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German Pancake Soup

This humble dish is prized in Germany. It takes a while to make, but so do some of the best dishes. Most of the cooking time is just the beef and vegetable mixture simmering away on the stove and you can leave it alone for that. We are cooking beef brisket with onion, celery and carrot, along with clove and bay leaf for flavor, and this ends up being a delicious homemade broth once you sieve it.

When the broth is flavorful (this usually takes 2 hours but you might need longer) you can start making the pancakes. These are not going to be thick, fluffy pancakes but thin ones, rather like French crepes. The pancakes are made with flour, milk and eggs. They are cut into thin strips and added to the beef broth. You can then add some chives or dill weed (the chives are more typical) as a garnish, and serve this soup hot. This makes a perfect supper for the family when the weather is cold outside, because it is hearty and warming.

This is really simple to make because you just need to make beef broth using beef and veggies, and then simple pancakes. Combine them, add some fresh herbs, and you have a wonderfully tasty and authentic German soup to enjoy for your supper. If you want to save some time, use canned beef broth but make sure it is really good quality, because anything else is going to spoil the effect. If you want to make extra pancakes, you can enjoy them the following day with fruit or syrup for breakfast, or else add ham and cheese and roll them up for lunch. This soup might very well be different to any soup you have tried before, but it is comparable to chicken noodle soup or Chinese wonton soup, as in the noodles or wontons make the soup unique, and that is true of this soup with its strips of pancake floating in the beefy deliciousness. It is hard to convey exactly how delicious this German soup is, but if you are in the mood for something really different, give it a whirl, and you are sure to love it.

How to Make Flaedlesuppe
Summary: This charming German soup is made with homemade strips of pancake in a rich, hearty beef broth. The ingredients might be economical but the flavor is just incredible.
Cuisine: German
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • 2 lbs beef brisket, excess fat trimmed off
  • 1 clove
  • 1 peeled yellow onion, cut in half
  • 1 roughly chopped stalk of celery
  • 2 roughtly chopped carrots
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 quarts hot water
  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoon chopped chives or dill weed
  1. Trim and discard any excess fat off the beef, then put the beef in a large pot.
  2. Add the clove, onion, celery, carrots, bay leaf, and salt.
  3. Cover with hot water and bring to a boil.
  4. Turn the heat down and simmer for 2 hours.
  5. Occasionally skim the foam off with a mesh skimmer and remove the oil using a spoon.
  6. Pour the broth through a sieve and add salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Put the flour in a bowl and make a well in the center.
  8. Add the milk and eggs, along with some salt and black pepper, and whisk until well mixed.
  9. Let this mixture rest for 30 seconds.
  10. Heat the oil in a skillet and spoon ¼ of the pancake batter in there.
  11. Swirl it around to coat the pan and cook until golden brown underneath.
  12. Flip and cook for 1 minute or until golden brown.
  13. Transfer the pancake to a plate and repeat with the rest of the batter, adding more oil between each one.
  14. Roll the pancakes up and cut them into thin slices.
  15. Add the pancake slices to the broth and serve immediately.
  16. Add chives or dill weed for a garnish, if liked.

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Finding an unusual recipe which turns out great is what home cooking is all about. Throw in a little bit of your own tweaking and you end up with a firm family favorite. This flaedlesuppe recipe is spectacular. It is easy to prepare. You just need to simmer beef brisket with vegetables and spices for a few hours, then make some thin pancakes, cut them into slivers and add them to the strained broth. The result is flavorful and hearty, and sure to appeal to everyone who enjoys beef broth and who also likes pancakes, and that description would apply to almost every one of us! Many of us have never considered pancakes as an accompaniment to soup, never mind a key ingredient in the soup itself, but this recipe is testimony to the fact it works really well.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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