Baking Recipes and Technology

Welcome to the baking corner!

Welcome to the baking section of my website! Here you can find all of my posts related to bread and other baked goods like strudel, flammkuchen, and cakes. In the top section, you can find posts about the theory and technology of baked goods along with some posts discussing the cultural significance and history of bread in Germany. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you can find all of my baking recipes. These range from sweet goods like doughnuts and apple strudel to rustic bread like spelt bread and Swabian specialties like pretzels. My blog focuses mainly on savory baked goods. A lot of blogs on German food already feature a ton of traditional cake recipes but the baked goods you might find in a German bakery are only rarely featured on them. I want to fill in that gap because, for me, it is much more fun to bake savory goods.

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Banana Jelly with Coconut Sauce (‘Bananenpudding mit Kokossoße’)

Banana Jelly with Coconut Sauce (‘Bananenpudding mit Kokossoße’)

TimJul 29, 2020

Obviously, this isn’t a traditional German recipe. Neither bananas nor coconut milk nor limes are native to Germany. What is native to Germany, however, is to eat fruit jellies for dessert. And this banana jelly with coconut sauce is a modern interpretation of jello with vanilla sauce. A lot of people nowadays don’t bother making their own jellies at home.…

Walnut Bread (‘Walnussbrot’)

Walnut Bread (‘Walnussbrot’)

TimMar 4, 2020

I do love walnuts. In ice cream, with apples, or in this gorgeous walnut bread. As with all good loaves of bread, you will need to be patient with this one. You will need to mix together a poolish the evening before you plan to bake. The crumb of this bread is airy because of the hydration level of 75…

Free Ebook Giveaway: My favorite recipes of 2020

Free Ebook Giveaway: My favorite recipes of 2020

TimJan 6, 2021

It has almost been two years now since this website has been established. And just as last year, I have compiled a small booklet for all my readers with 10 of my favorite recipes that have been posted on the blog over the last year. The booklet is a pdf-file that is free of charge. You don’t need to subscribe…

A story about persistence and repetitiveness

A story about persistence and repetitiveness

TimJul 5, 2020

On May 3rd, 1915, the Canadian officer John MacCrae was looking at the grave of his friend Alexis Helmer. Helmer was killed the day before in a devastating battle in Belgium during World War I. The dead soldiers have been buried in a mass grave on a former battlefield. The soil had been bombed but now blood-red poppies pop up…

German Boiled Potatoes (‘Kartoffeln’)

German Boiled Potatoes (‘Kartoffeln’)

TimJul 31, 2019

I’ve been writing this blog for half a year now and still haven’t published a basics post about German-style boiled potatoes yet. In the old days, the mighty potato was to Germans what plain rice is until today for most Asians. A staple food that is filling, nutritious, and harmonizes with almost any dish. There are more than 2900 different…

What is emmer wheat and how to bake bread with it?

What is emmer wheat and how to bake bread with it?

TimMar 21, 2021

Emmer is an ancestor of modern bread wheat and was one of the first domesticated crops. It was the main cereal crop in Egypt at the time of the Pharaohs. Because of its lower yields and inferior bread-making qualities, emmer has been largely replaced by bread wheat. Emmer flour can be used to make bread, pancakes, and pasta. Whole or…

Carinthian Cheese Noodles (‘Kärntner Nudeln’)

Carinthian Cheese Noodles (‘Kärntner Nudeln’)

TimSep 2, 2020

Carinthia is the southernmost Austrian state and home to a unique kind of dumpling: the Carinthian cheese noodle. It’s a vegetarian dumpling that is said to be closely related to the Italian ravioli. While a Swabian would never ever think of pleating his soup dumplings (‘Maultaschen’), it’s the trademark of the Carinthian cheese noodle. In the past, it was unthinkable…

What is sourdough? An in-depth guide to sourdough technology for bakers

What is sourdough? An in-depth guide to sourdough technology for bakers

TimAug 30, 2020

Sourdough is a fermented mixture of wheat, spelt, or rye flour and water. Sometimes it might also include salt. It is obtained by spontaneous fermentation with environmental lactic acid bacteria and yeasts which make sourdough acidic and give it the ability to leaven bread. To keep sourdough active and in optimum condition, it needs to be refreshed consecutively. That’s the…