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Traditional German Breakfast Recipes

Updated on September 1, 2016
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Traditional German Breakfast Recipes

Living in Germany for more than half of my life, I learned and came to love German food and adopted some of their attitudes and traditions.

At first, I found it very strange why the Germans are big and stout when in fact, they only eat one heavy meal a day which is at lunch time. Lunch time is the very important meal of the day. Breakfast and supper are served with breads, cheeses, hams and or with marmalades. Bread in the morning and bread in the evening. I never thought that the bread they are eating is very healthy and nutritious. They eat whole wheat and rye dark brown bread which is called Graubrot or Bauernbrot, rye bread rolls and Pumpernickels. These breads have a lot of nutritious vitamins.

Here are some traditional German breakfast recipes that you can make for yourself. I hope you will like them.

Some Kinds Of German Breads:

  1. Graubrot is made of rye and wheat flour.
  2. Bauernbrot is called farmbread and is made of coarse or refined rye flour.
  3. Wheat Bread Rolls are made of wheat or whole wheat refine or coarse flours with sometimes nuts, raisins, sesame or sunflower seeds. There are a lot of variations of these bread rolls.
  4. Pumpernickel is a very dark bread made out of rye flour.

Pumpernickels
Pumpernickels | Source

Utensils You Need

  • Frying pan
  • Frying ladle
  • Plates
  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Fork

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 2 -4 persons
Graubrot
Graubrot | Source

Strammer Max

  • 4 slices Graubrot or Bauernbrot, brown or rye bread
  • 4 eggs, fried
  • oil, for frying
  • margarine or butter, for spreading
  • 4 pieces ham, cooked
  • 4 slices gherkins, pickled
  • 2 pieces tomatoes, sliced for decorations
  • salt
  • pepper

Step by Step Strammer Max

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Slices of Graubrot spread with margarine.Cooked hamPickled Sliced GherkinsAdd hams to slices of Graubrot spread with margarine.Fried eggs which will be added to slices of Graubrot.Fried eggs are added to the slices of Graubrot with ham.Ready to eat for breakfast. Strammer Max with pickled gherkins and tomatoe slices.
Slices of Graubrot spread with margarine.
Slices of Graubrot spread with margarine. | Source
Cooked ham
Cooked ham | Source
Pickled Sliced Gherkins
Pickled Sliced Gherkins | Source
Add hams to slices of Graubrot spread with margarine.
Add hams to slices of Graubrot spread with margarine. | Source
Fried eggs which will be added to slices of Graubrot.
Fried eggs which will be added to slices of Graubrot. | Source
Fried eggs are added to the slices of Graubrot with ham.
Fried eggs are added to the slices of Graubrot with ham. | Source
Ready to eat for breakfast. Strammer Max with pickled gherkins and tomatoe slices.
Ready to eat for breakfast. Strammer Max with pickled gherkins and tomatoe slices. | Source

Step-By-Step

  1. Heat the frying pan in a medium heat. Spread the oil when the pan is heated. Then fry the 4 eggs until they are done.
  2. Put the rye or brown breads (Graubrot or Bauernbrot) on each respective plates. Spread the butter or margarine on the breads. Put the slices of ham on top. Add the fried eggs and sprinkle the salt and pepper on it.
  3. Then decorate them with slices of tomatoes and pickled gherkins. They are ready to serve now. Serve with coffee or tea. Guten Appetit! Enjoy your breakfast.

Mettbrötchen

Ready to eat  half wheat bread rolls spread with margarine, raw minced pork, salt, pepper and with or without sliced onions.
Ready to eat half wheat bread rolls spread with margarine, raw minced pork, salt, pepper and with or without sliced onions. | Source

Mett Brötchen ( Spiced Raw Minced Pork Rolls)


Prep time: ca. 10 minutes

Ready in: ca. 10 minutes

Yields: 2 - 4 persons


Ingredients:

2 Wheat bread rolls

2 Whole wheat bread rolls

100 grams spiced raw minced pork

1 onion, sliced

margarine

salt

pepper


Step-By-Step:

  1. Cut the bread rolls into halves. Spread the inner sides of the bread rolls with margarine.
  2. Add and spread the spiced raw minced pork on top by using a fork and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Then put the slices of onions on top of the finished Mett Broetchen. If you don´t like onions, just omit it.
  4. Serve with coffee, tea or orange juice.

