German Bread Spice Mixture

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 10 to 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
17 Calories
1g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 17
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 1g
Calcium 34mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

"Brotgewürz" is a bread spice mixture often mentioned in German bread recipes. It is used most often in southern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, as well as South Tyrol province in Italy.

Most of these spices are considered to be digestive aids, though the majority of bread in northern Germany do not contain this type of bread spice nor whole caraway seeds, which are also very popular in the south. 


  • 5 tablespoons caraway seed
  • 3 tablespoons anise seed
  • 3 tablespoons fennel seed
  • 1 tablespoon coriander (whole)
  • Optional: 1 to 2 teaspoons fenugreek (or sweet trefoil, allspice, or cardamom)

Steps to Make It

  1. Grind all seeds together in a clean coffee grinder or with a mortar and pestle. Store with other spices in a dark, dry area of the house. If you prefer, you may instead mix together the whole seeds.

  2. Use 1 to 3 teaspoons of the spice mixture per loaf of bread.