Category: Germany

Fränkische Schweiz / Bierkeller, Burgen and Leberkässemmel

Franconian Pretzels

Setting the scene When friends from New Zealand came to visit last week, we stole them away to Franconia in Northern Bavaria, and specifically to that glorious mountainous castle-y part dubbed Fränkische Schweiz / Franconian Switzerland by the artists and poets of the romantic era. German romantics were the first ‘tourists’ to the region, their travels and musings coinciding …

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Adventures in Bread / Rustic Rye / Rustikales Bauernbrot

rustic rye bread the second

The week fortnight (!) gone by has been one of doughy fingernails and floured pants. There have been more breads than we can handle, and a number of things have not been going to plan (An oven that lies! Doughs that stick! A poorly arranged bread schedule!) We are slowy addressing the offending variables – which is proving difficult – …

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Adventures in Bread / Fränkisches Bauernbrot (Franconian Rye)

slices, air pockets

Germans almost never have toasters, and this is because the bread is Already Amazing. Their faces would twist in uncomprehending Horror were I ever to speak of the rectangular loaves back home – limpid, those soft sandwich breads – but is that really what you eat? And I’d tell them yes, solemnly, for it sounds DRAMATIC that way. No …

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