Cookbook Giveaway – Classic German Baking

Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to Streuselkuchen by Luisa Weiss is a glorious book devoted to all the tempting and classic baked goods for which Germany is known. The Wednesday Chef, Luisa’s blog is indexed for our members as is her first title, My Berlin Kitchen.

Luisa rigorously researched and tested recipes, gathered from expert bakers, friends, family, and time-honored sources throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.Whether you’re in the mood for the simple yet emblematic Streuselkuchen, crisp and flaky Strudel, or classic breakfast Brötchen, every recipe you’re looking for is here, along with detailed advice to ensure success plus charming storytelling about the origins, meaning, and rituals behind the recipes.

Luisa has several events scheduled and you can read more about Classic German Baking in our review and recipe post

We are pleased to offer five copies of this title to our EYB Members in the U.S. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

Are there any German bakery items you would like to recreate?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won’t be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends November 28th, 2016. 


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  • kimtrev  on  October 24, 2016

    I would like to learn to make strudel

  • Marcia1206  on  October 24, 2016

    I would love to bake a Black Forest Cake. Black cherries and all. My family loves it!

  • Lyndaherman  on  October 24, 2016

    Apple strudel

  • camtncook  on  October 24, 2016

    Apple cake

  • lebarron2001  on  October 24, 2016

    I would like to make strudel

  • mcrimmins  on  October 24, 2016

    Braided Almond Wreath would be a perfect Christmas present for the neighbors.

  • jupflute  on  October 24, 2016

    I'm always trying to recreate the old family recipes my dad remembers from his childhood. I modified a zwetschgenkuchen recipe from The Wednesday Chef and apparently came up with something fairly close. Apparently there was also an apple cake/tart made somewhat similarly that I am thinking of trying out next.

  • MadMom  on  October 24, 2016

    I would make some apple strudel or some apple cake!

  • BakerFrenchCreek  on  October 24, 2016

    I have made strudel once under the direction of a German master baker. I know I could sure use the follow up instructions in this book to become adept!

  • judyhm  on  October 24, 2016

    I would love to bake the cakes that my grandmothers used to bake.

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  • Karow  on  October 24, 2016

    I love Quark pastries and would love to make those at home

  • sir_ken_g  on  October 24, 2016

    not sure what grandma made – but I would figure it out.

  • joanhuguet  on  October 24, 2016

    apple cake

  • ravensfan  on  October 24, 2016

    I'd love to make pretzels.

  • rpepper  on  October 24, 2016

    I recently learned that my Pepper surname was originally Pfeffers and that I'm of German descent, many generations back. I'm interested in baking German breads and pastries as a way of honoring my new-found ancestry. I'd probably start with a stollen, since the season is nearly upon us.

  • hae1123  on  October 24, 2016

    Black forest cake or Marzipan stollen!

  • SamanthaV  on  October 24, 2016

    My mother is German and used to make an amazing German Apple cake, it had a cake base and quark on top with apples pushed into the top.

  • Siegal  on  October 24, 2016

    I want to make Black Forest cake

  • laureljean  on  October 24, 2016

    German soft pretzels

  • Deneenm  on  October 24, 2016

    I'd love to learn to make stollen

  • Alleycat  on  October 24, 2016


  • sgump  on  October 24, 2016

    I agree with those who've mentioned stollen: the season approaches!

  • slowens  on  October 24, 2016


  • eliza  on  October 24, 2016

    Definitely stollen.

  • tangaloor  on  October 24, 2016

    Pflaumenkuchen is the treat I remember from visits to Germany when I was a child.

  • TheSpicedLife  on  October 24, 2016

    Any classic German Christmas cookie!

  • alirov  on  October 24, 2016

    Definitely pretzels!

  • verorenee  on  October 24, 2016

    Hmm I want to learn more first then pick something 😉

  • Rinshin  on  October 24, 2016

    apple strudel

  • allthatsleftarethecrumbs  on  October 25, 2016

    So many items, but at this time of the year probably stollen.

  • mmmmkate  on  October 25, 2016

    My Nußecken are hit and miss, so Luisa's recipe for those, for sure.

  • nadiam1000  on  October 25, 2016

    German rye bread

  • meggan  on  October 25, 2016

    I would love to make a good strudel.

  • MmeFleiss  on  October 25, 2016

    Definitely the stolen that I had when I was last there.

  • beccawriter  on  October 25, 2016

    Jelly doughnuts!

  • Emily Hope  on  October 25, 2016

    I'd love to make stollen for the holidays this year.

  • annmartina  on  October 25, 2016

    Black forest cake

  • mpdeb98  on  October 25, 2016

    apple streudel

  • rchesser  on  October 25, 2016


  • lioraj  on  October 25, 2016

    It's hard to choose just one recipe! I want to try them all! But for starters the Russicher Zopfkuchen!

  • gjelizabeth  on  October 25, 2016

    I want to try some German cookies.

  • madamepince  on  October 25, 2016

    Actually, I want to know what German baking specialties ARE — we don't have them around here!

  • kristinthiel  on  October 25, 2016


  • khammonds  on  October 25, 2016


  • bdmltm  on  October 25, 2016

    Apple cake!

  • echilt5  on  October 26, 2016


  • TrishaCP  on  October 26, 2016

    Anything with marzipan….

  • vickster  on  October 26, 2016

    Stollen was my mother's favorite and I would love to make it

  • ltsuk  on  October 26, 2016

    Christmas cookies!

  • edyenicole  on  October 26, 2016

    I'd love to make apple strudel! 🙂

  • cookingforthefam  on  October 26, 2016

    Pretzels, streudel. Would love to learn more about German baking!

