Welcome to Li’l Vienna

There should be a Little Vienna, everywhere. It’s all artsy style, messy in a good way. It’s kind of European (but not too much), it’s a place to stroll through the cobblestone streets and let the day pass by in a patio cafe. It’s a vision, an idyllic idea. Help us pursue the dream. Food served in little Vienna is all Apple Strudel and Schnitzel. And real Brown Bread, and Würstl with Sauerkraut… It’s just delicious. Plus, tax is already included, all the time. Enjoy.


Little Vienna

Austrian Curd Cheese Dumplings – with Video

February 14, 2020

These curd cheese dumplings (Topfennockerl) are light, fluffy and taste soooo good, I could eat them every day. Austrians eat them as main dish or for dessert. I have a sweet tooth, so I eat them as a main dish every once in a while. Austrian Curd Cheese Dumplings – with Video was last modified: February 14th, 2020 by Ursula

Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes

January 15, 2020

Crispy roasted potatoes are a beloved side dish in Austria. And let’s be honest: Who wouldn’t love them? Crispy on the outside with a fluffy soft center, they are not only a perfect side dish but also stand out all alone. I often times enjoy them as a quick snack at movie nights just like potato wedges. With a quick sour cream dipping sauce, they become highly addictive. Crispy Oven… continue reading »

Austrian Apricot Dumplings

August 8, 2019

Traditional Austrian apricot dumplings are a well-loved summer dish during apricot season. In Austria, we eat apricot dumplings as a main dish for lunch or as a dessert. I love to eat sweet flour-egg-milk based dishes as mains every once in a while (read more about this habit here or here), so this is one of my dearest recipes in summer. It’s fruity, low in added sugar, yet still sweet and… continue reading »

Easter Crescent aka Giant Brioche Crescent

April 22, 2019

This braided super-soft, fluffy and moist brioche crescent is a traditional Austrian pastry, typical for Easter. It’s about four times the size of a regular crescent and therefore a little (or huge) treasure.   This fluffy Easter crescent is a pastry with tradition: In some parts of Upper Austria, where I grew up, godparents would give this oversized brioche crescent to their godchildren on Easter Sunday. Easter Crescent aka Giant… continue reading »

How to make Homemade Apple Strudel

October 25, 2018

If you want to bake a real-deal apple strudel, you are right where you belong. This homemade Viennese-style apple strudel is filled with apples, toasted breadcrumbs, chopped walnuts, raisins (if you like them), and cinnamon-sugar. I use my homemade super-thin strudel pastry recipe for this strudel, which makes delicious thin layers of crust. Yum!   I’ve been making apple strudel for a few decades (read more here). No, I’m not… continue reading »

How to make Paper-Thin Strudel Dough

October 2, 2018

This is an old and easy family recipe for paper-thin strudel dough. You only need a few ingredients and it takes about 1 ¼ hours to make (incl. 1 h resting time) from scratch. This recipe yields a flakey pastry with several layers of dough, which you can fill sweet (e.g. apple strudel) or savory. As you might already know, I’ve been stretching strudel dough since early childhood. In kindergarten, my… continue reading »

Light and Fluffy Shredded Pancake – Kaiserschmarrn

September 8, 2018

Kaiserschmarrn is my all-time favorite. Also known as emperor’s mess, it is a fluffy and light, giant pancake, which is torn into bite-size pieces after baking.   The name is composed of the words Kaiser (emperor) and Schmarrn, which refers to a shredded dish in Austria. But be careful: Schmarrn is also a colloquialism to nonsense.   The dish is named after the Austrian emperor Kaiser Franz Joseph I. (1830-1916)… continue reading »

Easy Plum Cake

August 16, 2018

AAAAAAAAHHHH. I can’t find any words for this Austrian plum cake. It’s super easy to make and yet the fluffiest, most delicious cake ever. I lack words to describe its genius, you can tell.   Late summer and this cake are tightly linked together, at least for my taste buds. If I have a bite of this juicy, slightly sweet cake, I can almost feel pleasantly warm days and crisp… continue reading »

Homemade Lilac Syrup

May 21, 2018

Lilacs make one of the best syrups I’ve ever tasted. They are so fragrant and full of spring flavors that they go with a lot of different dishes and drinks. Simply add a spoonful of lilac syrup to sparkling water and it will elevate your drinking experience drastically. The syrup also pairs very well with gin and vodka, just saying. And, it makes a great syrup for pancakes or for… continue reading »

Lamb’s lettuce with oranges and grains

May 5, 2018

  My. Favorite. Salad. Ever. You’ll be addicted to it like me in no time. I’m so excited to finally post the recipe for this lamb’s lettuce with oranges and grains. You know why? Because this salad is DREAMY. I do not exaggerate – and once you’ve tried this salad, aka only the best salad ever, you’ll see what I’m talking about. Lamb’s lettuce with oranges and grains was last… continue reading »

Austrian-style Gnocchi – Nockerl, with Video

April 11, 2018

Nockerl are the perfect side dish for traditional Austrian beef goulash. In fact, I can’t remember having beef goulash with a dark and thick gravy without a side of these Nockerl. Nockerl are Austrian-style gnocchi, more or less, but way easier to make. You simply stir together a batter, which you’ll drop into boiling salted water by the spoonful. That’s it. Isn’t this fantastic?   Before I tell you a… continue reading »

Authentic Austrian Beef Goulash

March 15, 2018

Tender beef, coated in a thick and smooth gravy, served with homemade Austrian-style pasta. Doesn’t that sound like the best comfort food ever? Yes it does, and yes it is! Austrian beef goulash (Rindsgulasch) is one of my most favorite dishes.   When we lived in Boston and went to Austria for holidays, my mom would ask me if I’d have any cravings for Austrian food and what she could… continue reading »