As with German cooking, there is no one typical German bread. Each region in Germany has its own specialties and variations. In Northern Germany, dark and heavy breads, such as rye breads, are prefered. In the South, lighter breads made of wheat are the favorites.
The most commonly used flour in German bread baking is rye, either on its own or combined with another flour, such as wheat or spelt. Other popular ingredients used in German breads include oats, barley, onions, nuts, sunflower seeds, poppy and sesame seeds, cheese, bacon, herbs, and various spices.
Germany as a whole produces by far the most varieties of breads. Over 300 varieties of dark and white breads and over 1,200 varieties of rolls and mini-breads (Brötchen & Kleingebäck) are produced in Germany.
Although not all varieties of German bread are made here in the U.S., your local German bakeries and delicatessens have a large variety of fresh and delicious breads to choose from. On this page, we identify many of the most well-known German breads and we provide you with valuable and interesting information for each.
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There are hundreds of German bread varieties. We list several of the most
well-known ones here.
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suggestions, and more.