Carinthian Pasta | Kärntner Kasnudeln

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Kärntner Kasnudeln are an Austrian pasta speciality from Carinthia (a region in the south of Austria). This type of filled pasta is quite similar to Italian ravioli and it might just be an Italian influence – after all Carianthia abuts Italy. Kärntner Kasnudeln however are filled with a mixture of curd, potatoes and fresh herbs (in particular mint).

In contrast to the Italian ravioli, there is a particular way to fold this Austrian pasta – krendeln – not only to close the pasta around the filling but also to create the characteristic, ornamentally twisted edge.

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Soup and Semolina Dumplings | Grießnockerlsuppe

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Officially it is spring and the warm weather of the last few weeks had us thinking winter is indeed over. April in Austria however usually brings back cold temperatures for a few days. This week it was even snowing again – the perfect weather for a soup to warm you up.

Especially a broth made from beef and served with various dumplings or noodles is a traditional Austrian dish. My favourite dumplings for soup are “Grießnockerl” – semolina dumplings – however, I prefer vegetable broth instead of the beef broth.

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Austrian Flatbread | Feuerflecken

IMG_2970Flatbread seems to be a global phenomenon –  no matter where you go, some type of flatbread will be typical for this region. So of course there is also a typically Austrian flatbread – so called “Feuerflecken”. Originally this type of flatbread was a way of using up leftover raw bread dough that was simply not enough to shape a loaf. Since most people do not bake bread at home these days, this practice is not very common anymore. Today Feuerflecken are usually sold as a snack at food festivals or summertime village fairs. Before figuring out how to make this flatbread at home this was actually on of the main reasons for me to visit such events.

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