Step by Step Mettbroetchen

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Whole wheat and wheat bread rolls.Wheat bread rollsMargarine, Pepper, Salt, Raw Mince Pork, OnionMargarine spread bread rolls.Half bread rolls with raw minced pork with salt and pepper.Ready to eat Mett Broetchen with and without sliced onions.
Whole wheat and wheat bread rolls.
Whole wheat and wheat bread rolls. | Source
Wheat bread rolls
Wheat bread rolls | Source
Margarine, Pepper, Salt, Raw Mince Pork, Onion
Margarine, Pepper, Salt, Raw Mince Pork, Onion | Source
Margarine spread bread rolls.
Margarine spread bread rolls. | Source
Half bread rolls with raw minced pork with salt and pepper.
Half bread rolls with raw minced pork with salt and pepper. | Source
Ready to eat Mett Broetchen with and without sliced onions.
Ready to eat Mett Broetchen with and without sliced onions. | Source

Graubrot with Mett (raw minced pork)

Sliced Graubrot with Mett, alternative to Mett Broetchen (rolls).
Sliced Graubrot with Mett, alternative to Mett Broetchen (rolls). | Source

Gouda Cheese Rye Breakfast


Prep time: ca.10 minutes

Ready in: 10 minutes

Yields: 2-4 persons


Ingredients:

4 slices Rye bread

Margarine or butter

4 Lettuce leaves

4 slices,Gouda cheeses, cut into triangle

8 slices tomatoes

4 slices cucumber

salt

pepper


Step By Step

  1. Spread the rye breads with margarine or butter.
  2. Add lettuce leaves.
  3. Add sliced Gouda cheeses on top of the lettuce.
  4. Insert the slices of tomatoes and cucumber between the cheeses on top of the bread.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve with coffee or tea.


Graubrot with Gouda Cheese

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Spread the slices of Graubrot with margarine.Gouda cheeseAdd lettuce leaves to the slices of Graubrot spread with margarine.Sliced Graubrot with lettuce and Gouda cheese.Slices of tomatoes and cucumber for topping.Insert slices of tomato and cucumber between the Gouda cheeses. Ready to eat Graubrot Gouda Cheese bread.
Spread the slices of Graubrot with margarine.
Spread the slices of Graubrot with margarine. | Source
Gouda cheese
Gouda cheese | Source
Add lettuce leaves to the slices of Graubrot spread with margarine.
Add lettuce leaves to the slices of Graubrot spread with margarine. | Source
Sliced Graubrot with lettuce and Gouda cheese.
Sliced Graubrot with lettuce and Gouda cheese. | Source
Slices of tomatoes and cucumber for topping.
Slices of tomatoes and cucumber for topping. | Source
Insert slices of tomato and cucumber between the Gouda cheeses. Ready to eat Graubrot Gouda Cheese bread.
Insert slices of tomato and cucumber between the Gouda cheeses. Ready to eat Graubrot Gouda Cheese bread. | Source
Graubrot with lettuce, Gouda cheese, tomato and cucumber.
Graubrot with lettuce, Gouda cheese, tomato and cucumber. | Source

Health Benefits

  1. Whole grain rye bread is made of whole grain rye flour. Pumpernickel is a whole grain rye bread. It has a lot of healthy nutrients such as fiber, minerals and vitamins. It is low in fat. It is very tasty and filling as one piece of this bread can make you easily full. One slice of this bread has only 83 calories and is low in gluten.Some Pumpernickel bread is baked for around 18 hrs.
  2. Whole wheat bread is made of whole wheat flour with coarse or refined kernels like sunflower seeds which is included in baking. It is very healthy as it has a lot of fibers, vitamins and minerals. Eating this bread reduces the risks of having heart diseases and it keeps the bones strong because of the big amount of magnesium in the bread.


