Remember, many months back, my list of 5 German foods I could live without (find here)? Well it’s about time to say the things I really would miss if I ever were to leave Germany. So without further ado:
5 German Foods I Can’t Live Without
1. German chocolate
You know when other kids were chowing down on hershey bars like they were the best thing since sliced bread in your American youth? Nope, not me. I LOVE chocolate. But hershey’s (not including Symphony because sometimes, in a bind, that hits the chocolate spot) and Godiva are sugary and not chocolaty enough for me. I was lucky also to have loads of delicious chocolate while studying chocolate artistry at Pastry School…. but fast forward years later to a care package full of German chocolate from my (then) boyfriend, and it was….. unbelievable. Milka, Ritter…. cheap and good.
2. Himbeer Joghurt Cake
It’s magical. Weirdly, as a pastry lady, I’ve never had cake just like this– maybe because it’s a typical German construction of a cake, I don’t know. But it’s perfect.
3. Rosinenbrötchen OR EVERYTHING from a German bakery
I love raisin bread. LOVE IT. But this is even better, and fresh from the bakery down the street. Sunday is incomplete without these treats, and BONUS– it’s something I can let baby eat too. But let’s talk about German bakeries. They open super early, the breads are fresh out of the oven and the smell wafts down the street, and everyone in the neighborhood puts their heads out of their windows (except for that old lady a block down who always keeps her head out of the window so that she can spy on her neighbors and watch people walk by… because this is a typical old person thing to do clearly) and goes forth to buy loads of carb-laden delicacies. So although I say rosinenbrötchen up there, what I really mean is- pretzels, krapfen (jam filled donuts that are a million times better than in the US), küchle, laugenstange, pain palasse…. the list goes on.
These teeny egg noodles come two ways (as far as I know)– covered in gravy or with cheese- think mac’n cheese. My favorite is with homemade gravy. I’m sure they have this all over Germany, but it’s really a Southern German thing— which is where the G-Man calls home. Can. Not. Get. Enough.
Smoked or pickled pork belly with meat on it, not like bacon and not nearly the same as pancetta. We usually get ours from Süd Tirol area, which is Italy/Austria. I will put this in pasta, pizza, on bread, and it’s really cheap for good quality. This has not been the best for my diet (nor has any of the above), but it is soooooo good.
Oddly, I have more German foods I can’t live without— more than I can live without but those are the top 5. What about all of you? Any you just couldn’t part with?