Sunday, March 27, 2011


P has made this so many times he can do it blindfolded but since it was my first time, I followed the recipe to the letter.  I used my new Die Gute Küche; Das Österreichische Jahrhundert Kochbuch.  Instead of raisins though I used dried cranberries since I had them on hand.  They went well with the apple sauce on the side.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Viennese Sandtorte

Like a pound cake.  The recipe called for 5 eggs but I only had 4 and it still turned out okay.  Even Ramona the cat stole a piece.  We had some last night and some for breakfast just now.  The chemistry of baking is so interesting--the European recipes use separated eggs and fold things together while the Americans usually beat them into the batter whole.  Texture is so important.  The book I used is Kaffeehaus by Rick Rodgers, with recipes and photographs of old time coffee houses in Vienna, Budapest, and Prague.  

Sunday, March 20, 2011

On this pouring down rainy day...

... I made an Austrian garlic soup in honor of the woman who made my first one: my mother-in-law Lizi.  I followed the recipe in German and made it in metric, substituted a couple of ingredients (used vegetable stock instead of chicken and yogurt instead of sour cream), and it turned out nicely.  
I have a new cookbook, a wonderful resource for Austrian food: Die Gute Küche; Das Österreichische Jahrhundert Kochbuch.  The Austrians revere their soups--and frankly! so do I.