Brought to you by: Reinhard Marx, Germany

(A recipe of a typical meal from the western area of Northrhine- Westfalia, Germany)

In Germany there is no typical common grown up food tradition at all. All regions have their own food traditions. In the western province of Northrhine- Westfalia, between the city Muenster and the Dutch border, there you can find a food that people eat at Good Friday only. It is named “Struwen” and is served after a beer soup which is the first course of the menu. The whole food on Good Friday contains no meat at all.

This is the recipe for 4 persons:

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  • Yeast, 40 g
  • Flour, 500 g
  • Eggs, 2
  • Salt, 1 teaspoon
  • Butter, 30 g
  • Sugar, 2 spoons
  • Raisins, 125 g
  • Milk, 0,5 l
  • Cinnamon
  • -----------------------------
  • Sugar
  • Nutella
  • Berry compote



Take a mixing bowl and stir the eggs, sugar, milk, melted butter and flour until it is a dough. Use as much milk as necessary to create a dough you can pour into the pan afterwards. Add raisins and the yeast and stir again. You must not wait until the dough has been raised up.

Take a pan with some fat at medium heat and fill in 1,5 spoons of the dough for each Struwen. (So you might fill in the dough for 4 Struwen into the pan at the same time.) Bake it until the colour is light brown. Then flip the Struwen.


Meanwhile mix sugar and cinnamon = 4: 1 in a little bowl and serve it later to the baked Struwen. You can also serve Nutella or a berry compote.


We also tried to bake vegan Struwen. With success!!

We exchanged milk by rice- milk, butter by vegan butter, used vegan yeast and avoid eggs.
They really smell and taste delicious.

Recipe on demand!