Authentic German Pasta Salad

authentic german pasta salad

If you ever wanted to make a German salad for your party, we have the right recipe for you: The Authentic German Pasta Salad. This salad is super easy to make and tastes so much better than the ones you can buy in the super markets. Does not contain any sugar and is the best when using organic vegetables. Happy Cooking!

Ingredients Authentic German Pasta Salad

1 cup Elbow pasta
2 spring onions
2-3 mini cucumbers
5 tbsp green peas and 5 tbsp sweet corn (frozen)
salt, pepper, sweet paprika to taste
1 dash nutmeg
1 tbsp greek natural yoghurt and 1 tbsp mayonnaise
3 tbsp sun flower oil and 3 tbsp vinegar (white or red wine) – I used the German 13 herbs vinegar
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
2 small tomatoes or 10 cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp parsley, chopped

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Cooking Instructions Authentic German Pasta Salad

– Bring water with some salt to a boil.
– Cook pasta per directions (normally it takes only 4-5 minutes).
– Drain pasta.
– Peel cucumbers, cut in small pieces.
– Cut tomatoes and spring onions in small pieces.
– Combine in a bowl peas, sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, spring onions with spices. Mix well.
– Add drained pasta, mix well.
– Mix mayonnaise with yoghurt, oil and vinegar and add to salad.
– Spice again to taste.

Let sit for 15 minutes in the fridge before you serve this delicious summer salad with Bratwurst, Frikadellen (burgers) or with any grilled meats fresh from the BBQ. Tastes awesome with a steak or grilled chicken breasts.

German Ice Cream Dessert Banana Split

dessert banana split

The German Ice cream dessert Banana split is served in every ice cream parlor – Eisdiele – in Germany. The origin is actually from the USA, from Latrobe, a city in Pennsylvania. It’s been said to use three different ice cream flavors: vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. The German version is using two: vanilla and chocolate. This ice cream specialty has gone around the globe and it’s served in a long dish which makes the dessert look like a boat.
In Germany the dessert had been made popular after ww II through the Italian Ice cream parlors that got established all over the nation. Enjoy this dessert. Happy Icecreaming!

Ingredients Dessert Banana Split

2 bananas
150 g heavy cream
1 package vanilla sugar 0.3 oz – (optional but adds a super nice taste)
4 scoops vanilla ice cream OR 2 scoops and 2 scoops chocolate ice cream
chocolate sauce
chopped or sliced almonds

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Cooking Instructions Dessert Banana Split

– Use bananas that are ripe but still are somewhat firm, they should not have any dark spots.
– Peel bananas and cut lengthwise.

– Whip heavy cream with vanilla sugar until firm.
– Fill whipped cream into a frosting bag with a star nozzle.
– Add a good amount of whipped cream on a bowl that has a long form. There are special banana split forms available.
– On each side of the whipped cream place a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
– Place the banana halves left and right on the place, so it looks like a boat.
– Sprinkle almonds on top and decorate with some lines of chocolate sauce.


German Potato Salad Recipe from Swabia

german potato salad recipe

This is an authentic German potato salad recipe from the South of Germany, Swabia, the region around Stuttgart, Freiburg and Karlsruhe. Every traditional inn or restaurant (Gasthaus) serves this potato salad either in combination with a mixed salad or just plain. We call it in German “Kartoffelsalat”.
This German potato salad recipe is one of my favorite salad recipes. My mother used to make the best German potato salad.  She would boil the potatoes, then let them cool off completely before she sliced them. This is the trick.

Of course German potatoes are different and you buy special potatoes for potato salad. Per my experience the Gold potatoes are the best for this salad. Every time I used Russet potatoes it failed to be a good salad. Make sure the potatoes don’t get too soft. For the German potato salads the potatoes will be peeled after they had been cooked. The best is to peel them when they are still warm. Happy Cooking!

