Bienenstich (“bee’s sting”) is one of Germany’s most popular cakes. It includes a sweet yeast dough, vanilla cream, and caramelized almonds with honey. Easy to make but can also be found at any German bakery. Try it, it’s delicious. :)
In the Revisiting Vienna episode of Around the World With Orson Welles, Orson, er, revisits Vienna. He does mention The Third Man and there’s some Anton Karas, but mostly it’s Orson talking in his usual entertaining way about the Opera, Coffee Houses, and cakes. Lots of cakes. Plus he checks out the pastries in the kitchen at Demel. This is the episode that was long thought lost, so it’s ace to see it.
Thank you for answering my question about Germany! The reason I asked about Goths was because it seems to me that it has the largest Goth population, like there are festivals etc. and most Goth people I've encountered on internet are from Germany. I heard soccer is VERY big in Germany. Why is that? And could you please tell more about food or education system or what life is generally like in Germany (I suppose it wouldn't be too different from other countries but still). Thanks! ❤️❤️❤️
That goth thing surprises me a lot because i’ve never heard of it but it’s possible? But let’s start with some German stuff. It’s almost midnight here so I’m sorry if this is not as eloquent as it could be.
Soccer Football: YES. It’s big here, mostly because it’s actually something we’re successful in. I’d say it’s on the same level as American football is in the US? We have the Bundesliga with several teams competing internationally, and of course the national team who are the current world champions. The world cup is also the only appropriate time ever to have German flags at your home or literally anywhere else. You can collect little stickers of the national team, and we have “public viewings” in the streets and in restaurants where people meet up just to watch the game together on the big screen. We had those in the auditorium of our high school! Everyone met up at school and watched the game together, it was awesome. Things like the Fanmeile in Berlin are good examples of football culture.
Food: You have no idea how tired I am of people thinking we only eat sausages and sauerkraut or some shit. The last time i’ve eaten a sausage was like 7 years ago, and i only know two people who actually like sauerkraut (me included, but I’m an exception i think). You CAN eat sausages, but I wouldn’t say we eat them drastically more than other people?? We eat pizza and pasta and rice and all other things just like anyone else. You can of course eat traditional “Hausmannskost”if you want, but only my grandma still makes that on a regular basis. There’s a book called “German Cooking Today” which can give you an insight into that if you want. I actually think there are way more “traditional” pastries than meals that are actually frequently consumed by Germans - Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte, Pfannkuchen, Bienenstich, Donauwelle.. That’s my subjective impression though, it might not actually be like that everywhere.
Education system: Every single one of the 16 states has its own education system, and it makes me want to cry on a regular basis when i try to revise for my education exams. You either go to school with 5 or 6 years, you have primary school for 4 or 6 years, then either 6 or 7 years of secondary school (or if you only had 4 years of primary, 8 or 9 years), there are two or three or four or more kinds of different secondary schools all with different exams, you can leave school after grade 10 or grade 12 or grade 13 (if you have a grade 13), and depending on which school you went to you can go to uni or not. And if you can, you still have to have the right grades for it (at least no one cares about extracurriculars here). But everything’s free, so I’m not complaining too much. Personally, I went to school with 6, had 6 years of primary, 6 years of secondary, finished with the Abitur and went straight to uni. The biggest difference to the US, in my opinion, is that there’s no real “school culture” - no dress code, hardly anyone has uniforms, no real teams or mottos or school colours or whatever. We just go there at 8, have some lessons, and are back at 3 or 4pm (mostly - earlier if you’re younger). Also, I have never participated in extracurricular school activities ever except from 6 miserable month in our choir, because no one gives a shit at school what you’re doing in your free time, and universities don’t care because stuff like that is not included in the applications. We also don’t have things like debate club or marching bands (though that’s a wild concept imo), we have choirs and if you’re lucky an orchestra. Extracurriculars are mostly for younger kids who need to be entertained after school hours - apart from choir and orchestra out of sheer loyalty, none of my classmates participated in any extracurricular activity after grade 9. It might be different in other schools or states though? (Also, basically everyone goes to public schools and there’s absolutely no stigma around them in general, just against very specific schools that might have a bad rep.) Also, everyone learns two foreign languages in school (not always with the greatest success, but there should be no one who hasn’t at least had five years of English classes).
