An important part to the taste of good homemade German bread are the bread spice mixes called “Brotgewürz” in German. Depending on the bread type there are several bread spices used in bread making.

If you love homemade bread and want to bake a great loaf of German bread you probably will find bread spice in the ingredient list.

German Bread Spice


Caraway Seeds: The dry seeds of the caraway root are uses for bread spice recipes. You will find caraway especially in German rye bread and Pumpernickel as it adds a great flavor. Some recipes call for the whole seed, while others call for crushed or often ground seeds as many people don´t like to bite onto the whole seeds while eating.

Anise Seed: Anise seeds have a strong licorice taste and therefore it is not everybodys favorite spice. Alternatively you can use star anise in spice blends as they are milder. But in spice blends it adds a lot of flavor without beeing to strong.

Fennel Seeds: Fennel seed not only add amazing flavour to your bread they are also packed with immpresive nutrients and very beneficial for your health.

Coriander Seeds: Coriander seeds add a fresh flavor to your bread spice mix. You will not find whole coriander seeds in traditional German bread recipes but contempory recipes influenced by the international cuisine call sometimes for the whole seed.

Make Your Own Bread Spice

With this recipe it is very easy to make your own German bread spice blend, which you can use for a lot of different German bread recipes. It is easy to make and you can store it in an airtight container for at least one year.

German Bread Spice Recipe

German Bread Spice Blend

Yield: 8 Tbsp.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This simple German bread spice will take your homemade German bread to the next level.


  • 4 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 4 tbsp. caraway seeds
  • 4 tsp. anise
  • 4 tsp. coriander seeds


  1. Add all seeds to a bowl and blend.
  2. Then grind them in a spice or coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle.
  3. Add to an airtight container and store in a dry and dark space.


Tip: Depending on whether you want a stronger or slightly minder bread, 1 to 2 tablespoons of the finished mixture is enough for a bread dough containing 500g of flour.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 tbsp.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 21Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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