This German Bread Spice gives your homemade bread a wonderful rich taste. Germans know a thing or two about bread. In fact we have more than 300 varieties! My home country is best known for its flavorful pumpernickel, rye, spelt, and whole-grain breads, each infused with different spices. This recipe is one of the most popular spice mixtures.
💡 The recipe in a nutshell
- Vegan (eggless and dairy free))
- Easy to make
- Authentic German recipe
- Perfect for homemade artisan bread
- Enhances flavors in bread
🤔 Why use bread seasoning
Bread seasoning is a great way to enhance or add flavor to home-baked bread. This 'Brotgewürz' aka German bread spice goes especially well with rye, spelt, and whole-grain bread.
Anise Seed: Anise is loved (or hated) for its strong licorice flavor and calming properties for upset stomachs. Anise has a licorice flavor that is sweet, mildly spicy, and very aromatic! Despite its similar name, anise is not related to star anise, which is another spice from a different family of plants.
Caraway Seed: Caraway is typically added to rye bread, bringing in a good amount of flavor to contrast the darker grain. You can also use it as decoration on top of rye bread.
Cilantro: There is a reason why this herb is so widely used and loved around the world. Fresh cilantro tastes pungent, bright, lemony, and a little peppery. It has the magical effect of brightening other flavors, cutting through the richness, and cooling spicy heat when combined with other flavors in many ways.
Fennel Seed: Fennel not only smells wonderful, but it also tastes fantastic in many breads including sandwich bread. It has a delicate anise-like flavor.
Store in airtight spice containers. Keep spice mix in a cupboard or drawer, away from heat and light.
German Bread Spice - 'Brotgewürz'
- spice grinder (or coffee grinder or mortar and pestle), spice jar
- 2 tablespoon caraway, or cumin
- 2 tablespoon anise
- 2 tablespoon fennel
- 2 tablespoon cilantro
Optional add ins:
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon cumin, or caraway
- Mix all seed and grind all together (for example: in a clean coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle). Store with other spices in a dark, dry area of the house. If you prefer, you may instead mix together the whole seeds. Mix and transfer in your spice glass.
- Depending on your taste preference add 1-2 tablespoon for a bread that contains 500g / 17.63 oz of flour.
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