Jul 192019

The Cherry Cream dessert is a delicious combination of sour cherries, heavy cream, and Kirsch Schnaps. In the South of Germany, especially in the Black Forest,  you can get the best Kirsch Schnaps and sour cherries. These cherries can be found in many German baking recipes such as cakes and pastries. They are very juicy and therefor great for this dessert. See our notes on using gelatin because you need it for making this delicious dessert. Happy Cooking!

cherry cream dessert

Ingredients Cherry Cream Dessert

8 sheets red gelatin – if you cannot get them, use white gelatin and add some dark, real cherry or red grape juice for the red color
600 g sour cherries fresh or from the jar without pits (see below)
250 ml red wine
110 g sugar
10cl Kirsch Schnaps
6 sheets white gelatin
300 ml milk
3 egg yolks
1 whole egg
500 g heavy cream
2 tbsp grated chocolate

Cooking Instructions Cherry Cream Dessert

1. Soak red gelatin for about 10 minutes in water or red juice.
– Remove pit from fresh cherrie,  combine with red wine and 2 tbsp sugar, and let simmer for 3 minutes.

– Drain jar cherries and warm them with red wine, then remove from stove.

2. Press all water out of the gelatin; dissolve gelatin in the cherries and add the Kirsch Schnaps.
– Fill into 6 decorative glasses and keep cool.

3. Soak the white gelatin.
– Slice vanilla bean and with the milk and remaining sugar bring to a boil.
– Remove the bean, scrape out the vanilla pulp, and add to the milk.

4. Make the egg-milk cream: Beat egg yolks and whole egg until foamy.
– Add to the hot milk – Important: Milk should not be boiling hot!
– Mix well.
– Dissolve the white gelatin in the milk. Keep it cool.

5. Beat the heavy cream until firm.
– The egg-milk cream will start to thicken, mix in carefully the firm heavy cream.
– Arrange the cream on top of the cherries, and sprinkle with grated chocolate; decorate with one whole cherry.

How to Use Gelatin Sheets and Substitute with Powdered Gelatin

You can successfully substitute sheet gelatin for powdered gelatin in any recipe by using the following scaling:
1 (0.25 oz.) envelope granulated gelatin = 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin = 3 sheets leaf gelatin.

The recipe is asking for red and clear gelatin sheets. It’s almost impossible to find red gelatin sheets in the USA. We recommend to use red juice and combine it with the gelatin.
Dr. Oetker has the best gelatin sheets here in the USA.

Gelatin sheets are the purest form of neutral gelatin available with a strong set.  Use to make molds, aspics, fondants icing, chaud/froid (jelled white sauce to glaze hams, turkeys, etc.) and desserts.  Perfect to top and seal homemade pâtés. Simply soak the sheets in cold water for one minute, squeeze, then add to boiling water or any other liquids.  Cool and let set.  When set, gelatin can stand at room temperature for several hours without weeping which makes it useful for a buffet setting.




Jul 172019

Enjoy this old fashioned recipe for Bavarian apple dumplings. I got many years ago from someone on Facebook This German-Bavarian dish is served with vanilla sauce or a mix of cinnamon and sugar. The dumplings are made out of a yeast dough that is combined with apples.  If you love Bavarian food this is the recipe for you. Happy Baking!

bavarian apple dumplings

Ingredients Bavarian Apple Dumplings

500 g flour
30 g yeast (fresh) – substitute fresh yeast with approximately half the amount of dried yeast
or 1 package dry yeast
100 g sugar
1/4 liter warm milk
50g butter
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
2-3 apples, peeled, cut in small cubes

Baking Instructions Bavarian Apple Dumplings

– Put the flour in a bowl and make a mold in the middle, place the yeast into the mold and make a so called “pre-dough” with 1 tbsp sugar and some warm milk.
– Mix well, powder some flour on top and let rise at a warm place. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel. The dough is good when the amount has doubled.
– Mix dough with some flour and the remaining ingredients and knead until it peels of from the edge of the bowl.
– Let it rise again, covered and at a warm place.

– Knead dough again and separate it in 12 pieces.
– Form each piece into a ball.
– Again let rest the balls for some minutes. Now flatten them and place apple pieces in the middle which you cover with dough.
– Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
– Place balls on a baking tray layered with parchment paper or very well greased. Let dumplings rise again.
– Bake for 10-15 minutes (do the test by sticking a tooth pick into the dumplings; should some dough stick on the tooth pick the dumplings are not quite done).
– When the dumplings are done, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Serve the dumplings warm with a home made vanilla sauce.
RECIPE:  – How to Make Vanilla Sauce –



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Jul 162019

In Germany there are plenty potato salad recipes! Today you find out about a different version of a Potato salad: German Potato Salad with Mayonnaise. It is a great potato salad for parties or the barbecue. Serve it with bratwurst, fried meat, rolls and bread or fish. A typical German dish for Fridays would be: Fried fish fillet with potato salad. This potato salad has lots of vegetable in it and pickles. You can vary the vegetable, so every time it will be a different salad. We recommend to use a high quality mayonnaise without any chemicals because they will alter the taste. Happy Cooking!

Potato Salad with Mayonnaise

Ingredients German Potato Salad with Mayonnaise

4-6 medium size potatoes
1 small onion
3 tbsp olive oil and 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
4 crunchy (German) pickles
salt, pepper to taste
fresh nutmeg to taste
3 tbsp Greek yogurt
3-4 tbsp mayonnaise
1 carrot, 4 tbsp frozen peas
VARIATION: green peas, red pepper, sweet corn frozen or from can – Adds nice colors to the salad
1 tsp chopped dill or parsley or chives
2 hard boiled eggs

Cooking Instructions German Potato Salad with Mayonnaise

– Boil potatoes and peel them while hot (use fork, stick it into potato and with a sharp knife in the other hand peel it).
– Let them cool off completely, then slice them thin.
– Mix yogurt with mayonnaise, add spices, oil vinegar for the dressing in a separate bowl or directly on the potatoes. Both works.
– Chop pickles, peel carrots and grate them coarsely, chop red pepper.
– Combine with potatoes.
– Add frozen peas, red pepper, sweet corn and onions.
– Mix everything with the dressing, and if it is too thick add some liquid from the pickle jar.
– Place hard boiled eggs that are cut in quarters on top, and sprinkle with chopped dill.

The salad should not be too thin or too thick.

Serve with Bratwurst, fried fish fillet, Frikadellen (burger) or Kassler (smoked pork chop).

Jul 042019
German Fruit Cake - Authentic Recipe from Germany

This German Fruit Cake is the best when using ripe and fresh fruit. It is a very popular in Germany especially during the summer months when the fruit is ripe. The base cake can be bought in every supermarket in Germany but not in the USA. We show you how you can make the entire … read more …

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Jun 242019
German Mocha Cake Layered - Mokkatorte

Do you need a special cake for your special occasion? We have the recipe for a German Mocha Cake – Mokkatorte in German. It is a layered cake but not with a heavy and rich butter cream. Normally the German layered cakes, the “Torten”, consist of a rich butter cream. The recipe is using heavy … read more …

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Jun 242019
German Topkiss Cake - A Special Cake

The German Topkiss cake, or called Topkuss Cake in German, is a cake that contains topkiss which is a German crispy waffle combined with creamy foam, and surrounded by dark chocolate. Here is  a little history on the top kiss: The company “Grabower Süsswaren” is a German food company based in the city of Grabow. … read more …