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German to English translations [PRO] Marketing - Food & Drink / cooking
German term or phrase:Laugenprodukt
Nach dem Kneten wird der Teig gewalzt und je nach Produkt geformt. Bei Laugenprodukten trägt man im folgenden Schritt eine milde Lauge auf, bevor der Teigling mit Salz oder Sesam bestreut wird.
I believe the product -- a pretzel, for example -- is dipped into a baking soda solution before the rest of the procedure (putting on salt, baking, etc.). But I can't find, or think of, an English word for this! (Nor do I know why someone would do this to a pretzel!)
Lye rolls are a baked specialty in Germany (especially in Bavaria and Swabia), Austria, and Switzerland. They are made by glazing bread rolls with a lye solution before baking. The German name is Laugengebäck for any baked good dipped in lye, and for rolls specifically Laugensemmel (Bavarian), Laugenweckle (Swabian) or Laugenbrötchen (everywhere else in Germany); Laugenweckerl in Austria; Silserli or Laugenbrötli in Switzerland. In some parts of Asia they are known as Laugen Rolls.
"For baked goods prepared with lye, the next step is to glaze them with a mild alkaline solution, before the piece of dough is sprinkled with salt or sesame seeds."
The posts from Kim and Hermann convinced me to overcome my squeamishness about lye (poison!). While the bread is indeed a German specialty, there do exist English phrases such as "lye rolls." Perhaps this is more readily understood in BE than in AE, and I believe this particular website is aimed more at a BE-speaking audience. I don't think comparing the more generic product name to a pretzel, as proposed by JdM, is very clear. (What is like a pretzel that is not a pretzel? Could be a riddle!)
If somebody (Kim?) wants to post an answer along these lines, it might be helpful to some future Kudoz searcher. If I close the question without choosing, there's no way I can put an answer in the box, I don't think.
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pretzel dough product
Explanation: Although pretzel dough is theoretically incorrect here, I believe that it serves the purpose for a marketing text for the general public. The aim of such a text will be to sell the products and not turn potential customers off with any mention of what goes into the coating, or indeed, a "lye coated product".
So why "dough" and not the "coating"? Anybody who knows what a Laugenprodukt is will picture the overall product when reading/hearing the word and not just the dark brown coating. IMO, "pretzel dough products" avoids mention of pretzel coating (I have known crumbled pretzels to coat fish in a savoury dish) and the emphasis on the word "dough" avoids any doubt as to whether these are the soft doughy products or the small crunchy pretzels sold as snacks in foil bags.
Sarah Bessioud Germany Local time: 11:51 Specializes in field Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 56
Reference information: A bread pretzel popular in southern Germany and adjoining German-speaking areas, as well as in some areas of the United States, is made from wheat flour, water and yeast, glazed with egg wash, usually sprinkled with coarse salt, hand-sized and made for consumption on the same day. It is relatively soft, rather than brittle. To avoid confusion with any other kind of pretzel, German speakers call this variety "Laugenbrezel" (lye pretzel) because it is boiled in lye solution (NaOH) before baking. Sweet pastry pretzels with many different textures, toppings and coatings, are made. Crisp hard pretzels, e.g. pretzel sticks and a variety of shapes basically made from the same ingredients, have evolved from the lye pretzel by baking out excess moisture, thereby increasing shelf life and crispness.
Kim Metzger Mexico Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 125
Note to reference poster
Asker: Thanks, that's useful. But if I called it a "lye product," I think American readers would faint dead away! Maybe I'll find a way to get rid of it.
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