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Weckman – A St.Martin’s Tradition

On November the 11th we celebrate St.Martin’s Day in some parts of Germany. It’s a celebration about sharing and being a role model to other people, showing kindness even though one doesn’t have much him-/herself. As most celebrations, this days also has it’s culinary specialties and the Weckmänner are one of it.

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Easter Wreath

German Easter Wreath

Every Thursday I am teaching German in a German Language School. My class is the Level 2, which means the kids are between 8 and 12. There is also Level 1, Level 3 and a high school class. The Level 1 teacher usually bakes a bunny (yeast dough) for her class to explain what Germans do for Easter. This time, however, she was somewhat sick and not really able to bake something. I pitched in and made the Easter Wreath.

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Spitzkuchen

I like to try thing that are new to me.

First of all, Thursdays are really busy with me because I teach German in the evening. As a result, I have little time for baking or for posting. Yesterday just didn’t work out but you’ll get something really old today.

Old as in traditional of course. The thing though is, I tried to get some more information about this particular Christmas item but couldn’t really find anything. As far as I can tell this is a variation of gingerbread but different to the one you can find on this blog.

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Eggnog Cake

Yummy. Or in German: Lecker!

What do you do with an eggnog you have left over? Of course you use it for baking. Granted, I am not a big eggnog drinking fan. I prefer my mulled wine for Christmas. But we bought a carton last year and froze it. The other day I defrosted it and even thought it was a bit runny due to the freezing process and good stir made it into a nice eggnog again. This recipe comes from Sweet Art Supplies who found it on Knead to Cook.

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Gingerbread House – No children required

Not perfect, but so much fun.

This one is so much fun and I don’t need to write down the full recipe. *yeah* Gingerbread houses seem to be a must over here. We have them too back home but over here it’s a bit more crazy. Everything seems to be a bit bigger or crazy over here. The other day I even saw an already full assembled gingerbread house. You only need to put on the candy. But how much fun is that? Isn’t it much cooler to make the dough and cut the shapes and put it together to finally decorate it? If you would like to do so with your kids (or by yourself) then keep reading.

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Stollen

The final product. A little dry but still tasty.

Since we are pretty much through with the Christmas Cookies I’ll give you another great Christmas recipe: Stollen (or as my family says Stolle). This is a Christmas cake so to speak made from a yeast dough. I guess it is similar to fruit cake, but not. I think Stollen is a thing by it’s own and can’t really be compared to anything else. Like Strudel, you can’t compare that to anything else either. This recipe comes from mother, like so many others, and I would assume it was handed down from grandma.

Interestingly, I don’t recall anyone ever making it. Most of the time we bought our Stollen from the bakery. By now you probably know that I don’t like raisins which means Stollen is not really the thing for me. However, there are other options, like Nougat Stollen or Poppy seed Stollen (not that I like poppy seed but for those who do this is great). This year of course I had to try it and make my own. See the results after the “Read the rest”.

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Easter Lamb

German Easter Lamb
(picture taken from here )
The Easter Lamb is a family tradition back home, I guess not just with my family but with many German families.