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Guten Tag

Easter (Ostern)
Traditions and Recipes
part 2
go here for part 1


Our German Cookbook

Saffron Easter Bread
Safran Osterbrot


Oster Rosinebrot
German Easter Raisin Bread

German braided Easter bread
in a wreath (Kranz) shape

Easter cake shaped like a lamb

Baked Easter Ham German Style

BBQued Lamb

Also Baked Ham in Rye Dough.
A German Classic



Eier und Grüner Sosse
Hard boiled Eggs and Boiled Potatoes
with Green Sauce

Go here for more about the history of Frankfurter Grünersosse

This is a very popular spring dish in the state of Hesse.
It is a very light and satisfying dish. I had it this week and couldn't wait
to have it again the next day. Very simple, and the flavors marry perfect.

Come into my kitchen and let's make
Eier und Grüner Sosse

If you can't find all the 7 herbs for this feel free to just
use a few if that is all you can find.


The One Time a Year
Saffron Easter Bread Story

From Karen Kinnane
Every year my German American Grandmother Emily and Grandfather Pete (Dutch ancestry) used to make the most wonderful Easter bread.  It was a ritual which we all loved!  First they went in Grandpa's old silver blue 1954 ford to Pompton Lakes to the drug store at the corner of Colfax Avenue and Wanaque Ave. 

Once inside the drug store they consulted with the pharmacist  in order to buy some safron which was even so long ago  extremely expensive.  The druggist packed up the tiny dark red shreds in a pill bottle with on old paper label on which he typed "saffron".

Home they went to the cottage in Oakland , ready to make the Easter bread. Times were hard then and could not afford much so the bread was not fancy. Since they didn't have all the other goodies that are sometimes found in Easter breads they wanted to keep it simple so the flavor of the Saffron would stand out.

Safron crocus is a tiny flower and you can raise your own saffron if you have a sunny patch in the garden, buy some of the bulbs and plant them in the fall.  To harvest you get down on  your hands and knees and with a tweezers you remove the tiny shreds of saffron from the flower.  It takes a lot to make a couple of loaves of bread because the stamens / anthers are miniscule. 

From Saffron Fun Facts, Bioweb

Saffron has been used since ancient times as a food, dye and medicine. The beautiful gold color has always been a symbol of wealth. It took a while to get up to Europe. Legend has it that a few crocus bulbs were carried in a fellows plants In the 15th century when sailing to England. The city of Walden in Essex became the perfect place to grow this spice so it developed quite an industry and changed their name to Saffron Walden.

It made it's way to America when some of the Anabaptists and Dunkards came to Lancaster county in Pennsylvania to escape religious persecution. That is why you see Saffron in Pennsylvania Dutch recipes.

Saffron Easter Bread



Saffron Easter bread is served in some areas of Germany. Saffron has been a symbol of gold and wealth for centuries and gives a wonderful intense flavor as well as color. Easter is a time of celebration and historically also a time of hope for a good bountiful year on the farm. Karen Kinnane's family would save and shell out money for the expensive saffron once a year, so this bread became very special. I think you will love the flavor and aroma as well as the bright color of this simple bread, that is not overly sweet or filled with goodies but wonderful with good quality butter and coffee or tea.

Come into my Kitchen and let's make Saffron Easter Bead
(Safran Osterbrot) with step by step pictures.





Oster Rosinebrot
German Easter Raisin Bread

Joe Franklin posted this recipe on our Facebook community page, that you are all welcome to join.

About this special Easter treat Joe commented, German Easter raisin bread is not your ordinary raisin bread. It is flavored with orange and lemon zest. This is a fantastic bread to serve for Easter dinner and makes an incredible breakfast bread that can be toasted and served with butter.
My good friend Carl Crombach made this a week ago and said it was fantastic!

