Vegetable Strudel Recipe (Gemüsestrudel)

 

Although vegetarian and vegan dishes have become much more common on Austrian restaurant menus, the Gemüsestrudel (vegetable strudel) has traditionally been one of the token veggie dish on many Gasthaus menus. Quite remarkably for Austrian Gemüsestrudel recipes however, these typically come with ham (!). Dairy products (curd cheese, crème fraiche, milk, cheese) are also heavily used in Austrian vegetable strudel recipes.  I left the ham out of this version of my mum’s vegetable strudel recipe, but you will see, it is still a far cry from a vegan recipe. It’s delicious though, and all the hard work that goes into the preparation is definitely worth it!

Vegetable Strudel
Vegetable Strudel

Austrian Vegetable Strudel Recipe

This vegetable strudel recipe can perhaps be more accurately described as vegetable-cheese strudel as cheese and other dairy products including curd cheese feature heavily in the filling.

Vegetable Strudel Recipe
Vegetable Strudel with a lovely golden brown colour, sprinkled with sesame seeds

As the strudel dough needs to be rolled out quite thinly, it’s advisable to use a very large soft linen cloth (Strudeltuch e.g. 120 x 100 cm) or otherwise a large cotton kitchen towel to roll out the dough and assemble the strudel. This makes it much easier to transfer the dough to the baking tray.

The vegetable strudel recipe below is made with homemade Strudel-dough, but if you are short in time, you can use shop-bought puff pastry or filo pastry.

Any leftovers can easily be frozen.

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Savoury vegetable strudel recipe

A deliciously cheesy vegetable strudel, as per an Austrian recipe from my mum. Put together your own vegetable mix based on your preferred veggies or based on seasons. Spring Strudel (Kohlrabi, cauliflower, asparagus, broccoli, spinach, wild garlic, leeks), Summer Strudel (mushrooms, beans, tomatoes, courgettes, fennel, peppers, aubergines, peas, sweet corn), Autumn Strudel (pumpkin, cabbage, root vegetables, potatoes), Winter Strudel (carrots, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, shallots). 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Austrian
Servings 6 people

Ingredients

Strudel Dough Ingredients

  • 250 g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp olive or rapeseed oil
  • 125 g water lukewarm - this will help with dough elasticity
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Béchamel Sauce Ingredients

  • 40 g butter
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 40 g plain flour
  • 250 g milk
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg ground

Filling

  • 200 g curd cheese full fat
  • 125 g crème fraîche
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 250 g mature cheddar or other flavoursome hard cheese (in Austria I would use Bergkäse) grated
  • 4 tbsp fresh herbs mix of parsley, thyme, oregano, rosemary, marjoram, basil, dill, fennel etc. whatever you fancy or you have to hand
  • 100 g oats
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp corn starch or potato starch
  • 300 g potatoes
  • 1 green or red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 small leek
  • 50 g frozen peas
  • 50 g frozen sweet corn kernels
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste

Topping

  • 25 g butter melted
  • Sesame seeds

Instructions

Prepare the vegetables for the filling

  • Boil 300g potatoes and mash them. If you prefer a finer texture, you can also use a potato ricer to process the boiled potatoes.
  • Cut the pepper and the carrot into small cubes, mince the garlic and thinly slice the leek. Using a knob of butter, fry these vegetables for around 10 minutes. Briefly simmer the frozen peas and frozen sweetcorn kernels, then strain well and add to the fried vegetable mix. The vegetables should retain 'bite' and not be overcooked. Altogether, you should use about 500g of vegetables (fresh and frozen). Make sure there is no excess liquid left in the vegetable mixture by the time you set it aside to cool.

Prepare the Béchamel Sauce

  • Start by placing the butter in a pot to heat up, then add the diced onions. 
  • Fry for a few minutes - don't let the onions brown.
  • Add the flour and stir thoroughly for a minute.
  • Add the milk and nutmeg and continue stirring until the sauce has thickened.
  • Take away from the heat and leave to cool.

Prepare the dough

  • Combine the dough ingredients in a medium bowl and mix together. I do this with my hands.
  • Knead well until you have a formed a smooth dough. Don't be tempted to add any more water to the dough. It will come together well, just give it some time.
  • Shape dough into a ball, brush with a little oil, place back in the bowl and cover the bowl.
  • Leave to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature. This helps the dough structure to relax and makes it easier to roll/shape later on.

Prepare the filling

  • In a large bowl, combine the cooled Béchamel Sauce, curd cheese, crème fraîche, egg yolks, grated cheese, herbs and oats. Mix well.
  • Add the vegetable mixture and mashed potatoes and mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • In a smaller bowl, combine the egg whites and starch and whip until stiff.
  • Carefully fold the stiff egg whites into the remaining filling. The filling should not be wet so it doesn't soak through the dough while you assemble the strudel.

