Popular desserts in a particular region is always a topic of interest for those with a sweet tooth. If you are planning a trip to Europe, there are high chances that you will end up visiting Germany, Switzerland and Austria on the same trip.
Here are 10 popular desserts in the German speaking countries:
This is one of the most popular desserts in many parts of the world. It is called as the Black forest cake in English. It is traditionally a four layered chocolate sponge cake with cherries and whipped cream between each layer.
They say that the cake derived its name from the Black Forest, which has the German name Schwarzwald, where the meaning of Schwarz is black and Wald translates to forest. Another reason why the cake got this name is because of Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser, a clear cherry brandy produced in the region.
Another assumption about the name of the cake is the Bollenhut costume, a traditional costume of the woman in the Black Forest region. Bollenhut is a traditional hat with red pompoms on it, which might be represented as cherries on top of the cake. The dress is black, while the blouse worn inside is white.
Bienenstich Kuchen translates to bee sting cake in English. This cake is traditionally a two layered yeast cake with a filling of cream or buttercream. The topping is that of super crunchy and buttery almonds with a touch of honey. The origin of this cake lies in Germany.
Although the Lebkuchen is a winter treat, it can be spotted at various places, including the most popular of them all, at the Oktoberfest. The Lebkuchen at the Oktoberfest are usually in heart shape. Otherwise, Lebkuchen come in various shapes and sizes.
It is typically a sweet cake or like a Gingerbread. Some of these cakes are coated with glazed dark chocolate making them more sweet. Lebkuchen also contain nuts in varying proportions. Another variation of Lebkuchen known as Elisenlebkuchen is popular in the town of Nuremberg.
Magenbrot is a variation of the Gingerbread. One can try it in Switzerland as well as Germany. While Brot in German means bread, Magen stands for stomach.
It is a sweet variety of bread and is similar to Lebkuchen. Magenbrot is a glazed bread and has spices like star anise, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg which give it an exotic flavor, while honey or sugar adds to the sweetness. It is a typical winter time sweet.
Another sweet for those who love spice in their sweet! Also known as Basler Läckerli, Basler Leckerli finds its origin in the town of Basel in Switzerland It is a hard spice cookie.
While honey gives the sweetness, hazelnuts or almonds add to the crunch and cherries the fruitiness. They say that, Basler Leckerli tastes like Christmas in a biscuit.
As we all know, Switzerland has a large number of chocolate consumers and producers. When in Switzerland, you would end up taking chocolate tours or visiting boutique chocolate shops who make handcrafted chocolates or also try the popular brands like Lindt, Toblerone, Nestle, Milka and more.
The origin of the chocolate fondue is not in Switzerland. Switzerland is popular for its cheese fondue more than the chocolate fondue. Chocolate fondue was the brainchild of Konrad Egli, a Swiss born owner of a restaurant in New York. The recipe was developed to launch Toblerone in the USA.
Popular in Austria, Morzarttorte is a variation of the well-known dessert, the Mozartkugel. These 2 popular desserts are named after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a very talented, influential and famous composer from Salzburg.
The cake includes layers of chocolate cake, nougat cream and pistachio Marzipan. It is a take on the classic Mozartkugel confection.
Sachertorte originated in Vienna, Austria. The cake was invented by Franz Sacher in 1832 for Prince Wenzel. It is one of the most popular desserts there. You may end up standing in queues if you visit Hotel Sacher to try the original classic dessert on a busy day.
The chocolate cake has layers of apricot preserves or apricot jam and tastes truly delicious.
Apfelstrudel, also known as Apple Strudel in English, is a popular dessert which originated in Vienna. It is a popular pastry made with simple key ingredients like flour, butter, sugar, cinnamon and apples.
The crust is flaky and the filling is sweet and spicy.
Berliner Pfannkuchen is a type of a donut which can be tried in Berlin. The donut is usually easily found in the bakeries there, specially in the festive seasons. The donut generally has a jam filling, but other variants like the cream filling or chocolate fillings can also be found.
In North and West Germany and even in Switzerland, it is simply called as Berliner. Depending on the regions, Berliner has many other names.