Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to Streuselkuchen by Luisa Weiss
Original Review date: June 07, 2016
I love baking and my family is half German; while we still have some family recipes floating around, I was very interested in finding some traditional German baking recipes.
This well-organized book is perfect for any baker, from novices (like me) to pros. The book details the history of each recipe before laying out the easy to follow step-by-step instructions. There’s an extensive glossary of ingredients that was very helpful because I was unfamiliar with some of them (Baker’s Ammonia? Almond Paste?) and it helped me to know what to look for. I did miraculously find almond paste at a discount store (of all places), but could not find baker’s ammonia anywhere; I may have to buy that online. All the measurements given for each recipe have both a volume amount (in grams) and the equivalent for the rest of us that never bothered to get a food scale.
Armed with my almond paste, I decided to start small with Heidesand (Sandy Almond Sugar Cookies) . These were easy to make, needing just a few ingredients, 1 bowl and no mixer. Can’t get any easier than that! Just work the wet ingredients together, and knead in the flour. Then, roll into a cylinder, chill for a few hours, cut into slices, roll in sugar and bake. How much easier can you get?
The result reminds me of Pecan Sandies (which are pretty much the same thing, a shortbread with nuts. So these are kind of like Almond Sandies.) Not too sweet with a nice, crunchy texture, they would go great with a cup of tea. Or spread with Nutella. Mmmm!
Overall, very enjoyable and I had a lot of fun with the first recipe I tried. I recommend this book for bakers of all skill levels who are looking to try something different. Thank you to the publisher, Ten Speed Press and the author, Luisa Weiss for the advanced copy of the book.
|Rating:★★★★★ 5 stars
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Publication Date: Oct. 18, 2016
Reviewer: Tam (Mystereity Reviews)