Throwback Thursday: Franzbrotchen from Classic German Baking

“One of the best things you have ever made!” How can you not be happy with that kind of feedback?!! I know I haven’t posted much from Classic German Baking but it still stands as one of my favorite books that Food52 Baking Club has covered since it started early last year.

Recently my local bake club had a get together and themed it German for Oktoberfest and I could not miss the opportunity to have another go at making Franzbrotchen. The first time I made it was my first time laminating dough, and now that I’ve had quite a bit of practice with that process making various things, it seems so much easier. It’s not even time consuming really, it’s a good project for if you’re stuck home on a rainy day and doing housework or reading a good book and in between cups of tea.

A delicious cross between a croissant and a cinnamon roll, Luisa Weiss cutely calls them Princess Leia buns, making me love them even more than I thought I could! The trick to getting the shape is using the handle of a wooden spoon to smash the spirals down the middle, causing them to grow out the ends as they bake. The recipe can be found online here.

Obviously these are no health food, so not something I would make often. Only for special people in my life on special occasions. =)