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Tessa Mellinger

von Tessa Mellinger

November 29, 2020

COOKING

Tyrolean wine noodles: Grandma's Christmas recipe

During the Christmas season, many delicious smells hang in the air. One scent brings back childhood memories that make you especially happy: That of grandma's wine noodles. Wine noodles with mulled wine (or very child-friendly with berry juice) are a real Tyrolean traditional dish at Christmas time that has fallen into oblivion. Completely unjustly. Therefore, here's grandma's secret recipe to recreate.

Tyrolean wine noodles: For the big and the small

Admittedly, it's been many years since I last ate wine noodles. I almost forgot about them myself - what a shame, really! After all, I associate some of my fondest childhood memories with Grandma's wine noodles: how the family gathered around the table at Christmastime and the adults toasted with mulled wine while we kids sipped on the sweet berry juice. Or the many times we stumbled into the parlor, frozen, after sledding, and wine noodles brought warmth back to our bodies. Especially this winter, when we see our grandparents (too) little, it does us good to get close with recipes. Wine noodles are a really great dish: they're super easy to make, ready in just 30 minutes, with no frills or elaborate ingredient list at all. They're down-to-earth and honest. Plus, they come with homemade mulled wine! What more is there to say? So get cooking!

Ingredients for the wine noodle dough

Mulled wine or berry juice

For the adults there is the wine noodles traditionally 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 especially good, but most people also like grape juice, blackberry juice or strawberry juice. There are no rules here, the main thing is berries.

Wine noodles with mulled wine: the ingredients

For 4 people:

Pasta:

  • 200g semolina
  • 500ml milk
  • 20g Butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • Crumbs
  • Salt
  • Lard for baking

Mulled wine:

  • 500ml red wine
  • 250ml water
  • 100g sugger
  • 2 cloves
  • some star anise
  • 1 piece cinnamon bark
  • a little lemon zest from the organic lemon


For children:

  • Berry juice (raspberry, grape, blackberry or strawberry)
Wine noodles with mulled wine: the preparation

The preparation of the wine noodles succeeds in a few steps and is on egg cooking level. However, it takes a little practice to ensure that the noodles not only taste like grandma's, but also look like it. Similar to Schupfnudeln, rolling out the noodles requires a bit of 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 the appearance is basically no matter, it must taste.

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Pasta dough:

For the basic pasta dough, boil the milk in a saucepan and lightly salt it. Then stir in the butter and sugar. Sprinkle in the semolina and cook until thick, stirring constantly. Be careful not to burn the semolina. Then let it stand for a while. Finally, separate the eggs and mix the semolina with the egg yolks.

Now it is time to shape the mixture. Once the mixture has cooled down a bit, form the dough into a large roll. Cut the roll into slices and roll into noodles about the thickness of a finger. Tip: this works especially well if you wet your hands a little beforehand, so the mass can be formed well. Then prepare a bowl with egg white and breadcrumbs. Pull the noodles through the egg white and roll them in the breadcrumbs. Heat the lard in a pan and fry the breaded pasta until golden.

Mulled wine:

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 later. Then slowly heat the mulled wine. It is better not to boil the mulled wine, so that the alcohol does not completely boil away and the spice aromas remain.

Arrange the noodles, pour the mulled wine or the warm berry juice over them and serve. Enjoy it!

Tyrolean wine noodles: Grandma's Christmas recipe

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