I usually made a choice reasonably quickly, but sometimes I was overwhelmed at the prospect of so many opportunities for deliciousness and I'd be stuck in indecision.
Rudolf: What do you girls want for breakfast tomorrow?
Sandra: One pretzel please!
Me: Um... a pretzel. Oh wait, a plain bread roll. Or maybe a quark danish? Are they doing Berliners this time of year? Umm... this is too stressful, can you come back to me?
Rudolf: Sarah, would you like to come to the bakery with me and choose yourself?
Me: Yes please!
Decisiveness has never been a strength of mine, heh.
Anyhoo, before I get into the bread, let me show you a couple of breakfasts we had out. On our first morning in Germany, we went to the local Backparadies-Hug for brekky. They used to do a buffet breakfast, but they seem to have stopped that now. Either way, my Käse-Frühstück (cheese breakfast) was delicious, and excellent value at €4,95 for two bread rolls with butter, a coffee, 2 slices each of tomato, Camembert and Gouda, and a little pot of Frischkäse (similar to cream cheese).
|Käse-Frühstück at Hug - 4.95€ for a small coffee, 2 x Brötchen, 2 x Camembert, 2 x Gouda, 1 portion Frischkäse, 2 x butter|
Fleischkäse im Brötchen (pork meatloaf in a bread roll) is also always a good choice.
|Fleishkäse im Brötchen|
Another morning we did breakfast at Ikea. This is a thing in Germany! (See my "Breakfast at Ikea" post from 2007). The quality isn't quite as good as the local bakeries, but it is cheap and fun and they have a lot of different things to try. All of the Nurnburgers for me! (Those are the tiny sausages you see in the bottom left-hand side of the below picture).
Back onto the breakfasts at home - I got into Rahmjogurt in a big way on this trip. That's yogurt made from cream, not milk - so indulgent! The Weihenstephan brand was my favourite! That Schoko & Keks Muesli was also pretty ridiculous - normal crunchy oaty muesli clusters with little pieces of milk chocolate and tiny squares of butter biscuits! I bought that green smoothie (with matcha, ginger, kale, pears, spinach, bananas and apple) as a novelty, but it was no Green Press.
|Raspberries, Choc-chip cream yogurt, Knusper "Schoko & Keks Muesli", Green smoothie|
Each morning I'd start the day with a strong filter coffee, with Kaffeesahne (i.e. creamer, or unsweetened condensed milk). One morning, there were water works going on in our street, and when I got up, Rudolf came up to me and said: "Sarah, the plumbers are in, we have no water... But don't worry, I already took out enough water for your morning coffee". What a sweetie!
|Raspberries, cream yogurt, grainy Brötchen, coffee (mit Kaffeesahne!)|
Ok, finally, let's look at the bread! Above we have a grainy bread roll. Below is a Puddingstreusel - a flaky yeasted dough topped with vanilla pudding and streusel crumbs.
I also really liked the Hefestreusel - a sweetened yeasty dough topped with a generous amount of crunchy streusel crumbs. These are even nicer the day after they're baked, when they dry out a little and you can dip them in coffee.
|Raspberries, Cream yogurt, Hefestreusel|
Quarkplunder! (Plunder = Danish, by the way). I got two from two different bakeries because I wanted to see the difference and I love quark! (This reminds me, I should bake Danishes at home again soon). Both were pretty similar, and equally delicious. Quarkplunders are my favourite of all the plunders.
This is an Apfelstreuselkuchen - yeasted base with sliced apples and lots of crumble. The sides were deliciously crunchy and caramelised - yum!
This next picture was from a big Sunday breakfast. On the back plate we have a Schoko-croissant, a normal croissant, a cheese roll (I think), a Rosinenbrötchen (raisin bread roll) and a normal white Brötchen. In the centre are a few Zopf (pastry twists), with nuts or pudding. And heaps of berries because I can never resist buying the cheap and plentiful berries when in Europe!
|Berries, Nusszopf, Schokocroissant, Croissant, Brötchen|
Below we have a classic pretzel, and a Schnecke (literally "snail", a yeasted and laminated dough with raisins).
One morning when I was trying to be "healthy", I asked for some grainy rolls. ("Vogelfutter", or "bird food", as Rudolf calls them).
Although I think any health benefits from the grains were easily cancelled when I filled the bread rolls with brie and salami! Whoops.
|Brötchen mit Käse und Salami|
On the left hand side we have a normal croissant, and a Laugencroissant. (That's a croissant dipped in lye solution before it's baked, so that it has a delightful pretzel-y taste). Also, croissants in Germany are different from French ones - they're a bit breadier and doughier in Germany and less flaky. In the below pic, we also have a Rosinenbrötchen (raisin bread roll), and a Laugenstange. (That's a long bread roll, dipped in lye solution before being baked. Essentially, it's a pretzel but just in a stick shape).
|From left to right: Normales Croissant, Laugencroissant, Rosinenbrötchen, Laugenstange|
And there we have it! Wow, looking back at all those breakfasts makes me wanna book a trip back to Germany! And soon!