Ingredients German Potato Salad Recipe

(serves 6-8)
1,5 pounds cooked potatoes (preferably Gold potatoes, yellow)
500 ml beef or vegetable broth – How to make Vegetable Broth –
1 medium sized onion
1/4 cup sun flower oil (taste neutral oil)
1 tbsp German mustard (optional)
1/4 cup vinegar (white or red wine vinegar, preferably German vinegar, see below)
salt, pepper, nutmeg to taste
chopped parsley or chives

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Cooking Instructions German Potato Salad Recipe

– Boil potatoes with skin.
– While potatoes are boiling chop onion finely, place into a big bowl.
– Combine inions with oil, vinegar and mustard, mix well.

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– Pour 250ml (half of the amount) HOT beef or vegetable broth (use instant powder or make it from scratch) over it.
– When potatoes are done remove them from the water, peel,  and let cool off.
– Cut into very thin slices (potatoes must not be hot).

– Add them to onion broth and mix well with a wooden spoon.
– Add more broth if necessary; the salad should NOT be too dry (you should hear a smacking sound while mixing) and should NOT be swimming in broth.
– Add salt, nutmeg and pepper to taste.
– Let salad sit for some time to see if it will be still moist (potatoes soak the liquid fast), add more broth if needed.
– Add the chopped parsley or chives on top.

This German potato salad tastes delicious as a side dish with the famous German “Wienerschnitzel”, Leberkäse, Hot dogs, Wiener sausages, Bratwurst, Bockwurst, Weisswurst, or fish fillet. Makes a great side dish for a summer BBQ.

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– Buy the yellow potatoes; if possible use organic potatoes. Don’t use soft and floury potatoes as they will get too mushy such as Russet.
– Using home made broth would be the best or bouillon (cubes) Made in Germany without MSG.
– Don’t use chicken broth.
– Mayonnaise is not an option for this salad.
– Always peel the potatoes when they are cooked. And never use them with the skin on.



German Iced Coffee – Eiskaffee

german iced coffee eiskaffee

The German iced coffee – or as we call it “Eiskaffee” – is not just ice cubes in some cup of cold coffee. No, this is not the right style. It must contain whipped cream and vanilla ice cream to be perfect! The Eiskaffee is very popular in Germany and you can get it in every ice cream parlor and Cafe. If you can get it somewhere in the USA, you are lucky. In case you cannot, it’s so easy to make from scratch! Try it out. Happy Cooking!

Ingredients German Iced Coffee – Eiskaffee

(2 servings)

100 g heavy cream
1 tbsp vanilla sugar – How to Make Vanilla Sugar –
(alternatively vanilla extract and a little bit of sugar)
4 scoops vanilla ice cream
300 ml brewed coffee, chilled (preferably German coffee)
grated chocolate, unsweetened cocoa, cherries or chocolate syrup for decoration

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How to make it

– Combine heavy cream with vanilla sugar and whip until very firm.
– Fill 2 scoops vanilla ice cream into 2 tall glasses.
– Pour the chilled coffee over the ice cream.
– Place the whipped cream on top.
– Decorate with a cherry, grated chocolate or chocolate syrup.

You can add some flavor by adding some liquor such as (Asbach) brandy or Amaretto.

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Cremeschnitten Classic Recipe

german cremeschnitten

The Cremeschnitten classic recipe is based on filo or phyllo dough and will be filled with vanilla cream. These creamy pastries are a German specialty and you can buy them practically in every German bakery.
Trader Joe’s Phyllo Dough is crafted with flour, water and just a touch of oil, using a lengthy, painstaking process that involves repeatedly rolling and stretching a single very large and very thin sheet of dough. As it is rolled and stretched, it becomes thinner and thinner. When it’s reached the ideal thickness or better thinness, its rolled into a cylinder, frozen and packaged.

