Tag Archives: Austria

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,… 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 cook… continue reading »

Traditional Linzer Cookies & News

November 28, 2017

I am back!!! I didn’t post anything on the blog for quite a while. In fact, there has never been a break that long. BUT, and there always is a but, I had a good reason for this: We moved back to Europe. Yes, we recently moved from Boston to Vienna. After having spent the past 3.5 years in Cambridge, we now live in our new/old city again.   If… continue reading »

Viennese Iced Coffee – Wiener Eiskaffee

July 26, 2017

Hands down, this is the best iced coffee drink you’ll ever have. It combines ice cream and coffee – do I have to talk it up any further? Well, I don’t think so – but I’ll do so anyways. If you are strolling through the streets of (Li’l) Vienna, you will notice the cute little traditional cafés all over town. I am not talking about chains here. I am talking… continue reading »

Linzer Torte with Strawberries

July 11, 2017

Yummmmmm! Growing up half an hour from the city of Linz, I can’t understand why I neglected this traditional Austrian torte for such a long time. Being Austrian, I should be a connoisseur of amazing pastries – especially if we are talking about one of Austria’s signature dishes that is known around the globe. Shame on me! Shame on me even more with Linz being the closest city around until… continue reading »

Homemade Elderflower Syrup

May 24, 2017

Making elderflower syrup at home is easy and you will get the best result – you only need 2 days and some elderflower blossoms. Growing up in Austria means growing up with elderflower syrup. Either store-bought or homemade, almost everybody has a bottle of elderflower syrup ready to use. Mostly, people are using it to make a non-alcoholic beverage, adding some tap water or seltzer to make it a low-sugar… continue reading »

Quick Blood Orange Jam with Aperol

March 28, 2017

During orange season, I make this blood orange jam pretty often. It is simply a perfect spread for breakfast and brunch and makes a great hostess gift. Being from Austrian, right next to Italy, means growing up with Aperol Spritz and other drinks made of the famous Italian aperitif. The flavors of Aperol and fresh blood orange blend so well that it would almost be a shame not to spread… continue reading »