Oh yes, in Germany we eat „Amerikaner“. It is a delicious pastry you can get in every bakery at every corner. I have so many childhood memories about getting Amerikaner with my mom. We have never baked them ourselves though because they were so cheap to buy. My mom said they used to be 90 Pfennig and now are probably around 1 Euro.
Why are they called Amerikaner? Well, there are a few different theories on that. One of them is that Americans brought the „black and white cookie“ to Germany in the 50s, but Germans were unable to pronounce that, so they just called them „Amerikaner“ instead.
I like eating Amerikaner, even though they can be a little dry, especially when not eaten fresh. But a creative topping can make up for that!
For the dough
a hint of salt
8g of baking powder
1 cup of milk