Walmart has fillo dough too and probably other supermarkets as well. Grocery store brands such as Athens, Apollo, and Pepperidge Farms are all good. But you need to use the filo dough for pastries. For the vanilla cream we use vanilla pudding and gelatin to make it firm.
If you like not to use the Cremeschnitten with filo dough check out this recipe – Cremeschnitten without fillo dough. This recipe is for experienced bakers, if you are a baking beginner we recommend not to make the filo dough Cremeschnitte. Happy Baking!

Ingredients Cremeschnitten Classic Recipe

2 packages filo dough for pastries
800 ml milk
200 g sugar
vanilla flavor: 1-2 tsp pure liquid vanilla or 1 package vanilla sugar Dr Oetker – How to make Vanilla Sugar
2 packages Dr Oetker Vanilla Pudding – How to make Vanilla Pudding –
7 slices gelatin (transparent, unflavored, unsweetened) or gelatin powder
1 tablespoon Knox of unflavored gelatin powder = 1 sheet of Perfectagel gold gelatin sheets
500 ml heavy cream
4 tbsp dark rum or rum flavor (non-alcoholic)
Cake ring rectangle shape

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Baking Instructions Cremeschnitten

– Place filo dough on a baking tray and with a fork pinch it several times.
– Place in pre-heated oven on 390 C and bake until the dough is light brown.
Do the same with the second filo dough.

– Make the pudding per instructions if you use the pudding from Dr Oetker or make it from scratch Go to the recipe: How to make vanilla pudding
– Soak gelatin in  cold water.
– Place cooked pudding in a bowl and add the gelatin, rum and vanilla flavor.
– Place the bowl in cold water and stir it until the creme is cold.
– Beat heavy cream until firm.

– The pudding needs to get firm (with the help of the gelatin), so when it does fold in the whipped cream.
– place a rectangle cake ring around a filo dough; you can place the dough also in a suitable cake form and cut it so it fits, a casserole form can work too. A baking tray won’t work because it is too flat.
– Fill the vanilla cream on top of the filo dough.
– Cut the second filo dough vertical and then in 14 rectangles of the same size.
– Place the rectangles on top of the cream.
–  Place in the fridge for several hours until the cream is firm so you can remove the ring.
– Before serving dust with powdered sugar. You might want to make smaller pieces by cutting the cake with a sharp knife.

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Marrow Bone Dumpling Soup – Markklösschensuppe

marrow bone dumpling soup

The marrow bone dumpling soup, or as we call it “Markklösschensuppe”, is a classic German soup that you will love. The soup consists of two parts which is the beef broth and the marrow bone dumplings. Enjoy this soup as the starter for a festive menu or just as a main dish – Happy Cooking!

Ingredients Marrow Bone Dumpling Soup

500 g stewing beef (osso bucco)
2 thicker marrow beef bones
vegetable for the broth: 1 leek, 2 carrots, 1 bay leave, 1/2 celery root or stems, parsley root
6 peppercorns, 3 cloves, 1 smaller onion
1.5 Liter cold water
4 tbsp chopped parsley
50 g bread crumbs, natural, without spices
40 g marrow (beef)
1/2 roll (preferably German style)
1 egg
salt, pepper and fresh grated nutmeg to taste
chopped chives for the broth

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Cooking Instructions Marrow Bone Dumpling Soup

Make the Broth
– Remove the marrow from the bones, and keep in a small pan.
– Wash and cut leek, celery, carrots, parsley root in rough pieces.
– Poke cloves into the peeled onion.
– Place bones and meat in a pan with about 1.5-2 liter cold purified water. Bring to a brief boil, then reduce heat to low.
– Add the veggies, bay leave, peppercorns, and onion, and let simmer on low heat for about 2-3 hours, depending on the meat.
– Should there be foam remove foam with a slotted spoon.
– Remove bones and meat from the broth, drain the broth and spice with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Make the Dumplings
– Cut the bone marrow into small pieces and melt it in the pan. Let cool off a bit.
– Soak the roll in water, then when it’s saturated squeeze the water out.
– Combine roll with egg, breadcrumbs, 2 tbsp chopped parsley and the melted marrow.
– Spice with a hint of nutmeg.

