Food Explorers Cook-and-Lunch German Christmas Baking

Cook-and-Lunch session #106 (German Christmas Baking)

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Date(s) - 28/11/2018
09:30 - 13:00


In Germany, folks start baking Christmas cookies before First Advent.  Many families still refer to recipes handed down through many generations.

The tradition of making Christmas cookies can be traced all the way back to the monasteries of the Middle Ages, where monks baked different sweets and breads in observance of this religious season.  Some of the very first baked goods to qualify as “Weihnachtsplätzchen” as we know today were “Stollen“, a kind of fruitcake, and “Lebkuchen“.  Stollen became an official Christmas tradition after it was baked for the Council of Trent in 1545.  Lebkuchen was popularized when in 1487, Kaiser Friedrich III distributed it to the children of Nuremburg, printed with his likeness.

It wasn’t until the 19th century that common people began making Weihnachtsplätzchen on their own.  It was around this time that necessary ingredients such as cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla became more widely accessible and affordable.  Today, many different  Weihnachtsplätzchen recipes exist in German families, as well as those abroad with German ancestry.

When:  Wednesday, November 28th, starting at 9.30am till about 1.00pm thereabouts

Where:  Dori’s home in Brühl (address will be provided to those attending)

What:  Dori will be sharing with us recipes of three different Weihnachtsplätzchen she’s had since childhood – “Kulleraugen“, “Wespennester” and “Butterplätzchen“.

While we work on the cookies, we will also prepare some hearty leek soup with cheese and ground meat for lunch, served with bread.

There is space for 8 participants.

Faeimm Tang

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