Shape the dough

  • Preheat the oven to 175℃.
  • Flour your work surface (ideally a large linen or cotton kitchen towel) and use your hands to form the dough ball into an even rectangle.
  • Flour the dough rectangle to prevent it from sticking and - using a rolling pin - take care to roll out the dough into a bigger rectangle.
  • Line a suitably big baking tray with baking paper.

Assemble the Strudel

  • Distribute the filling across two thirds of the strudel dough, leaving at least 1 cm around the edges free.
  • Brush the final third with butter.
  • Fold in the sides of the dough slightly over the filling to seal the sides.
  • Roll into a strudel and carefully seal all the ends. If you are using the linen or cotton towel, the rolling can be done just by lifting the towel to roll the dough.
  • Place seam-side down onto the baking tray. Again, this process is easier if you are using the cloth, as you can lift the strudel much more easily like this and carefully roll it onto the baking tray.
  • Brush with the egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Bake & serve

  • Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until golden brown.
  • Serve warm with a side salad.

Notes

Add variety to your vegetable strudel by adding ground spices such as caraway, paprika, cayenne pepper or chili flakes. You can also add seeds such as sunflower and pumpkin seeds or boiled grains (e.g. rye grains or millet) into the strudel filling if you like. Make sure the grains are no longer wet before you add them.a
Serve with a crisp side salad.

 

Dampfnudeln recipe (with steamed apples) #BreadBakers

 

Dampfnudeln are a regular Friday lunchtime dish in my grandmother’s kitchen. Bread buns are placed on a bed of apples and steamed on the hub for about 30 minutes. They are incredibly light and delicious and I wanted to share the Dampfnudeln recipe here on the occasion of this month’s #BreadBakers theme ‘Steamed Buns’.

Dampfnudeln
Dampfnudeln

The Austrian/German delicacy also featured in the Great British Bake Off 2016 as a technical challenge.

Dampfnudeln in pan
Dampfnudeln in the steamy pan

Dampfnudeln Recipe

My granny’s recipe, based on Dampfnudel variation from the Innviertel in Austria and I think this version of the recipe is also popular in neighbouring Bavaria. The Dampfnudeln are steamed on a bed of lightly spiced apples. This recipe provides 6 portions.

Dampfnudeln steamed buns
Dampfnudeln resting and waiting to be ‘revealed’ 🙂
Dampf Noodles
Check out that airy crumb!
Dampfnudeln with apples
Dampfnudeln with buttery apples

Ingredients

For the dough

  • 500g strong white wheat flour
  • 7g dried yeast
  • 250g milk, tepid
  • 50g unsalted butter, melted
  • 50g sugar (I use brown sugar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Zest of half a lemon

For the apple base

  • 850g apples, peeled and chopped into 1/2 cm slices
  • 50g butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 6 tbsp milk

How to make Dampfnudeln

  1. Combine all dough ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Knead dough until smooth and elastic.
  3. Place back into the bowl, cover and leave to rest for 45 minutest at room temperature.
  4. Punch down the dough and divide into 12 equal pieces.
  5. Shape the pieces into buns and place onto a pre-floured surface.
  6. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and leave to proof for about an hour. The buns should grow significantly in size during that time.
  7. Prepare the apples while you are waiting.
  8. Once the dough buns are ready, melt the butter in a large (circa 30 cm in diameter) non-stick frying pan (you need a tight fitting lid for it too) on a low heat.
  9. Evenly distribute the apple pieces in the pan and sprinkle the sugar on top, then add the milk.
  10. Carefully place the dough buns on the apple base and cover the pan with the lid. Don’t take the lid off again (or even slightly lift it) until the buns are fully done as they otherwise deflate.
  11. Turn up the heat to medium to bring the liquid in the pan to boil.
  12. After 15 minutes, turn down the heat to the lowest level and steam for another 15 – 20 minutes.
  13. Leave to rest for a few minutes once the heat is off before you take the lid off.
  14. Serve immediately.

If you like this Austrian steamed bread recipe, check out this plum preserve filled steamed bread recipe for Germknödel and here are also my fellow #BreadBakers’ recipes.

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#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

Caraway Seed Bread Recipe (Rye Bread)

 

I’m sure my Austrian roots have something to do with my slight addiction to the flavour of caraway seeds. In Austrian cuisine, caraway seeds are used abundantly, from flavouring roast pork to enhancing salad dressings. Most notably, Austrian dark breads frequently use caraway seeds as part of the Brotgewürz which is used to flavour the loaves. Caraway seeds are superb bread flavour enhancers, some of the top seeds to add to breads and perfect for rye breads specifically. Here is my caraway seed bread recipe, based on a combination of wholemeal rye flour and white wheat flour, leavened with sourdough.

