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Dec 15, 2011 07:12 PM

Gluehwein goes with ... ?

Hi, I saw the threads on glühwein and need some suggestions about what kinds of desserts (traditional or experimental) would pair well. My husband is German, while I am just interested in making our little afternoon party featuring glühwein just a bit more spectacular. I'm stuck on gingerbread cookies, but spice with spice, hmmm ... Any ideas?

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  1. Hi, ajnorth:

    I have a very good friend from Bavaria who serves the most amazing wine-spice cake with Glühwein. Comes out like a denser, creamier poundcake, baked in a Bundt-style pan, dusted with powdered sugar.

    I may be able to get you her recipe if you're interested, originally from her Uncle Hans (a real Lederhosen guy).


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    1. re: kaleokahu

      Hi Kaleo,

      That would be awesome! I like the sound of creamier poundcake.


    2. It went nicely with my stollen. I think it would also pair well with an apple cake. Maybe with cheese?

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      1. re: rworange

        Hi rworange,

        Apples are a great idea. I've tasted stollen but have yet to find one that I can fall in love with. Do you have any cheese suggestions?


        1. re: ajnorth

          Apple strudel might work well also.

          I was thinking about the cheese. I've only had this wine once and it wasn't as strongly spiced as mulled wine. So my initial thought of the same cheese pairing as with port, might not work. Something like a blue cheese might overwhelm the wine.

          I'm thinking a nice aged gouda, the more aged the better so there are lots of the little crunchy crystalized pieces in the cheese.

          1. re: rworange

            Yea! My husband gave a thumbs up on the gouda. Your ideas have me now wondering if a savoury complement might be a gouda & potato "burek" (looks like a spanakopita). Not sure if I spelled it correctly, but my mom used to make things like that when I was a kid.

      2. I finished you sentence in my head with" a hangover". Sample gluhwein in Austria many years ago on Santa Claus day( early December) and found it not to be for me, very strong.

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        1. re: melpy

          Hmmm. That might explain why my husband didn't react too well to some glühwein at a Christmas party. And I thought Germans could stomach anything! LOL.

          1. re: ajnorth

            Most Germans I know can't stand that stuff, myself included. I even tried the white version once... ick. But then, I'm none too fond of hot booze anyway.

        2. panettone, pandoro, kugelhopf, pfeffernuesse,torrone, biscotti, marillenknoedel, poppyseed roll, palatschinken, kaiserschmarrn or krapfen!
          Gluehwein aka vin brule aka vin chaud is found throughout the French, Swiss, Austrian, Bavarian and Italian Alps- pairs with Italian and French Christmas breads/cookies/desserts as well as it pairs with Austrian/Bavarian/Swiss/German cookies/breads/desserts ;-)

          While some gluehweins are made with stronger booze, in addition to the wine, some aren't. Would think the hangover varies depending on the recipe! This one calls for wine, but no additional booze:

          1. I associate Glühwein with Nürnberger Lebkuchen and perhaps Springerle, after coming in from the cold with a cold nose and cold hands. :-)

            Regarding the hangover - it is a good idea NOT to take a cheap wine and doctor it with the usual spices, but use a more decent wine you know isn't giving you a headache etc under normal circumstances.