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Faschingskrapfen, German Mardi Gras donut
Austria
Breads and Pastry
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Faschingskrapfen – German Carnival Donuts

Faschingskrapfen or German Donuts are baked customarily at Fasching which is end of February. It’s the time of Carnival, and similar like Mardi Gras. The fist-sized pastries are not only found all year round in Franconia, but also in South-west Germany, where they are called “Fastnachtsküchle”, and in Germany’s capital Berlin, the “Berliner”. Other names […]

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Sacher Torte, Hotel Sacher
Austria
Cake and Torte
Desserts
Northern Europe
Recipes

A teenager named Sacher created a famous Torte

A couple years back I had this Torte at the original Sacher Hotel Cafe while in Vienna An interesting history: Prince Metternich of Austria asked his court kitchen to create a special dessert for a reception in 1832. The chef was sick that day, so the 16-year-old apprentice Franz Sacher (1816-1907) dreamed something up: and […]

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Topfenknoedel, Austrian Dish
Austria
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Topfenknödel, a sweet Austrian dish

A typical Austrian or Bavarian dish I ate in Mittenwald, South Bavaria. These are called “Topfenknödel“. Topfen means Quark, and can be substituted with Greek Yoghurt. The dumplings could be be filled with Plum or Apricot pieces, and covered with puppy seed instead of bread crumps. While preparing the Topfenknoedel, you can make the Vanilla […]

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Ellmau, der Bergdoktor
Austria
Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

A visit to the “Bergdoktor” in Ellmau

On my drive to Mittenwald I planned a stop at the town of “Going at the Wilden Kaiser” in Austria. Wilder Kaiser is the name of the mountain. Here, and in Ellmau was my all time favorite show “Der Bergdoktor” or Mountain Doctor filmed. If you ever seen the show or movie, you will recognize where I am standing.

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Trachten, Lederhhosen, Bavarian
Allgemein
Austria
Germany
Southern Europe
Travel Destinations

Bavarian and Austrian Traditions, the Dirndl and Lederhosen

Born and raised in North Bavaria, it was natural for us to wear the traditional costumes or “Tracht” at least once a year to a festival. Sometimes I wore my Dirndl to the “Kiliani” Festival in Würzburg. Wearing the Tracht to the Town Festival or Biergarten is becoming popular in other parts in Germany, not […]

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Auszogne, Kniekuechle, Bavarian Donut
Austria
Breads and Pastry
Desserts
Germany
Recipes

Auszogne, a German/Austrian pastry

Auszogne, also called Knieküchle, is a traditional pastry of southern German and Austrian cuisine. They can be found in a Bavarian, Swabia, Frankonia, Austrian and Thuringia kitchen or bakery

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Salzburg Residenzplatz
Austria
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

Three days in Salzburg, Austria

On the way to Austria, we made a stop in the Salzburger Land (Salzburg area). It was late in the afternoon when we drove into the town of Grödig, only 6 km from Salzburg. We knocked on the door of this darling bed and breakfast “Landhaus Bachmann”. A friendly lady, which happened to be the […]

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Semolina flour cakes, Griess Schnitten with tart cherries
Austria
Desserts
Germany
Main Course
Northern Europe
Recipes

Grießschnitten – Semolina cakes

Grießschnitten could be a snack or appetizer. I remember that my mother fixed it for us after school. We ate it with apple sauce or a berry compote. Sometimes we had it as a dinner with a potato soup beforehand Grießschnitten – Semolina cakes Print Rate this recipe 1 2 3 4 5 2 ratings […]

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Straw sculptures Noah's arc, Berchtesgaden
Austria
Southern Europe
Travel Destinations

Straw Sculptures driving through Berchtesgadener Land

The best way to explore South Bavaria or Austria is driving through the country side, away from the Autobahn You’ll see the most incredible things besides the beautiful mountain peaks We ran into this “Arche Noah” (Ark) made out of straw. I believe it was a school project of kids from this small town near Berchtesgaden Königsee  

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Griessknockerlsuppe, Semolina dumpling soup
Austria
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes
Soups
Vegetarian

Griessnockerl Suppe, or Semolina Dumpling Soup

As an Austrian dish originally, I am familiar with this soup from my childhood. Semolina flour is not easily found in the stores, it can be ordered on Amazon.  Below are some of my suggestions: There are several German dishes prepared with Semolina flour. Like sweet Grießchnitten, Grießbrei etc. Recipes will follow in future posts Griessnockerlsuppe, or Semolina Dumpling Soup Print Rate this recipe 1 2 […]

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