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German Christmas Recipe Traditions

In the early 1990’s, my family and I had the opportunity to live in Germany. During that time, we loved a world of new sights, sounds and most memorable – foods! We loved to wander the quaint small village were we lived, taking in all of the wonderful smells coming from the shops and bakeries near our home. The local brass band would walk along the sidewalks, playing Christmas songs while everyone waved and cheered them on. A wonderful Christmas punch was sold in the market that literally warmed our hearts!

My son, then 8 years ancient, became quick friends with the neighborhood baker, even though neither one of them spoke each other’s language. It was a time that we’ll never forget, and during holiday time especially, we miss the lifestyle that only life in a small German village offers.

There are a couple of favorite German Christmas Recipes that I make sure to add to our celebrations every year, and I’ve included variations of them here for you and your family to delight in this holiday season.

Traditional German Christmas Punch

1 cup water

2/3 cup sugar or Splenda

Couple pinches of ground cloves

1 cinnamon stick

3 cups apple juice

1 lemon, sliced

In a 3 quart saucepan, bring water, sugar, cloves and cinnamon to boil. Stir in juice and heat through. Do not boil. Take spices out and pour over lemon slices in serving bowl. Serve warm. Makes 1-1/2 quarts.

German Christmas Stollen

1-1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup sugar or Splenda

3/4 cup butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

2 egg yolks

5-2/3 cups flour

1 ounce active dry yeast

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup candied citrus peel

1/2 cup candied cherries

Scald milk. Add sugar, butter, and salt, and cool to lukewarm. Add 2 whole eggs, and 2 yolks. Mix and Add to 3 cups flour and yeast in food processor. Process and let double. Add raisins, citron, and cherries, and rest of flour. Process and place on floured board and knead. Let rise in greased bowl. Once raised, cut into 3-4 pieces. Roll each into an oval, butter, and fold in half lengthwise. Place on greased baking sheet, cover, and double. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes. Cool and frost with white butter frosting and decorate with candied cherry halves and sprinkle with colored sugar.

About the author: Sherry Frewerd publishes ‘Family Crock Pot Recipes’ familycrockpotrecipes.com familycrockpotrecipes.com, free and tasty slow cooker recipes your family will like. During the holidays, make sure to visit Sherry’s Christmas Blog, ‘Christmas Traditions’ for fun and fascinating Christmas recipes, crafts and articles. theres-more-to-life-than-food.typepad.com/christmas_traditions theres-more-to-life-than-food.typepad.com/christmas_traditions

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