Caraway seed bread
Caraway seed bread

Are caraway seeds good for you?

Caraway (carum carvi) belongs, like coriander, fennel and celery for example, to the family of Apiaceae or Umbelliferae. Not technically seeds, caraway ‘seeds’ are the split halves of the dried fruits of the plant.

Caraway seeds
Caraway seeds

The effect of caraway is mainly related to the essential oil containing Carvon, which has a stimulating effect on the stomach and a soothing impact on the bowel. Two digestive bonus points at once.

At the same time, the delicate, aromatic but slightly bitter taste of caraway adds a completely new dimension to breads.

Caraway seed bread recipe
Caraway seed bread recipe

Caraway seed bread recipe

A great bread for tasty sandwiches or creamy vegetable soups. Delicious also with pastrami, mustard and gherkins (my personal favourite). Add slightly more or less caraway seeds than recommended below to intensify or lessen the flavour kick. The sharpness of the mustard and gherkins works incredibly well with the distinctively bitter, yet warm and sweet taste of the caraway seeded bread.

Caraway bread ingredients

For the sourdough starter

For the main dough

  • 180g strong white bread flour
  • 80g dark rye flour
  • 150g water
  • 8g salt
  • 10g caraway seeds

How to make caraway bread

  1. Prepare the sourdough by combining the various ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix well and cover the bowl. Leave to rest overnight (16 – 24 hours).
  2. On day 2, prepare the main dough by combining 300g of the sourdough from day 1 (the remaining 30g go back into the fridge for future bakes) with the main dough ingredients.
  3. Mix well and knead the dough for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Rest for about an hour, then shape into a loaf before placing it in your pre-floured proofing basket.
  5. Leave to proof for a few hours (this will depend on your room temperature), then preheat the oven. If you have a La Cloche baking dome, preheat this in the oven from cold.
  6. Turn out the loaf from your proofing basket to the baking tray (lined with baking paper) or the La Cloche dome.
  7. Make a few slashes with your scoring knife.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes at 220°C and for another 45 minutes at 200°C. Take the lid off the dome for the last 10 minutes if using the La Cloche dome.
  9. Cool on a wire rack.

Kletzenbrot Recipe – Austrian Christmas Fruit Loaf

 

My childhood memories of Kletzenbrot, an Austrian Christmas fruit bread, are somewhat limited as I was never a huge fan. The Kletzenbrot (which translates as ‘dried pear bread’) I was typically presented with was always just a little bit too full on for me, too fruit-laden and too overpowering in terms of spices. Kletzenbrot of this kind consists of a fruit-only centre with just a thin layer of dough covering the moist, squidgy mixture. I like a bread with plenty of dough, where the fruit plays an important but supporting role, hence the reason for my dislike! Baking bread at home has allowed me to create my own version of the traditional classic Kletzenbrot recipe. Here is my take on Kletzenbrot, the way I like it.

Kletzenbrot
Kletzenbrot

A variety of fruit is commonly used for making Austrian Kletzenbrot including dried pears, figs, dates and raisins. I’ve always found that the dried pears are a little bit lost in this mix and I wanted their taste to take centre stage. Kletzenbrot should be all about the Kletzen – don’t you agree?

Therefore, this is a Kletzenbrot recipe for purists – chunky bits of dried pear (no other fruit) baked into a lightly spiced rye and wheat dough. Try my version of Kletzenbrot – it’s a lovely fruit bread all year round.

Where to buy Kletzen?

I usually buy Kletzen in a local market in my home town in Austria. These are different from standard dried pears as Kletzen are made from specific old pear varieties which are grown on Austrian farms specifically for drying. These pears have a firm peel and pulp and a high sugar content but are not usually consumed raw. Instead, they are dried with the peel. If you would like to get the real deal but you don’t have access to an Austrian farmers’ market, you can order Kletzen online from this Austrian specialties shop.

Kletzen
Kletzen

Kletzenbrot Recipe

My Kletzenbrot recipe is prepared with a yeasted dough and, although there are quite a few steps involved, you can complete the bread in an afternoon.

If you prefer more fruit in your loaf, you can easily increase the fruit content. Use the same dough quantities but with more fruit (and nuts) to achieve a fruitier loaf.

