Mar 132019

Westphalia is a region of Germany that is located in the Northwest, and it is one of the three historic parts of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It used to be part of the Kingdom of Prussia from 1815 to 1918 and the Free State of Prussia from 1918 to 1946.

So after the war Westphalia merged with the Northern Rhineland, another former part of Prussia, to form the newly created state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In 1947, the state with its two historic parts was joined by a third one: Lippe, a former principality and free state.

The Westphalia White Beans Soup is a popular dish from that region. In the East of Westphalia they add even prunes to the soup and it is called "Bräbel".  You can use meat to the soup or not, depending on your taste. Mettwurst is very popular and is often used as an added ingredient. Happy Cooking!

Ingredients Westphalia White Beans Stew

350 g white beans, dried or canned
2 liter beef broth  - How to make Beef Broth - 
some summer savory or "Bohnenkraut" to taste - Find it here -
smoked ham, Cabanossi or Mettwurst (uncooked German sausage) - optional
1/2 celery root
1 onion
2 bay leaves
4 carrots
5 potatoes
salt, white pepper, nutmeg to taste
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp chopped parsley

Cooking Instruction Westphalia White Beans Stew

  • USING DRIED BEANS: Soak them the day before in plenty of water. Cook them in the broth with summer savory for 1 hour.
  • Peel potatoes and cut in cubes, celery root as well. Chop onion fine.
  • Cut ham or sausages into smaller portions too.
  • Heat oil and brown ham on high heat.
  • Add onions to ham and all vegetable, saute for 2-3 min.
  • Add all ingredients to the broth plus the bay leaves and add more broth if needed, everything should be covered well.
  • Let cook for another 20-30 min,
  • If you use canned beans add them 10 min before soup is done, so the sausages (sliced or as whole)
  • Spice to taste with spices and herbs.
  • Before your serve the stew add 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley.

Mar 122019

The German Macaroni cheese gratin is a German meatless pasta dish that is inexpensive, easy to make and super yummy! It is similar to Mac and Cheese but the cheese will be baked so you get this delicious cheese crust on top. You can get the original German macaroni on Amazon. I found the long macaroni in a local Armenian super market. Happy Cooking!

macaroni cheese gratin

Ingredients Macaroni Cheese Gratin

75 g macaroni - For example Bucatini Pasta No. 6 (Divella) 16oz (454g)
water with a 1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter
125 g grated cheese (firm cheese, Gruyere, Parmesan, Gouda, cheddar etc.)
1/8 liter milk
2 eggs
salt, fresh ground pepper to taste, a hint of nutmeg
1 tbsp chopped parsley

Cooking Instructions Macaroni Cheese Gratin

- Bring the water to a boil and cook the macaroni al dente (the pasta needs to be a bit firm and should not be too soft).
- When done drain the pasta.
- Mix pasta with the butter.
- Use a fire-proof form and grease it with butter;
- Fill in the macaroni.
- Add the grated cheese and mix well with the pasta (keep some cheese).
- Beat the eggs, add milk, salt and pepper and pour it over the macaroni; sprinkle a layer on top with the remaining cheese.
- Bake in the oven on 350 F (170 C) for about 30 minutes.
- Sprinkle some parsley over it when it is done and serve the gratin with lettuce.

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Mar 092019

You will like this super Fine German Cherry Cake! It's very simple, and the recipe is using egg liquor but it can be substituted with butter milk (proven). If you like egg liquor but you cannot get it (not so easy in the USA) we have a recipe for you how to make it - Go to the Egg Liquor Recipe -  Happy Baking!

super fine german cherry cake

Ingredients Super Fine German Cherry Cake

150 g butter (2 sticks), very soft
4 eggs, separated
120 g powdered sugar
250 g flour
50 g organic cornstarch
1 package baking powder Dr Oetker, 0.5oz
125 ml egg liqueur
1 jar sour cherries - 24oz/680g (Aldi or Trader Joes)
powdered sugar for dusting

Baking Instructions Super Fine German Cherry Cake

- Beat egg white until very firm (add a dash of salt).
- Pre heat oven to 350 F (160 C).
- Drain cherries, keep 2 tbsp for the optional glaze.
- Combine soft butter, egg yolks and powdered sugar, mix well.
- Mix baking powder with flour and starch, add to dough, followed by egg liquor.
- Finally fold in firm egg whites.
- Layer a deep baking pan of size 30x30cm or 12x12 inches (a 9x13 inch or a round 11 inch form should do as well) with the dough, place cherries on the dough, press them lightly into the dough.
- Bake for about 25 min, test the cake by poking a thin knife or a tooth pick into the cake. If nothing sticks to the knife the cake is done.
- Dust the cake with powdered sugar before serving or glaze it after cake had been cooled off.

Make the Glaze:
Use some powdered sugar and mix with the cherry liquid, spread evenly over the cake. Let get firm before you cut the cake into pieces.

Recipe Source

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Mar 092019
German Egg Liqueur or Liquor

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German Chicken Recipes: Fricassee

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Mar 012019
Allgau Specialty Onion Cake - Zwiebelkuchen

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Feb 232019
Stuffed Tomatoes - With Ground Beef

What can you cook with tomatoes? We found a German recipe for stuffed tomatoes (or filled tomatoes) – what a great choice for lunch or dinner! You need quite some big tomatoes for this authentic German recipe, and they should not be too soft. Sometimes heirloom tomatoes are wonderful for such recipes. Happy Cooking! Ingredients … read more …

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Feb 222019
German Pretzels - Recipe to Make them from Scratch

German Pretzels are popular all over the world. In German it is called Bretzel, Brezl, or Breze, in Bavaria/Austria Brezn, in Vienna Brezerl, in Swabia  Bretzle. Since the 14th century the Pretzel is the symbol of the German bakers guild. The most popular pretzel is the so called Laugenbretzel. It consists out of flour, malt, … read more …

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