What’s New in March: German Easter Traditions and Recipes

German Easter Traditions

German Easter traditions include many that we think of as universal — Easter eggs, Easter baskets filled with sweets, and, of course, the Easter bunny. In fact, some of these traditions likely originated in Germany, some date back to ancient times, and some have their roots in pagan celebrations. Nearly all include symbols of Earth’s rebirth each spring, when winter’s … Read More »

Recipe Collections - German Easter Cakes

Colorful Easter CakeIf you’re looking to bake a special treat to cap off the Easter meal — or for sharing with coffee later in the afternoon — these recipes are for you. The German Easter cakes below are all spectacular in their own way. Some are relatively simple (like the Hazelnut Crown), and some are fairly complex in their execution (like the … Read More »

Recipe Collections - German Easter Recipes

Eggs in Green SauceFor Christians the world-over, the week before Easter is the most important week in the religious calendar. In Germany, as in other countries, the Easter season is marked by traditional dishes, cakes and confectionery. Here’s a collection of recipes for each of the most important days of Easter week, namely Maundy Thursday (Gründonnerstag), Good Friday (Karfreitag) and Easter Sunday (Ostersonntag). … Read More »

Bockbier: 'Liquid Bread' for Lent and Beyond

German Bock bierIf you can’t eat it, drink it. That’s the basic idea behind the Bock beers customarily consumed between March and May in Munich and other German cities. Bock beers such as Maibock, Doppelbock (Starkbier) or Triplebock are dark and sweet, with a taste somewhere between toasted bread, coffee, and caramel and provide the nutritional equivalent of a rye sandwich. They … Read More »

What to Cook This Month

Onion Soup with Lager and Cheese
Onion Soup
Bone Marrow Dumplings
Beef Brisket
Beef Brisket with Red Cabbage
Purple Potato Salad
Purple Potato Salad with Pickled Herring and Herbed Double Cream