Kletzenbrot recipe
Kletzenbrot

Kletzenbrot
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Kletzenbrot Recipe

Make this delicious Austrian Christmas fruit loaf in the run up to Christmas or enjoy any time of the year as a breakfast bread. The Kletzenbrot recipe may seem complicated, but it'll all come together quite easily, give it a go!

Ingredients

Kletzenbrot Ingredients

    For the main dough

    • 350 g white rye flour
    • 150 g strong white wheat bread flour
    • 7 g dried yeast
    • 6 g salt
    • Spices: 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground coriander, 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp ground anise
    • 325 g water use the water from the fruit and nut mix

    For the dough shell

    • 100 g wheat flour
    • 50 g rye flour
    • 2 g dried yeast
    • A pinch of salt
    • 90 g water

    For the filling

    • 250 g dried pears chopped into small pieces
    • 50 g hazelnuts cut into halves
    • 40 g rum

    For brushing

    • 65 g water
    • 3 g potato starch
    • 3 g sugar

    Instructions

    How to make Kletzenbrot Christmas Fruit Loaf

    • Place the fruit and nuts into a pot, add the rum and enough water to cover the fruit and nut mixture.
    • Boil up briefly and simmer on a very low heat for 45 minutes.
    • Strain and keep the liquid so you can use the fruity water for the dough.
    • Prepare the main dough using the flours, yeast, salt, ground spices and the fruity water. Add more water to make up the required quantity if you don't have enough sieved water.
    • Knead for about 10 minutes, then add the fruit and nut mix until evenly distributed.
    • Place the main dough into a large bowl, cover and leave to rest for about 1 1/2 hours at room temperature.
    • In the meantime, prepare the dough for the outer layer (see ingredients for the dough shell) by combining the flours, yeast, salt and water.
    • Knead for 10 minutes, then place the dough into a small bowl and leave to rest for about 1 1/2 hours at room temperature.
    • Go back to the main dough once risen, punch down and divide the dough into two equal parts.
    • 10. Shape each part into a flattish oval loaf and place them on two baking trays lined with baking paper.
    • 11. Take the dough you prepared for the outer layer of the loaf. This is going to be the outside hull which is going to be used to avoid the fruit from burning. Divide into two equal parts and, with a rolling pin, roll out the dough to about 3 mm in thickness. Roll out with a view to wrap the two fruit loaves you prepared, then gently cover the loaves. The dough shell doesn't need to cover the fruit dough at the bottom, simply tuck in the outer layer so it doesn't peel off during the bake. Finally, make sure the outer and inner dough parts are well connected.
    • 12. Use a fork to make a decorative pattern on each of the loaves.
    • 13. Rest for 30 minutes and preheat the oven to 190°C in the meantime.
    • 14. Brush the loaves with water and bake at 190°C for 10 minutes. Turn down the heat to 170°C and bake for a further 25 minutes. Cover the loaves with tin foil in case they brown too quickly.
    • 15. Just before you take the loaves out of the oven, prepare the mixture for brushing by bringing the water, potato starch and sugar to the boil. Watch carefully and take it off the heat as soon as it has gelatinised.
    • 16. Brush on the mixture when the loaf is still hot.
    • 17. Cool on a wire rack.
    • 18. Serve with butter, it's delicious!

    Kletzenbrot slice
    Kletzenbrot slice

    Grünkern (green spelt) bread recipe

     

    Browsing the local delights of the organic grocery store in my home town in Austria, I picked up a bag of Grünkern. The greenish grains looked pretty and unique on the shelf! Grünkern grains are unripe spelt kernels cultivated predominantly in Southern Germany. Although mainly used for soups and vegetarian burgers, I wanted to incorporate some of this unique green spelt grain in a sourdough Grünkern bread.

    Grünkern sourdough
    Grünkern sourdough bread

    What is Grünkern?

    Grünkern (German for ‘green kernel’) is spelt, harvested when green, in the dough stage of ripening, and then dried. Historically, harvesting spelt so early and before it reaches its full ripeness was a reaction to periods of adverse weather, which destroyed crops and resulted in poor harvests. It was a way to prevent crop failure.

    Grünkern
    Grünkern

    The green spelt grains are harvested when the starch isn’t fully developed and the kernels are still soft and juicy at about 50% moisture content. Grains are dried over a beechwood fire or in hot air dryers – right down to a moisture content of 10 to 13%. Once dried, the outer husk is removed. Have a look at gruenkern.de for more information around the harvesting process, then and now.

    The dried green spelt kernels smell aromatic and a little bit like fresh hay. The aroma remains uniquely pleasant and hearty when cooked with water, so it became a tradition to harvest a portion of the spelt as Grünkern. Grünkern doesn’t tend to be milled and is typically available as whole grains or chopped grains.

