#SFATW: A Food Guide From Alsace

Good morning, good afternoon, good night everyone! How are you? I hope you had a wonderful week – or at least that it wasn’t as exhausting as mine was. I’m thrilled to be back today with another theme for my little  #SFATW feature…especially because I will be talking about FOOD. And you know how much I love food, right?

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Alright, enough with these little details, and let’s get into this post… and talk about FOOD.

There are SO many specialties in France, and you all probably know by heart the clichéd ones: macarons, and…okay I am drawing a blank here and let’s pretend it’s because I am French? For this blog post, I have decided to be more specific, because if I’m staying on French Food this post will be WAY too long and it’d be basically IMPOSSIBLE to choose from all the food. Instead, I’m going to focus on some home specialties, my little region of Alsace.

The salty treats

Flammekueche

flammekuecheIf I had to pick ONE favorite food from my home, I think that would be it. I just love it WAY too much. It pretty much looks like pizza, right, and who doesn’t love pizza? The trick here is, the dough is super thin, It’s covered with fromage blanc, sliced onions and lardon, and I love it so much. What’s even greater is that there are lots of different Flammekueche. That one’s the traditional one, but…if you’re more of a sweet tooth, it can be done with apples. Yum.

Bretzel
Credit to laraffinerieculinaire.com
Credit to laraffinerieculinaire.com

I have NO idea why I just said it’s my favorite before, I love food so much I can’t pick one thing. Pretzel, as you’d all say (in France we say, Bretzel), is simply made of dough tied into a knot. It happens to exist in a LOT of different taste. Like with cheese, for instance.

Choucroute garnie
Credit to Pinterest
Credit to Pinterest

Sounds awful. I hate that noun haha. Actually, it’s finely cut cabbage, the taste of it is kind of strong since it’s been fermented a while. I’m no expert in this so I’m not going to explain more. It’s usually served with sausage, salted meat and potatoes. Really, if you ever come to eat choucroute… you probably won’t be too hungry for the rest of the day.

Spaetlzes
spaetzles
Credit to Pinterest

Yes, okay, I lied before. I LOVE spaetlzes so much, I could eat these ALL the time. What’s that weird name, you ask? It’s…pasta. Really. Made with eggs. As simple as that, but it’s delicious, and not like your usual pasta dish. Because it’s way more consistent.

Munster cheese

munsterThat one’s for my sister, and for all the cheese lovers out there.  It’s a very strong, soft-and-melting-in-your-mouth kind of cheese. You either love, or hate it, I think. I do love it.


The sweet treats

I am SUCH a sweet tooth, so obviously I had to do a whole category on that. If I could tell you all my favorites and rant for hours, here are a couple of specialties I hope you’ll enjoy. We share a lot of these specialties with Germany, since they are right…well, literaly next door.

Mannala
mannala
Credit to Pinterest

These are my favorites. You’re going to get that a lot. They’re little men-shaped brioches, and they are DELICIOUS. We usually eat these around the Saint Nicolas (the 6th of December).

Pain d’épices
pain-depices
Credit to Pinterest

For once I’m not going to rave about this because I quite don’t like it. In English, this would be…gingerbread. We usually eat this around Christmas time. Christmas time is a wonderful period around here, and it’s filled with food and hot wine and christmas markets. Oops, this is kind of not the subject here…let’s get back to cakes and love!

Kugelhopf
kugelhopf
Credit to Pinterest

So I just found out this is also a Swiss and Austrian  cake? It has a very distinctive ring shape and it’s usually filled with raisin, almonds or sometimes even candied fruits. It’s really really good.

 

🍴The recipe

Alright, now…I thought that if you wanted to discover  a bit more of our cooking without actually having to travel that far…Why not try something in your kitchen? I swear it’s a pretty easy recipe to do, even I can do it, and I’m not that much of a cook, ahah. Without further ado, let’s bake….

Bredeles!

bredeles

These little bredele shaped in whatever pastry cutters you have are delicious, and perfect around Christmas time. Or anytime, really.

📝 What you need (to do about 30 of these beauties):

30 minutes to prepare them
8 excrutiating minutes of waiting in front of the oven
Also, an oven, pre-heated at 180°

250 g flour
125 g softened butter
125 g sugar
1 packet of vanilla sugar
5 egg yolk
1 spoon of milk
Whatever you want to put on top of these: chocolate, multi-colored sprinkles…

What you should do next…

Add the flour, sugar and 4 egg yolk into a bowl.
Stir the ingredients together, and add the softened butter cut in bits. Stir until the dough is consistent.
Let the dough rest for about 2 hours in the fridge.
Roll the dough out: it needs to be around 3-4 milimeters thick.
Cut the dough in whatever shapes you want, with pastry cutters or just a knife.
Put them on a baking tray. Stir the last egg yolk with a spoon of milk and put the mixture on the little bredele, in order for them to have this golden color right out of the oven.
And now…just put them in the oven and wait for about 8 minutes and…Bon appétit as we say here 😉

🍴 Food Guides around the world

Dailey Downing @ The Invisible Moth 🌎 The Finger Lakes area, NY, USA
Jamie @ Watch Game Read 🌎 Malaysia
Lais @ Harumansae Books 🌎 Brazil
Lin @ Lins Perspective 🌎 Bulgaria
Pamela @ Pamela Nicole Writes 🌎 Ecuador
Anne @ Inked Brownies 🌎 Holland
Emma Kath @ Lady Literary 🌎 Canada
Tyra Anne @ Green Gables 🌎 Canada
Salha @ The Journeys of a girl 🌎 Ecuador
@ The Orangutan Librarian 🌎 England
(your link here)

What are the cliché specialties in France for you ?  Which one of these specialties would you try?