– Bring the broth to a boil.
– Make 1 dumpling and test it in the boiling broth. It it won’t fall apart, form small dumplings with the dough. Would the dumpling fall apart, add more breadcrumbs.
– The dumplings are done when they swim at the surface.
– Let them simmer in the broth for 10 min.

Add chopped chives to the broth and serve it with the dumplings.

Tip: You want to get a clear broth, so never have the broth boiling or it will get milky.

Old Fashioned Silesian Streusel Cake

silesian streusel cake

Silesian Streusel Cake – The Silesian cuisine covers also a part of the German and Polish cuisine. It was always a cuisine of a border area, therefor you find several influences of other areas such as Austria, Saxon or Bohemia. In the Germany of today you still can find this special cuisine in the county of Goerlitz.
In the local restaurants and cafes they serve typical Silesian dishes like poppy seed strudel or Silesian paradise (also called Himmelreich).  The Streusel Cake below is a traditional cake and in Silesian dialect it is called “Straeselkucha”.
More recipes to come such as the popular cake “Poppy Seed Strudel” or “Neisser Konfekt” (ginger cookies with or without chocolate). Stay tuned and Happy Cooking!

Ingredients Silesian Streusel Cake

450 g flour, all purpose
1 package dry yeast
1 cup warm milk
50 g melted butter
50 g sugar
1 egg, 1 dash salt

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200 g butter
200 g sugar
3 eggs
1 kg quark – How to make Quark
1 package vanilla pudding, Dr Oetker

350 g flour
200 g sugar
little bit of cinnamon
200 g butter

Baking Instructions Silesian Streusel Cake

Make the Dough
– Place all ingredients in a bowl and knead them until you get a smooth dough. The dough needs to be soft but not sticky.
– Let sit covered with a kitchen cloth for about 30 minutes.

Quark Filling
– Beat butter, sugar and eggs until bubbly.
– Add quark, then vanilla pudding powder, mix well.

Streusel (Crumbles)
– Mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and butter and with your hands makes the crumbles.
– Grease a deep baking tray.
– Roll the dough and place it on the baking tray; make the edges somewhat higher.
– Spread the quark filling over the dough and sprinkle Streusel evenly on top.
– Bake for about 30 minutes on 180 C or 355 F.

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German Quark Streusel Cake with Fruit

german quark streusel cake with fruit

What about a Quark Streusel Cake with fruit to combine with a cup of German coffee or tea? My favorite German coffee is from Tschibo. This is an authentic and proven German recipe, you just have to make the quark which is not so difficult. There are also alternatives for quark – Curious what it is? Check out our article Substitutes for Quark – If you cannot get fresh fruit use alternatively frozen fruit. Happy Baking!

Check this out: HOW TO MAKE QUARK

Ingredients German Quark Streusel Cake

250 g butter
250 g sugar (or less depending on your taste for sweetness)
1 package vanilla sugar – 0.5oz
1 egg
1 dash salt
1 package baking powder – 0.3oz
500 g flour
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1 kg quark
200 g sugar
1 package vanilla pudding 1.5 oz (alternatively corn starch and vanilla extract)
juice of half lemon
1 egg
1 jar sour cherries or other fruit like raspberries or blueberries (fresh or frozen) – 24oz

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Baking Instructions German Quark Streusel Cake

– Melt butter, let cool off.
– Combine all dough ingredients and knead until you get a crumbly dough.
– Keep 1/4 of the dough.
– Layer a high rim baking tray (Height 2 inches) with parchment paper.
– Press 3/4 of the dough evenly on the baking tray.

– Pre-heat oven to 375 F (175 C).

– Mix all ingredients – NOT THE FRUIT – for the topping, and spread evenly over the dough.
– Place the fruit on top plus the remaining dough as Streusel (if you use frozen fruit, defrost it first and drain all liquid).
– Bake for 30-35 min on the middle rack.

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