    If this sounds similar to another grain, Freekeh, then you are right. Freekeh is also harvested green, then roasted. The difference? Freekeh is made from green unripe durum wheat and dates back to the ancient regions of Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria while Grünkern is made from spelt and is still mainly produced in Germany.

    How Grünkern was made

    Watch these videos showcasing the Grünkern harvest back in the 1970s in Germany.

    Where to buy Grünkern in the UK?

    I’ve only seen Grünkern on Amazon in the UK. Unfortunately, other probable places such as Real Foods or Buy Whole Foods Online don’t seem to stock it.

    Grünkern bread recipe

    This recipe adds Grünkern to a wholemeal spelt sourdough loaf. Adding black treacle enhances the flavours, but you can easily leave out the treacle if you would like to taste the pure Grünkern flavours.

    Grünkern bread
    Grünkern bread

    Ingredients

    For the sourdough

    For the Grünkern soaker

    • 175g Grünkern
    • 350g water

    For the main dough

    • 220g spelt flour
    • 50g water
    • 14g salt
    • 1 tbsp malt extract

    How to bake Grünkern bread

    Day 1

    • Prepare the sourdough by combining your spelt starter with the spelt flour and water. Mix well in a bowl, cover with a lid and leave to stand at room temperature for 16 – 24 hours.
    • Combine Grünkern and water in a pan, cover and leave to soak overnight.

    Day 2

    • Drain the Grünkern and bring to a boil in a pan with 350g water. Simmer over a low heat for about 15 minutes. Drain any remaining water.
    • In a large bowl, combine 440g of the sourdough (the remaining 25g go back into the fridge for your next bake) with the main dough ingredients.
    • Form a dough and knead for 10 minutes.
    • Add the Grünkern to the dough and knead until evenly distributed.
    • Place the dough back into the bowl, cover and leave to rest for 1 hour at room temperature.
    • Prepare a baking tin (23 x 11 x 9.5 cm) by lightly oiling it. I use a silicone brush to do that.
    • Place the dough into the tin and prove for 2 – 4 hours depending on the temperature in your room. The dough should rise visibly, filling the tin to the top.
    • Preheat the oven to 250°C.
    • Place the baking tin on the second layer from bottom up and bake for 15 minutes, then bake for a further 25 minutes at 180°C and a final 10 minutes outside the tin at 180°C.
    • Cool on a wire rack.
    Grünkern spelt bread
    Grünkern spelt bread

    Zwieback crackers recipe

     

    I love crispbreads and tend to make a batch every few weeks. Usually, I bake savoury crispbreads, but I’ve been wanting to make an old childhood favourite of mine, Zwieback crackers, a lightly sweetened crispbread. My mum didn’t bake this herself, but bought an industrial version called Feldbacher Zwieback. It was generally on the menu when I wasn’t feeling well as it’s easy to digest, a kind of sick kids treat. Here is my recipe for baking Zwieback crackers at home.

    Zwieback
    Zwieback

    What does Zwieback mean?

    The name Zwieback translates as “twice-bake” and is a result of the baking process whereby the bread is baked twice. Once as a loaf, and the second time in slices.

    Zwieback Crackers Recipe

    Zwieback is easy to make at home. The ingredients include wheat or spelt flour, water, yeast, butter, salt, honey or cane sugar. After the first bake, the ‘Einback’ (“one-bake”), the bread is allowed to cool, then cut into slices. The second bake toasts the slices. This is were the flavour develops and the Zwieback cracker gets its typical aroma and brittle structure. While standard bread has a moisture content of about 45%, Zwieback will have 3 to 5%.

    Zwieback Einback First Bake
    Zwieback – First Stage: Einback (First Bake)

    Zwieback ingredients

    • 500g flour
    • 265g milk
    • 7g dried yeast
    • 50g butter
    • 30g sugar
    • 5g vanilla sugar
    • 1 pinch of salt

    How to make Zwieback

    1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and form a dough.
    2. Knead for 10 minutes on your work surface to produce a smooth and elastic dough.
    3. Place the dough back into the bowl, cover with a lid and leave to rest at room temperature for about 60 minutes until significantly increased in size.
    4. Punch down the dough and knead for a few seconds.
    5. Shape into a tight log (this will ensure a fine crumb structure) and place in a baking tin (no need to oil or butter the form) – I used a large form at 12.2 x 8.6 x 31 cm.
    6. Cover the tin with a clean kitchen towel or wrap in a polythene bag and rest for another hour in the tin.
    7. Bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for approximately 60 minutes.
    8. Take the loaf out of the tin and cool on a wire rack.
    9. Rest for 24 hours.
    10. Cut the loaf into 7mm slices.
    11. Lay them out on a baking tray and bake at 100°C for approximately one hour until golden brown.