Are you more of a sweet tooth, or a savoury treats kind of person? Let’s chat in comments! 💬

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74 thoughts on “#SFATW: A Food Guide From Alsace

  1. Some cliched French food I think about are croissant and baguette. Feels like there’s a lot of baking involved, haha.
    The Flammekueche really does look like a pizza. I would love to try that someday. I love pretzels! Especially the sour cream & onion flavored ones. I love that you included a recipe! I would love to try making Bredeles (or at least get my sister to do it >_<), I'll have to see if I can find vanilla sugar though.
    Here's my link: https://watchgameread.wordpress.com/2016/10/09/sfatw-malaysia-a-food-guide/

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    1. Haha right, how didn’t I think of these? It is so weird how we can be used to some food, and for some other people, it feels like it’s SO new.
      It’s so much like a pizza, but much thinnier. I love it so much. I hope you’ll try and make Bredeles someday, and tell me if you enjoyed it! 🙂 Thank you SO much for your contribution again, I’m going to add you and read your post right away, SO excited to 😀

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      1. Haha. It does feel weird to think of something as normal and for other people to feel it’s new and exotic, but its the way humans work. We kinda take things for granted sometimes. I’ll let you know if I do try to make Bredeles 🙂 It was fun to contribute and I love that you’re hosting it! Can’t wait for you to read my post 🙂

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      2. Oh yes, I agree, we do take things for granted at times. Whenever I’m back from holidays, or used to get back in my hometown after a few months away for my studies, I always craved all of these specialties I love 🙂
        Thank you so, so much, seriously, your support means the world to me ❤

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  2. Wow these food pictures look amazing, you’re making me want to visit France just so I can try them myself! And thanks for including a recipe of the bredeles as well, I will definitely be trying them out myself, maybe around Christmas time if you say they’re perfect for that time of the year!
    I need to try and think of what I love about my hometown now for my post, I don’t think the food we have in England is anywhere near as nice as the food you have in France! 😀
    Great post Marie! 🙂

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  3. How come all these foods sound absolutely delicious?
    I’m actually very surprised by the fact you don’t like gingerbread. I love it so much! It reminds me of Christmas, but I could have it at any time of the year, hahah.
    I had the opportunity to try choucroute once but once I found out it was made of cabbage, I gave up, haha. I’m not a fan of cabbage at all. But looking at those pictures it looks very tasty 😦
    I also shared some Brazilian foods here!: http://harumansaebooks.tumblr.com/post/151574802111/souvenirs-from-across-the-world-brazil-a-food

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  4. Omg, this post is mouthwatering. XD I’m more of sweet tooth, but I’m not that great of a baker (so I just buy it all, lol). However, thank you for sharing a recipe. Also, I would love to try the bretzel and spaetlzes (since I love pretzels and pasta-like dishes). Awesome post, Marie! (This may be my favorite hometown piece of yours yet. …because I love food, haha.)

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    1. Aww thank you so, so much Summer! I’m not that great of a cook either, but I can do simple things like these bredeles or crepes or something. Maybe I should have included a crepes recipe as well? 🙂 Thank you SO much, ahah I am so happy you enjoyed this post. Food is one of the best things, right ❤

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  5. Oh god everything in this post looks amazing, I want to book the next flight to Alsace just so I can try them all… except maybe for choucroute garnie because I’m not super into cabbage. But hey! I’ll try anything. 💕

    Can’t wait to read the other posts! This is a great topic, Marie.

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  6. This looks AMAZING. I really like that you included a recepie and all that food looked so good. Also, I’m super interests in non typical french food, because I haven’t heard of any of these before (which is just really sad, tbh, because I want to eat it allllll. choosing is too hard.

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    1. Thank you so, so much Shar! ❤ I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I was kind of wondering if I should do a "cliché" French Food post, but I'm glad I decided otherwise, and made you discover new things this way! Ugh yes, choosing is too hard. Choosing food, or books, same HARD CHOICE.
      Thank you!! ❤

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  7. Mmm I also love Flammekueche! I guess because I am in a region just across the border some of these are also specialties here (though the names are spelt slightly differently – Spätzle, Flammkuchen, Brezeln, Brötle – which is fun to see). Never had a Mannala before though! Guess I’ll have to change that this Christmas 🙂

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    1. Ohh that’s so great! It’s so weird how spelling change like that, I guess we tried to “French it up” a little bit or something. Or it’s also possible I made a mistake while spelling Spätlze, I always have a hard time with that one – which is too bad, really, it’s my favorite!. YES, oh I hope you’ll try and love Mannala! 🙂 Thank you so much ❤

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  8. Oh my god, I LOVE Flammekueche and Spaetlzes!! You can definitely see a lot of German influences here near the border :D. And Mannala…we have them over here as well for the celebration of St. Nicholas! I didn’t even know any other countries besides Holland and Belgium celebrating it?! O_o. We call them Taai Taai poppen over here and if they’re anything alike, they’re as hard as a rock, but delicious? 😀

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      1. Well, that’s just the darndest thing! My husband says he knew. Something about it spreading from Holland to Belgium to the north of France. I remembered we have the softer version here as well! It’s been years since I ate it, though 🙂

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