May 202019

German Spaetzle are not only popular in the South of Germany, in Swabia, they are known in Switzerland and the Alsace. I am very happy that I even can purchase dried ones here in the USA!  But do you know how to make them? If not, then you will love the following recipe. Spätzle are served mainly with meat dishes cooked in gravy such as a roast, beef Goulash or beef rolls (Rouladen). They soak up the gravy and are therefor an ideal side dish for your pork or beef roast.

Do you actually know what the word "Spätzle" means? It literally means "little sparrows". In 1725, Rosino Lentilio, a councillor and personal physician from Baden-Würtemberg, stated that "Knöpflein" and "Spazen" were "all the things that are made from flour". Spelt was grown widely in the Swabian-Alemannic area at the time.
Since March 2012, Swabian Spätzle and Swabian Knöpfle have been awarded the EU quality seal for "Protected Geographical Indications (PGI)" and are protected throughout Europe as a regional specialty. In order to be able to bear this sign, one of the production stages of the product must have taken place in the respectively defined region of origin.

German Spätzle are originally from Baden-Württemberg, the region around Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Freiburg. German Spätzle served with fried onions and cheese are called "Cheese Spaetzle", and this is a meal for itself that tastes awesome with a mixed salad.
To make them you can use a Spätzle maker like shown on the photo below. Just make the dough and pour it through the movable upper part of the board. Happy Cooking!

german spaetzle

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Ingredients German Spaetzle

(serves 4)
2 cups flour (wheat, all purpose) - or 250 g flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
3 eggs
1 cup water or mineral water  - 1/4 l water

Cooking Instructions German Spaetzle

- Mix the flour with half of the salt and the nutmeg.
- Add eggs, mix them in with a fork.
- Pour in water while stirring constantly with a large spoon until dough is smooth.
- Bring water to a boil in a big pot, add remaining salt.
- Set the Spaetzle maker over the boiling water and by going back and forward with the machine, press the dough through the wholes, a few tablespoons at a time, directly into the boiling water.
- Stir the Spaetzle gently to prevent them from sticking together.
- Boil them briskly for 5-8 minutes or when they are floating on the surface, remove them with a slotted spoon.
- Keep them in a bowl until all are done. Never do them all at one time.

That's all, it is not that complicated. But you can buy them also online, see below


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May 072019

Let's have a look what is served in Bavaris as a side dish: Bavarian Cabbage! It is the perfect side dish for Bratwurst or "Fleischpflanzerl", the German burger. Cabbage is a very inexpensive but health vegetable. You may know only Sauerkraut but this dish is made from raw cabbage. Happy Cooking!

Ingredients Bavarian Cabbage Side Dish

1 medium size white cabbage
1-2 tbsp lard (or clarified butter)
1 smaller onion, chopped
2 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
1 apple, slightly sour, cut in cubes
salt, pepper to taste
1/8 liter beef broth, instant or home made - How to Make BEEF BROTH  
1 tbsp caraway seeds (optional)

Cooking Instructions Bavarian Cabbage Side Dish

- Cut cabbage in half, wash, and remove the hard parts.
- Grate the cabbage but not too fine.
- Brown lard with sugar, add onion and apple cubes. Mix well.
- Add cabbage, spice with salt and pepper, add broth.
- Let cook for about 60 min covered with a lid, add more broth if needed.
- Before serving add the vinegar and if you like the caraway seeds (promote digestion).

Serve with mashed potatoes, roasted onions, and Buletten or Fleischpflanzerl, the German burger.

Mashed Potatoes
Fleischpflanzerl, Frikadelle or German Burger

bavarian cabbage side dish

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May 072019

The German Cherry Hazelnut Cake is made without grain flour therefor it is GLUTENFREE. You will like this flourless German cake as it is very easy to bake. You basically mix all the ingredients and that's it. The sour cherries can be found at Aldi or Trader Joes. Some international stores carry them as well. Happy Baking!

german cherry hazelnut cake

Ingredients Gluten Free German Cherry Hazelnut Cake

500 g sour cherries
150 g soft butter
150 g sugar
4 eggs
100 g dark chocolate unsweetened
200 g ground hazelnuts or alternatively almonds
1 tbsp sugar
gluten free bread crumbs (optional)

Baking Instructions Gluten Free German Cherry Hazelnut Cake

- If you use cherries from a jar drain them.
- Remove stems and pits from fresh cherries.
- Mix butter and sugar until creamy. Separate eggs.
- Grate chocolate (Tip: place chocolate for about 30 min into freezer).
- Beat egg white until firm.
- Add egg yolk to dough, mix chocolate with hazelnuts and add to dough.
- Finally add carefully firm egg white.
- Grease a spring form (10 inches) and sprinkle it with gluten free bread crumbs or layer it with parchment paper.
- Pour dough into the form and press cherries evenly into the dough.
- Pre-heat oven to 180 C or 350 F
- Bake the cake for about 70 minutes on lower level. Do the test with a tooth pick to see if cake is done. After baking time let cake in the turned off oven for another 10 minutes.
- Place on baking grid and dust with powdered sugar.

Enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee!

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