German Desserts and Pastries

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German Pastries and Desserts The Germans are known world-wide for their delicious pastries and beautiful desserts. Foreign visitors are always amazed at the enormous quantity and infinite variety of cakes, cookies, and pastries available (Berkhout 97). Pastries and desserts are loved by the Germans and eaten in large amounts. In every German town there are Konditoreien, or pastry shops (Hazleton 37). The cakes are the main thing served at a Konditorei. There are many different varieties of cakes that are served on the Kranzler cake buffet. At the buffet there are five different fruit torten, eight whipped-cream Torten, 15 cream Torten, 21 coffee cakes and 21 random pastries (Hazleton 37). Germans are usually also known to have the freshest pastries. Afternoon Kaffee-Trinken is a social ritual Germans cherish, partly because the custom includes the richest, most beautiful pastries (Hazleton 177).On Saturdays, when the family is together, coffee and cake will be served at the dinning table (Hazleton 37). The size of the cake varies at Kaffee-Trinken, because it is said to be more proper and elegant to eat smaller pieces, or even get rid of cake all together and serve lemon cookies. During Mittagessen a lemon cream and cookies are often served. To complete Kaffee-Trinken, a plate of cookies is usually brought out and set in the middle of the table by the cake bases. In the past Kaffee pastries could be more ceremonious (Hazleton 70). Fruit tarts usually add color to the table through the colors of the glazed fruit, and the toasted almonds covering the sides. When a meal comes to an end, there is a selection of desserts called Susse Spiesen, which means sweet dishes (Hazleton 15). It has been said that German pastries and desserts remind people of their childhood. Some of these evoking desserts can range anywhere from rice pudding with fruit, to black forest cherry

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