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Christmas baking.

Christmas baking is kind of a big deal in Germany (if you´re outside of Germany and curious about it you should probably get this book by the lovely Luisa). I know people who bake 10 different varieties of "Plätzchen" (christmas cookies) before Advent even starts. I am not one of these people (making Plätzchen mostly stresses me out) but I try to do some christmas baking each year. 

In 2015 I started the tradition of making fruit/pear bread. Last year´s recipe - based on a yeasted dough - was very dry and not exactly what I was looking for. So this year I searched high and low for the perfect recipe that fit all my criteria (no added sugar, no candied orange/citron peel, a high percentage of dried fruit and nuts) and randomly came across this one (sorry in German only) that sounded promising. 

It´s based on a rye sourdough and I think it´s pretty much perfect - moist and not too sweet. Very happy how this one turned out! If you ever make this be sure to eat it with lots of butter.

I also made Elisenlebkuchen (gingerbread with a very low percentage of flour) after this recipe (sorry again in German only). I have a very precise idea how the perfect Lebkuchen should taste and I must say that these come very very close. Very moist, not too sweet, and yes there might be a pattern. I, for one, can´t stop eating them. (Note for German readers: I actually bought this thing which was very helpful). 

Next up are a few Plätzchen this weekend and shortly before Christmas I´ll try to make this rather crazy recipe for Panettone with a sweet sourdough starter (yep). I know it will most probably end in a desaster but I´m still excited about it! I´ve already bought the necessary paper molds and everything! This is my kind of adventure. I´ll report back. 

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Reader Comments (10)

Your house must smell wonderful with all those goodies coming out of the oven! All your beautiful bread photos are inspiring me to give bread making a try.

December 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCatbird Farm

P.S. I just looked at that panettone recipe - wow, you weren't kidding when you called it crazy!!!!!!!!!! Let us know how that goes!

December 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCatbird Farm

Das Birnenbrot klingt so perfekt!!! Mit den Keksen geht es mir ähnlich - vielleicht liegt es bei mir auch daran, das ich lieber teigiges mit chewy Biss mag. Und Sauerteig Pannetone, lustig das neue Weihnachtsschwarz 2017. Ich kenne einige die es dieses Jahr auf ihrer Liste haben. Wenn du Hilfe brauchst, sage Bescheid - könnte sachkundigen Kontakt herstellen. Bis ganz bald!

December 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSusanne

The fruit bread looks delicious. Your home must smell like Christmas!

December 8, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Hi Katrin, I love your Star Advent - would you mind telling me where you got it from? I live in Berlin.

December 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSue

Sue - I bought the star years ago from our local Baumarkt. Maybe try Amazon/Ebay?

December 11, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKatrin

Oh my god! I love that Lebkuchen stamp...I know it's bad to have a lot of things in your kitchen that do only one thing...but I want one!

December 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

Thank you Katrin! I found a similar one on Amazon in light untreated wood. Did you paint yours - it looks kind of silvery.

December 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSue

Sue - no it came like that. It´s somehow treated to look old I think. Glad you found one!

December 16, 2016 | Registered CommenterKatrin

Thank you Katrin!

December 17, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSue

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