Delicious German pastry with nuts.
German Pastries and Cookies
There are lots of types of German pastry and cookies of all shapes and flavors. They got popular all over Germany around the 18th century and were eaten with tea or coffee. At first they were luxuries since sugar was expensive at that time, but later on a cheaper beet sugar came out and then everyone could enjoy them.
One typical German pastry are “Schnecken” which litteraly translated means “snails” as their shape reminds to a snail shell. You can find all kinds of variations of this tasty pastry that reminds a little bit of cinnamon rolls. Some of the popular “Schnecken” variations are: Apfelschnecken (apple rolls), Rosinenschnecken (raisin-quark rolls), Puddingschnecken (pudding rolls) and Nussschnecken (nut rolls).
How is this Pastry called in German?
The moist and tender nut pastry is called "Nussschnecke".
How to pronounce "Nussschnecke"?
Listen to this audio file to hear how to say "Nussschnecke" in German.
How to make German Nut Pastry Video Tutorial
German Nut Rolls
This German nut pastry has the lovely texture of cinnamon roll with a flavorful nut filling and a light lemon flavored glaze.
This simple recipe for authentic German nut rolls is perfect for your next “Kaffeeklatsch” (German coffee & cake get-together).
Authentic German Nussschnecken Recipe
Nussschnecken - Nut Rolls
- 4 cups flour
- 1 tbsp. instant yeast
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- ½ cup melted butter
- 1 cup warm milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 300 g ground nuts i.e. hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds or a mix
- 2 egg whites
- ½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- ½ tsp. cinnamon
- 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice or water
- Melt butter and heat milk to luke warm.
- Add flour, yeast, salt, and sugar to a bowl and blend briefly.
- Add egg yolks and blend well.
- Add melted butter and warm milk, and knead for about 5 min.
- Allow the dough to rest for about 10 min.
- In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
- Mix all ingredients for the filling in a medium sized bowl.
- Roll dough out to a ¼-inch thick rectangle.
- Spread the filling on top.
- Roll up dough from the short end of the rectangle.
- Cut roll into 1-inch wide pieces.
- Set on, a with parchment paper lined, baking sheet.
- Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let raise for about 30 min.
- Bake for 20-25 min.
- In the meantime, mix powdered sugar and lemon juice or water to a glaze.
- Spread glaze on the rolls while still warm.
Try this recipe with different types of nuts to find your favorite flavor.