Discover Germany, Issue 68, November 2018

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Discover Germany  |  Wine & Dine Feature  |  Get Ready for Advent Time

Get ready for Advent

– with special treats from the DACH region

We all know the classic, hot Christmas drink mulled wine, or ‘Glühwein’, as the Germans say. And also, the Christmas fruit cake ‘Stollen’ is fairly well-known around the rest of the world. But have you ever heard of the traditional baked apple ‘Bratapfel’? We take a look at this, plus some other Advent specialties from Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

regions. With a few more weeks to go before it officially kicks off, there is plenty of time to explore tasty options to look into for this year’s festive season.

DACH region but the classic variation always includes cinnamon, sugar and butter. This dish is easy to prepare. All you have to do for the classic version is to cut out the apple stem and scoop out the seeds to create space for the stuffing, fill the apple with a mix of sugar, cinnamon and butter, and bake it for around 20 minutes. The filling caramelises and fills the house with an irresistible smell. The best apple variety to use is Boskop, because it keeps its shape and has a juicy yet sour taste.

One of the top Advent time treats is the baked apple ‘Bratapfel’. There are more versions of it than there are cities across the

The ‘Bratapfel’ can be customised and many families have their own favourite recipe. From adding marzipan, raisins, jam


It is not really any kind of a secret: the DACH region is an expert when it comes to Advent time and celebrating Christmas in style. From the beautifully lit Christmas markets to culinary delights that not only warm our stomachs but also our souls – there is something deeply comforting about the run-up to Christmas in these 20  |  Issue 68  |  November 2018