Foreign students studying in Mannheim can let their families participate a little in German life by bringing typical German delicacies home with them for Christmas.
Those who live in Mannheim cannot ignore the “Monnemer Dreck”. Some describe it as gingerbread, but this word causes outrage among the “Monnemers”, people from Mannheim, themselves because some more ingredients are used compared to gingerbread. It impresses with its marzipan aroma. If you don't have the opportunity to get it for the family due to the shutdown, you can make it yourself.
150 g flour, 150 g marzipan paste, 150 g coarsely ground hazelnuts, 50 g lemon peel, 50 g orange peel, a teaspoon of grated lemon peel, 2 tablespoons honey, 100 g sugar, 150 g egg white, each a pinch of ground cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom and coriander, a pinch of baking powder, 30 baking wafers, 200 g semi-dark couverture
Mix the flour, marzipan paste, hazelnuts, lemon peel, orange peel, honey, lemon peel, spices and baking powder and knead into a smooth mass. Beat the egg whites together with the sugar until stiff. Carefully work the protein snow into the base mixture, fill the whole thing into a piping bag and distribute it on the baking wafers. Then cover and let dry for five hours at room temperature.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and bake the "piles of dirt" for at least ten minutes. When they have completely cooled down, brush them with the couverture that you have melted in a water bath and leave them again to cool. Do not bake too long or they will get dry.
If you don't want to produce your souvenirs so elaborately, you can get the following things:
Haribo wine gum, Spekulatius biscuits, Christmas stollen, Aachener Printen or - for the small baggage – Ahoi Brausepulver - effervescent powder.
Those who prefer proper food to sweets should, for example, take shrink-wrapped bread dumplings or spaetzle.
In any case, we wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2021!