Puddingbrezel: A Classic German Pastry

The world of pretzels is huge, and versatile.

In Germany, these knotted breads are enormously popular. And many regions have their very own traditional types.

Some are only few inches long, others can reach a diameter of up to 20 inches. While some varieties are salty, like the typical soft pretzel, many are sweet.

One very distinct type offers a delicious combination of fluffy pastry and pudding. This is known as the puddingbrezel.

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These gorgeous goodies are a bakery standard in Germany, especially in their home region of the Rhineland-Palatinate. Today, their popularity has spread all over the country.

It’s interesting to note that you will find vanilla flavored puddingbrezels exclusively in bakeries or patisseries. I have never seen a chocolate one with my own eyes.

Nonetheless, when preparing these goodies at home, feel free to use chocolate pudding if you like it better, or top with some fresh berries or other types of fruit after baking.

Puddingbrezel Cover | Foodal.com

If you’ve had some practice, why not vary the shape as well? Prepare small circles or diamond shapes and fill their insides with pudding for a lovely change of pace.

In Germany, the dough for these sweet treats is called “Plunder,” which is also a term for the old stuff you usually keep in attics that you haven’t tidied up for a while.

But the pastry has nothing to do with old junk – the Old German verb “pludern” simply means rising and loosening up.

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In English, danish pastries are known for being made with this type of dough as well. But what does this have to do with the Danes?

The term “danish” is connected to a strike among Danish bakers in the 19th century. When bakers from neighboring countries, especially Austria, were invited to work, they brought with them a new kind of dough, which quickly became very popular.

As soon as the strike ended, the Danish bakers started to experiment with this new dough and adapted it to their needs. And thus, the danish pastries, as we know and refer to them today, were born.

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Now, this is where a bit of confusion begins, because the Scandinavians call it wienerbrød, or “Viennese bread.”

To them, the Austrians were the ones responsible for the new baking technique, so it just seemed logical to name the pastry after them.

Close up of a single German puddingbrezel pastry.

And indeed, the special procedure that is necessary for making the breakfast pastries we know and love today is an invention of traditional Viennese patisserie. The technique the Austrians used is called lamination.

It is a variation of puff pastry, although there are certain differences.

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As you probably know, yeast actually needs warmth to rise and work its magic, but for this we turn the usual method upside down:

Although this dough is prepared with yeast, it is processed with cold ingredients. Then, after kneading, it is folded and rolled out again multiple times – a procedure called lamination – to achieve the desired fluffy and flaky structure.

For a successful Danish pastry, fat is needed. It works to separate the various layers of the dough as they bake, providing that light and flaky texture.

Without waiting around any longer, let’s get on with the recipe!

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A batch of German Puddingbrezeln. Close up shot.

German Puddingbrezel


  • Author: Nina-Kristin Isensee
  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 15 pretzels
  • Category: Pastry
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: German

Description

A buttery Danish filled with sweet vanilla pudding, the puddingbrezel is one of a kind. Learn how to make this pretzel-shaped pastry.


Ingredients

For the filling:

For the pastry:

  • 9 oz all purpose flour
  • 1 oz fresh yeast
  • 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg*
  • 4 oz softened butter

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pudding, cover with plastic wrap to keep a skin from forming, and chill in the refrigerator.
  2. Dissolve the yeast in the milk.
  3. Pile the flour in a mound in a large bowl or on a floured countertop. Create a well in the middle, and add the sugar, egg, and milk with yeast. Knead together until smooth.
  4. On a floured countertop, roll out the dough into a rectangle about 17 by 13 inches in length and width, and 0.2 inches (5 millimeters) thick.
  5. Leaving a border of about 1 inch around the rectangle, gently spread the butter on 2/3 of the dough to the right, leaving the remaining third to the left uncoated.
  6. Fold the unbuttered left portion into the middle, then the right part into the middle on top of that. Wrap with plastic and place in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes.
  7. Repeat Step 4, rolling the dough out again, and folding as you did in step 6. Then start over and repeat the process of folling and folding again.
  8. Roll out to a thickness of about 0.2 inches once more, and cut into 15-18 strips about 1/2 an inch in width, with a knife or a pastry wheel.
  9. Roll the flat strips into ropes with your palms on a floured countertop, and form into pretzels. Transfer carefully to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, with some room in between to expand during baking.
  10. Using a pastry bag with a star-shaped piping attachment, pipe the cooled pudding into the two holes of each. Leave to rest on the counter for 30 minutes.
  11. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  12. Bake the pretzels for about 15 minutes until lightly golden.
  13. Take the pretzels out of the oven and leave to cool on the parchment paper for at least 30 minutes. It’s important not to lift them while they’re still hot, because the warm pudding can easily stick to the paper. Once cool, gently transfer from the sheet and enjoy!

