With the largest bread diversity in the world (there are more than 3000 different recipes) the German Bread Culture is legendary. This was honoured by UNESCO in 2014 when the German Bread Culture was added to the Nationwide Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
A recipe my mother gave me when I left my parents' house at the age of 21 to live in another city. Children in particular will like it if it is served with sweet semolina dumplings or with vanilla sauce.
The Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte is probably the most famous German cake known around the world, and typically German. It is also regulated on its ingredients and aspect. (Have a look here, to learn all about Germans love for certificates).
Dampfnudeln are a legendary culinary speciality from Bavaria. They are easy to prepare if you are patient and not too inquisitive, because during the whole cooking process you are not allowed to take the lid off the cooking pot. Never ever!
After Easter, for the first time in the year, you can see piles of paper rolls on the market stands in the Frankfurt-Area. They are filled with 7 different herbs and the label reads Frankfurter Grüne Sosse or in Hessian dialect: Grie Soß.
This is the story about pickled herring: in 1853 the German merchant and master brewer Johann Wiechmann from Stralsund started his small business and a short time later won 1000 gold marks in the lottery. With this money he grew his business by establishing a canned fish factory and opening a shop. One of his products was the filleted and pickled Baltic herring prepared by his wife Karoline in the backhouse.
or Obatzda ? However you call it, this dish is a very tasty cheese speciality in Bavaria. It is an essential part of a hearty Brotzeit (snack) at home, in a Beer Garden or in a traditional inn. It is a kind of spread and usually served with a Pretzel, but also tastes delicious on a slice of sourdough bread.
The flagship dish of Swabia, a region of southwestern Germany, can be found all over the world. Not least because of their taste and the easy preparation with only three ingredients: eggs, flower and water, spätzle make an ideal accompaniment to meat dishes, e.g. goulashes.
There might be hundreds of recipes for potato salad, maybe as many as for Spaghetti Carbonara, and like Italians, Germans are quite particular about the ingredients and preparation of their beloved dish :-)