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Traditional German Recipes: Part I - Apfelküchle and Eiskakao

Updated on September 10, 2011

For decades, traditional German cuisine has been preserved within the pages of Die Gute Küche, by Edda Meyer-Berkhout. Considering that Europe is standardized via the metric system, I have converted and translated a selection of delicious recipes from this text in order to make available this extensive index of traditional cooking. Please enjoy, and "Guten Appetit!"

This first dish, Apfelküchle, or fried apple cakes, is a rather heavy dessert, intended to follow a light lunch. The prep time is about 20 minutes, while the cooking times may vary.


  • 2 eggs
  • a little over half a cup of milk
  • a dash of salt
  • 3-6 tablespoons flour
  • 4 large apples
  • oil for pan
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • a pinch of cinnamon

Firstly, combine the eggs with milk and add salt. Then, sift the flour into the mixture and stir. After you set this dough mixture aside, peel and core the apples. Cut the fruit into thick, even strips and place these slices of fruit into the prepared dough. Take a ladle of the mixture and drop it into an oil covered skillet, browning each side until satisfied. After removing the pastry, place it on a paper towel to let the grease dissipate and the heat settle properly. To serve, place the Apfelküchle on a warm plate and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

Personal Tip:

I absolutely love to dip bites of my pastry into freshly whipped cream. 

A great beverage to have with this wonderful dessert is Eiskakao, or iced chocolate milk. In order to make 2 glasses, you will need:

  • about one cup of cold chocolate milk
  • 2 scoops of vanilla or chocolate ice cream
  • several tablespoons of advocaat (advokat)
  • 4 tablespoons whipped cream
  • 1 teaspoon grated chocolate

Strain the chocolate milk into the glass. Add the ice cream and several drops (dependent upon personal preference) of advocaat. Then, simply add a dollop of whipped cream on top and sprinkle with the grated chocolate.


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    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Thanks for reminding me this food. I have not eaten this for a long time. Yummy!

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      Lilith Eden 6 years ago from Memphis, TN

      Actually Crochet, it's today.

      Mr. Suits just enjoys dragging things out and has been heartily celebrating my tender aging all week :-P

      Thank you so much for the well wishes!


      P.S. I'm a coffee fiend myself.

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      crochet48 6 years ago from Southern New Mexico

      Happy belated birthday, Lilith! The dessert and beverage sound delicious! (Now, me for my second cup of coffee for the day!)

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      Lilith Eden 6 years ago from Memphis, TN


      There is no use in even reprimanding you. I know better.



      P.S. Thank you for the well wishes all the same

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      Craig Suits 6 years ago from Florida

      By the way....The 16th is a special day for us Hubbers...IT'S LILITH'S BIRTHDAY.

      Happy Birthday there Squirt. I was 25 once. Wayyyyyy back in 1966..

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      Lilith Eden 6 years ago from Memphis, TN

      Thank you asmaiftikhar!

      Happy eating, whenever you decide to try it out :)

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      asmaiftikhar 6 years ago from Pakistan

      voted up lilith.

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      Lilith Eden 6 years ago from Memphis, TN


      I am so very envious of you and your recent German pastry exploits. Yes, Apfelstrudel is spelled correctly and is one of my favorites as well.

      Make sure to let me know how it turns out when you give it a try. And right you are; it is a perfect autumn treat, come to think of it.

      Please, enjoy, and know that there are many future recipes to come!


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      Ann Leavitt 6 years ago from Oregon

      I'm so glad I found this! I visited three German-speaking countries this summer and tried all sorts of different German pastries, and my favorite was apfelstrudel (is that spelled right?) This sounds very similar, and absolutely delicious and easy to make-- thanks for translating it into English! I will definitely mark this and make it. Sounds like a scrumptious autumn treat!