    Store in an airtight container to ensure the Zwieback remains dry and crisp. Keeps well for weeks!

    Millet bread recipe (no yeast)

     

    This millet bread recipe makes a perfect breakfast bread and delicious accompaniment for vegetarian stews. The recipe bakes a bread with a moist and spongy crumb and crunchy crust. Little grainy millet beads are baked into the dough. It keeps well and stays moist for days as the millet grains are great for retaining moisture.

    Millet seed bread
    Millet seed bread

    I use yellow millet (panicum miliaceum) grains in this recipe. The toasted, soaked and boiled grains form part of the dough and a small quantity of grains can also be used as topping for an interesting appearance and texture.

    Millet bread recipe

    This millet bread recipe uses sourdough as the raising agent, no yeast.

    Refresh your sourdough on the day before baking and also prepare the toasted millet seed soaker. You’ll then prepare the millet polenta, the main dough and proof the dough before baking it.

    Millet bread
    Millet bread

    Day 1 – Prepare millet bread sourdough and soaker

    Prepare sourdough

    • 40g sourdough starter
    • 100g white rye flour
    • 110g water

    Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl, mix well, cover and leave to rest at room temperature for about 24 hours.

    Prepare millet grain soaker

    • 100g millet grains
    • 250g water

    Gently toast the millet grains to darken slightly and release their nutty flavour. Soak the millet grains in the cold water. Cover and keep at room temperature for about 24 hours.

    Day 2 – How to make millet bread

    Prepare main dough

    • 450g white bread flour (wheat)
    • 245g water
    • 55g yoghurt
    • 9g salt

    For the loaf tin

    • 1 tsp sunflower oil
    • 1-2 tbsp millet grains
    1. Pour the millet grains and water into a saucepan and bring to boil. Simmer and cover for about 15 minutes until all the water has cooked away. Be watchful and stir often.
    2. Fluff up the millet with a fork, cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside to cool.
    3. Combine 210g sourdough (rest goes back into the fridge for your next bake) and all main dough ingredients in a large bowl.
    4. Turn out onto your work surface and knead for about 10 minutes until you get a smooth, elastic dough.
    5. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover with a lid and leave to rest for about an hour.
    6. Add the boiled and cooled down millet, knead in carefully until evenly distributed.
    7. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover and leave to rest for about an hour.
    8. Oil a loaf tin with the sunflower oil. I use a pastry brush to do this.
    9. Deflate the dough, shape into a boule to fit into the loaf tin and carefully place the dough into the tin.
    10. Cover with a polythene bag to proof for 2 to 5 hours (depending on the temperature in your room). Alternatively, you can also proof the dough in the fridge for about 24 hours.
    11. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
    12. Bake for 10 minutes at 220°C, then for a further 40 minutes at 200°C.
    13. Cool on a wire rack.

    Osterpinze Recipe – Austrian Easter Bread

     

    Osterpinze is a delicious Easter bread, made with an enriched yeast dough (milk, eggs, egg yolks and butter) and flavoured with anise wine and lemon zest.

    It’s traditionally baked for Easter in the South of Austria (Styria), although its origins can be traced back to the region of Friuli in Northeast Italy. The traditional way the dough is cut into three sections gives the Pinze its unique appearance.

    Osterpinze anise flavour
    Osterpinze – a traditional Austrian Easter bread

    Osterpinze Recipe

    Baked especially for Easter, it can be eaten at breakfast, afternoon coffee or for Easter-Jause served with ham, freshly grated horseradish, hard-boiled eggs and radishes. The dough is just lightly sweetened, so it goes well with many dishes. The anise wine flavour is subtle and I recommend it even to those of you who are – like me – not a big fan of licorice.

    A mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack of a slice of bread topped with cheese or ham is referred to as a Jause, and a more substantial version akin to a British “Ploughman’s Lunch” is called a Brettljause after the wooden board on which it is traditionally served. Source: Wikipedia

    Ingredients for Osterpinzen

    Day 1

    Sourdough

    • 15g sourdough
    • 85g strong white wheat flour
    • 60g water

    Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, mix well, cover and keep at room temperature for the next day (about 16 hours).

    Milk Roux

    • 100g whole milk
    • 30g strong white wheat flour

    In a small saucepan, whisk the milk and flour until lump free, heating it up while whisking. Cover with cling film and let it cool down to room temperature before placing it in the fridge for the next day.

    Sponge

    • 40g strong white wheat flour
    • 5g dried yeast
    • 30g whole milk

    Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl, cover and keep at room temperature.

