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Alpine hut feeling for “back home“ – home-made yeast dumplings
special food of the mountains
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Alpine hut feeling for “back home“ – home-made yeast dumplings

Brrrr… it’s really cold outside. When it’s snowing on the mountain peaks and the heating’s turned up high indoors, it’s pouring with rain outdoors. Snuggled up in a warm blanket I spend the afternoon on the sofa. What else can you do in this “ghastly weather”? It’s much too cold to go swimming in a lake and it’s still to warm to go skiing. Cue skiing – how I’d love to be out on the slopes – if only winter was here already…

In my daydream I’m sitting with my friends at the Reitlehenalm hut on the monte popolo and I’m treating myself to a juicy Wiener Schnitzel – or a tasty cheese gnocchi pan – or a sweet Kaiserschmarren (chopped pancake dish) – or… no! A hearty yeast dumpling with custard and poppy seeds.

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Mhhh, that would be lovely! Hang on a minute – I would certainly be standing in front of closed hut doors in October, but why don’t I simply bring a little bit of hut feeling into my own home?

No sooner said than done. “Does anyone fancy a yeast dumpling with custard?“, I ask my three little brothers and the twinkle in their eyes cofirms that “the project home-made yeast dumplings” is just perfect for this rainy day.

For the dough:

250g lukewarm milk

1 egg

7g salt

100g sugar

625g wheat flour

1 cube of yeast (optional: dried yeast)

100g soft butter

Plus:

Damson jam (plum compote), poppy seeds and icing sugar as required

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And here goes:

First of all mix the milk with the egg, salt and sugar, then add to flour.

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Crumble the yeast on the flour and finally add the softened butter.

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Knead until a fine, smooth dough is produces. Cover the dough and leave to rise for around 30 minutes in a warm place.

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Meanwhile fill a pan with water, affix a clean tea towel over the pan and bring the water to boil.

Tip: There must always be water in the pan. Take care that the water doesn’t evaporate completely.

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Then split the dough in to six pieces of the same size and form to make round pieces.

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Plop a tablespoonful of damson jam to the middle.

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Close around the edges.

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Now place the dumplings in the “steam-tea-towel-pan“ and steam for around 30 minutes.

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Sprinkle the yeast dumplings with poppy seeds and icing sugar and serve with butter or custard, which ever you prefer. Et voilà: the little bit of alpine hut feeling for “home“ is ready!

Enjoy!

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Photo credits: Reitlehenalm, Stephanie Rettenegger


Born and bred in Salzburg, mountains, traditional customs, culinary specialities have accompanied me my whole life. The older I get and the more cultures and landscapes of other countries I get to know, the more I realise, how beautiful it really is here. That's why I particularly enjoy sharing these special characteristics of my home with you in the blogHuette.

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