  • lauriesk  on  October 26, 2016

    I would love to learn how to make Streudel.

  • djoh437938  on  October 26, 2016

    apple strudel

  • CRT  on  October 26, 2016

    My Grandma's apple kuchen.

  • lkgrover  on  October 26, 2016

    Strudel with apples and walnuts

  • t.t  on  October 26, 2016

    I'd love to be able to recreate a Bienenstich Kuchen for a German friend of mine.

  • DoMaRe  on  October 26, 2016

    Mohn Kuchen, like I had while biking across Germany a year ago!

  • lils74  on  October 26, 2016

    Apple strudel 🙂

  • Lisa Guido  on  October 27, 2016


  • tarae1204  on  October 27, 2016

    I'm not sure if they're called Pfeiffernusse or Leibkuchen, but there is a spiced cookie with a hint of chocolate that I love for the holidays!

  • thefritschkitchen  on  October 27, 2016

    I have been dropping hints like mad to my husband to buy me this book for my birthday, which is conveniently right before Christmas baking season!! I love German baked goods – lebkuchen, basler leckerli, pfeffernusse, the spicier the better! I have also seen so many posts on the apple marzipan cake, my mouth is watering just thinking about it. I need to get my hands on this book!

  • ballen  on  October 27, 2016

    The German chocolate cake my grandmother used to make when I was a kid.

  • Lafauvette  on  October 27, 2016

    German Christmas cookies!

  • sarahawker  on  October 27, 2016

    I'd love to find a really good gingerbread, strudel, but overall not too familiar with German baking.

  • rosyannposy  on  October 27, 2016


  • RNJessicaK  on  October 27, 2016

    Definitely stollen! I just love it at Christmas.

  • Bolerorkm  on  October 27, 2016

    So many things – I would have to say Apple Strudel

  • annieski  on  October 28, 2016

    Apple strudel, stollen, German chocolate cake"

  • bfg67  on  October 28, 2016


  • jennyams  on  October 28, 2016

    I favor the breads at German bakeries, and love the Laugenbrotchen (pretzel rolls) and Bauernbrot.

  • JanScholl  on  October 29, 2016

    I remember a bread with sauerkraut growing up. So I imagine it's savory. I would love to have it again.

  • tennyogirl  on  October 29, 2016


  • mph993  on  October 30, 2016

    Vollkorn gipfeli

  • Sofie168  on  October 30, 2016

    Anything with rhubarb

  • Angela.Saver  on  October 31, 2016

    I would love to recreate brotchens & strudel!

  • jenmacgregor18  on  November 1, 2016


  • DJBWA  on  November 1, 2016

    German style coffee cakes. I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and there were many German bakeries including my ancestors who had the Freund Bakery. Sadly the old-fashion German bakeris are gone now. I long for the coffee cakes.

  • Rosesrpink50  on  November 1, 2016

    Soft pretzels or apple strudel.

  • mattyjaco  on  November 2, 2016

    I would love to make soft german lye pretzels

  • LMKeckler  on  November 2, 2016


  • lovelily1001  on  November 2, 2016

    Cheese kuchen

  • Julia  on  November 2, 2016

    Stollen and strudel.

  • Masmoral  on  November 3, 2016

    Apple strudel

  • matag  on  November 4, 2016


  • cpasek  on  November 4, 2016

    I'd love to make the Bienenstich that my mom made when I was young.

  • sedm3949  on  November 4, 2016


  • percussion03  on  November 5, 2016

    I don't know enough, despite my German (and baking!) background. Definitely breads and cookies, but really everything. I have been excited about Luisa taking this on as soon as I knew it was in the works!

  • amylou61  on  November 6, 2016

    I've always wanted to learn to bake strudel. Many years ago we had a German landlady who baked apple strudel for us and it was Amazing!

  • athomas10  on  November 6, 2016

    bienenstich or any other yeasted coffee cake

  • Missdith34  on  November 7, 2016


  • rashaye  on  November 8, 2016


  • angelanorr  on  November 8, 2016

    Peach milk cake

  • DFed  on  November 11, 2016

    any german cookies – there are so many!

  • pandapotamus  on  November 11, 2016

    Apple strudel

  • ampsmom  on  November 12, 2016

    Apple kuchen

  • Ottrpal  on  November 12, 2016

    Remembering the early seventies and living in Lampertime Germany. Morning coffee and fresh baked Brötchen. Never had the chance to learn to make it!

  • FireRunner2379  on  November 16, 2016

    After peeking through the various recipes that are in the book I would like to make the Brezeln (Soft pretzels).

  • Wooby  on  November 21, 2016

    Definitely strudel!

  • Dmartin997  on  November 21, 2016

    Black Forest Cake

  • debbielovesbooks  on  November 22, 2016

    I would like to make Pfeffernüsse and Stollen.

  • dkpiper  on  November 23, 2016

    I'd love to try all those poppyseed breads. Fingers crossed for the cookbook giveaway. Then I can work my way through the pretzels, the stollen bites, the roggenbrotchen….

  • jlh39  on  November 26, 2016

    Stollen and apple cake

  • catmommy9  on  November 26, 2016

    I think I would like to try Black Forest cake!

  • Hockeyluver2002  on  November 26, 2016

    My family is German and I'd love to have this to try to learn my baking heritage.

  • ameyfm  on  November 27, 2016

    I would like to make Lebkuchen stuffed with jam!

  • ggcfromgermany  on  November 27, 2016

    I want to make Pflaumenkuchen.

  • veragusta  on  November 27, 2016

    I would like to learn more about strudel

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