    Anise wine

    • 1 tbsp (5g) anise, roughly cracked with pestle and mortar
    • 125g white wine (e.g. Riesling or Pinot Blanc – use a wine with little acidity)

    In a small bowl, combine the wine with the anise, cover and keep at room temperature. This will extract the anise flavour.

    Anise seeds
    Anise seeds
    Anise wine
    Anise wine: anise seeds soaked in white wine for a day

    Day 2

    Main dough

    • Sourdough
    • Milk roux
    • Sponge
    • Anise wine
    • 390g strong white wheat flour
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 65g sugar (I use icing sugar)
    • 2 eggs
    • 90g butter, softened
    • 6g salt
    • 1 lemon, zest only

     Glaze

    • 1 egg, lightly beaten

    How to make Osterpinzen

    1. Prepare the sourdough, milk roux, sponge and anise wine on day 1.
    2. On day 2, sieve the wine and discard the anise.
    3. Combine all the main dough ingredients (don’t forget to place a little bit of the sourdough back in the fridge for your next sourdough bake).
    4. Knead for 10 minutes.
    5. Place the dough in a bowl.
    6. Cover the bowl well and leave to rest for an hour or two (depending on the temperature in your room, until the volume has increased significantly).
    7. Divide the dough into two/three equal parts and shape into boules (LINK).
    8. Place the boules onto a baking tray lined with baking paper (make sure there is sufficient space between them).
    9. Cover with a cloth and leave to proof at room temperature for an hour or more.
    10. Brush with the egg and leave it soak in slightly.
    11. Then cut the dough three times from the centre to the edge with a pair of scissors.
    12. Bake at 200°C. Reduce the heat after 5 mins to 180°C and bake for a further 35 mins.
    13. Cool on a wire rack.

    I served Osterpinze with honey this morning and with a ham and cheese board this afternoon. In both instances, the slices of Osterpinze were a perfect match.

    Osterpinze
    Osterpinzen – the eggs give it a wonderful colour and sheen

    Mohnstrudel Recipe (Poppy Seed Strudel)

     

    Poppy seeds feature frequently in Austrian baking. Sprinkled on top of bread rolls, mixed into multi-seed wholemeal loaves or swirled up in sweet dessert bakes, they add a wonderful contrast colour, very distinctive earthy flavour and are fun to bake with. Here, I’m showcasing the delightful Mohnstrudel (poppy seed strudel) as one of my favourite poppy seed bakes.

    In Austria, poppy seeds are used for both sweet (Mohnschnecken, Mohntorte, Mohnnudeln, Germknödel) and savoury (Mohnflesserl, Mohnstangerl, Mohnsemmel) bakes. They are even grown locally, so if you should ever find yourself in the Waldviertel region of Austria, you can visit Mohndorf, a village build around Waldviertler Graumohn (a variety of breadseed poppy papaver somniferum).

    Mohnstrudel
    Mohnstrudel: soft, enriched yeast dough swirled with a moist poppy seed filling

    Mohnstrudel Recipe

    The recipe requires the poppy seeds to be ground as this will make for a much smoother filling and will also allow the seeds to release their oils and flavour. Unfortunately, you will not be able to use a food processor or pestle and mortar to grind the seeds and you will need to employ the help of your coffee grinder instead.

    The trick to grinding poppy seeds for desserts is to do so just enough to break them open, releasing their oils, while letting them hang on to traces of their crisp contours.” Kay Rentschler, NY Times

    Poppy seeds ground and whole
    Ground poppy seeds (left) and whole poppy seeds (right)
    Poppy seed strudel
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    Mohnstrudel Recipe

    Delicious poppy seed roll, one of my favourite Austrian teatime recipes.

    Ingredients

    Ingredients (makes one Mohnstrudel)

      Dough

      • 50 g unsalted butter softened
      • 85 g milk at room temperature
      • 5 g dried instant yeast
      • 15 g white caster sugar
      • 1 egg yolk
      • 200 g flour
      • 1 tiny pinch of salt
      • Zest of 1/2 lemon

      Egg wash for brushing

        Poppy Seed Filling

        • 30 g water
        • 20 g unsalted butter
        • 50 g honey or brown caster sugar
        • 25 g Powidl similar to thick plum jam
        • 1 pinch of ground cloves or cinnamon
        • 20 g ground porridge oats
        • 100 poppy seeds ground
        • 25 currants I prefer currants to raisins as they are smaller, harder and not as sweet, which works well for this delicate bake
        • 1 tsp dark rum I used Austrian Stroh rum at 80%

