Traditional German dessert recipes are timeless. Pastries, puddings and cakes are abundant, delicous, and they are worth a sin.
I clearly remember those Saturdays when mom put the food processor on the kitchen table to make the Sunday cake.
I was always surprised that she knew most recipes by heart. Okay, for a regular weekend the recipes were quite simple.
It was a fruit tart in summer to use the berries from the garden. During winter time she often made a marble cake.
Oh, and I definitely remember the lovely smell when the cake came out of the oven. We knew it was weekend then and we wished it were Sunday afternoon already.
Even if I am rather full after a meal, a pudding is a light dessert that always fits. Puddings are amongst the easy dessert recipes that don't require a lot of effort.
German cakes can be anything from a quick fruit cake (Obstkuchen) to an opulent gateau (Torte).
Look at this amazing Torte in the picture! My sister in law made it for my mum's 80th birthday. I didn't even dare to ask for the recipe yet, it looks like so much work. However, the result is scrumptious.
Traditional German cake recipes include
You might know that Germany, and many European countries, use the metric system. In my opinion using metric weights is the most accurate way to describe recipes.
Although I give info for American cups on the recipe's ingredients lists, I am not sure if my converting of recipes is always correct.
So, for the best results, get a digital kitchen scale. I like those with a flat surface that can hold a bowl to add your ingeredients.
Check out this fairly good kitchen scale from Amazon.com.
Remember, measuring in cups depends on the density of the ingredients. Different sorts of sugar and flour have different densities. One cup of wholemeal flour is not the same as one cup of plain flour.
If a recipe doesn't work for you, please let me know. I try to be as correct as possible, but sometimes a typo, or inaccurate conversion might happen.
I remember that back in the 1960s my mom's kitchen machine was a little wonder. It could make dough, slice vegetables, mince meat, and I loved the apple-carrot juice.
If you are looking for your "kitchen aid wonder", you might want to check out the devices below.