Nut Pastry “Nussgebäck” – German Dessert Recipe

Easy German Nut Pastry Nussgebäck

This German-style nut pastry will surely delight you. Nussgebäck can be found in almost every bakery in Germany. It is a really popular and delicious dessert.

The whole recipe takes almost two hours, but most of the time it just takes the dough to rise. While waiting, you have time to cook some other tasty dishes. Perfect plan for Saturday morning, right?

Mostly I like to enjoy this delicious German dessert on the weekend. Whether at the beginning of the day, for lunch or in the evening with a cup of coffee, you can enjoy nussgebäck at any time.

 

What nuts to use for a Nussgebäck?

The best is a combination of hazelnuts and almonds (although almonds are technically not nuts). Before adding the almonds to the filling, you can gently toast them in a pan. If you only have ground nuts, skip this step.

After preparing the dough and filling, shape the dough into a rectangle and spread the filling over the surface. Then start rolling until you create a nice roll, from which you then cut approximately four centimeters pieces.

 

Before letting the already cut pieces rise again for at least 15 minutes, it is necessary to give each piece a typical shape. Take some longer dull object that you push along the center of each Nussgebäck.

A chopstick, which has just the right thickness, will serve perfectly. You can gently sprinkle flour over the chopstick so that the dough does not stick to it.

Finally, just give each piece a nice egg wash (combine one yolk with a little bit of milk) and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes. When they are finished, glaze them with the mixture of powdered sugar and milk, let them cool down and enjoy the best nut pastry you have ever eaten!

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Easy German Nut Pastry Nussgebäck

Nut Pastry “Nussgebäck” – German Dessert Recipe


  • Author: Cook Homey
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 10 1x

Description

It’s a popular dessert in Germany known as “Nussgebäck” or “Nusshörnchen”. You can find it in almost every bakery in Germany but it’s worth it to make them at home. It’s actually not that hard and the result is delicious!

Ingredients

Scale
  • 500g flour
  • 250ml warm milk
  • 1/2 cube yeast
  • 50g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 60g soft butter

 

FILLING:
  • 200g ground hazelnuts
  • 150g ground almonds
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 50g melted butter
  • 50ml milk

1 egg yolk + 1 tbsp milk for eggwash
100g powdered sugar + 3 tbsp milk for glaze


Instructions

  1. In a bowl of the stand mixer, combine milk, sugar, yeast and egg and start mixing. Add half of the flour and butter and let it mix, then add the rest of the flour and mix until the soft dough is formed.
  2. Form the dough nicely folding the sides in and rubbing around in a circle creating a nice ball. Lightly grease a bowl and place your dough in. Cover with a damp towel and let it rise in a warm area for at least 45 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare your filling. Add ground hazelnuts, ground almonds, 3 tbsp of sugar, 3 tbsp of brown sugar, a pinch of cinnamon, melted butter, and milk into a bowl and mix well.
  4. Knock the air out of the dough and place it on a lightly flowered work surface. Roll the dough out thinly into a rectangle. Spread the nut filling over the entire dough.
  5. Roll up the dough starting from the long side. Cut the dough into 4 cm pieces. Press a stick (or some dull and thin object) along in the middle of each piece to form a nice shape.
  6. Place the pieces on a rimmed baking sheet tray lined with lightly greased parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and let them rise again for about 20 minutes. Give them a nice egg wash and bake in a preheated oven at 160°C (320°F) for 20 min.
  7. Finally, prepare your glaze. Mix in a bowl powdered sugar and milk. When the nut pastries are finished, let them chill for at least 10 minutes. Pour the glaze over them and garnish with some crushed almonds.

Notes

Let your little nut pastries chill before eating. I know it’s hard!

  • Prep Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: German

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 10 servings , Amount per serving:
  • Calories: 549
  • Sugar: 15.7g
  • Sodium: 92mg
  • Fat: 30.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 7.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 59g
  • Fiber: 5.2g
  • Protein: 13.5g
  • Cholesterol: 59mg

Keywords: Nussgeback, German nut pastry, nusshornchen

 

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