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Christmas Viennese menu to cook at home

The period before Christmas is the most romantic time of the year. As the current situation means we'll have to wait a little longer to be able to spend it in Vienna, we can simply bring the magic of a Viennese Christmas into our own home. Apart from the classic Viennese menu, the Christmas menu is also a welcome alternative during the dreary everyday existence of lockdown.

Martini goose becomes a Christmas goose

What the Martini goose is to autumn, the Christmas goose is to winter. Served with red cabbage and potato dumplings, it's is an especially festive dish that needs a bit of preparation. But it's well worth the effort, because home-cooked food always tastes the best.

Red cabbage:

  • 130 g sugar
  • 5 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 juniper berries
  • 250 ml apple juice
  • 250 ml red wine
  • 250 ml orange juice
  • 1 level tsp
  • salt
  • 100 g lingonberries
  • Pepper
  • 1 head of red cabbage

Stuffing for the goose:

  • 1 onion
  • 1 orange
  • 2 apples
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Marjoram
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Water

Potato dumplings:

  • 1 kg floury potatoes
  • Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp semolina
  • 300 g potato starch

Christmas market for your home

While we wait for the Viennese Christmas markets reopen, let's simply bring the most aromatic treats into our own home. A visit to a Christmas market wouldn't be complete without a warming mulled wine and sweet treats.

Mulled wine

  • 100 g fine granulated sugar
  • 3 pcs. star anise
  • 6 pcs. cardamom pods
  • 6 pcs. cloves
  • 2 pcs. cinnamon bark
  • 750 ml red/white wine
  • 250 ml orange juice
  • 1 pc. lemon
  • 1 pc. orange


Sweet Christmas baking

Typical Christmas baking includes gingerbread, cinnamon stars, macaroons, Christmas fruit loaf (stollen) and mulled wine guglhupf cake. However, the undisputed Christmas cookies are the popular vanilla croissants.

Vanilla croissants

  • 300 g flour (fine)
  • 80 g icing sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 80 g walnuts (shelled and grated)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 200 g butter (cold)
  • 1 vanilla pod (pulp)
  • 100 g confectioner's sugar (for rolling)
  • Flour (for the work surface)

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