Haushaltsschule 1900's Sticky post

“Haushaltsschule” or Home Economics in 1900’s Germany

  In connection with the women’s movement – the so-called “Haushaltsschulen”, in which young, middle-class women learned household skills, such as cooking, baking, sewing, handicrafts and cleaning as later housewives and wives. Around 1900 the first textbooks for home economics were also developed. Initially, however, household training was not viewed as a profession, but rather as a preparation for marriage. But despite all reform efforts, … Continue reading “Haushaltsschule” or Home Economics in 1900’s Germany

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“Osterbrunnen”, the decorated Easter Fountains in Franconia

Decorating an “Osterbrunnen” is a German tradition of sprucing up public fountains with garlands and painted eggs for Easter. It began in the early 20th century in the Upper Franconia (Fränkische Schweiz) but also has spread to other regions. The decoration is usually kept from Good Friday until two weeks after Easter The tradition of decorating an Easter fountain is still relatively young. A little … Continue reading “Osterbrunnen”, the decorated Easter Fountains in Franconia

Bauernkalender, German Almanac 1847 Sticky post

A German Farmers Almanac or Bauernkalender

In a Bauernkalender weather rules, farmer’s rules, farmer’s wisdom, annual rules, daily rules, wisdom rules, animal rules, plant rules, harvesting rules, lost days, name days includes a farmer’s calendar! Experience and knowledge are handed down in the old peasant rules that are part of our cultural history! Generations of farmers and gardeners have gathered an immense amount of knowledge through expert observation of nature, which … Continue reading A German Farmers Almanac or Bauernkalender

Faschingskrapfen, German Mardi Gras donut

Faschingskrapfen – German Carnival Donuts

Faschingskrapfen or German Donuts are baked customarily at Fasching which is end of February. It’s the time of Carnival, and similar like Mardi Gras. The fist-sized pastries are not only found all year round in Franconia, but also in Southwest Germany, where they are called “Fastnachtsküchle”, and in Germany’s capital Berlin, the “Berliner”. The Krapfen are typically filled or injected with Hagebutte or Rose Hip … Continue reading Faschingskrapfen – German Carnival Donuts

Pretzel sandwich

Pretzels, almost like from the Bakery

So I’m a little proud. I can’t stop looking at the pictures of my Pretzels. Aren’t they beautiful? And they taste almost like from the bakery. Who would have thought that? Years ago, I tried to bake Pretzels and I failed miserably. Baking Pretzels, or in German “Laugenbrezel” or in Bavaria “Brezn”, seemed so complicated to me at the time that I preferred to leave … Continue reading Pretzels, almost like from the Bakery

Apple Pancakes, Apfelkräpfchen, Apfelpfannkuchen Sticky post

Apple Pancakes or Apfelkräpfchen

When I grew up in Germany my mother often saw me as a child, although I was already an adult. As you guessed, she would mother me. When the Apple harvest was over and this fruit was freshly picked, Apples were always on the table in form of apple puree, or my favorite, the delicious Apple Pancakes She would often say: “Come on Mädle, eat … Continue reading Apple Pancakes or Apfelkräpfchen