        Instructions

        How to make Mohnstrudel

        • Combine butter, milk, the dried yeast, sugar and egg yolk in a medium bowl and mix together with a whisk.
        • Add the flour, salt and lemon zest and use your hands to work the ingredients into a pliable dough. The dough should not be stiff but also not too sticky. It should be nice and soft and easy to shape. Knead for 5 minutes.
        • Place a cover on the bowl with the dough. Keep at room temperature/in a wam place until the volume of the dough has expanded sufficiently.
        • Prepare the filling about 15 mins before your dough is ready to be shaped.
        • To do this, add the water, butter, honey (or sugar), Powidl, ground cloves (or cinnamon) into a pan, heat up until it starts bubbling up.
        • Take the pan off the heat and add the ground porridge oats, poppy seeds, currants and rum and combine well.
        • Now back to the dough which should have almost doubled in volume by now. On a slightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 30 x 20 cm rectangle. Use your dough scraper to chop some of the protruding edges off in order to get to the rectangular shape.
        • Distribute the filling evenly across the dough rectangle, leaving 0.5 cm around the edges free.
        • Roll up the dough lengthwise. Make sure that no air bubbles get trapped as you do this. Try not to add more length to the Strudel as you roll it up, it should still end up being 30 cm long.
        • Place the Strudel seam side down onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Flatten it slightly in order to achieve a more oval than round shape without lengthening it.
        • Cover with a kitchen towel and leave to rest for approx. 1 hour (depending on the temperature in your room).
        • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
        • Just before the bake, brush the Strudel with egg wash.
        • Bake for 30 minutes or so on the second lowest shelf of your oven, until golden brown.
        • Cool slightly before serving.

        Mohnstrudel Recipe for #TwelveLoaves

        #TwelveLoaves is a monthly bread baking party created by Lora from Cake Duchess and runs smoothly with the help of Heather of girlichef, and the rest of our fabulous bakers.

        Our host this month is Lora from Cake Duchess and our theme is Seeds. For more bread recipes, visit the #TwelveLoaves Pinterest board, or check out last month’s selection of #TwelveLoaves Malt Breads!

        For more bread recipes, visit the #TwelveLoaves Pinterest board, or check out last month’s selection of #TwelveLoaves Malt Breads!

        If you’d like to bake along with us this month, share your Seed Bread using hashtag #TwelveLoaves!

        Buchteln (Austrian Rohrnudeln) Recipe

         

        Buchteln or Rohrnudeln are sweet baked pull-apart yeast buns. These are traditionally filled with jam or baked on a bed of fruit (most commonly plums or damsons). The Buchteln are packed closely in a large baking dish (usually made from enamel) to stick together.

        Buchteln Pull Apart Bread
        Buchteln Pull Apart Bread

        They are served warm for afternoon coffee/tea or dessert and even for breakfast.

        The origin of Buchteln can be tracked back to the region of Czech-Bohemia, but they are very common in Austria and Bavaria too.

        Freshly Baked Buchteln
        Freshly Baked Buchteln

        For the sponge

        • 100g wholewheat flour
        • 2g dried instant yeast
        • 125g milk, lukewarm

        For the final dough

        • 400g plain white flour
        • 3g dried instant yeast
        • 225g milk, lukewarm
        • 1 egg
        • 5g salt
        • Zest of 1/2 lemon, grated

        For the filling

        • Approx. 1 large tbsp of jam per bun. Use firm, not runny jam. I usually use strawberry, raspberry or any other red berry jam as the colour looks particularly nice in the buns. In the photos here I have used rhubarb jam.

        For the pan

        • 10g butter

        How to bake the Buchteln (makes 15 – 20)

        1. In a large bowl, prepare a sponge with the flour, yeast and lukewarm milk.
        2. Cover and leave in a warm place for an hour or two.
        3. Once your sponge is nice and bubbly, add the additional ingredients and knead into a firm-enough dough although it will be a little bit sticky.
        4. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover and leave to rise again until it has increased considerably, for about an hour or two, depending on the temperature in the room.
        5. On a floured surface, flatten the dough to about 2 cm.
        6. With a dough cutter, cut out pieces about 6 cm in diameter, fill with 1 tbsp jam, fold and close the edges tightly at the top.
        7. Place side-by-side (not too snugly as they will expand!) in a well buttered baking tray with the folded edge facing down. I use a 32 cm x 20 cm enamel pan like this.
        8. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 °C for about 25 minutes until golden yellow.
        9. Separate them to serve.

        Buchteln Rohrnudeln with Jam

        I love how they snugly fit together in the pan and how easily they come apart when you need one.

        Buchteln Pull Apart Bread