We came armed with aprons and alcohol – key kitchen tools!
We were using recipes from one of Germany’s top chefs, Alfons Schuhbeck.
Our starter was Rote Bete Salat (Beetroot Salad).
While Steffi prepared the beetroots, I was in charge of the marinade.
|Fortunately, supervised at all times!|
Next up was the main course: Tafelspitz mit zweierlei Dips und Kohlrabi.
I’d never heard of ‘Tafelspitz’ before – it’s a German word literally meaning ‘tip of meat for the table’ and is boiled beef. The cut of meat is called ‘topside’ in England and ‘Top Round’ in USA, the part of the cow near the tail. This dish is considered the national dish of Austria, but also very popular in Bavaria, Germany.
This meat simmered in a broth with root veggies and spices for hours.
To accompany the meat we prepared horseradish (‘western wasabi’)…
…sour cream sauce, creamed spinach, potatoes…
|I don't think I've ever had so many pans on the go before|
Then it was time to carve the tender meat - best left to the experts!
It was all delicious...if we might say so ourselves!
The final element to our three-course Bavarian feast was Buchteln mit Vanillesauce. We actually prepared the yeast dough for these sweet rolls before main course to allow it time to rise.
Once the dough (nicknamed ‘Herman’) had risen, and we’d eaten our first courses, we headed back into the kitchen to prep dessert.
We lined up the dough balls in a large pan before baking. Close enough so that they would stick together.
A little egg-wash before baking...
The traditional Buchtel is filled with plum jam and topped with vanilla sauce or powdered (icing) sugar.
We made a vanilla sauce (like a thin sweet custard) to accompany ours.
Hot out the oven we dished up dessert…
They were delicious – the hazelnut / chocolate addition was lightly melted and we happily soaked up the vanilla sauce with the doughballs.
To finish off our evening we tucked into a South Africa spirit – Amarula, I’d picked up on my recent visit to the country. It’s a cream liqueur made from sugar, cream and the fruit of the Elephant tree (African marula tree), similar to Baileys.
An excellent way to spend a Friday night!
Her boyfriend got the leftovers the next day...yum!