3 Traditional German Breads Worth Trying

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With over 300 kinds of bread and more than 1,200 different types of rolls and mini-breads, there is a lot to discover when it comes to German bread. If you’re ready to start your exploration of German culinary traditions, here are some traditional German breads that are absolutely worth trying

Brötchen (German Rolls)

Brötchen, which translates to “little breads,” are small, crusty rolls that are a ubiquitous sight at German breakfast tables. They come in various forms, including plain white, whole grain, and versions dotted with seeds, nuts, or grains. Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, there’s nothing like a fresh Brötchen.

Brezel (Pretzel)

While the pretzel has become famous worldwide, its origins are deeply rooted in German baking traditions. The classic German Brezel is larger and softer than its international counterparts, with a distinctive dark, shiny crust and a soft, chewy interior. Perfect for a snack and excellent with a cold beer.

Schwarzbrot (Black Bread)

Schwarzbrot, or black bread, is a whole rye bread that is popular in Northern Germany. It gets its name from its dark color, which comes from a combination of rye flour and a longer baking process. It pairs best with strong cheeses, smoked meats, and fish.