Franzbrötchen aka the German Cinnamon Bun


Every nation has its ups and downs. It’s glorious moments. Germany is not different. Every visiting tourist is dragged through a series of places with WW2 tag on it. Not glorious and mostly boring for younger generations. We have been lucky to live in peace time for two generations in a row. A rare tourist guide will mention Napoleon marching through Germany. A very rare one will talk about the emperor’s taste in wine, women and food. Almost never you will hear German food culture influenced by French. Yet the influence obvious: from wine to desserts, from Rhine to Elbe, from syntax to word building – German culture was cradled by French *I am probably going to be beaten for writing this*.

Napoleon is known to had marched as far as Hamburg and he brought food some of the eating habits to the North. The legend has it, he introduced Northern German version of the Cinnamon Bun to Hamburgers, what is known today as the Franzbroetchen.