Classic German Baking THE VERY BEST RECIPES FOR TRADITIONAL FAVORITES, FROM PFEFFERNÜSSE TO STREUSELKUCHEN


LUISA WEISS is a Berlin-born, American-Italian food writer who grew up eating warm Streuselschnecken on her way to school and believes dark winter days are best enjoyed whilst sharing Lebkuchen and Zimtsterne with family and friends. Luisa is the creator of the blog The Wednesday Chef and author of the lauded memoir, My Berlin Kitchen. Her work has been featured on Design*Sponge and National Public Radio and in Food&Wine, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and Harper’s Bazaar Germany, among many others. She lives in Berlin with her husband and son.

“If you’re fascinated by German baking, by the recipes for kuchen, cakes, tortes, cookies, and yeasted sweets passed down through generations, then you’ll be as joyful as I am that Luisa Weiss has given us this beautifully written and photographed book. Here, at last, is our portal to learning more about the long tradition of German baking, which has influenced bakers around the world, and to recreating such wonders at home. Classic German Baking is a sweet adventure.”
— Dorie Greenspan, author of Dorie’s Cookies and the New York Times best-selling Baking Chez Moi

“I’ve waited a long time for another book by Luisa Weiss. In demystifying German baking she has done all cooks a great service. An inspiring and delicious labour of love.”
— Diana Henry, The Daily Telegraph

“Luisa Weiss takes classic German recipes and transforms them into extraordinarily modern takes. This is a book that even a novice can be inspired by.”
— Mindy Segal, author of Cookie Love

“I value few things more than classic recipes that honor tradition, are presented with heart, and are so well tested that you know you can trust them. This impressive volume by the wonderful Luisa Weiss is filled with these sorts of recipes. I can almost taste the apricot jam and smell the almond paste just by reading Classic German Baking.”
— Julia Turshen, author of Small Victories

“From stunning layered cakes to fruit-forward tarts and spiced holiday cookies, Luisa Weiss opens up the world of German baking to bakers around the world. My dream is to be in her kitchen, stretching strudel, twisting pretzels and layering chocolate tortes alongside her. Classic German Baking takes me right there.”
— David Lebovitz, author of My Paris Kitchen

“Berlin-born food writer Weiss (My Berlin Kitchen) collects masterpieces of time-tested recipes to create this traditional classic that, like her lebkuchen (old-fashioned German gingerbread), is bound to stand the test of time and taste. […] Collected from various places and people—whether it’s a cookbook or from her German assistant—this cookbook presents a beautiful piece of German tradition.”
— Publishers Weekly 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CONTENTS

