After a whirlwind year in Germany and slowly settling into round two here, there is one thing I am certain of.
Germans love apples.
Germans are one of the largest importers of apples worldwide and it makes sense when you witness the popularity.
- Plain apples (Äpfel)
- Apple sauce (Apfelmus) – beyond eating it plain, it is used as a dessert toping on German pancakes (Pfannkuchen)
- Apple juice (Apfelsaft) – yes, we like apple juice in the US just fine, but we do not buy it by the crate, nor is it on the menu at every restaurant in town
- Apple schnaps (Apfelschnaps)
- Apfelschorle – a mixture of apple juice and carbonated water , bottled up like it’s the next Coca-Cola
- Apple cake (Apfelkuchen)
In fact, I even got my former host mother this Apple Slinky contraption for Christmas. We then proceeded to make baked cinnamon apple rings every evening I had to babysit.
my German apple favorites:
They come in all shapes, textures, densities, and sizes, but two things remain contant: apples + cinnamon and it makes for magical desserts (or breakfasts, whatever). I made one during my summer in Houston and it was a MEGA hit. There’s always an extra plus if it’s topped with strudel.
Berentzen (generic: Apfelkorn)
Berentzen is an apple liquor; it’s basically apple juice with a slightly higher alcohol content than a bottle of wine. It’s better on ice if you actually have access to any, which I usually do not, but delicious in all forms.
update Oct. 12, 2012:
Further evidence found on German roads of the profound love of apples in this nation.