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German Bread Spice Mixes: 2 Simple Recipes

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With the right bread spices, you can prepare traditional kinds of aromatic German bread. We’ll show you two variations that you can easily make in your own kitchen.

Germans know a thing or two about bread — they have more than 300 varieties! The country is best known for its flavorful pumpernickel, rye, spelt, and whole-grain bread, each infused with different spices. The bread spices blend well with the dark, rich flavors of German food. 

Make Your Own Bread Spices: Basic Recipe 

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German breads are often made with dark, whole grain flours and plenty of nuts and seeds. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash - James Harris)

Many ready-made bread spice mixes have a high salt content and contain various flavor enhancers. By making your own bread seasoning, you are choosing the healthier (and more delicious) option. You can use this basic, four-ingredient recipe to flavor a tasty rye or spelt loaf. You’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp. caraway seeds
  • 2 tbsp. anise
  • 2 tbsp. fennel
  • 2 tbsp. coriander

You’ll also need the following materials:

  • Coffee grinder or mortar and pestle
  • Resealable jar 

Preparing the Mixture:

  1. Put the ingredients in a coffee grinder and grind the spices.
    OR place the ingredients in the mortar and grind them together with the pestle.
  2. Store the bread spice mixture in a resealable, sterilized jar.

Tip: Use one to two tablespoons of bread spice per two cups of flour for perfectly aromatic loaves.

Onion Bread Seasoning

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You can get creative with spices. If you prefer Italian seasoning, add that to your next loaf! (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Unsplash - Lucas Mendes )

Spicy onion bread makes for a nice change from regular bread. This bread tastes especially good with cream cheese, soup, or a DIY vegan spread

For the onion bread spices, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 4 tsp. dry, roasted onions
  • 2 tsp. coriander
  • 2 tsp. allspice
  • 2 tsp. caraway seeds

You’ll need these kitchen gadgets:

  • Coffee grinder or mortar and pestle
  • Resealable jar 

Preparing the Bread Seasoning :

  1. Grind the onions, coriander, allspice, and caraway seeds in a coffee grinder or the mortar and pestle. Depending on your preference, you can grind your bread spice mixture finely or coarsely.
  2. Store the finished mixture in a clean, resealable jar. 

You can’t wait to try your bread spices? Then get started with one of the following recipes:

Or use your bread spices to season stale bread recipes and save food from the garbage.

This article has been translated from German to English by Karen Stankiewicz. You can find the original here: Brotgewürz: 3 Varianten zum Selbermachen

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