Roopa These cookies originated in the city of Aachen. While they were traditionally sweetened with honey, they began sweetening them with sugar beets when Napoleon issued a trade embargo affecting the availability of honey.
Roopa This is a relatively newer cookie, as chocolate was not traditionally available. Still delicious though! They are named after their colour (bruun) and are a classic Swiss cookie. They are made with sugar on top which provides a characteristic crunch.
Roopa This directly translates to “pepper nuts” and are a traditional European spice cookie. Black pepper used to be very rare and expensive, so this was a special ingredient in a cookie.
Roopa Lebkuchen is a type of Christmas cookie. While they are commonly translated as being gingerbread, this is a misconception as they do not actually contain ginger! The Elisen lebkuchen originated in Nuremberg around 1500, and must contain at least 25% nuts.
Roopa I reference sweet pastry (or sweet paste) in a bunch of other posts, so I felt it deserved its own post! It’s a really versatile pastry that can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes, and works very well as a stable and delicious base for cheesecakes. I don’t have a great photo … More Sweet Pastry
Roopa These are a particularly famous Christmas cookie made from mostly marzipan. They were my personal favourite of all the cookies we made in this course, which was surprising since I don’t generally love marzipan. Apparently quality marzipan makes a difference!
Roopa I know, I know. Why English gingerbread in a German baking class? They’re actually quite different, as German “gingerbread” (lebkuchen) doesn’t use any ginger; rather, it uses rye flour and honey to get that particular flavour. German lebkuchen tends to be quite soft and not ideal for making gingerbread structures, which is why we … More (English) Gingerbread
Roopa The Eierschecke originates from Saxony and Thuringia. Apparently, the name originates from a men’s article of clothing called ‘schecke’ that was comprised of a tunic with hip belt. The cake was named after the schecke because of the three distinct layers.
Roopa This is less of a dessert cake, and more of a breakfast cake to be enjoyed with tea or coffee. This one doesn’t stay fresh for more than a few days, which is a good excuse to eat lots of it quickly!
Roopa An Esterházy cake is a Hungarian cake that was one of the most famous cakes in the Austrian-Hungarian empire.