COOKIES 12

BUTTERKEKSE 14 

Simplest Butter Cookies

HEIDESAND 15 

Sandy Almond Sugar Cookies

SCHWARZ-WEISS GEBÄCK 16 

Checkerboard Cookies

BLITZKUCHEN 19 

Almond-Sugar Cookies

MANDELHÖRNCHEN 20 

Chocolate-Dipped Almond Crescents

KNERKEN 22 

Cardamom Snap Cookies

ZIMTBREZELN 23 

Cinnamon Pretzels

WALNUSS-ZWIEBACK 25 

Twice-Baked Walnut Crisps

RUSSISCH BROT 26 

Cocoa-Meringue Alphabet Cookies

LÖFFELBISKUIT 27 

Ladyfingers

NUSSECKEN 28 

Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookie Bars

EISENBAHNSCHNITTEN 31 

Almond Cream Jam Bars

PRASSELKUCHEN MIT BLÄTTERTEIG 33 

Saxonian Glazed Streusel Slices

SCHWÄBISCHER PRASSELKUCHEN 34 

Swabian Streusel-Jam Slices

AMERIKANER 36 

Lemon-Glazed Cakelets

CAKES 38

ANISBROT 40 

Aniseed Sponge Cake

NUSSKUCHEN 42 

Toasted Hazelnut Loaf Cake

VERSUNKENER APFELKUCHEN 43 

Sunken Apple Cake

APFEL-MARZIPAN-KUCHEN 44 

Apple-Almond Cake

GEDECKTER APFELKUCHEN 46 

Glazed Apple Cake

KÄSEKUCHEN 48 

Classic Quark Cheesecake

KÄSEKUCHEN OHNE BODEN 50 

Crustless Quark Cheesecake

QUARKKUCHEN MIT MANDARINEN 52 

Mandarin Orange Cheesecake

RUSSISCHER ZUPFKUCHEN 54 

Chocolate Quark Cheesecake

LOTTCHEN’S KIRSCHKUCHEN 57 

Sunken Lemon-Cherry Cake

DUNKLER KIRSCHKUCHEN 58 

Spiced Chocolate-Cherry Cake

KIRSCHSTREUSELKUCHEN 61 

Sour Cherry Streusel Cake

ERDBEER-SAHNE BISKUITROLLE 63 

Strawberry Cream Roll

ZITRONENBISKUITROLLE 66 

Lemon Cream Roll

MARILLENFLECK 69 

Austrian Apricot Sheet Cake

RHABARBERKUCHEN 70 

Simple Rhubarb Cake

MARMORKUCHEN 72 

Marble Cake

MARMORIERTER MOHNKUCHEN 74 

Marbleized Poppy-Seed Cake

YEASTED CAKES 78

ZUCKERKUCHEN 81 

Sugar Cake

BUTTERKUCHEN 82 

Butter-Almond Cake

STREUSELKUCHEN 84 

Yeasted Streusel Cake

APFELKUCHEN 86 

Yeasted Apple Cake

PFLAUMENSTREUSELKUCHEN 88 

Yeasted Plum Cake with Streusel

BIENENSTICH 90 

Honey-Almond Caramel Cake

MOHNSTREUSELKUCHEN 93 
Poppy-Seed Streusel Cake

GUGELHUPF 95 

Yeasted Cake with Rum-Soaked Raisins

SCHOKOLADEN-GUGELHUPF 97 

Chocolate-Stuffed Yeasted Cake

SCHLESISCHE MOHNROLLE 99 

Silesian Poppy-Seed Roll

ROSENKUCHEN 102 

Spiced Cocoa Pinwheel Cake

KRANZKUCHEN 104 

Braided Almond-Cream Wreath

NUSSZOPF 107 

Glazed Nut Braid

MOHNZOPF 109 

Poppy-Seed Braid

TORTES AND STRUDELS 112

RÜBLITORTE 114 

Carrot-Nut Torte

HANNCHEN-JENSEN-TORTE 117 

Meringue Cream Cake

HEIDJERTORTE 119 

Lingonberry Buckwheat Cream Torte

FRIESENTORTE 122 

Plum Cream Torte

SCHWARZWÄLDER KIRSCHTORTE 123 

Black Forest Cake

MOHNTORTE 126 

Flourless Poppy-Seed Torte

SACHERTORTE 128 

Glazed Chocolate Torte

NUSSTORTE VON HAMMERSTEIN 132 

Glazed Hazelnut Torte

LINZERTORTE 134 

Spiced Almond Jam Tart

TRÄUBELESTORTE 136 

Redcurrant Meringue Torte

PFLAUMENSTRUDEL 138 

Plum Strudel

APFELSTRUDEL 141 

Apple Strudel 

