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Birthday brunch treat for a Berliner.

Good evening,

a buddy of mine ( from Berlin of course) is turning 50 next week and his good wife is putting on a surprise brunch for him, as in, everybody is helping to fill the table.

I was wondering if anybody here could give me a good idea of something to bake that is typically Berlinese (?)

I've never been there and my googling really only gave me the "Berliner" or pfannkuchen, which we have readily here and I'm sure that theme will be done to death anyway.

The other things that came up were Weisswurst, or currywurst, which isn't what I'm looking for.

Something that a Berliner that has lived here for more than twenty years might have a hankering for from home, any tips would be gratefully received.
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Good evening,

a buddy of mine ( from Berlin of course) is turning 50 next week and his good wife is putting on a surprise brunch for him, as in, everybody is helping to fill the table.

I was wondering if anybody here could give me a good idea of something to bake that is typically Berlinese (?)

I've never been there and my googling really only gave me the "Berliner" or pfannkuchen, which we have readily here and I'm sure that theme will be done to death anyway.

The other things that came up were Weisswurst, or currywurst, which isn't what I'm looking for.

Something that a Berliner that has lived here for more than twenty years might have a hankering for from home, any tips would be gratefully received.
Maybe Buletten.
http://www.chefkoch.de/rezepte/65712.../Buletten.html
Or a Potato-soup.
http://www.chefkoch.de/rezepte/21960...ffelsuppe.html
Or this here:
http://www.chefkoch.de/rezepte/47391...rstpfanne.html

taken from this search:
http://www.chefkoch.de/rs/s0/berlin/Rezepte.html

Just because he's from Berlin doesn't mean that he's into Curry-Wurst, Buletten or any other stuff on that page. Has he ever actually mentioned missing the stuff?

Just cook or bake what you do really well.
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Re: Birthday brunch treat for a Berliner.

Hello and thanks for that link, it looks good.

It isn't really about what he might be missing so much, more, I would just like to pay tribute to his roots as a gesture, recognition so to speak.

I think I'll probably compromise, something from his homeland and something from mine that I know he likes.

Brunches are the worst thing for me, I never know what I should make, they are "neither nor".
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Good evening,

a buddy of mine ( from Berlin of course) is turning 50 next week and his good wife is putting on a surprise brunch for him, as in, everybody is helping to fill the table.

I was wondering if anybody here could give me a good idea of something to bake that is typically Berlinese (?)

I've never been there and my googling really only gave me the "Berliner" or pfannkuchen, which we have readily here and I'm sure that theme will be done to death anyway.

The other things that came up were Weisswurst, or currywurst, which isn't what I'm looking for.

Something that a Berliner that has lived here for more than twenty years might have a hankering for from home, any tips would be gratefully received.
Berliner is a doughnut e.g. President Kennedy who memorably announced "I am a doughnut"

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"Boulette" (fried meatballs).

Pig's ear with yellow peas

Eisbein auf Sauerkraut
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Re: Birthday brunch treat for a Berliner.

What we call "Berliner" is what people in Berlin call "Pfannkuchen" afaIk. They do seem to have been invented in Berlin, and interestingly enough, most Western European languages refer to them with some reference to "Berlin".

Weisswurst would be most unwelcome to a real Berliner, as it is something deeply Bavarian! Currywurst is said to have been "invented" in Berlin though.

I second Rainer_d's suggestion, that you cook or bake something that you do well, and know he will enjoy.

I did find some other things "native" to Berlin, like "Schweineohren" (what is called "Prussien" in Switzerland), and Windbeutel (cream puff filled with whipped cream), and "Amerikaner" - no idea why they are called "Americans"!! - see photo:

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Hello and thanks for that link, it looks good.

It isn't really about what he might be missing so much, more, I would just like to pay tribute to his roots as a gesture, recognition so to speak.

I think I'll probably compromise, something from his homeland and something from mine that I know he likes.

Brunches are the worst thing for me, I never know what I should make, they are "neither nor".
Yep, that's a good question.
But your ideas are good.
My mother likes to make Creme Bavaroise (Bavarian Cream), served with raspberry puree. I would have to ask my mother for her recipe, though. There are too many variations out there that may or may not "work"....
;-)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bavarian_cream
Nothing to do with Berlin - but honestly, what can you expect from the part of the country that is proud on Curry-Wurst and aspic?
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Re: Birthday brunch treat for a Berliner.

Well I just went to fish out my "Little German Cookbook" which you're welcome to borrow.

The following are dishes that are typical to Berlin:
Potato Soup with sausages
Berlin Noodle Soup (beef broth)
Loffelerbsen (Pea Soup)
Buletten/Frikadellen (meat balls/patties fried) eaten with bread and mustard)
Calf's Liver "Berlin"
Knuckle of Pork with mashed peas


There are a number of traditional German dessert recipes but none specifically from Berlin
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Re: Birthday brunch treat for a Berliner.

Gosh, thank you all, I much appreciate all these ideas, really kind.

My real problem is, "brunch".

I did see a lot of the forementioned menus in my searches, but, are they really "brunch" material?

I have to say, I get confused even still, what with my idea of such a thing as "brunch" and trying to find something that I think is appropriate and that people from Europe will find appropriate.

I think I need to take a google out and really try and re-define what "brunch" really is.

I think it's not the same in Europe, as what I think of it as.

Sorry, I think I'm gabbling a bit, it's been one of those weeks and I am a wee bit "tired".
I don't usually agonize over such things, but, well, he really is a good buddy, we go way back and have had a similar start to life here in "der Schweiz".

Cheers, much appreciated.
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Re: Birthday brunch treat for a Berliner.

Brunch is a very open-ended concept, isn't it... can be hard to know what to bring.

