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A Typical German Bread Recipe

A Typical German Bread Recipe
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Did you ever want to taste German bread? You can do it yourself! Try this typical German bread recipe, it is quick, easy, and tasty.

You may have heard that Germany has the largest number of breads in the world, have tasted some of the delicious Franconian, Westphalian or Bavarian breads, or know someone, who raves time and again about the taste of German bread ...

Why not bake some typical German bread yourself?

It's easier than you may think ...


Here are the ingredients you'll need to bake a typical German bread:

  • 250 g wheat flour
  • 250 g rye flour
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1 packet yeast (sourdough powder)
  • water
  • salt
  • sugar
  • bread spice mix

The bread spices are a blend of: dry coriander, caraway, fennel and anise seeds - it's best to buy the individual spices, grind and mix them, and then fill them in a glass that you close tightly with a lid.


Here is how to get started preparing your first German bread:

In a large mixing bowl combine the 250 g of wheat flour, 250 g of rye flour, dried sourdough, yeast, a teaspoon of sugar (so that the yeast rises better), two teaspoons salt, two teaspoons of bread spices. Then slowly pour in 350 ml of lukewarm water.

Knead with the dough hook of the food processor (hand mixer), for a good 5 minutes. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and leave the dough to rest for half an hour.

Cover a baking sheet with baking paper and lightly dust it with a little flour.

After the 30 minutes rest, carefully slide the dough on the baking sheet, shape the bread with wet hands, dust it with some flour and cover it with the clean cloth. Let rest and rise again.

After 20 minutes, put a large metal bowl filled with water into the baking oven and preheat to 230 degrees Celsius.

When the oven is at temperature, put the bread on the baking sheet in the oven.

15 minutes later, turn the temperature down to 200 degrees C.

Let bake for 45 minutes total, then try if it is done through.

To check, carefully take the bread using an oven cloth and turn it around. Knock on its bottom: it should sound hollow like a ripe melon. If it still has a darker sound, meaning it isn't done, leave it in the oven upside down and check again in another five minutes.

Place a metal rack / cooling sheet on a large pot, take the bread out of the oven and leave it on the rack so it can cool on all sides. After about an hour, it is sufficiently cooled and rested to cut off the first slices - just a little butter and mhhhmmmm

Don't forget to take the metal bowl out of the baking oven ;)

Gaby Leeser
Gaby Leeser

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