Things you will find in a German Bakery
Forget that low-carb diet. Germany is world-famous not only for its dark bread, but also its baked good
Brötchen (bread rolls)
Germans like to add a linguistic diminutive to their favorite things, turning bread (Brot) into rolls with Brötchen. The standard version is plain white, for which some regions have their own word, including Semmeln, Wecken, Schrippen or Rundstück. You can find white rolls with sesame or poppy seeds, as well as an array of whole-grain rolls. Pumpkin seed, rye and spelt are also popular.
Brezel (soft pretzel)
A man in lederhosen drinks a beer at a blue-and-white checked table. A soft pretzel - sliced horizontally and slathered with butter - will inevitably lie next to the beer in any stereotypical image of Bavaria. The southern specialty, known in the south as Brez'n and elswhere as Brezel, can be found across Germany. Many bakeries take typical pretzel dough and roll it into sticks or rounds instead.
They're basically a donut without a hole, and according to legend, they were invented in the 18th century by a Berlin baker who got a job in Friedrich the Great's military. Traditionally, Berliners are enjoyed on New Year's Eve and during Carnival - and are known as Krapfen in some regions. The treats are often dusted with powdered sugar and filled with jam, though many variations can be found.
Bienenstich (bee sting)
No one wants a bee sting - unless of course it's custard-filled almond cake. Here's a tip for eating it: Since the caramelized nuts on the top form a hard surface, it's tricky to stick your fork all the way through. Instead, divide the slice horizontally through the soft vanilla custard and enjoy the two halves separately.
Käsekuchen (cheese cake)
Cheese cake may also be famous in New York, but it's a standard favorite in German bakeries - albeit with an entirely different recipe. Here, a German dairy product called Quark is used, which is thicker than yogurt but not as thick or sweet as cream cheese. Occasionally raisins are added (beware!), but fruit toppings à la Big Apple are uncommon.