What’s New in December: Stollen, Holiday Baking, New Year’s Eve

Guide to German Christmas Holiday Baking

The holiday season is peak season for home bakers to practice their skills. Christmas cookies are a fun way to get started, even for people with no baking experience. The recipes are usually fairly simple and straightforward, requiring only pantry staples and a few special seasonal ingredients. We’ve also included a few recipes that are definitely for the experienced baker! … Read More »

What Makes a Good Stollen "Great"?

The Christmas Stollen is one of the Germany’s favorite holiday sweet treats. Over 2.5 million Stollen were purchased in German retail stores last year, and countless more were baked in home kitchens. This deliciously sweet and fruity cake ( quite different from traditional British fruit cake) has also gained great popularity in North America over the past twenty years. One … Read More »

Elisenlebkuchen - the finest German Gingerbread

Glazed Lebkuchen Rounds in BavariaIf the abbots in Franconian monasteries had been stricter, the finest of German gingerbreads would not have been invented. Nuns and monks had started to use Eucharist wafers to produce gingerbread according to their own secret recipes. But the word and the formula spread quickly, and around the year 1345 a whole new industry of specialized gingerbread bakers (Lebküchner) developed … Read More »

What to Cook This Month

Cinnamon Stars - German Christmas Cookies
Baked Cinnamon Stars with Wine Jelly in Them
Hazelnut Shortcrust Cookies with Rosé Wine Jelly
Gluehwein - Spiced Mulled Fruit Wine
Spiced Mulled Wine
Gingerbread - German Christmas Cookies