Source: Wikipedia

Vegetarian Graubrot

Sliced Graubrot with lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes and sliced cucumber.
Sliced Graubrot with lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes and sliced cucumber. | Source

Vegetarian Graubrot Breakfast


Prep. time: 5 minutes

Ready in: 5 minutes

Yields: 2 persons


Ingredients:

2 slices Graubrot or Bauernbrot

Margarine for spreading

2 Lettuce leaves

6 slices tomatoes

6 slices cucumber

Salt

Pepper


Step By Step:

  1. Spread the sliced Graubrot or Bauernbrot with margarine.
  2. Add lettuce leaves.
  3. Alternate sliced tomatoes and sliced cucumbers on top of the lettuce leaves.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve with coffee, tea or orange juice.


You may wonder why I don´t cover the ready to eat breakfast bread with toppings by another slice of bread, that´s because that´s the way the German eat their bread. They eat these breads with knife and fork. It´s just a kind of half sandwich. But when they make these for work, or buy these in a take away cafeteria, these are covered with the other half of the bread. Strammer Max is the exception. You either eat it at home or in the restaurant.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Thelma,

      I well remember the wonderful breads and hearty breakfasts when I visited my friend in Germany for a vacation trip 15 years ago. The breads are so delicious and wholesome. Cheeses, cold cuts, eggs (often soft or hard boiled), fruits...ah, yes! I wonder if the raw meats are still be served today? I did not see any of that being offered in the public hotels or places we stayed during our travels. Voted up and interesting!

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      Cristale 4 years ago from Florida

      My grandmother and mother are from Germany, so this is a huge part of my heritage. Thank you!

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      Maria Cecilia 4 years ago from Philippines

      Thelma breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, this is mouth watering....

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Peggy,

      Yes, these are hearty breakfasts and the Mett, spiced raw meat pork is still served and offered in the hotels, restaurants and cafeterias with sandwiches here in Germany. Thanks for your comment. I appreciate your stopping by. Have a great day!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Cristale! I´m sure you know and have eaten these breakfast recipes at home. This is one of the best thing in Germany. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thanks Maria Cecilia. You can try some of these recipes by using white bread. Have a great week!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love rye breads and these meals sound fabulous! I eat vegetarian graubrot regularly. My grandfather's family emigrated from Germany to the U.S. when he was just a child, and he often made German-style meals for us. I've never heard of the raw minced pork. Is it really raw? Thanks for sharing your recipes. Voted up!

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

      This is just what I needed, new snack and sandwich ideas for our family. LOVE your explanation of German meal traditions and the recipes too. Well done! I will be trying these out ASAP.

      ~voted up, useful, awesome and interesting and 5 stars!~

      Tracy

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Good morning vespawoolf. It´s good to know that you love rye breads. Yes, Mett is really raw which you can buy from the butcher shops in Germany and you should eat it the day you buy it, unless you buy from grocery market which is already added with preservative that keeps it last for a few days. It forms then like a sausage (photo before the margarine above). I wanted to show a video of Mett in this hub but it´s not functioning, so just try to look at it in you tube.

      Thanks for stopping by and for giving a comment;-)

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Good morning Tracy. Yes, please try. I hope you will like it. Thanks for your wonderful comment. Enjoy your day and the new ideas of making new snack and sandwich . Take care.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I like these easy-to-make recipes, Thelma, and your photos are outstanding. Rye and pumpernickel are two of my favorite breads. Not too sure about trying the raw Mett though, I like my pork cooked.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi, drbj! Thank you. It´s good that you like these breads. Mett is not everybody´s taste. It took me a few years to enjoy Mett but then I don´t eat this often. I usually prefer vegetarian rye bread sandwich.

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      The first breakfast is definitely more my style lol. However, I didn't even know that you could eat raw pork, I knew about beef, but was unaware of pork being possible. I love most German food though, as I find it has interesting tangs to it.

      Shared, up and interesting.