Go here for the recipe for Oster Rosinebrot



Hefekranz, Hefezopf
(Easter Bread)



Hefe =yeast     Kranz= wreath    Zopf = braided

The Hefekranz traditon of braiding goes back many years. The braiding of bread was
perhaps started as a symbolic tradition. Though it can not be fully coroborated, Max Höfer a bread researcher says that many years ago when a husband died the wife would sacrifice her life in his honor and follow him to in the grave. Later just a women's braid went into the grave and as time passed a braided loaf of bread went into the grave.

There were many ways to make a "Hair Sacrifice" be it the shaved monks head or giving a braid as the hair was
by some cultures considered the best part of you. It was also a way of honoring someone or giving a gift to
give a braided loaf to honor the deceased. It some areas it was given as a proposal of marriage.
Since then it also has been baked for many festivals, Christtmas, New Years and of course Easter.
Easter the shape is often in a circular wreath and called Hefekranz.

Some other historians claim that it was developed by the first bakers union in Switzerland started in 1256
in the middle ages. The first recorded braided loaf was in 1430.

Regardless it is nice to carry on centuries old traditions and make a braided loaf for Easter.
It is really fairly easy.

There are many ways to decorate your loaf and you can also add different fruits or nuts.



Go here to make Hefezopf and Hefekranz.



Here are some of the other suggested recipes from the community.

From Renate

From A nita

From Petra

From Anna

From Bonnie Beck

From Roy Denman





Easter Lamb Cake

Rick Wiedman first told me about this and that his mom use to
use her lamb mold each year to make this cake for Easter

This recipe uses a coconut frosting to give the lamb it's wool.

Go here for the recipe for Osterkuchen

I know it is a little late for this Easter but here is where you can purchase a mold to make a lamb shaped Osterkuchen

Purchase a mold for an Easter Cake

Nordic Ware Spring Lamb 3-D Cake Mold  



Kitchen Supply Small Lamb Cake Mold






(Roast ham with wine)

The Block Family's recipe

When Grandma took a notion to bake a ham, she used generous amounts of Grandpa’s homemade wine to baste it with while it was cooking. The spicy aroma of the ham, wine, cloves, and brown sugar baking in the oven left no doubt about what was for dinner! In the old days, she’d buy a real smoked ham, with the bone in and skin on. After having the skin taken off, it was boiled to get some of the salt out of the meat, then covered with brown sugar and cloves, and baked in wine. Those hams were truly memorable!


Go here for the Recipe for our Schinkenbraten (Baked Ham) Recipe.



Baked Ham Wrapped in Rye Bread Dough

Fran Augenstein requested this dish that she had in Germany,
and said oohhh the bread around the ham is so delicious.
It picks up the flavors and spices of a traditional roasted ham,
the cloves and the mustard as well as some of the juices.

I give a traditional German rye dough recipe, but if time is short,
you can use any dough or a store bought bread dough, and it will
still be "schmecht gut!"



Come into my kitchen and let's make
Baked Ham Wrapped in Rye Bread Dough
With Step by Step Pictures





(Marinated and roasted leg of lamb)
Apfel-Minz Geschmack
(apple mint relish)

Come into my kitchen and let's make a Lammbraten
Apfel-Minz Geschmack


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German Heritage Festival

My friend Rolf Erhard, of Kartoffelpuffer fame
told me about this one!


The 12th Annual Tomball German Heritage Festival will be March 30, 31, & April 1

located on the Old Downtown Streets of Tomball Texas near 201 S. Elm Street, Main Street (FM 2920), and Market Street. It is a Music/Street festival celebrating German and ethnic heritage with 4 stages of live music entertainment "happy music for happy people", ethnic and festival food, beer, wine, 150 street vendors, all kinds of German souvenirs and clothing, arts crafts, antiques, Heritage Center, German church service, fireworks, carnival, pony ride, petting zoo, strolling music makers, street performers, and much more.  Like Oktoberfest in March!  Huge fun for the whole family!  You do not have to be German to enjoy this festival.  It is fun for everyone, and there is no admission or parking fees.

I love the Brat on a Stick with the Brotchen!

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German Music

Bach's Easter Oratorio, '' Kommt , Eilet und Laufet ''





Frohe Ostern



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