South Tyrol is a region that has countless qualities: history, tradition, nature, landscapes…
It also has a “tasty” side to fulfil the needs of the greediest tourists.
The favourable climate, the fertile soil and an average of 300 sunny days per year allow this land to produce a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, as well as natural, dairy and – in general - gastronomic products.
The apple is undoubtedly the most representative of this area.
The fruit is used for a great number of recipes, either sweet or savoury.
Who doesn’t know, for example, the strudel (meaning “whirl” in German)?
A mixture of apples, bread crumbs, sugar, cinnamon, raisin and a drop of grappa is spread on a layer of rolled-out dough (sweet or savoury). The layer is then rolled up, brushed with a mixture of butter and egg yolk and baked.
As an alternative, there are the apple fritters: apple slices are sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, immersed in a batter and fried in hot oil or lard.
To prepare another delicious dessert, you can hollow out some apples by removing the core and fill them with a mixture of jam, ground walnuts, raisins, sugar, cinnamon, butter, 4 teaspoons of orange liqueur and 4 teaspoons of white wine.
In addition, there are many other homemade cakes prepared with diverse fruits (apple, cherry, apricot, plum), that are delicious and can be consumed as a simple, healthy snack by children.
Apples are also used to prepare savoury dishes.
According to a recipe, for example, the cornmeal mush can be mixed with some slices of apple, previously cooked for about 10 minutes in a small amount of water with a pinch of cinnamon. The final product can be sprinkled with icing sugar before serving.
As an alternative, you can prepare an omelette filled with raisins and apples (cooked in a small amount of water with sugar) and sprinkle it with icing sugar before serving.