10 Must-Try German Desserts & Sweet Treats

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10 Must-Try German Desserts & Sweet Treats
Published in Cycle Ontario | 3 months ago

Germany is known for it’s many delicious desserts and sweet treats. How are you supposed to choose which ones to try . . .

Germany is known for it’s many delicious desserts and sweet treats. How are you supposed to choose which ones to try without having to go to Germany? Bread and Bretzel Basket in Waterloo has you covered there.

Authentic Bienenstich Kuchen (German Bee Sting Cake)

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Authentic Bienenstich Kuchen (German Bee Sting Cake

If you love honey and almonds, you’ll swoon over German Bee Sting Cake (Bienenstich). This traditional German treat has two layers of yeast cake, a vanilla cream filling, and a crunchy gooey honey almond topping. If you’re looking for an easy authentic German dessert that will fly off your cake plate, this is it!

Rote Gruetze - Red Berry Pudding

10 Must-Try German Desserts & Sweet Treats

Rote Gruetze - Red Berry Pudding

Rote Gruetze is a typical, fruit dessert from northern Germany, Denmark, and other Scandinavian countries. In eastern Europe, a similar pudding is called kissel and is made with pureed fruit.

The original recipe for Rote Gruetze calls for red currants (Johannisbeeren) and raspberries, but modern versions contain just about any, in-season, red fruit except strawberries, which do not have the desired acidity or bite. Sago or semolina (Griess) was used for thickening, which made the pudding a little gritty, hence "Gruetze" or grits.

Apfelkuchen – German Apple Cake

10 Must-Try German Desserts & Sweet Treats

Apfelkuchen – German Apple Cake

Another coffee time staple – Apfelkuchen! Made with fresh apples baked into a dense butter dough and topped with sugar, this moist and buttery cake is the perfect dessert.

Fruit and Quark Pastries

10 Must-Try German Desserts & Sweet Treats

Fruit and Quark Pastries

If you’re looking for a quick sweet breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up that you can eat on your way to your next activity, pop into any bakery for a fruit and quark pastry! Raspberry, cherry, peach…they’re all so good flaky sweet pastry, thick quark, raspberries, and almonds. The quark really balances out the sweetness from the fruit and glaze. So good!

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake)

10 Must-Try German Desserts & Sweet Treats

Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake)

Probably the most popular German cake in Canada, I recommend giving authentic Black Forest Cake in Germany a try.

While the main ingredients are generally the same with both the German and Canada versions – layers of chocolate cake, cherries, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings – the German version typically has far more Kirsch liqueur in it.

Käsekuchen (German Cheesecake)

10 Must-Try German Desserts & Sweet Treats

Käsekuchen (German Cheesecake)

German cheesecake is different from cheesecake in Canada. Traditional German cheesecake is made with quark instead of cream cheese. Never heard of quark? It looks like thick Greek yogurt but is actually a fresh non-aged cheese. The crust on a traditional German cheesecake is different, too. Instead of a cookie or graham cracker crust, which you’ll find in most cheesecakes in Canada, German cheesecakes have a sweet short-crust. Or no crust at all!

Dampfnudeln mit Vanillesauce

10 Must-Try German Desserts & Sweet Treats

Dampfnudeln mit Vanillesauce

Dampfnudel is a steamed yeast dumpling smothered in vanilla sauce. Whether you eat yours with a beer at the Hofbräuhaus or elsewhere is up to you!

Spaghettieis

10 Must-Try German Desserts & Sweet Treats

Spaghettieis

Spaghetti ice cream! Can you imagine? Spaghettieis is a must-try dessert. Spaghettieis is basically vanilla ice cream that been worked through a potato ricer so it looks like spaghetti noodles. Strawberry “spaghetti” sauce is poured over the ice cream noodles and is then topped with flecks of white chocolate “parmesan cheese.”

Eiskaffee (German Iced Coffee)

10 Must-Try German Desserts & Sweet Treats

Eiskaffee (German Iced Coffee)

Germany’s take on iced coffee is a little more decadent than what you’ll find in the US. It’s a glass of cold coffee (which will be strong and delicious) poured over a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream and then usually topped with a thick layer of fresh whipped cream.

Sometimes iced coffee comes in fancy glass and other times it’s a simpler affair. But it’s always good!

Zwetchenkuchen (Plum cake)

10 Must-Try German Desserts & Sweet Treats

Zwetchenkuchen (Plum cake)

Perfect for afternoon of traditional German Kaffee und Kuchen!

You can usually find slices of Zwetchenkuchen (also called Pflaumenkuchen) in bakeries all over Germany, especially during plum season. If you’re invited to Kaffee und Kuchen at someone’s home, don’t be surprised if Zwetchenkuchen is served. It’s an easy and popular cake to make in Germany.

So there you have it German Deserts Sweets, drop into the Bread and Bretzel Basket and give a few of these a try.