Press: BREADISTA™ conquers US kitchens with German bread treats

The German bread culture is successfully finding its way into US-kitchens. With their unique bread baking kits, it’s an easy bake for everyone.

After an unexpected and strong Christmas season, the plans for 2021 had to be revised. Many new things such as accompanying recipes and corporate gift boxes for business customers are on the plate. But things also have to be reorganized in the background and production has to be adjusted.

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The woman owned startup from the West Coast picked the right horse. In this crazy year of 2020, making bread at home has held a special place in people’s lives. BREADISTA celebrates this month gratefully the first anniversary since their start on Feb, 29th, right before the pandemic hit. They thank their returning customers and fans with a special Birthday-Baking-Box. Yes, classic baking mixes are not new – however, this is a unique idea to send yourself or your loved ones on a baking journey through German bread culture.

Easy to use bread making kits for authentic German bread

Everything is included and no, taking care on a sourdough starter is not necessary. High quality ingredients are perfectly pre-measured and really let everyone bake like a pro. Whether the monthly bread subscription boxes, the bread & salt gift boxes or the sets of three, all varieties are awesome gift ideas for bread lovers and home bakers.

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Press Release: New Category for Gift Boxes

BREADISTA, a woman owned startup from the West Coast, developed easy-to-use bread baking kits and brings authentic German bread culture to US kitchens.

Give some tradition to friends and family with ‘Bread & Salt Gift Boxes’ from BREADISTA. Baking bread at home is more common today than ever. You don’t need to be a Pro to get perfect bread making results. BREADISTA’s bread baking kits are suitable for both beginners as well as advanced home bakers. Whether they are for a classic loaf, typical bread rolls or even the German Pretzel. All baking kits are based on artisan and authentic recipes.

Breadista Gourmet Gift Box - Press

During the last month many of the subscription boxes were sent out as a gift. It’s a great idea to home bakers and bread lovers for all kind of occasions or just as a ‘Thank You’ present. That’s one reason BREADISTA started the new category. With our gourmet bread & salt gift boxes we now have even more gift ideas for housewarming, birthdays and anniversaries or even business partners. You can also give it a personal touch with adding a message to the bread baking boxes.

The unique BREADISTA gift and baking boxes are available within the US and ship usually within 2-3 days via USPS Priority Mail.

Giving back is one corner in the company’s philosophy. Each monthly box or gift box donates one meal to a Food Bank in America. Joining the BREADISTA community helps to improve your bread baking skills and brings a meal to someone else’s table.

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Recipe – Traditional & Authentic German Bread Dumplings

Or also called ‘Semmelknoedel’ or ‘Bread Knodel’. In our childhood the German bread dumplings were mostly reserved for holiday dinners such as Christmas or Easter. It’s also more a dish for colder days, except in Bavaria. They love their dumplings all year long – also as pretzel dumplings or potato dumplings.

We usually eat our dumplings with mom’s beef rouladen and an awesome deep brown sauce – of course everything is done from scratch. Just thinking about it is sooooo mouthwatering. You can serve these delicious bread dumplings in different ways. More the traditional with roasted meat, the vegeterian way with salad or with a creamy mushroom sauce.

German Bread Dumpling with Salad
German Bread Dumpling with Salad

As for our German Kirschenplotzer recipe you also need some good bread for this German bread dumplings. Best it is already 1-2 days old and lost some moisture. If you use some soft pretzels (~3pc) you will have some Bavarian pretzel dumplings what is more typical for the region around the city Munich.

There are two or even three methods to cook your bread dumplings: bake or broil as a typical round dumpling or shape it in a long roll and wrap it in foil for broiling. With the last mentioned method you get ‘Serviettenknödel’ – sorry there is no translation for that! 😉 You can serve it then in slices and if you like, fry them golden brown in some butter.

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The ingredients you need:

300 g / 10.5 oz……………………….. bread or pretzels (1-2 day old)

200 g / 7.1 oz…………………………. milk (min 2%) or half-half

2 eggs ……………………………….. lightly beaten

2 TBS…………………………………. red onions, fine chopped

1 TBS………………………………….. parsley, fine chopped

0.5 – 1.0 TSP each …………………… fine salt & olive oil

…………………………. …………….. pepper, a pinch ground nutmeg, unsalted butter

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with baking paper OR if you like to boil your bread dumplings, heat 3-4 Qt. salt water to a simmer.

Saute the onions in 0.5 TSP olive oil until just translucent and deglaze with the milk. Turn off the heat. Cut the bread or soft pretzels in thin slices and put it in a medium bowl. Pour the milk over it, add the eggs, parsley, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Only now fold in everything very gently, just until evenly combined. Let sit 5min.
Now roll with slightly wet palms your dumplings, use approx. 1/3 cup. Don’t press to strong or they become too dense. Set aside.

