March 19, 2014
Au pair recipe: German Kässpatzen

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Name: Rebecca Herrmann
Home country: Germany
Cares for: 5 children in San Clemente, CA

“My favorite German food is Kässpatzen. It is one of the most typical dishes in Bavaria. Whoever doesn’t know it is not a real German…ha ha! A long time ago, farmers cooked the Kässpatzen because it is cheap and good. The ingredients are not expensive, it is easy to make and it tastes delicious. Today the German Spatzen are one of the most popular dishes. Here is my secret recipe (for 4 people).”


  • 350 grams of flour (about 1½ cups)
  • 6 oz milk
  • a little salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 25 grams butter (1-2 tablespoons)
  • loooots of cheddar cheese (300 grams maybe)
  • at least 4 onions


  1. Mix the flour, milk, salt, eggs and the butter together in a bowl till the dough is rolling off your mixing spoon slowly
  2. Heat up water in a big pot
  3. Put some of your dough in a Spätzle-Hobel and slide the handle back and forth till all of the drops in pieces into the boiling water. (If you don’t have a Spätzle-Hobel, you can spread the dough on a cutting-board, cut thin strips with a knife and drop into boiling water.)
  4. Wait about 30 seconds and take the Kässpatzen out with a slotted spoon, put it in a bowl and put some of the cheese on top
  5. Keep cooking until all the dough is gone
  6. At the end put lots of cheese on all the Kässpatzen
  7. Cut the onions in thin slices and fry them in a pan until brown
  8. Put the onions on top of the meal

“My kids love this meal and they say it’s a bit like mac and cheese. But it’s definitely not—it’s waaaay better, I promise!”

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