The Art of Making Berlin Bars at Home

by | Oct 17, 2023 | Bar Crawl Berlin

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Are you a fan of delicious and indulgent treats? If so, then you’re in for a delight with Berlin Bars! These delectable pastries are a popular German dessert and are bound to leave you craving for more. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the world of Berlin Bars, their origins, ingredients, and a step-by-step recipe that you can easily recreate in the comfort of your own home. Let’s get started!

What are Berlin Bars?

Berlin Bars, also known as Berliners or Pfannkuchen, are traditional German pastries that originated in Berlin. These sweet treats are typically deep-fried or baked and feature a fluffy dough filled with various delectable fillings such as fruit jam, chocolate, or custard. They are often dusted with powdered sugar or glazed on top, adding an extra touch of sweetness.

Ingredients

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s gather the necessary ingredients:

  • 2 ⅔ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup warm milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • Filling of your choice (jam, chocolate, custard)
  • Vegetable oil for frying (if deep-frying method is preferred)
  • Powdered sugar or glaze for final touch

Step-by-Step Recipe

Now that we have our ingredients, let’s move on to the step-by-step process of making Berlin Bars:

Step 1: Prepare the Dough

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.
  2. Make a well in the center and add the warm milk, eggs, and softened butter.
  3. Mix well until the dough comes together. You can use a wooden spoon or your hands for this step.
  4. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  5. Shape the dough into a ball and place it back in the mixing bowl.
  6. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let the dough rise for about 1-2 hours, or until it doubles in size.

Step 2: Forming and Filling the Bars

  1. Once the dough has risen, punch it down to release any air bubbles.
  2. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness.
  3. Using a round cookie cutter or glass, cut out circles of dough (around 3-4 inches in diameter).
  4. Place a small dollop of your chosen filling in the center of each dough circle.
  5. For jam or custard fillings, use about 1 teaspoon. For chocolate, a small square will suffice.
  6. Fold the edges of the dough circle up, pinching them together to seal the filling inside.
  7. Repeat the process with the remaining dough and filling.

Step 3: Cooking Method

At this point, you can choose between two methods of cooking Berlin Bars: deep-frying or baking. Here’s how to do each:

Deep-Frying Method:

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a deep pan or pot, ensuring there’s enough oil to submerge the Berlin Bars.
  2. Once the oil reaches about 350°F (175°C), carefully place a few Berlin Bars into the hot oil using a slotted spoon or tongs.
  3. Fry each side until golden brown, which typically takes about 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Remove the fried Berlin Bars and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil.
  5. Repeat the frying process with the remaining bars.

Baking Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Place the filled Berlin Bars on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until they turn golden brown.
  4. Remove from the oven and let them cool before moving on to the final step.

Step 4: Finishing Touch

Regardless of the cooking method chosen, the final step involves giving your Berlin Bars a delightful touch:

  • If you prefer a classic touch, dust the bars with powdered sugar.
  • For a more indulgent treat, prepare a simple glaze by mixing powdered sugar with a small amount of milk or water until desired consistency is reached. Drizzle the glaze over the bars.

Now that you’ve mastered the art of making Berlin Bars, it’s time to sit back, relax, and indulge in these mouthwatering treats. Whether you’re enjoying them with a cup of coffee or sharing them with friends and family, Berlin Bars are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Give the recipe a try, and let us know your thoughts!

Happy baking!

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The Art of Making Berlin Bars at Home