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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In defense of meat

In defense of meat

TimMar 8, 2020

Eating meat is deeply entrenched across most cultures across the world. Humans have based their diets on animal flesh since prehistoric times. It’s assumed by many scientists, that the willingness to eat meat has been a big factor as to why we evolved to who we are. However, the amount of meat we eat has changed significantly over time. According…

What is autolysis in breadmaking and is it worth the extra effort?

What is autolysis in breadmaking and is it worth the extra effort?

TimApr 4, 2021

In breadmaking, dough autolysis refers to mixing flour and water followed by a rest period. After the resting phase, the other dough ingredients are added and the dough is mixed and kneaded. Autolysis reduces the required mixing time until the dough is fully developed and, thereby, reduces the dough’s oxidation level. A high level of dough oxidation because of intense…

Spelt Bread (‘Dinkelbrot’)

Spelt Bread (‘Dinkelbrot’)

TimJan 1, 2020

I’ve been running this blog for quite a while now without ever publishing a bread recipe. It’s about time. I’ll promise to not turn this into a baking blog, but this spelt bread is worth a try even for hobby bakers. What would German culture be without bread? A lot of folks over here have some kind of bread with…

Wild Garlic Potato Noodles (‘Bärlauch Schupfnudeln’)

Wild Garlic Potato Noodles (‘Bärlauch Schupfnudeln’)

TimApr 14, 2021

I love these wild garlic potato noodles even more than I love wild garlic spätzle. The wild garlic season in Germany is short. But in April wild garlic grows like a weed in Southern Germany. It is everywhere! So during its short season that lasts less than 2 months, wild garlic gets used extensively in all kinds of dishes. Nowadays,…

What is Swabia?

What is Swabia?

TimOct 23, 2020

The recipes on this blog are mostly from Swabia, a region in Southern Germany. Yet many people, even in Germany, often mistakenly call the inhabitants of the modern-day state Baden-Württemberg Swabians. However, a Swabian state in modern-day Germany doesn’t exist. The majority of the Swabian population lives in Württemberg and the western part of Bavaria. There is no clear definition…

German Bagels (‘Fastenbeugel’)

German Bagels (‘Fastenbeugel’)

TimMar 22, 2020

During the German carnival season, I’ve shown you how to make German doughnuts. But if you’re a catholic, you shouldn’t dare to touch them until the Easter holidays. That’s the time when the post-carnival fasting period ends. Bagels are a traditional bread consumed during this time of the year. They’re more a snack food rather than a breakfast bread roll…

Does blanching kill vitamins?

Does blanching kill vitamins?

TimMar 1, 2020

Blanching seems to have lost some of its former popularity for a lot of home cooks. Word has been spread that you drain away all the nutrients with the cooking water. And if you compare the sweet and caramelized flavor of sauteed and roasted vegetables with the one of the boiled mush your grandma might’ve served you it’s easy to…

Sour Kidneys (‘Saure Nierle’)

Sour Kidneys (‘Saure Nierle’)

TimFeb 19, 2020

Sour Kidneys might not be the prettiest German dish but it is insanely delicious. It’s a traditional dish from the Southern parts of Germany. Sour kindeys are especially widespread in the Swabia region and can also be found in Bavaria. It’s no random coincidence that organ meat is mainly consumed in the South of Germany. Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria have both…