Guide to German Baking Ingredients

On this page I give a guide to German baking ingredients. This will hopefully give some tips on what the German equivalents are of British Cooking ingredients. I hope you find this useful.

For plain flour the German equivalent is Weizenmehl type 405. I use this for all of my cake making.

German plain flour
German plain flour

For strong bread flour look for flour with the following label on it “Backstark”

German strong white bread flour
German strong white bread flour

Icing sugar is called Puder Zucker in Germany

German icing zucker
German icing sugar

Semolina is called Griess in German

German Semolina
German Semolina

It can be difficult to find Fine white/Caster Sugar. Look for sugar with the following label “feine koernung”. If you can’t find it you can make it from standard white sugar. Put the required amount in a freezer bag and roll with a rolling pin or bottle to take the crunchy edges off the sugar.

Fine white Sugar
Fine white Sugar

I haven’t been able to find soft brown sugar in a standard German supermarket or health food shop. They do however sell soft brown sugar and self raising flour in the Netherlands. I visit an Albert Heijn every time I go. For self raising flour see cake tips on how to make it. The specialist Asian supermarkets around Oststrasse in Duesseldorf also sell soft brown sugar and self raising flour.

Dutch dark brown sugar
2015-05-14 06.42.08 Dutch light brown sugar
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Dutch self raising flour

 

For Golden Syrup the German equivalent is Zuckerrueben sirup. It comes in two types a standard one shown in the picture and a “hell” (light) version. It is made from sugar beet so the taste is slightly different. I prefer the taste of British equivalent and try and use it in my cake making.

Golden syrup
Golden syrup

Cornflour used for thickening sauces is called Speisestaerke. No matter how hard I try I haven’t been able to learn to pronounce this properly. Don’t buy Maismehl as this is what you would use to make corn tortillas.

German Cornflour
German Cornflour

 

 

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