the sauce be too thin, mix 1 tbsp corn starch with 2 tbsp water and add to the sauce.
– Sprinkle some chopped parsley on top.
bavarian bread dumplings


The Oktoberfest Box Makes a Great Gift

oktoberfest box



Plum Dumplings from Yeast Dough

plum dumplings from yeast dough

The Plum Dumplings from Yeast Dough are a classic plum dumpling version and are also called Bohemian or Silesian plum dumplings or “Zwetschgenknödel” in German. If you like to use potatoes instead of a yeast dough CLICK HERE for the recipe. The classic recipe is asking for a sugar cube per plum which will add a special sweetness to the dish. Maybe a bit too much sweetness… Either serve these dumplings with melted butter, ground poppyseeds or a mix of cinnamon and sugar. But a vanilla sauce would also be a yummy addition. Happy Cooking!

Ingredients Plum Dumplings from Yeast Dough

500 g flour
1 dash salt, 1 dash sugar
1 package dry yeast (must be enough for 500g flour or 1 cube fresh yeast)
250 ml semi warm milk
2 eggs
8-10 Italian plums
mix of sugar-cinnamon
melted butter
bread crumbs, natural, no spices
1 sugar cube for each plum

Cooking Instructions

All ingredients should have room temperature.
Make the Starter Dough
– Place some flour into a bowl, make a small mold, add the milk and yeast into that mold.
add salt and mix well.
– Mix in 4 tbsp flour, 1 dash sugar and 1 dash salt.
– Cover with a clean kitchen cloth and let raise for at least 30 min at a warm place until volume has doubled.
– Knead with hands until dough shows some bubbles and you can easily remove it from hands.
– Cover with a clean kitchen cloth and let raise at a warm place until volume has doubled.

– Combine remaining sugar and flour and mix well. Beat eggs with milk and add to to the starter dough.
– Wash hands with warm water and knead dough or use a mixer with kneading hooks.
– Dough is ready when it comes off hands easily and is not sticking to the bowl. If it should be sticky add more flour.

– Let raise for 1 hour. Knead the dough one time really good.
– Remove pits from plums.
– Place in each plum 1 sugar cube – that’s the original style.
– Place flour on a smooth surface and roll the dough 1cm thick. You can cut squares or circles big enough so a plum can be added and closed in.
plum dumplings

– Place 1 plum on the dough and close it, then roll to a ball.
– Cover dumplings with a kitchen cloth and let raise for 10 min.
– Bring water with 1 tsp salt in a large pot to a boil.
– Place the dumplings into the water and let cook on lower heat covered for about 10 min.
– Remove them with a slotted spoon.
– Serve with melted butter, a cinnamon-sugar mix, ground poppyseeds or vanilla sauce.

german vanilla sauce


Super Easy German Fruit Cake- Obstkuchen

Here is a super easy German fruit cake that can be made within minutes. We call the base cake (it’s like a sponge cake) in German a “Tortenboden” and the entire cake would be an “Obstkuchen”.
You don’t have to be a master baker or chef to create this cake – it is really very easy. I found this recipe and thought I have to give it a try. It sounded very easy and simple. I also never used oil for making the base cake. So I became curious. And what do you say? It’s a really delicious cake and tastes like the ones that you can buy in a German supermarket. From now on I will use this recipe all the time when the time has come to use some ripe and fresh fruit for this special German cake from my childhood! Happy Baking!

Ingredients Super Easy German Fruit Cake

6 tbsp sunflower oil
6 tbsp sugar
3 eggs
6 tbsp flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla sugar – How to make Vanilla Sugar –
fruit of your choice (strawberries, blueberries, bananas, sour cherries, canned mandarins, canned pears or peaches)
1 package red glaze Dr Oetker  – Make the Glaze from Scratch –

dr oetker vanilla sugar

Baking Instructions

– Mix eggs with sugar and beat until dough is bubbly
– Add oil spoon by spoon to the eggs, then sieve in flour.
– Mix flour and baking powder, then combine with egg mix.  Mix well.
– Grease the baking form with some butter.
– Sprinkle the form with some breadcrumbs of neutral taste (no spices or herbs) or some flour.
– Pour dough into a non-stick German pie form for the base cake, diameter 11 inches (see below the one on Amazon).
– Pre-heat oven to 375 F.
biscuit cake form

– Bake for about 5-10 min.
The cake will be done when no dough will stick on a tooth pic that has been poked into the dough. The base cake should have a light golden color.
– When cake is done let it cool off, then place it onto a big plate that should be bigger than the cake (upside down).
– Cut bigger fruit in halves or smaller such as strawberries and place them on top of the cake.
– Make the glaze per instructions and pour it over the fruit. – Find the Dr Oetker Red Glaze here – 
– Let cool off.