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German food: Continental breakfast

A serving plate with cheese, sausage, salami, ham, tomato and cucumber. In the background, fruit, orange juice, coffee, a hard boiled egg and breadrollsLike many Western countries, the workday breakfast is generally something quick and easy and Germany is no exception. Jam or honey on toast or bread rolls or muesli and fruit. But it’s the breakfast on the weekend or when there is time to prepare a good breakfast is when it becomes more interesting.
Germany has fantastic bread and bread rolls (Brötchen). One of the only stores open for business on a Sunday morning is the local bakery so everyone can buy their fresh bread for breakfast. The variety is extraordinary.
My Oma and Opa had a similar breakfast to this every single day. It is very easy to prepare and there is hardly any cooking involved. However, you do want to try to buy (or bake) the best and freshest bread you can.

On Sundays, my Opa used to have condensed milk on toast.  Sounds horrendous, but tastes amazing.  I absolutely loved Sunday mornings at their place!

Serves: 2


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 German sausages (such as Bratwurst, Weisswurst)
  • cold meats, such as ham and salami
  • sliced cheese and quark (white cheese)
  • cucumber, sliced
  • tomato, sliced
  • variety of bread rolls or bread – especially with lots of seeds
  • butter, jam and honey
  • served with strong black coffee, fruit juice and a bowl of fruit


Grill or boil the sausages until cooked. In general, if you’re grilling Weisswurst, this would take about 15 minutes.
Soft boil the eggs. A great method is to add the eggs to a very small pan and cover in cold water. Cover and turn on a high heat. Once the water boils, turn the heat off and leave for 5 minutes.
Serve all of ingredients on a large platter or bread basket for everyone to help themselves.  The perfect continental breakfast.

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