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5 German Christmas foods you should definitely try

Germany is famous for its beautiful Christmas markets and especially for the local food specialties they offer. Some of them are German foods, others are international – but they’re all typically foods you (only) eat at the Christmas market in winter. We prepared five recipes for you which are really easy to make – try them out and see what Christmas tastes like in Germany!

1. „Reibekuchen“ – hashbrowns served with applesauce

Ingredients for 12 Reibekuchen:

・800 g potatoes

・2 eggs

・4 tablespoons of flour

・Concentrated butter or oil for frying

・Some salt

・Some nutmeg

Preparation:

Peel, wash and grate the potatoes. Put in a kitchen towel and squeeze the liquid out. Mix the grated potatoes with the eggs and the flour and add some salt and nutmeg. Heat the oil in a pan, add about 1 tablespoon of the potato mixture and press flat. Fry until golden brown on both sides. Then serve with applesauce.

Source: www.eatsmarter.de

2. White fruit punch (non-alcoholic)

Ingredients for 700 ml:

・600 ml water

・100 ml apple juice

・2 tea bags of lemon tea

・1/2 lime

・3 dried apricots

・1 thumb-sized piece of ginger

・2 stalks of thyme

Preparation:

Boil 600 ml of water in a pot and add the tea bags. Peel the ginger, cut the apricots in half and squeeze the lime. Add the ginger, the apricots, the apple juice and the thyme to the pot. Let it boil up, then remove from the stove and let it rest with lid on for 10 minutes. Afterwards, remove the tea bags. For a more intense flavour, let the apricots and the thyme infuse a little longer.

Source: www.boddels.de

3. Roasted almonds (sweet)

Ingredients:

・100 ml water

・200 g of sugar

・1 tablespoon of vanilla sugar

・1 pinch of cinnamon

・200 g unpeeled almonds

Preparation:

Heat the water and the sugar in a pan. Add the cinnamon and the vanilla sugar and bring everything to boil. Add the almonds and let simmer while stirring. When all the water has evaporated, remove the almonds from the pan and let them cool on a baking sheet.

Source: www.rewe.de

4. Langos – fried flatbread

Ingredients for 4-6 langos:

・1/2 cube of dry yeast

・500 g of flour

・1/2 teaspoon of sugar

・1 teaspoon of salt

・100 ml milk

・250 ml lukewarm water

・1 L vegetable oil for frying

Preparation:

Mix the yeast with the sugar and the lukewarm water until the yeast dissolves. Then mix the flour and the salt in a separate bowl. Add the yeast-mixture and the milk to the dry ingredients and start kneading to dough. Add some more water if needed until the dough reaches a smooth and soft texture. Let rest and rise somewhere warm for about 1 hour.

Heat up the oil to 170 degres Celsius. Take 2 tablespoons of the dough and form into 2-cm thin flatbread, which should be a bit thicker around the edges. Put into the pan and fry for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Let it drain on a paper towel.

Langos are usually topped with savoury ingredients – sour cream, grated cheese, spring onions or bacon. You can also try the sweet version topped with Nutella or honey and some berries! There’s really no limit to your creativity when it comes to langos!

Source: www.lecker.de 

5. Caramel-glazed apples with nuts

Ingredients:

・6 apples

・225 g of brown sugar

・110 ml water

・30 g butter

・2 tablespoons light beet syrup

・4 tablespoons finely chopped nuts

Also needed: 6 wooden skewers

Preparation:

Wash the apples, rub dry and remove the stems. Stick a wooden skewer inside each apple. Heat the sugar and the water together in a pan. Add the butter and the sugar beet syrup and bring to boil. Heat up to 170 degrees Celsius without stirring. Then take the pan off the stove and add the nuts. Dip the apples one by one in the mixture until they are completely covered. Let them dry on a baking sheet.

Source: www.lecker.de


Have fun trying out our German Christmas treats!

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