- 4 egg whites
- 2 Egg Yolks
- 1/4 lemonjuice only
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 40 grams cake flour
- 60 grams granulated sugar
- soft butter
- icing sugarfor dusting
In Austria a dessert is referred to as “Mehlspeis” or directly translated the dish/meal with flour. I think very highly of Austrian desserts and pastries and certainly in terms of warm desserts there are fantastic dishes within the Austrian cuisine.
The most notable and the sort of “piece de resistance” Austrian desserts is the famed Salzburger Nockerl, a light, baked soufflé. It is typically served with a fresh berry compote, a fruit coulis or berry gelee enriched whipped cream.
I like to serve Salzburger Nockerl when I have friends over, as they “stand” a little longer that regular soufflés and can easily be served “family” style in a big oval or rectangular baking dish.
How to make the Salzburger Nockerl
- Butter your baking dish thoroughly and preheat your oven to 390F or 200C. Whip the egg yolks with 10g (1/3 oz) of the sugar and the vanilla extract foamy. In a mixer, to a hard peak and during this process, slowly add the remaining sugar little by little until all the sugar is well incorporated and the mixture is very stiff. The stiffness of the egg white will be the critical success factor of this dish. You must ensure that the sugar/egg white mixture is really whipped to a hard peak.
- Gently the egg yolk mixture under the egg white mixture, then add the flour little by little until the fully incorporated.
- Add the lemon juice just before scooping the mixture into the baking dish.
- Scoop the mixture in heaps into the baking dish and bake just as is, do not flatten or smoothen, but rather ensure that the surface still has peaks when starting to bake.
- Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes, depending on the dish/dishes chosen, until golden brown. Dust with icing sugar and serve at once.