German Buttercream Recipe (With an Egg-Free & Dairy-Free Version)

German Buttercream Frosting

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German buttercream has gotten a bad name for being too soft to pipe or use to frost cakes, but it’s not so! Use this soft, creamy goodness on refrigerated cakes or as a filling for donuts, cakes, and cupcakes. You start with pastry cream and end up with an amazing, rich buttercream. It doesn’t even taste like buttercream. This German buttercream recipe is much better! It tastes like pastry cream. Continue reading “German Buttercream Recipe (With an Egg-Free & Dairy-Free Version)”

Gluten Free Spaetzle (Spätzle Käse – Soft Austrian Egg Noodles with Caramelized Onion and Cheese

Gluten Free Spaetzle - Soft Egg Noodles

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Spätzle in Swabian (a dialect of German) literally means “little sparrows”. Spaetzle are soft egg noodles made in southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, and other countries. In Germany, spaetzle is traditionally served by boiling the pasta and then sauteing in butter before serving. In Austria, they call these egg noodles Käse spätzle (Kaese Spaetzl). They boil the noodles, saute them in butter, and add caramelized onion and cheese. The latter was my first choice. How about you?

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Gluten Free Cremeschnitte with Caramel Pecan Layer

Gluten Free Cremeschnitte with Pecan Filling

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Cremeschnitte is an extremely popular European dessert as well as in other countries. Cremeschnitte means “cream slices” in German because of its layers of cream. I have added a pecan layer between two layers of which is sandwiched together by two layers of puff pastry. It’s rich and delicious! Continue reading “Gluten Free Cremeschnitte with Caramel Pecan Layer”

Gluten Free German Chocolate Cake

Gluten Free German Chocolate Cake

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This cake turned out so well – moist, rich, and chocolaty! Ever wonder what makes German chocolate cake so creamy and moist? It’s the buttermilk, as well as butter and sugar. A gluten free German chocolate cake recipe uses the same exact ingredients as a traditional one, except for the flour, and the brands of certain ingredients. German chocolate is very sweet. I use a mixture of good bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder instead. In addition, traditionally it is made with 3 layers; this is 4, or you can make just 2 layers (and use less frosting). It tastes good at room temperature or cold. Enjoy! Continue reading “Gluten Free German Chocolate Cake”

Gluten Free German Hot Potato Salad

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This is my all time favorite potato salad recipe and potato side dish. My sister started making this about 30 years ago. She hasn’t been able to find the recipe, but did recall the ingredients. Instead of using all-purpose flour, as in a traditional German hot potato salad recipe, I used potato starch. I can’t remember the last time I made this and have lost the recipe, as well. What makes this recipe stand apart from other German Hot Potato Salad recipes is that the apple cider vinegar, combined with celery seed and a little bacon grease. Our entire family loves this recipe so much, we must have had it for about 20 straight years with our Christmas ham (with very few exceptions). It’s hard to believe Christmas is just 3 months away! I had to wing it on the quantities, but it tastes just like I remember – oh so good! Of course, I was always known for increasing the bacon and almost doubling the sauce. What are holidays for, right? This time I made it as the old recipe called for, as I just had 4 slices of bacon. That is actually what precipitated me making this dish. I did increase the sauce, however. Enjoy! Continue reading “Gluten Free German Hot Potato Salad”