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      CWanamaker 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great recipes....Great photographs!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Brett! Yes, you could eat raw minced pork here in Germany. It´s delicious. I´m glad you love most German food. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing this hub to others. Good night!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you CWanamaker for your stopping by. Have a great weekend!

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I love German food but refrain from eating it too often because it can make me big and stout. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Urmila 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Wow! These all are healthy and mouth watering recipes. Thanks for posting them. Voted up and shared.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Alocsin! I love German food too, but I don´t have to eat this everyday. I cook every other day Italian and Asian food alternately with German food. So there´s always a balance. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great sunday!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you urmilashukla23 for your comment and for your sharing this to others. I appreciate that. Have a lovely day!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi HouseBuyersUS! It taste delicious as it looks in the photos. Well, every one of us has a different taste and you might not like it. Just try this food and you´ll know how you´ll like it. Thanks for your visit.

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      escaran 4 years ago from Philippines

      i will try to cook this!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yes, do try it. Thanks for stopping by. Have a good day!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      This looks delicious! Much better than the super sweet breakfasts people here in the states like. Thank you for sharing this ^_^ voted and pinned!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yes, this is delicious. Have a try to tell me how´d you like it. Thanks for your visit and for sharing this to others Mama Kim. Have a great day!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Oh... I've had German pancakes before and thought they were amazing ^_^ you wouldn't happen to have a hub on them... or maybe will have one in the future??

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Awesome hub! I like to savor this kind of German breakfast. :)

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Welcome back Mama Kim 8! Indeed, German pancakes are amazing. I have not eaten a German pancake for a long time. Thanks for reminding me this delicious food. I´ll make these this week and I´ll write about this recipe. I can´t wait to make it. My mouth is watering now. Thanks for giving me the idea of what I´ll publish next. Take care.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you travel man1971. Have a try. I don´t think you can find a German rye bread in the Philippines ( I would love to know if there is) but another brown bread will do.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Thank you travel man1971. Have a try. I don´t think you can find a German rye bread in the Philippines ( I would love to know if there is) but another brown bread will do.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Wunderbar!! I'm looking forward to it!! ^_^ Thank you!!

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      frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

      Interesting descriptions of your German breads...made me hungry! I'd take some dark German rye with plain ole butter right now. Your breakfast foods don't seem like ''normal' breakfast, but they are right down my track. Loved to read about your breads and breakfast!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi, frogyfish! This breakfast is only normal in Germany and maybe in Austria. It made me hungry, too. I would love to have this bread now but I´m on vacation and there´s no German bakery nearby. Thanks for your visit. Have a great day!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Very interesting hub with some good recipes. I now know what German's eat for breakfast I didn't know this before. Voted up and shared.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi Moonlake! Thanks for dropping by and for sharing this hub to others. Have a great week!

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for introducing me a bit of German culture through their breakfast. I've never tasted any of those breads yet, I hope may someday. Great photographs as well. Up and shared. :)

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Hi idigwebsites,

      Nice to meet you. You´re welcome. I hope too that you can try this food someday. Thanks for dropping by and for voting and sharing. Have a great week!

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      Michael Higgins 2 years ago from Michigan

      Great information! Much of my ancestry comes from Bavaria and Switzerland and I enjoy German food. This is very useful information!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Hi MHiggins! That´s great to know that you have German blood in you. Yes, German food is yummy. Have a nice day!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i noticed that germans love breads, wholemeal, isn't it? And the meat, is it cooked?

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Yes, Germans eat bread twice a day and there are I think more than 200 kinds of bread here. Whole-wheat, rye and spelt bread. The meat for bread are mostly cooked or smoked except the "mett" which is raw but spiced. Thanks for your comment peachpurple.

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      Amber 20 months ago from United States

      Never heard of Strammer Max but it looks delicious! Would love to try some one day. Thanks for sharing and teaching me about German cooking! :)

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      Thelma Alberts 20 months ago from Germany

      You are very welcome georgialgal1984. Strammer Max is a common breakfast in Germany. Sometimes, it´s offered in some restaurants. Thanks for your visit. Have a lovely week.

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