Bake in the oven:
Put on each dumpling a mini piece of butter and bake them for 10-12 min until golden brown. Put another butter piece on it right before serving.

Boil in a pot:
Keep the water simmering slightly! Just add one ‘test’-dumpling for ~12min. It’s ready when the dumpling turns up and starts rolling. If it doesn’t fell apart, go ahead. Otherwise you may need to roll the dumplings a bit stronger.

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German Bread Dumpling - baked
German Bread Dumplings, also known as ‘Semmelknoedel’ – crispy baked

BBQ breads in a Summer Edition

The BBQ season is open and you cannot miss some classic bread pairings with your summer favorites – don’t buy it, make your own homemade bread! No matter whether it is too meat, fish or vegetables they just go with everything – our summer BBQ breads.

Since the start of BREADISTA in early 2020 the we released monthly bread baking boxes and single bread baking mixes for several traditional German breads and rolls. With over 3,000 different types of bread in Germany there is much more ready to come.

Set of BREADISTA's BBQ breads

In addition to the previous baking kits, a Summer Edition is now also available. We offer a set of three baking kits for BBQ breads. These are real classics like Italian Ciabatta, French Fougasse and of course some multigrain soft burger buns. Each baking kit comes with pre-measured high quality ingredients in a reusable food container and a pictured instructions card to guide everyone to perfect results.

If you don’t want to fire up your grill, just grab a glass of wine and enjoy these scrumptious Ciabatta and Fougasse plain as is. These BBQ breads also go well with delicious cheese boards for a fantastic starter with your family & friends.

The unique BREADISTA bread baking boxes and single baking kits are available within the US and all come with free shipping. All sets of bread baking kits and previous monthly boxes ship usually within days.

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Don’t miss a new bread baking box or gift it to a loved one, with our box subscription. Available in 3 and 6 month. Joining the BREADISTA community helps to improve your bread baking skills. For home bakers and bread lovers who like to bake traditional bread from scratch.

About German bread culture (2)

[part-II] Yes, you could say – Germans are obsessed with bread! 😀 Whether it is for breakfast with ‘Brötchen’, especially on cozy Sunday mornings, on the go as sandwich or for dinner called ‘Brotzeit’ or ‘Abendbrot’. Brotzeit is a typical and traditional dinner, when family members come together and enjoy fresh bread with cold cuts, cheese and pickles or tomatoes.

Some translations you may have seen often:

‘Bauernbrot’ –                        Farmers bread              (often a mix-bread)
‘Landbrot’ –                           Country bread               (often a mix-bread)
‘Vollkornbrot’ –                   Whole Grain bread      ( >90% Whole Grain)
‘Brezel’ –                                 Pretzel                             (just wheat flour, dived in a lye bath)
‘Brötchen’ / ‘Semmel’ –     rolls

There are two more important and indispendable bakery treats for Germans: ‘Brezeln and Brötchen’, mean Pretzels and rolls. Pretzels are part of everyday life in the southern part of Germany. Rolls have nearly  as much variations as breads and have different names in each part of the country. As a generic term they were called  ‘Wecken, Semmel, Brötchen’ in the west and south or ‘Schrippen’ in the eastern and Berlin area. To make it even more confusing, a lot of rolls have own names like ‘Stangen’, ‘Bürli’, ‘Krusti’,….

bread shelf with bread and baguette
…and more bread shelfs with baguette and a typical industrial bread slicer.

Big milestones in the history of the German bread culture are bakeries that have been around for decades, even centuries. The oldest bakery in Germany is in Northern Bavarian, ‘Bäckerei Adl’. It is already in its 14th generation! Yes, unbelievable! It was founded in 1392 and opened the first official bakery later in 1573. Some bread making machines are even over 100 years old. Until today all doughs are traditional handmade. One of their specialties is a sweet yeast bread with nut filling (‘Hefezopf’), baked according to a recipe that is over 300 years old. People come from far away to get one of these treats.

Artisan Bread vs. factory-made

Unfortunately, more and more small and traditional family bakeries have closed in recent years. Large supermarket chains open at every corner and offer factory-made bread. It’s cheaper and saves the extra way to the bakery. Sadly not everyone cares about the ingredients in store bought bread or appreciates the craft the baker learned over decades. In the craft it is also difficult to find successors.

This is also a reason why we try to keep a tradition alive. With bread baking kits from BREADISTA we offer a pre-measured flour-mix with everything included what’s necessary and nothing more. All recipes are favorite bread treats and belong to the bread culture either in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. High quality ingredients and time are the key factor for delicious and traditional bread.

Try it and be surprised what you can do. Bake like a pro!

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