Thursday, July 30, 2015

Oma's Austrian Apple Strudel

One of my all time favorite desserts is a homemade apple strudel. Now, I've shared my recipe for mini apple strudels, but this recipe here is the real original, authentic Austrian Apfelstrudel recipe, straight from my mother-in-law's Austrian kitchen. 

Making apple strudel is not as hard as it may seem, I promise. I always thought is was so much work but after finally taking the time to see her make it from start to finish, I realized that I could so make one... and I'm not the best baker. So please, if you like apple pie, have had and enjoyed apple strudel, or just want to try something new, this recipe is for you! And perfect for the cooler, fall months that are just around the corner.

{for the dough}
  • 1 stick butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons apple vinegar 
{for filling}
  • 1 kilo apples, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon 
  • 2 tbsp crushed nuts
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • vanilla sugar *or vanilla
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • For the dough, cut butter into flour and begin mixing with a spoon
  • Add egg and vinegar, mixing and combining with hands
  • Continue to mix until thick dough forms *note that if it is warm the dough will begin to get soft and not stick well
  • Once firm dough has formed, refrigerate overnight or for at least a couple of hours
  • For the filling, peel and chop apples into small, thin pieces
  • Add lemon juice to apples... If you don't have vanilla sugar {which is hard to find in the US} now you would toss the apples with vanilla
  • Once dough is ready, cut into three equal parts
  • Flour cooking surface and roll each ball of dough as thin as paper {this may take a few tries}
  • Sprinkle dough with cinnamon, nuts, vanilla sugar and raisins
  • Add apple cuts 
  • Swaddle the apples with dough, careful not to rip it, and making sure the filling doesn't fall out
  • Fold over the ends and pinch shut
  • Place on baking sheet with the seam facing down
  • Brush with milk and place in oven
  • Bake at 380 for 25 minutes, or until the tops begin to brown 
  • Let sit for 10 minutes and enjoy! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Everybody's Free {To Wear Sunscreen} + Linky Party!

Happy Wednesday everyone! 
My husband showed me this video the other night and it just about brought me to my knees... have you heard or seen this before? It is not a new video but it's so powerful. Please, I promise you it will be the best thing you see and hear all day. 
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Out Around Salzburg

Fortress Hohensalzburg

Getreidegrasse *Street
St. Peter's Cemetery
Inside Fortress Hohensalzburg
Mozart's Birth House
Neptune Fountain

My all time favorite city is Salzburg, Austria. There are so many reasons why I love this city situated at the base of the Alps. First off, it is where my husband asked me to be his wife (good man) but also because this city has everything you need, but without the craziness of a big city. It is the best combination of old and new, with what seems like an old Gothic church on every corner and horse drawn carriages cruising the cobblestone streets.

I first visited Salzburg -best known for it's role in The Sound of Music and the birthplace of Mozart- back in 2005 and had an instant attraction to the city. My husband grew up only 40 minutes from the city center, so whenever we are in Austria, it is a must that we come into the city for a date, tea, to visit friends or go shopping. 

There is always something to do in Salzburg. There are farmer's markets, seasonally themed markets, tours, museums, shopping, walks and restaurants to enjoy. It seems the weather is usually the same here in the the non Winter months; partly cloudy with a chance of rain. Even in July ha. But I'll take what I can get. If the weather is nice, I recommend just grabbing some food or bringing a picnic and eating along the river Salzach. Austria is such a well maintained country that even in the larger cities you can notice the cleanliness, making eating in the grassy areas of the city a plus. Also, taking the time to hike the mountain to the Fortress Hohensalzburg is a must do. There is a nice museum within the fortress, and everything is well preserved. But really you can't beat the views of the city from up there. 

If you ever have the opportunity to come to Austria or the surrounding countries, I really recommend stopping by Salzburg for a night or two. Grab a giant pretzel (my kid's fav), get your walking shoes on, and enjoy this beautiful, friendly city in -what I believe is- one of the best and most traditional countries in Europe. I promise you won't be disappointed!