What life is like: Pretty good I’d say.
We recycle a lot. I constantly explain to exchange students at my uni what the colours of the bins mean, haha. (Blue is paper, grey is general, yellow is plastic, plus three different glass containers for green, white, and brown glass.)
We also get 25 cents for each plastic bottle we return to the store, and it’s become kind of a second national sport to collect them.
We complain about our trains and that they’re always late, but I think in comparison to other countries they’re extremely punctual most of the time and we just have high standards.
I was very taken aback when I found out that so many people hate sparkling water. I mostly drink still water, but sparkling water is amazing. If you order water here, you’ll get sparkling water, so be prepared.
It is probably true that Germany drink more beer than others, but you can’t ask me because I don’t drink any.
Don’t open the following discourses: Nutella, Pfannkuchen, Viertel/Dreiviertel
We have elections this September! I don’t think the results are gonna be very life-changing but I’m still excited because it’ll be my first nationwide election that I’m able to vote in. If you want to know more about elections, tell me, but I don’t want this post to get too long.
This is quite a random assortment of facts or statements haha but I hope it was what you were looking for? Again, I’m really tired right now so I might edit this tomorrow and rephrase some of the more blunt statements haha but I hope this helped!
Yeast cake with vanilla custard filling topped with honey-coated caramellized almond slices
For the dough:
250 g wheat flour
20 g yeast
125 ml milk
35 g sugar
35 g butter
1 pinch of salt
For the topping:
75 g butter
100 g sugar
1 tsp vanilla sugar
5 tbs milk
2 tbs honey
100 g sliced almonds
For the filling:
500 ml milk
45 g starch
1 pck vanilla sugar
pulp of a vanilly bean
1 tbs sugar
75 g butter
40 g powered sugar
Stir sugar and yeast into the milk and let stand for a couple of minutes. Put flour, butter, and salt nto a bowl. Add milk mixture and egg and knead until you get a smooth dough. Cover bowl with a cloth, place it at a warm place and let the dough raise for an hour. Put the risen dough into a springform (26 cm diameter) and let rise for 20 more minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the topping.
Put butter, sugar, vanilla sugar, honey, and milk into a pot and cook it briefly. Fold in the almonds. Spread mass evenly onto the dough before it gets cold and hard. Bake for 20 minutes at 200 °C (390 °F) until the top is golden brown. Let cake cool down. While cake is baking, make the filling.
Heat up milk, starch, vanilla pulp, vanilla sugar, and sugar in a pot under constant stirring. Let it cool down to room temperature. Beat butter and powdered sugar until fluffy and gently fold in the cold creme.
Remove the rim of the springform and slice cake open horizontally. Spread a thick layer of filling onto the lower half of the cake (works best after reattaching the rim). Put upper half of cake on top. As it may be difficult to cut the cake because the topping is crusty and the creme in the middle is fluffy and smooth, the upper half of the cake may be pre-cut before putting the pieces on top of the creme.
Friesentorte is a North German specialty from Niedersachen and Schleswig-Holstein (Nord- und Ostfriesland). Made from short crust pastry, puff pastry, whipping cream and plum jam or other fruit, it’s a “special occasion” cake that accompanies Friesentee - a local tea blend of tea - or coffee in the afternoon. There are many variations, usually based on family recipes.
… Sting like a sweet bee. Behold the bienenstich, which translates literally to ‘bee sting’ although Cake Girl can assure you this one is all pleasure and no pain. Imagine soft bread sandwiched together with vanilla-flavoured whipped cream and topped with crunchy honeyed almonds. That’s a bienenstich, where the sum of the whole is more heavenly than the parts. The sweet toffee-like nutty topping contrasts beautifully with the plainness of the bread and billowy smoothness of the cream. Truly divine and perhaps more deserving of a prettier name.