In Japan, the popularity of certain food items can be traced back to specific Western chefs/bakers. Baumkuchen is huge in Japan because of this one German baker named Karl Juchheim who opened a bakery there in the 1920s. Baumkuchen is virtually unknown in the US, but every time I serve it to any Americans, they immediately love it. In fact, it’s practically impossible not to love. It’s made up of many layers of caramelized cake. It’s baked on a rotating spit. Most Japanese grocery stores in New York have it in the refrigerated section. #nyceats #nycfoodie #nycfood #nyc #japanesefood #baumkuchen #バウムクーヘン #japanesesnacks
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