I love Germany.
I traveled central Europe this past summer for a month and I spend more time in Germany than other countries. I love the people, their schnitzels and sausages, their castles, and of course, their autobahn.
People were generous and kind, the food was rustic, and there were soccer fever everywhere I went. My heart was with them whenever I heard the sound of the horn blowing in the valley. I wanted Germany to win for the World Cup.
The only hardest part for me there was finding bottled water without the “gas”. Most plastic bottled water were carbonated, and for me, it tasted bad. Sorry!
Summer in Germany was beautiful and I shall go back there again…
Here are some highlights.
The Neuschwanstein castle
The band at the salt museum in Berchtesgaden
My favorite German castle, the Linderhof.
They have the best schnitzel I’ve ever eaten in Germany.
It is cream sauce over pork cutlet.
So, someday I shall try.
A lovely town called Gengenbach.
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
I am a little Christmas fanatic…
Famous spot for picture taking
Getting ready for the cruise on Rhine river
and I guess the river cruise was not 7 year old boy thing…
Gutach open air museum.
Typical Black forest house in the 18th century
Picturesque town in Black Forest
Don’t we all have the similar experience?
Pork with wild mushroom over spatzel
It was the apple strudel.
It made me to loose my interest in American apple pie.
It is quite of work, I learned.
Of course, it has to be a clean one…
The store bought Puff pastry!
This is how I made.
One egg with a little bit of water for brushing.
I like to chop my apples in 1/2″ cubes,
Let it sit for 20 min, so they can release their juices.
If you don’t like walnuts you can use almonds, or omit them.
Mix the nut with sugars, and bread crumbs.
Make sure your pastry is well thawed in the room temperature.
Sprinkle the nut mixture half way and place the apples on top.
Lift up the front side and cover the apples,
and start rolling.
Seam sides down and pinch the ends.
Place them on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Brush with egg wash to create beautiful golden crust.
Make some slits for the steam to escape.
for the sweet memories of last summer.
- Preheat you oven to 375ºF.
- Peel, core, and chop apples into 1/2" cubes. You will need total 2 cups of chopped apples.
- Place them in a bowl and add cinnamon, white sugar, and flour. Set aside for 20 minutes so they can release the juices.
- In another bowl combine nuts, sugars, and bread crumbs. Set aside.
- Roll out one sheet of pastry into about 10"x12". Sprinkle 1/2 of nut mixture on the pastry covering halfway and place 1/2 of apples on top. Lift up the front side of pastry and cover the apple and start rolling all the way. Finish the other sheet in the same method.
- Pinch the ends of each logs and tuck under. Transfer them on to baking sheet with parchment paper on it, seam side down.
- Brush the top with egg wash. Make a few slits on top for the steam to escape.
- Bake at 375F for 40-45 minutes until the crust gets nicely golden brown.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream. Enjoy!