TOPFENSTRUDEL 145
Quark Strudel

SAVORIES 148

SÜDDEUTSCHE LAUCHTORTE 150 

Creamy Leek Tart

PETERLINGSKUCHEN 151 

Swabian Parsley Cake

ZWIEBELKUCHEN 152 

Savory Onion Cake

GRÜNER KUCHEN 154 

Savory Green Onion and Bacon Cake

SALZEKUCHEN 156 

Hessian Potato Cake

HERZHAFTER KÄSEKUCHEN 158 

Savory Cheesecake

KARTOFFELSTRUDEL 161 

Potato Strudel

KRAUTSTRUDEL 163 

Cabbage Strudel

KARTOFFEL-KÄSE DINNEDE 166 

Swabian Potato-Cheese Flat Bread

SPECK-WALNUSS GUGELHUPF 168 

Bacon-Walnut Gugelhupf

BREADS AND ROLLS 170

BRÖTCHEN 172 

Classic Breakfast Rolls

MOHNHÖRNCHEN 175 

Poppy-Seed Crescent Rolls

SEELEN 177 

Swabian Spelt Caraway Rolls

HEISSWECKEN 179 

Raisin-Spice Buns

ROGGENBRÖTCHEN 182 

Rye Rolls

ROSINENBRÖTCHEN 184 

Whole Wheat Raisin Buns

KÄSE-KÜMMEL-BRÖTCHEN 186 

Caraway-Cheese Rye Rolls

QUARKBRÖTCHEN 188 

Sweet Quark Rolls

QUARK-OSTERHASEN 190 

Soft Quark Bunny Rolls

SCHWARZWÄLDER KARTOFFELBRÖTCHEN 192 

Potato Rolls with Bacon and Caraway

BREZELN 194 

Soft Pretzels

FRANZBRÖTCHEN 197 

Cinnamon-Sugar Buns

ROSINENSCHNECKEN 202 

Raisin-Frangipane Spiral Buns

BREMER KÜRBISBROT 204 
Roasted Squash Bread

AACHENER POSCHWECK 206 

Easter Bread with Raisins and Sugar Cubes

SCHWEIZER ZOPF 209 

Swiss Braid

ROSINENZOPF 213 

Sweet Raisin Bread

CHRISTMAS FAVORITES 216

LEBKUCHEN 218 

Old-Fashioned German Gingerbread

ELISENLEBKUCHEN 220 

Glazed Flourless Nuremberg Lebkuchen

HONIGLEBKUCHEN 222 

Honeyed Lebkuchen Squares with Caramelized Almonds

LEBKUCHEN-POWIDLTATSCHKERLN 224 

Plum-Filled Gingerbread Pockets

BIBERLE 226 

Gingerbread Almond Nuggets

PFEFFERNÜSSE 228 

Iced Spice Cookies

BASLER LECKERLI 229 

Swiss Spice Squares

SPRINGERLE 231 

Swabian Anise Cookies

SPEKULATIUS 234 

Almond Spice Cookies

BETHMÄNNCHEN 236 

Almond Domes

ZEDERNBROT 237 

Lemon-Almond Crescent Cookies

NUSSSTANGEN 238 

Hazelnut-Almond Batons

ZIMTSTERNE 241 

Cinnamon-Almond Meringue Stars

MAKRONENSCHNITTEN 242 

Walnut Macaroon Slices with Jam

BASLER BRUNSLI 243 

Swiss Almond-Chocolate Cookies

HASELNUSS-HIMBEER MAKRONEN 244 

Hazelnut-Raspberry Macaroons

WEIHNACHTSPLÄTZCHEN 246 

Simple Christmas Cookies

VANILLEKIPFERL 248 

Melting Vanilla-Almond Crescents

GEFÜLLTE ORANGENTALER 249 
Candied Orange Sandwich Cookies

FRÜCHTEBROT 250 

Austrian Fruit Bread

CHRISTBROT 252 

Sweet Christmas Bread

QUARKSTOLLEN 256 

Quark-Almond Sweet Bread

STOLLENKONFEKT 257 

Bite-Size Stollen

BAUMKUCHEN 259 

Chocolate-Glazed Tree Cake

BASICS 262

QUARK 264 

Sour Fresh Cheese

MARZIPANROHMASSE 264 

Almond Paste

PFLAUMENMUS 265 

Spiced Plum Butter

LEBKUCHENGEWÜRZ 265 

Lebkuchen Spice Mix

STREUSEL 266 

Basic Streusel

MANDELSTREUSEL 266 

Almond Streusel

VANILLEZUCKER 267 

Vanilla Sugar

SCHLAGSAHNE 267 

Lightly Sweetened Whipped Cream