One thing that might go over really well is little mini-bulleten - which would be like small meatballs, if you are American, and still could be seen as quite Berlin-ish as well. Make them with a bit of parmesan cheese grated in, and nice herbs... nom nom. And maybe a bit of a quark herb sauce (like tzatziki, but easy on the garlic). This is something that has disappeared very fast at any brunches I made it for.

Another favourite I like to make is a bread spread of quark, really finely chopped ham, parsley and chives (salt and pepper to taste).

Usually there will be enough "sweet" things, so I prefer to bring something savoury.

I do think soup is a good idea for brunch as well, especially the weather stays as cold as it is. Potato soup is apparently a typical soup for Berlin. I have a really nice recipe for potato-leek soup with mince - sounds awful, I had never heard of such a thing before I moved to Germany, but it's actually really good. Nice thing is, you can prepare it the day before, sitting overnight just makes it better. PM me if you would like to have the recipe.
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What we call "Berliner" is what people in Berlin call "Pfannkuchen" afaIk. They do seem to have been invented in Berlin, and interestingly enough, most Western European languages refer to them with some reference to "Berlin".

Weisswurst would be most unwelcome to a real Berliner, as it is something deeply Bavarian! Currywurst is said to have been "invented" in Berlin though.

I second Rainer_d's suggestion, that you cook or bake something that you do well, and know he will enjoy.

I did find some other things "native" to Berlin, like "Schweineohren" (what is called "Prussien" in Switzerland), and Windbeutel (cream puff filled with whipped cream), and "Amerikaner" - no idea why they are called "Americans"!! - see photo:
From the Leo German English dictionary

Der Berliner = doughnut
Der Berliner Pfannkuchen = doughnut
Der Pfannkuchen (Berlin) = doughnut
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Re: Birthday brunch treat for a Berliner.

Thanks, yes, apart from the open endedness of the term brunch, it's also the three different cultures merging in here.

While I'm normally confident that the people attending like my offerings and don't usually even have to think terribly hard as to what I will bring to any other event (they either like it or not, hey ho!), just for this guy, I really am making a speacial effort, he deserves it, hell of a nice guy, even if he does talk funny.

I have now decided to do my Mocha fudge cake with a turbo chantilly cream like filling, that I know he likes.

The other thing I would like to do as a savoury plate is something he made for us one time.

This will be a challenge! He made a yeast dough and with that he made many "krapfen", that he deep fried, filled with minced meat, onions, broccoli and I can't remember what all elses, they were called something like "kromoskies".
It's funny on this quest,for Berlin type recipes, I keep getting references to Prussian food styles. So I don't know,maybe these "kromoskies?" - I really only know that it ended in "ski" a lead to them would make me happy, something savoury and something sweet, that would suit us perfectly.

I would ask him but it's a surprise, so if I should call and babble even more there than here, then I'm not helping the cause at all.

I'll send this now, as if I look at it again, I'll delete the whole thing, and maybe never get back to it, so in all it's imperfection and with gratitude to all that contributed, I send.
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Brunch is a very open-ended concept, isn't it... can be hard to know what to bring.

One thing that might go over really well is little mini-bulleten - which would be like small meatballs, if you are American, and still could be seen as quite Berlin-ish as well. Make them with a bit of parmesan cheese grated in, and nice herbs... nom nom. And maybe a bit of a quark herb sauce (like tzatziki, but easy on the garlic). This is something that has disappeared very fast at any brunches I made it for.

Another favourite I like to make is a bread spread of quark, really finely chopped ham, parsley and chives (salt and pepper to taste).

Usually there will be enough "sweet" things, so I prefer to bring something savoury.

I do think soup is a good idea for brunch as well, especially the weather stays as cold as it is. Potato soup is apparently a typical soup for Berlin. I have a really nice recipe for potato-leek soup with mince - sounds awful, I had never heard of such a thing before I moved to Germany, but it's actually really good. Nice thing is, you can prepare it the day before, sitting overnight just makes it better. PM me if you would like to have the recipe.
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Re: Birthday brunch treat for a Berliner.

Mhmmm... that mocha fudge cake sounds amazing, and is sure to go over a treat.

Interesting point you make about the Prussian influence, that could well be although Pomerania was still between Berlin and Prussia -but I think a lot of the household staff for "better" families in Berlin came from Prussia, maybe that's where the influence came from.

The "kromoskies" you mention don't ring a bell, but I did immediately think of the EF member Little Polka. She is originally from Poland, loves to cook and bake - you can see some of her efforts on this thread: Post photos of what you cook and bake in Switzerland

Anyway, I think she might be able to help you figure out how to make "kromoskies" or something similar. Umm.. and I would love to have the recipe as well, if you do find out, they sound delicious.
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Re: Birthday brunch treat for a Berliner.

I found out the name for these marvellous delectibles, I will be making his modified version of Piroschkis (in German), not "kromoskies", although they do exist as I later saw, wasn't sure if I had made the name up or not.



I'm getting more and more enthusiastic about this brunch, there are going to be lots and lots of varied things to taste for the first time, by all accounts.

If I was you reading this, I would definitely be very jealous of me and with good reason, he has great friends and they can all cook!!

Ahh, sometimes the life is really good.
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Berliner is a doughnut e.g. President Kennedy who memorably announced "I am a doughnut"

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"Boulette" (fried meatballs).

Pig's ear with yellow peas

Eisbein auf Sauerkraut
And I thought I was the only one thinking of JFK as a doughnut
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Re: Birthday brunch treat for a Berliner.

this is berlinese...

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Re: Birthday brunch treat for a Berliner.

Brunch can be many things to many people ... enjoy sorting through the suggestions and choosing something!
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