German Christmas Food Recipes

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GERMANY!

Among the things that probably popped into your head were Beer, Bratwurst, Sauerkraut. I won’t say that the stereotyping is faulty here. Germans love their beer, bratwurst (actually all dissimilar kinds of delicious wursts) and sauerkraut, but there is just SO MUCH MORE to German feed than this trinity of deliciousness.

There’s also dessert.

German Cookies and Desserts

My walk to school each day carried me directly by a bakery. Actually, it brought me by three bakeries. Walking by the primary one awoke hunger. Walking by the second made my mouth water, and by the time I got to the third, a mere block away from the schoolhouse, my self control had been wholly broken and I blame B├Ąckerei Burkhard Jess and their delicious confections for the 20 lb. that I gained in one year. That’s right. 20 lb. Don’t judge me.

German Gingerbread

Hanging in the window of this bakery was one of the most typical, well-known and recognizable German cookies of all time: The Lebuchenhertz.

The Germans are widely known and esteemed for concatenation, and this word is no exception. It’s actually two words squished together: Lebkuchen and Hertz. Lebkuchen is a type of Gingerbread and Hertz is heart. The word Lebkuchen is a concatenation in and of itself. Kuchen unquestionably means cake. The “Leb” portion of the word has been the subject of nerdy discussion for centuries. Some think it comes form the latin “Libum” or flat bread or perchance from the term Laib which means loaf. Yet another theory stems from the term leb-honig, which is the crystallized honey harvested from beehives which isn’t good for much else other than baking.

As with a heap of ancient types of baked goods, the ingredients for lebkuchen differ somewhat by region. Honey is always present, and cinnamon, cardamom, anisseed, allspice, cloves, and ginger are the most mutual flavorings.

Lebkuchen has a long history. The progressed iteration of the cake/bread/cookie has it is roots in a monastery in the German town of Franconia in the early 13th century, but it’s origin may be traced back to the honeycakes of Egypt.

The Egyptians baked honey-sweetened and to a considerable degree spiced cakes similar to today’s lebkuchen and buried them in the graves of their Pharaohs as gifts to the gods. The Romans adopted the recipe and called it Panus Mellitus, or Sweet Bread. It traveled with them westwards and as the more exotic spices of the Orient and Middle East became more available in Europe, so did this sweet bread. But anyway, back to the Germany!

Though Lebkuchen was found in Franconia and then in Ulm at the in around 1296, the city of Nuremburg is the most famous exporter of the sweet in progressed times. In fact, as of 1996, Nuremburger Lebkuchen is a protected product, and will have to be made in the city to be so called.

The Lebkuchen may be found in some forms. The harder type is quintessentially made into the cookies pictured above and beautified decadently with icing. They are as synonymous with Oktoberfest as giant pretzels and may be found at any major or minor festival in Germany, all year round. These hearts are likewise one of the most frequent cookie gifts in Germany today.

So, the next time you think of Gingerbread, don’t mechanically think of gingerbread men. Think regarding the huge hearted German Gingerbread!

German Christmas Food Recipes

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German Christmas Food Recipes

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German Christmas Food Recipes

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German Christmas Food Recipes

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German Christmas Food Recipes

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German Christmas Food Recipes

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