Marzipan

MarzipanGermany’s finest contribution to the art of candy making is marzipan.This sweet almond paste mixture, shaped into figures, fruits, and vegetables, is a part of holiday celebrations. Marzipan fruits are typical for both Christmas and Easter.At Easter the candy is also shaped into bunnies and eggs. Ingredients –        8-oz. tube marzipan –        Paste colors or liquid food coloring* –        Cocoa powder or ground cinnamon, mint candies, and toothpicks for decorating candies –        ¼ c. light corn syrup diluted with 1 tbsp. hot water (optional). *Paste color makes bright colors while…

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Christmas Sweet Bread/Christstollen

Christmas Sweet Bread/ChriststollenAs a traditional German fruitcake with a profound history, it’s no wonder that there are as many variations of stollen as there are people who make it. Ingredients –        16-oz. package hot-roll mix; 2 tbsp. sugar –        1 c. hot water (120°F to 130°F, or very hot to touch) –        1 egg, at room temperature; 2 tbsp. butter or margarine, softened –        ½ tsp. ground cardamom (optional); ½ tsp. ground nutmeg –        ½ c. golden raisins; ½ c. currants –        ½ c. cut-up candied cherries flour for kneading…

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Easter Manikins/Ostermännchen

Easter Manikins/OstermännchenThis holiday bread from the Rhineland delights little children. Ingredients –        1 lb. frozen sweet dough loaf, thawed but still cold –        4 hard-cooked medium eggs, –        Milk for brushing dough –        Currants and slivered almonds for faces. Instructions Step 1: Thaw dough according to package. Divide into four equal parts. Step 2: Working with one piece, pinch off about one-third. Shape half of this piece into a ball for the head. Shape other half into a rope for arms. Shape the other two-thirds of the piece of dough…

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New Year’s Pork and Kraut/Schlachtplatte

New Year’s Pork and Kraut/SchlachtplatteBavarians usually plan to eat pork with sauerkraut the first day of the year—they believe this will prevent their running out of money during the new year. German cooks may use four or five different meats in this dish: ham, bacon, frankfurters, pork spareribs, pork shoulder roll, or whatever the family prefers. Boiled or mashed potatoes are a good accompaniment. Ingredients –        32-oz. jar sauerkraut –        2 apples –        1 tbsp. oil , margarine, or vegetable shortening –        1 onion, chopped (1 c.) –        1 c.…

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Butter Cookies/Fränkische Butterplätzchen

Butter Cookies/Fränkische ButterplätzchenIf you don’t have cookie cutters, you can use a glass to cut out the cookies.This dough works well for holiday cookies cut in stars, bells, or hearts and decorated with colored icing.Ingredients –        ½ lb. (1 c.) butter, softened –        1 c. sugar –        3 eggs at room temperature –        ½ tsp. vanilla extract –        4 c. all-purpose flour Instructions Step 1: Beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer, or mix with spoon. Step 2: Set aside about 2 tbsp. of the…

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Apple Cake/Apfelkuchen

Apple Cake/ApfelkuchenYou can substitute 1 lb. of cherries, pitted, or twelve prune plums, pitted and quartered, for the apples. Ingredients –        1 lemon –        4 medium-sized tart apples* –        1/3 c. all-purpose flour –        1¼ tsp. baking powder –        ¼ lb. ( ½ c.) butter or margarine,softened –        ½ c. plus 2 tbsp. sugar –        2 eggs at room temperature –        2 tsp. cinnamon whipped cream. *Look for one of these varieties of tart apples when making this cake: McIntosh,York Imperial, Granny Smith, Stayman, Newtown Pippin,Winesap, Cortland, Northern Spy, Idared,…

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Black Forest Torte/Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte

Black Forest Torte/Schwarzwälder KirschtorteThis wonderful dessert, which originated in Germany’s Black Forest, is popular all over the world.Ingredients Cake: 1 18¼ -oz. pkg. chocolate cake mix water, oil, and eggs for preparing cake batter as directed on pkg. Filling and Topping: –        21-oz. can cherry pie filling –        2 c. whipping cream, chilled –        ¼ c. powdered sugar –        1 tsp. vanilla extract –        2 oz. semisweet chocolate or ¼ c.chocolate candy sprinkles –        12 to 14 maraschino cherries. Instructions Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour three…

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Heaven and Earth/Himmel und Erde

Heaven and Earth/Himmel und ErdeApples from heaven and potatoes from the earth are often combined in Germany. Though it is usually accompanied by blood sausage or liver, this is a filling meatless main course all on its own. It would be excellent with green beans or green peas as a side dish. Ingredients –        1 large onion –        1 tbsp. butter or margarine –        2 c. prepared applesauce –        2 c. prepared mashed potatoes* –        ½ tsp. salt –        1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper. *This combination can be made…

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Hot Potato Salad/Warmer Kartoffelsalat

Hot Potato Salad/Warmer KartoffelsalatFor a vegetarian version of this tangy salad, leave out the bacon and fry the onion in 2 tbsp. vegetable oil. Ingredients –        4 to 5 medium boiling potatoes –        (1 ½ lb.), cooked with skin on –        6 slices bacon –        ½ c. finely chopped onion –        4 tbsp. cider vinegar –        3 tbsp. water –        1 tsp. sugar –        ½ tsp. salt –        ¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper –        2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley. Instructions Step 1: Peel potatoes and slice thinly.Step 2: Fry bacon…

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Baked Eggs with Cheese/Eingebackene Eier mit Käse

Baked Eggs with Cheese/Eingebackene Eier mit KäseThis is a simple dish for a light supper or easy brunch. Ingredients –        Butter or lowfat vegetable spray –        6 slices white bread enough thin-sliced Swiss cheese to cover bread –        6 eggs –        6 tbsp. regular or fat-free half-andhalf –        Salt and pepper. *For a single serving, grease a single ramekin. Arrange in it one slice bread and one egg with sliced cheese and half-and-half in order given. Bake as directed above. Instructions Step 1: Heat oven to 375°F. Step 2: Butter…

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