Make Your Own German Bread

German Bread Recipes

If you crave German bread look no further. You can make real German bread at home with these bread recipes. Because everything is natural, some dough is kept overnight to enhance the flavor and baking properties. With a little planning, this takes no extra hands-on time and results in a superior loaf.

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    Bauernbrot
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    This bread's flavor is enhanced by the addition of a 1/4 cup sourdough culture but has baker's yeast for the rise. This German "Bauernbrot" or Farmer's Bread is a half day project and tastes quite similar to the bread I used to buy in the bakery in Germany. To get the hard crust, use steam in the oven.

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    Homemade Vollkornbrot - German Whole Meal Rye Bread
    Homemade Vollkornbrot - German Whole Meal Rye Bread. J.McGavin

    This bread is surprisingly easy to bake at home. It is 100% rye flour and rye berries with some sunflower seeds. Fermented with sourdough, it is a real, "Vollkornbrot" bread. Loved in northern Europe, especially Germany and Scandinavia, learning how to bake this bread is well worth it for some people.

    Pumpernickel-flavored Bread

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    Many Seeded Bread 100% Whole Grain
    German-Style Many Seeded Bread 100% Whole Grain. J.McGavin

    If you are looking for a dense, whole grain loaf, this one is about the closest it comes to tasting like a German bakery bread. Based on Peter Reinhart's "Whole Grain Bread" book , it uses 100% whole grains, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds for a dense, moist loaf.

    See also Seeded Sourdough in Bread Pan.

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    Rye Rolls with Sourdough Starter
    Rye Rolls with Sourdough Starter. J.McGavin

    This "Weizenmischbrot" is 45% rye flour and 55% white flour with an overnight sponge and sourdough starter. A strong aroma and pleasant sour taste make this bread traditional. Make it into rolls or a loaf, whichever you prefer.

    More rye recipes:

    Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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    Fladenbrot - Turkish Flatbread
    Fladenbrot - Turkish Flatbread. J.McGavin

    Although this is not a "German" bread, it is found all over in Germany, in Turkish stores and kiosks. Fladenbrot is flat, covered with nigella seeds and it has a certain taste not found elsewhere. It can be round or elongated, and is simple to make. This bread is related to the Italian ciabatta. This recipe calls for an overnight sponge.

    Eat it with Tsatsiki.

    Other White Bread from Germany

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    Brezel - Pretzel - Making German Pretzels
    Brezel - Pretzel - Making German Pretzels. J.McGavin

    Brezeln or Pretzels, you can only get them in Germany, or so you would think. The dough is easy to make and the only funny step is the lye bath, using food grade lye. Whatever anyone says, you cannot get the same taste without it.

    See Pretzel Baking Step by Step here.

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    Cutaway showing the crumb of a loaf of German bread.
    Cutaway showing the crumb of a loaf of German bread. J.McGavin

    This bread is a 20% rye "Mischbrot," or mixed-flour, sourdough bread, very common in southern Germany. Chewy, but light in flavor, it has all the characteristics of typical, German Brot.

    Try these other sourdoughs too:

    • Rye Bread with Onion and Caraway
    • 80% Rye and Hochzeitsbrot Made with Detmolder 3-Step Process
    • Landbrot
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    New Year's Pretzel
    New Year's Braided, Sweet Pretzel. J.McGavin

    Take a look at these sweet breads. Some with whole wheat and some with white flours. Fillings are very common in German Sweet Breads, and most are flavored with vanilla and lemon zest.

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    German White Breakfast Rolls - Schrippen - Wecken - Feierabendbroetchen
    German White Breakfast Rolls - Schrippen - Wecken - Feierabendbroetchen. J.McGavin

    For breakfast or brunch, there's no treat like a fresh German "Brötchen".

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    100% Whole Grain Oatmeal Bread
    100% Whole Grain Oatmeal Bread. J.McGavin

    If you are a 100% whole grain fanatic, you're in luck. I've tweaked this oatmeal bread recipe to be 100% whole wheat and oats. The whole grain version does best with an overnight rest in the refrigerator, while the regular version takes just three hours from start to finish. Try both and see which one you like!

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    Great Bread Spreads

    Basil and Tomato Spread
    Basil and Tomato Spread. J.McGavin

    Bread, it's not just for butter, anymore. Try these delicious spreads and you will be happy you did.

    • Basil Tomato Cream Cheese Spread
    • Apple, Onion and Walnut Spread
    • Herbed Quark Cream
    • Sweet Date Spread with Cocoa