It’s time to stay into the Oktoberfest mood and that means I’m going to talk about food, mainly a typical hearty Bavarian breakfast. Bavaria, Germany’s second most populous state, places great value on traditions such as, Tracht (national costume such as Dirndl or Lederhosen), football, drink (especially beer), and of course food.
The three main components of a typical Bavarian breakfast are white sausage, beer, and pretzels, called Weisswurst, Brezel, and Bier in German. This breakfast is accompanied by sweet mustard, soft pretzels, and
sometimes nearly always beer.
Weisswurst, a German delicacy
Weisswurst, a pale colored sausage with a delicate flavor is typically made of chopped veal, cream, eggs, lemon and parsley. The cute plump sausages are about ten to twelve centimeters in length and about two centimeters in thickness and come in pairs when you order them.
It’s been said that Weisswurst should never be allowed to hear the noon church bells ring, hence it’s normally eaten before lunch. This is mainly because Weisswurst is extremely perishable since no preservatives are used in the recipe (except for some store bought brands, so buy from your local butcher) and they aren’t smoked like other German sausages.
Lye and Pretzels
I’d be lying if I told you Germans hate bread. It’s just the opposite, they love them some Brot (bread) and eat over 300 varieties, not including the 1200 varieties of Brötchen (rolls). This makes shopping for bread a real effort, believe me. Choosing the wrong bread variety for a meal can be catastrophic. Luckily, for our Bavarian breakfast, we just add a Brezel (soft pretzel), basically the same as the ones we eat at the ball games. Brezel ingredients are simple, white wheat flour, malt, salt, yeast, water, and food-grade lye.
Lye? Yep, sounds strange, but when a food-lye (3% solution) is used, the “safe to eat” outcome is a golden-brown, chewy yet crispy pretzel.
Did you know that Brezel are said to bring luck, prosperity, and spiritual wholeness?
Beer for Breakfast?
Well, why not? German beer is extremely healthy. After all, the original German law (Reinheitsgebot or “German Beer Purity Law” or the “Bavarian Purity Law” in English) stated beer can only contain water, barley, hops. Later, yeast became the fourth legal ingredient and sugar became legal for beer production when used for top-fermenting beer.
Are you still feeling guilty about drinking beer for breakfast? Don’t, it’s normal in Bayern and especially at Oktoberfest. I told you the spiritual awareness from the Brezel would come in handy. 🙂
What about calories you ask? Well, yes there are calories, but after this meal just put on your Lederhosen and hike the gorgeous Bavarian Alps. Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo!