When I first pinned this, I just knew it was one I had to try.
I know a lot of people say that pinterest is just a fantasy land, where people pin clothes they wish they had, a house they wish they had, a body they wish they had, and food they wish they could make. But that is not true for me. I’ve done exercise routines, made crafts, and cooked many recipes that I have found through that beloved site.
But the reason this one stuck out to me is a little different. I talked about it before, a little, here. My study abroad in Vienna Austria was the time of my life. I don’t want to rehash the things I’ve already mentioned, but instead reminisce on something new. I was lucky to go to Austria from September through December. Which meant I could enjoy the warmth of the summer, the changing fall leaves and crisp air, and the spirit of Christmas.
And Christmas in Vienna means Christmas Markets. The Christkindlmarkt are open for a several weeks which meant I could enjoy many of them throughout the city during the time I was there. The Rathaus Market, Schoenbrunn Palace, Belvedere Palace, Maria-Theresien, and many more. At these lovely markets one could buy anything from warm baked goods and hot cocoa, to hand crafted Christmas ornaments, to jewelery, to children’s toys, to much much more… and all of these things together create the most picture perfect place. With the sights and the smells, its truly breathtaking. I regret not buying more treats and handcrafted goods while I was there, but of course the program alone cost me an arm and a leg, so I didn’t have too much spare change to spend on goodies.
My parents were able to come out the last couple days of my program, and we were able to stay in blessed Europa for another week or so, traveling around to different cities (which of course meant more markets) but the memory that sticks out in my head, though it be a small one, is one of wandering the Maria-Theresien Platz market with them. And the smells finally captivated me and told me that I must by a pretzel bratwurst. Of course I had my choice of bratwursts from blutwurst to white wurst, I don’t remember the name, but I just took the traditional. And chose to get it with ketchup, not mustard that is so beloved there. And it was delicious.
So, you see, once I saw this pin, I had to make it. To recreate. To feel my heart beat a little for my memories of the stunning markets. And although I can’t remember the exact taste to know if this matched, I can tell you that this little pretzel brat did not disappoint.
I can also tell you that even if you have never been to Vienna, or Prague, or Berlin if you like bratwurst then you will like this recipe. It is perfect. Although slightly time consuming, as most recipes with dough are, as you wait for it to rise. Its worth the wait. And as I wait till I can save up enough money to return to Vienna with my sweet husband, I keep that thought in mind. It will be worth the wait.
7 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 TBS yeast
1 1/2 cups warm milk
3 TBS melted butter
10 cheddar bratwurst (or regular – or 12 hotdogs)
2 quarts water
4 TBS baking soda
1 TBS salt
1. Combine the warm and yeast in a small bowl. Lightly stir and set aside for about 5-7 minutes.
2. Combine the flour and salt in stand mixer bowl
3. Add the warm butter to the yeast mixture.
4. In a stand mixer with a dough hook, combine the wet ingredients with the dry and mix on low until thoroughly combined and the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Knead for another 2 minutes.
5. Remove the dough from the bowl, spray with cooking spray, return the dough to the bowl and cover.
6. Allow to rise until it is doubled in size.
7. Once risen, punch down the dough and knead for 1 minute.
8. Cut dough into 10 equal pieces (12 for hotdogs).
9. Roll into long ropes about 18 inches in length.
10. Wrap each bratwurst (or hotdog) from end to end with the dough. Press seams together.
11. Allow to rest for about 15 minutes, while the oven preheats to 400 degrees and you boil a large pot of water (with salt and baking soda).
12. Bring water to a roiling boil.
13. Place 2 buns into the pot and boil for 1 minute on each side. Remove from water and score the tops with a sharp knife.
14. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
15. When all buns have been boiled, bake them on a greased cookie sheet for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
15. Enjoy with a side of ketchup or mustard.