Tyrolean Wine Noodles: Grandma’s Christmas Recipe
Many wonderful smells hang in the air at Christmas time. One scent brings back childhood memories that are particularly happy: Grandma’s wine noodles. Wine noodles with mulled wine (or, in a child-friendly way, with berry juice) are a real traditional Tyrolean dish at Christmas time that has been forgotten. Completely unjustly. This is why you can try Grandma’s secret recipe here.
Tyrolean wine noodles: For the grown ups and the little ones
Admittedly, it’s been many years since I last ate wine noodles. I almost forgot about them myself – a shame really! Because I associate some of my fondest childhood memories with grandma’s wine noodles: how the family gathered around the table at Christmas time and the adults toasted with mulled wine while we children sipped the sweet berry juice. Or the many times we stumbled into the parlour after sledging, freezing, and the wine noodles brought warmth back into our bodies. Especially in this winter, when we see our grandparents (too) little, it’s good to get close to them with recipes.
Wine noodles are a really great dish: they are super easy to make, ready in just 30 minutes, with no fancy gimmicks or elaborate ingredient lists. They are down-to-earth and honest. Plus, they come with homemade mulled wine! What more is there to say? So get cooking!
Mulled wine or berry juice
For the adults, the wine noodles are traditionally served with homemade mulled wine. For children, of course, this is nothing. That’s why the little ones can have the noodles with berry juice. Warm raspberry juice tastes particularly good, but most people also like grape juice, blackberry juice or strawberry juice. There are no rules here, the main thing is berries.
Tyrolean wine noodles with mulled wine: The ingredients
For 4 persons:
- 200 g semolina
- 500 ml milk
- 20 g butter
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 3 eggs
- grease for baking
- 500 ml red wine
- 250 ml water
- 100 g sugar
- 2 cloves
- a little star anise
- 1 piece of cinnamon bark
- a little lemon zest from the organic lemon
Berry juice (raspberry, grape, blackberry or strawberry)
Tyrolean wine noodles with mulled wine: The preparation
The preparation of the wine noodles can be done in a few steps and is at egg-cooking level. However, it takes a little practice to make sure that the noodles not only taste like grandma’s, but also look like it. Similar to Schupfnudeln, rolling out noodles requires a little dexterity. If you don’t have that, the noodles can look a little … well, unhappy. By the way, they shouldn’t be too thick – my grandma used to say “as wide as a finger”. But it doesn’t matter how it looks, it must taste good.
For the noodle base dough, bring the milk to the boil in a saucepan and salt lightly. Then stir in the butter and sugar. Sprinkle in the semolina and cook until thick, stirring constantly. Take care that the semolina does not burn. Then leave to stand for a while. Finally, separate the eggs and mix the semolina with the egg yolks.
Now form the dough. As soon as the mass has cooled down a little, form the mass into a large roll. Cut the roll into slices and roll into noodles about the thickness of a finger. Tip: this works particularly well if you wet your hands a little beforehand, so that the mixture can be shaped easily. Then prepare a bowl with the egg white and the breadcrumbs. Pull the noodles through the egg white and roll in the breadcrumbs. Heat the lard in a pan and fry the breaded noodles until golden brown.
Put all the ingredients for the mulled wine together in a pot. Tip: If you put the spices together in a tea bag, it is easier to take them out again later. Then heat the mulled wine slowly. It is better not to bring the mulled wine to the boil so that the alcohol does not completely boil away and the spice aromas are retained.
Arrange the noodles, pour over the mulled wine or warm berry juice and serve. Enjoy!
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