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Three Traditional German Recipes

German FoodGerman cuisine has become very popular not only in Europe, but all over the world. Most of their food is comprised of beef, poultry, fish, or pork—pork being the most popular choice of meat. Most German foods are not spicy, although mustard is an extremely popular condiment for sausages (the form in which most of their meat is prepared). Roasted meat and stews are also very popular ways to prepare meat. In this article, I have included three of my favorite traditional German recipes. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

 

Kielbasa and Sauerkraut

Ingredients:

6 apples (peeled, cored, and chopped)

2 lbs kielbasa sausage (sliced)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 (32 oz) package sauerkraut

Directions:

In a large skillet, heat the apples and sauerkraut over a medium heat. Let this mixture simmer for about 10 minutes or until the apples have turned soft. Add in the brown sugar and sliced kielbasa and mix well. Cook for an additional five minutes, or until the sausage meat is heated all the way through.

Rye Bread

Ingredients:

3 1/4 cups rye flour

2 1/2 cups bread flour

2 packages active dry yeast

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp butter

1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk

1/2 cup warm water

1/2 cup molasses

Directions:

In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. In a large bowl, mix together the salt, sugar, and milk. Beat in the molasses, butter, 1 cup of rye flour, and the yeast/water mixture. A blender works best for this part. Mix in the remaining flour using a wooden spoon or plastic baking spatula. Fold in the white flour until the dough begins to stiffen. Knead on a floured surface until the dough is smooth. If the dough is sticky, add flour to it. Cover the dough with a wet towel and let it rise for an hour and a half (or until it has doubled in size). Punch the dough a few times, then divide it in half. Shape each section into a loaf, then place them on a greased cookie sheet to rise again for another hour and a half. Bake at 375 degrees F for about half an hour.

Apple Cake

Ingredients:

4 cups of apples (peeled, cored, and diced)

2 cups sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

Directions:

In a bowl, mix together the eggs and oil until the mixture is creamy. Add in the sugar and the vanilla extract and beat thoroughly. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Slowly add the egg mixture into this, mixing until well combined. Fold the apples into the mixture. Spread the mixture into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack before serving.

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