Germ knedle, fritule or fritters and different cakes. These three desserts make up the standard sweet offer, which are most often found on the menus of all restaurateurs.
Germ knedle are a specialty of Austrian and Bavarian cuisine, and real germ knedles are basically dumplings made from raised dough, stuffed with jam or plum jam, steamed, and served topped with vanilla sauce with the addition of poppy seeds and sugar from above. However, over the last few years we have come across germ knedle with melted butter, stuffed with chocolate and sprinkled with coconut. They are especially popular in winter, and they have been a favorite dish on Zagreb’s Advent for many long years.
Fritule are a well-known dessert that looks like small doughnuts and is most often prepared at Christmas Eve. The tradition of preparing, it is most often cherished in southern Croatia. Considering the taste and sweet little form, we can quickly have a snack while mingling through the streets of Zagreb. Usually, rakija and lemon zest are added inside, but also can contain raisins. If you like apples and cinnamon, some recipes add these two ingredients too.
Finally, from medieval Europe, some Christmas cakes started to use then modern ingredients such as: cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, almonds, and dried fruits. By the 16th century, Christmas cakes had become popular throughout Europe.
From the middle of the 19th century, various metal forms for cakes started to be used, which have become available on the market. They are often in shapes of Christmas trees, snowmen, or stars. Due to the availability of this accessory, the first recipes for such Christmas cakes began to appear on the holiday markets.
There are a handful of choices of cakes, from Linzers, then walnuts and poppy seeds rolls, peppers and gingerbread, vanilla rolls, and the most popular is Stollen or Christmas bread. It is an inexhaustible offer of cakes that are prepared this holiday and New Years’ time.
The finest offers can be found right at Zagreb Jingle Mingles locations.