Austrian Desserts: Wuchteln

Ingredients (4 persons)

500 g flour
20 g yeast (one cube or one bag of dried yeast)
40 g sugar
120 g butter
1 egg
1 additional yolk
1 pitch of salt
some grated lemon peel
apricot or plum jam (powidel, the heavy, thick plum jam)
a bit of milk

What Wuchteln are

Wuchteln, or - in smaller size - Buchteln are a classic, rustic dessert made from a plain yeast dow. They are filled either with apricot jam (which you will get pretty much anywhere in the World) or "Powidel", a very dense, dark-brown plum jam that contains a bit of rum and is very smooth. You might have to get that in Austria or make it yourself.

How to prepare Wuchteln

Might be a bit tricky the first time. Warm a bit of milk with some sugar and mix it with the yeast. After a few minutes, mix the flour (should be warm, at least at room temperature, to keep the yeast happy) and all the other ingredients except the jam to a smooth dough. Let the dough sit in a warm place until it gained about 50 percent of its volume. Use a big spoon to take small pieces of dough and fill them in your hand with a teaspoon of dough each.

Close them and put the individual Wuchtel into a pan or casserole with a bit of melted butter. Use a pan or casserole that has the right size to be filled with Wuchtels in the end. Cover the pan with a towel and let it sit for another 30 minutes in a warm place. Then bake the Wuchtels at 170 degrees Serve them on a plate, covered with icing sugar and with some vanilla custard.

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