Traditional Austrian Nut Roll

This is a beloved recipe that has been passed down from my mother and father who left Austria-Hungary in 1913. It’s a traditional nut roll that has been handed down in the family for generations. This nut roll is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with a classic dish. It’s an easy recipe that only takes an hour of work, and the result is a delicious, fluffy and flavorful dessert that will delight your family and friends.

Ingredients used:

  • 350 grams - Bread flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons - Dried yeast
  • 1 pinch - Sugar
  • 300 milliliters - Tepid water
  • 0.5 teaspoons - Salt
  • 0.5 teaspoon - Bicarbonate of soda
  • 225 milliliters - Milk
  • 2-3 tablespoons - Vegetable oil

Recipe steps:

  • In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in 50ml of the water with the pinch of sugar.
  • Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour the dissolved yeast and milk into the well.
  • Using a wooden spoon, beat the mixture for about 5 minutes to incorporate air into the batter.
  • Cover the bowl and leave in a warm place for about 1 hour until the batter has doubled in size and is sponge-like in texture.
  • Beat the batter for a further 2 minutes with a wooden spoon.
  • Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat and rub a little vegetable oil on the surface with some absorbent kitchen paper.
  • Grease the insides of 3 crumpet rings or 3 3 1/4 inch plain metal pastry cutters and place them blunt edge down on the hot pan surface.
  • Pour a little batter into each ring to a depth of 1cm.
  • Cook the crumpets for 5-7 minutes until the surface of each appears dry and is honey-combed with holes.
  • Carefully remove the metal rings and flip the crumpets over and cook the second side for 1 minute only.
  • Cool the crumpets on a wire rack and toast them on both sides when required before serving.

These traditional Austrian Nut Rolls make for a tasty treat that your family and friends will love. Not only are they easy to make, but they are full of flavor and are sure to be a hit with everyone. And you can feel a sense of accomplishment from making a classic recipe that has been passed down for generations.