In spring this year we went to Salzburg for a day during our trip to Bavaria. Salzburg is only one hour away by car so I have been a couple of times and every time I go I really enjoy it.
When I think of Salzburg I automatically think of Mozartkugeln and although I really like the city the most important thing for me when I’m there is to buy a sufficient amount of the little treats as they are just something special to me. I just love them – I think my dad let me try one many years ago and since then I am just mad for them.
Mozartkugeln? I am not sure whether they are well known in England…so I thought they (and Salzburg as well) are worth a blogpost so that you either can make them yourself or don’t miss to buy them should you go to Austria…
In 1890 Paul Fürst, a confectioner from Salzburg, invented the today well known Salzburg Mozartkugeln, named after the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who was born and raised in the city. Already in 1905 Fürst received a gold medallion at a Parisian confectioners fair – and we all know the French know their stuff about sweet treats :).
Nowadays his great grandson still makes them in the famous confectionery “Cafe Konditorei Fürst” using the same recipe. The original Mozartkugeln are the ones in the silver and blue foil.
Mozartkugeln are small sweet treats made out of pistachio, praline and marzipan, coated with dark chocolate. I dare to say that for people that like marzipan they are the ultimate treat.
Obviously the original Mozartkugeln recipe is a big secret and not imitable but I tried to make them a couple of times – of course it goes without saying that they are not the same than the original ones but they are still very, very tasty.
Last week I made them the first time here in England and was confronted with another challenge: I could not find a block of praline, in neither of the big super markets (does anyone know whether it actually exists in England? In Germany you normally find it in the baking sections). So I researched a bit and ended up using chocolate spread that I put in the fridge for a few hours before using it.
I used a recipe that I found on this lovely blog and I can really recommend it. I wouldn’t freeze the chocolate spread as it got a bit too hard, but maybe I just left it in there for too long.
Although they are a bit messy to make I loved making them. It is fun making them with two or more people as you can just chat away whilst rolling the praline, pistachio and marzipan balls.
Have you ever tried Mozartkugeln before? I would also love to hear whether you made them before and whether you have a recommendation for me about how to roll the praline/chocolate spread without it melting in your hand? 🙂