Obazda or Obatzter, also named as Obatzda – Bavarian Cheese Spread and German Beer Cheese

Today I show you my recipe Obazda. The Bavarian cheese preparation Obatzter also appears in the spelling Obatzda or Obazda.

The “Angebatzter, Angedrückter, Vermischter” cheese has a long tradition in Bavaria. In Franconia the spicy cheese is called “Gerupfter” or “Angemachter”, in Switzerland “Gmanschter”.

A bit of history about the famous cheese: According to various sources, the landlady Katharina Eisenreich served the obazden for the first time in the Weihenstephaner Bräustüberl in Freising in the 1920s.

Many tourists know Obazda from the Oktoberfest. In the article I show the preparation of Bavarian Obazda according to my family recipe. 

The Obazda goes well with a good snack. Other delicious vegetarian spreads, such as herb quark, Liptauer, potato cheese and vegan lard also bring variety to your evening meal.

1. How to make Bavarian Obazda

In the following I show step by step the preparation of the Bavarian Obatzta:

The ingredients for Obazda: camembert, onion, paprika, caraway seeds, butter, curd cheese, salt and pepper, dark beer.

Place the camembert in a bowl and press it small with a fork.

Pour the caraway into the mortar and crush it a little, so the caraway develops the right aroma for the typical Obazden taste!

Add caraway, paprika, butter, curd cheese, diced onion, salt and pepper to the crushed camembert.

Add the beer, Obazder tastes only original with Bavarian dark beer, I like to use Erdinger wheat beer.

Mix the ingredients in the bowl with your hands or a mixer to a creamy cheese mixture.

Dip two tablespoons in warm water and form even cheese dumplings. Arrange the creamy cheese dumplings on plates and decorate with chives.

2. Recipe Obazda or Obatzter, also called Obatzda

Following my family recipe from Bavaria with exact ingredients.

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Recipe Obazda or Obatzter also Obatzda - Bavarian Cheese Spread with Beer
Recipe for Obazda or Obatzter, also Obatzda written by the Bavarian chef Thomas Sixt. Step by step instructions with many photos.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Desserts and Sweets, Snack, Starter & Appetizer
Cuisine: Bavarian Recipes, German Recipes
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes
Servings: 2 Persons
Calories: 1129kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
Obazda or Obatzter also Obatzda
  • 250 g Camembert
  • 80 g Butter
  • 1 pc shallot
  • 2 tbsp curd cheese Quark in Bavaria and austria named topfen
  • 1 tbsp Paprika paprika spice noble sweet
  • 1 tsp caraway seed
  • 80 ml dark beer I like to use Erdinger Weißbier
  • some salt
  • some pepper
Decoration and Side Dishes
  • 1 bunch chives
  • 1 bunch radish
  • 2 pc pretzels
  • 2 bottles Erdinger Weißbier Served ice-cold!
  • Prepare Camembert and butter at room temperature about one hour before preparation.
  • Crush the camembert finely in a bowl with a fork.
  • Press the caraway seeds into the mortar so that the typical aroma can develop.
  • Add the prepared caraway seeds, finely diced shallot, paprika, butter, curd cheese, salt and pepper to the finely pressed camembert, pour in the beer and mix the cheese mixture well by hand or with a mixer.
  • Cut out the creamy cheese preparation with two tablespoons of dumplings and arrange on the plate. Decorate with finely chopped chives and add the quartered, lightly salted radishes. Decorate the edge of the plate with a little pepper.
  • Serve prepared Obazda with pretzels and cold wheat beer and enjoy!

3. Further Information to the Cheese Preparation Obatzter

Obazda used to be made from cheese leftovers, you can add different kinds of cheese to your Obatzten and adjust the taste with paprika and caraway seeds. Beer is the most important ingredient for me. The Bavarian beer gives the Obatzten in combination with caraway, paprika and onion the original aroma.

4. Calories Obazda, Obatzta, Obatzda

Below is an overview of the nutritional value:
Nutrition Facts
Recipe Obazda or Obatzter also Obatzda - Bavarian Cheese Spread with Beer
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1129 Calories from Fat 603
% Daily Value*
Fat 67g103%
Saturated Fat 42g263%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 17g
Cholesterol 183mg61%
Sodium 1982mg86%
Potassium 482mg14%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 35g70%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

2 thoughts on “Obazda or Obatzter, also named as Obatzda – Bavarian Cheese Spread and German Beer Cheese”

    1. Hi Catherine, sorry for the late reply. The bark/rind of Camembert I always use. We never removed it. Exception: Please use a less mature Camembert, this is better for the original preparation. Best regards Thomas

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Author: Thomas Sixt

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