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German Food Sweet

Throughout all its regions Germany has a wide variety of favorite cakes, tarts, cookies, desserts and all things sweet.

Authentic German Gingerbread Recipe star
For anything from small ginger cookies, tasty on their own or dipped into a warm drink, a Witches Cottage, Gingerbread Men, Christmas decorations or an Oktoberfest Heart, whatever you create with this Lebkuchen recipe it will always be delicious.

Bavarian Donuts, an Auszogne Recipe star
Bavarian Donuts, alternatively Auszogne or Kniekuechle, are a Kultgebaeck. A cult baked good that like many things probably originated in a medieval German monastery. Once something to look forward to only during church holidays and festivals now they are enjoyed all year.

Caramelized Apples and 'Kaiserschmarrn' Recipe star
Chopped pancakes with fruit for Breakfast, Lunch or Dessert, at Oktoberfest or in a bar, might not be what Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria's chef had in mind when he devised what is now known as 'Kaiserschmarrn', but a century later it is a favorite throughout Bavaria and Austria.

Carnival Jelly Donut Recipe star
A festival is not a festival in Germany unless there is some type of favorite food involved, and for Karneval, Germany's Mardi Gras, it is Faschingskrapfen, Berliner, Pfannkuchen, Fastnachtskrapfen. The same thing, different name, depending on your region: The Carnival Jelly Donut.

Chestnut Jam, German Recipe star
Chestnut Jam, Kastanien Konfitur, is a seasonal recipe produced in Germany's kitchens from foraged nuts. The Romans brought chestnuts to "Germania" as they conquered the region, so during fall and winter they are found throughout the country, and their jam is one of many popular recipes.

German Apple Crumb Cake Recipe star
It is a social tradition in Germany. Four o'clock in the afternoon is the time for Kaffee und Kuchen, coffee and cake. One of the most popular cakes to be chosen to accompany that cup of coffee will be 'Streuselkuchen', a delicious Fruit Crumble Cake.

German Gingerbread Spice Recipe star
German Gingerbread Spice, Lebkuchengewuerz, is one of those versatile store cupboard staples which can be used for many things throughout the year. From flavoring pumpkin pie, hot chocolate or yoghurt with apple, to the gingerbread for witches cottages, cookies and hearts.

German Nut Cookie Recipes star
For anyone who likes nuts here are two quick, simple and delicious cookie recipes. Classics from "Oma´s kitchen" they are amongst the favorites to be found on any dish of German "Weihnachtsplaetzchen", Christmas Cookies, but are to be enjoyed at any time of the year.

Germany´s Irresistable Gummi Bears star
It isn´t a recipe, but could certainly be called a sweet food, it is the Gummi Bear, which began life in 1922 as a fruit gummi "Dancing Bear" in Bonn, Germany. Invented by Hans Riegal in his small confectionery company, its form was based on a dancing bear and a "Teddy Bear", today it is a cult candy, not only for children but also grown-ups.

Germany´s Traditional Caramelised Almonds, Recipes star
Gebrannte Mandeln are delicious candied almonds that can, and are, eaten at any time of the year, freshly made and bought from festival or street side stalls, or at home with these two authentic recipes. While at Christmas, Weihnachtsmaerkte, Gluehwein and Caramalised Almonds are an unbeatable combination.

North Germany's Friesentorte Recipe star
It is a delicious creamy calorie bomb, and a North and East Friesland specialty. Friesentorte the 'special occasion' Frisian cream cake that accompanies a Friesentee, (Frisian tea), Ceremony on Sundays and celebrations. Or just because you feel like it.

Rote Grutze, Germany's Fruit Dessert Recipe star
Rote Grutze made from summer's berries is one of Germany's most popular desserts. Light, refreshing and easy to make, it was for centuries simple 'every day' home cooking in northern Germany, but now the 'fruit salad with a difference' is a menu favorite even in upscale restaurants.

Speculoos, Spread and Spice Mix Recipes star
Speculaas were a special Christmas cookie but now both they and a paste made with crushed cookies, a popular alternative to peanut butter and chocolate spread, are year round favorites. Here are recipes for a quick and easy Cookie, the Spread and a 'Ready To Use' Spice Mix.

St. Martin´s Day Weckmann, A Bread Man Recipe star
Neither a German St. Martins Day, Martinstag, nor a Sankt Nikolaus, St. Nicholas, celebration would be complete without having bought or baked the traditional sweet yeast dough Bread Man. Known as Weckmann, Nikolaus, Klausenmann or Stutenkerl and many other names, depending on the region, the recipe remains the same, and here it is.

Vanilla Sauce, a German Recipe star
Vanilla Sauce flavored with vanilla beans or extract is a favorite all over Europe. Sometimes known as "Crème Anglais" it is served warm or cold, and used to accompany everything from fruit to cakes as well as a base or filling for all types of desserts baked goods.

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