Keywords: German Food, Pastry, Puddingbrezel, Oktoberfest

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 – Prepare Filling

First, prepare your filling. I like to use this recipe for German-style vanilla or chocolate pudding.

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Step 1. Prepare filling

If you’re making the pudding, cover it with plastic wrap to keep a skin from forming, and chill thoroughly in the fridge.

Step 2 – Dissolve Yeast

In a small bowl, dissolve the fresh yeast in the milk. Use cold, full-fat milk.

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Step 2. Dissolve yeast

For suggestions on yeast substitutions if the fresh kind is not available, check out the handy chart in Kendall Vanderslice’s article on baking with yeast. Other types of yeast may react differently when combined with cold milk, so alterations are not recommended.

Step 3 – Combine Ingredients

Pile the flour into a little hill in a large bowl or on a floured countertop, and create a well in the center.

Add the sugar, egg, and the yeast-milk mixture, to the well, and combine, beginning by moving a little flour into the well from the edges and continuing to mix until all of the flour is thoroughly incorporated.

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Step 3. Combine ingredients

Knead everything together until a smooth dough is formed.

Step 4 – Roll and Spread

On a floured countertop, roll out the dough into a large rectangle, about 17×13 inches and 0.2 inches (5 millimeters) thick.

Leave border of about 1 inch around the perimeter, and spread the softened butter on the right 2/3 of the dough. Leave 1/3 of the surface unbuttered on the left side.

Step 5 – Fold and Chill

Fold the unbuttered part on the left into the middle. Then fold the right side into the middle, overlapping with the folded left portion.

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Step 5. Fold and chill

Wrap carefully in plastic, and place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.

Step 6 – Laminating

Take the chilled dough out of the fridge and return it to your floured countertop. Continue to perform the laminating procedure, creating more layers that will result in a flaky, light and airy dough.

To do this, repeat procedure in steps 4 and 5. Roll the dough out into a large rectangle, fold in the left side, and fold the right side in to overlap on top of that.

Complete this procedure again (this will be your third time). Again: roll out a large rectangle, fold the left, and fold the right side over it.

Step 7 – Roll and Cut

Roll out into a large rectangle about 0.2 inches thick, and cut into 15-18 strips of equal width with a sharp knife or a pastry wheel.

Cutting Dough into Strips | Foodal.com
Step 7. Roll and cut

Step 8 – Twist into Pretzels

Roll each strip into a long rope beneath your palm on a floured countertop. Then twist each into a pretzel shape.

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Step 8. Twist into pretzels

Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, with about an inch in between so they won’t slick together when they bake.

Step 9 – Fill

Fill a pastry bag with a star nozzle attachment with your pudding and pipe into the holes of each pretzel. Leave to rest on the countertop for 30 minutes.

Filling Holes with Pudding | Foodal.com
Step 9. Fill pretzels

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F (220°C).

Step 10 – Bake

Bake for about 15 minutes until lightly golden.

Take the danish out of the oven and leave to cool for at least 30 minutes on the parchment paper.

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Step 10. Bake and enjoy

It’s important not to lift them while they’re still hot, because the warm pudding can easily stick to the paper and you’ll have a big mess on your hands.

Gently transfer from the sheet using a metal spatula, and enjoy!

Delicious by Any Name

So, let’s summarize: We have an Austrian pastry that was adapted by the Danes, which was then used to make this popular German delicacy. And now, you’re able to make it at home wherever you are.

If this isn’t intercultural – or better “interculinary” knowledge, I don’t know what is!

Whatever you call the method or the final food product, the German puddingbrezel makes a delicious addition to breakfast or afternoon tea. If you enjoyed these delights, then you may like our buttery fruit-filled donut recipe as well.

Sliced Puddingbrezel Closeup | Foodal.com

Make your own at home, and use the hashtag #EatFoodal on Instagram to share your creations with us!

Looking for more German desserts? Try my recipe for cute and pretty Amerikaner cookies cakes

What shapes will you make, and what will you use to fill your pastry? Let us know in the comments.


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About Nina-Kristin Isensee

Nina lives in Iserlohn, Germany and holds an MA in Art History (Medieval and Renaissance Studies). She is currently working as a freelance writer in various fields. She enjoys travel, photography, cooking, and baking. Nina tries to cook from scratch every day when she has the time and enjoys trying out new spices and ingredients, as well as surprising her family with new cake creations.

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