Feb 222017

German Cheese Spaetzle are one of my favorites when it comes to local food from the South of Germany or also called Swabia. This recipes comes from a region named "Allgaeu" but it is popular throughout Swabia. It is the region before you enter Bavaria and the Allgaeu is famous for its cheese, the milk and all milk products, additional it is a very popular German tourism region as well. In winter you can ski, in summer hiking or biking or just relaxing in the lush and green environment. The food is awesome. It just tastes good; it's food for the soul. Happy Cooking!

german cheese spaetzle

Ingredients German Cheese Spaetzle

400 flour
5 eggs
1 tsp salt
about 1/4 liter cold water or mineral water
or 300 g dried Spaetzle
2 big onions
1 tbsp butter
300 g grated cheese (Emmenthaler cheese or Swiss cheese, Gouda, any cheese which melts easily but not processed cheese)
water with some salt
optional: chopped chives
optional:  salt, pepper, nutmeg to taste

Cooking Instructions German Cheese Spaetzle

- Sieve the flour into a bowl; add eggs, salt and water and mix it with a wooden spoon.
- Stir the dough until you can see bubbles. Maybe you have to add some more cold water.
- Melt butter in a skillet; peel onions and cut them in small rings. Fry them in the butter until light brown.
- In a big pot bring water to an boil. By using a wooden board or a German "Spaetzle maker", make the Spaetzle. Stir often with a wooden spoon.
They are done when swimming on the surface. Take them out with a skimmer and keep in a warm bowl in the oven, covered with foil. Before you place them in the oven sprinkle spaetzle with some of the grated cheese.
- Repeat above step until the whole dough is gone.
- Serve them on warm plates and add fried onions on each portion, sprinkle chopped chives on top.
If you enjoy them as  main dish serve them with lettuce.

Feb 222017

The German Apple bread is a nice alternative to fruit bread, it does not contain eggs. The recipe is proven from my sister-in-law and I had the pleasure to taste it myself! Happy Baking!

german apple bread

Ingredients German Apple Bread

750 g apples or 4 big apples
200 g sugar (or 250g if you like it more sweet, or less sugar)
250 g raisins or cranberries
150 g whole almonds
500 g flour, all purpose, unbleached
1 packages baking powder (Dr. Oetker) 0.5 oz
1 tbsp. cocoa (unsweetened)
1 tbsp. dark rum (optional)
cinnamon and ground cloves to taste

Baking Instructions German Apple Bread

- peel apples, remove core, grate them fine.
- mix apples with sugar and let rest for 4-6 hours or overnight in a covered bowl.
- add all remaining ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until you get a thick dough.
- layer a pound cake form with parchment paper and fill in dough.
- bake in pre-heated oven on 180 C or 350 F for 1 1/4 or up to 1.5 hours.

Do the test: Use a knife and stick it into the bread. The dough should not stick on the knife.

Serve with butter, honey or jam.

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Feb 202017

german austrian boiled beefBoiled beef is a German and Austrian specialty. For example in the German city Frankfurt your can find the dish boiled beef with green sauce in almost every good restaurant. In Austria they serve the beef with a special sauce made out of apples and horseradish. It is important to get the right meat for this dish. Happy Cooking!

Ingredients German Austrian Boiled Beef

4 to 5 pounds beef
(first-cut flanken, brisket or chuck)
1 veal knuckle or marrow bone (optional)
1 of each - large carrot, celery with leaves, small knob celery root, trim off straggly roots, peel and rinse,  small parsnip, scraped and cut in half lengthwise
1 parsley root, scraped and 1 onion
2 cloves (poke the cloves into the whole onion)
1 tbsp salt, or as needed

Cooking Instructions German Austrian Boiled Beef

- Tie the meat with a string so it won't lose its shape.
- Place beef in a pot and add cold water (the beef needs to be completely covered).
- Add the vegetable, cleaned and cut into smaller pieces to the meat (don't cut the onion).
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover it and let simmer for about 2 hours (until meat is completely tender; test with a fork a pointed knife).
- Remove meat and vegetable from the broth, and keep it warm (covered with foil).
- Add salt, pepper, nutmeg to the broth. Make a soup out of it by adding the thin German soup noodles.
- Slice the meat and place it on a warm platter, sprinkle it with chopped parsley.
- Serve it with green sauce, boiled potatoes or fried potatoes.

Find the Recipe for Green Sauce
In Austria they serve "Apfelkren" with the meat. Apfelkren is a mix of horseradish with apples.

Recipe Apfelkren

1 liter apple juice with a bit of vinegar
3 apples
salt, grated horseradish (add as much you like; don't forget horseradish is very spicy)
Apfelmost (alternatively apple juice with a splash of vinegar).
Peel apples, grate them and mix with the juice. Add salt and horseradish, mix well.

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