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Authentic German Food

Authentic German Food


German food is very hearty, but they don’t just eat sausages and sauerkraut. Popular German food is far more varied.

A German breakfast will consist of bread, toast, and rolls with marmalade, jam, and eggs. They will often have deli meats, ham and salami as well. Breakfast in Germany is an elaborate affair and they will often ask friends to eat with them.

Traditionally lunch has been the main meal of the day with just sandwiches for dinner, but this is now changing.

German food is not the same in different parts of the country.  Generally the cuisine in the north is healthier and includes fish from the North Sea and the Baltic. A popular German fish dish is pickled roll mop herrings. In the south of the country carbs such as dumplings, noodles, potatoes and creamy sauces are popular.

In most towns you will find street food including pretzels, sausages and donuts.  The Christmas markets are stunning and you can watch chestnuts and almonds being roasted as well as buy potato cakes with apple sauce, salmon or onions.

Now we will give you a few recipes of popular German food which we hope you will want to make.

Authentic German Bread (Bauernbrot)

Yields 1 big or 2 small loaves. Ingredients: 1 1/2 ounces compressed fresh yeast, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1-quart warm water, 8 cups all-purpose flour, 8 cups white rye flour, 1 teaspoon white sugar, 2 tablespoons salt, 2 cups warm water

To make this sourdough German bread, crumble the yeast in a bowl. Whisk in the sugar and the warm water. Slowly mix in 4 cups of all-purpose flour until there are no lumps. Cover the bowl with a towel and leave to stand at room temperature for 24 hours.

The following day stir the mixture and then leave for another 24 hours.

After the next 24 hours get a bowl and stir together the rye flour, the other 4 cups of all-purpose flour, sugar, and salt. Mix this into the dough and stir in the 2 cups of warm water.

Knead the dough for between 15 – 20 minutes. If it’s too hard to add a little extra water. Then put it in a bowl, cover and leave to double in size. This should take 1 – 2 hours.

Knead the dough for another 5 minutes and shape into either 1 or 2 loaves. Put them on baking sheets and leave to rise for 1 hour.

Put the oven on at 425 degrees F. Bake one loaf for 1 and a half hours and 2 for 45 minutes. Leave to cool and then serve. It’s delicious served at a German breakfast.

Authentic German Food – Potato Salad

Potato salad is a very popular German food and here we have a great recipe for it.

Ingredients: 3 cups chopped and peeled potatoes, 4 slices bacon, 1 diced onion, 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons white sugar, 2 tablespoons water, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley.

Bring the potatoes to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Drain them and put them aside to cool.

Fry the bacon until crisp and set aside.

Put the diced onion in the bacon fat and cook until soft and browned. Add the salt and pepper, the sugar, the water, and the vinegar. Bring this to the boil and add the potatoes and parsley. Put in half the bacon and heat through. Put it on a serving dish and sprinkle the rest of the bacon on top. Serve warm. It’s delicious with a fish dish.


We hope you have liked our choice of German recipes. German bread can be enjoyed at any meal and schnitzel makes the perfect dinner. Potato salad is a very versatile dish which can be served with all sorts of main dishes.