Some months ago I had posted a dish called Pressknödel. Knödel are dumplings and there are a lot of different variations from savory to sweet, from round to flat. Sometimes you enjoy them with a soup or sometimes they fit better with a salad. Today I thought of a savory bread Knödel version to share with my readers called Bratknödel.
Knödel are so called Mehlspeisen (flour based dishes). Mehlspeisen are very popular in middle Europe till date. Before it was a delicious way to escape the plain fasting dishes and believe me there was a time when Christianity had 180 fasting days. People had to create something which was more filling then just veggies, mostly because one needs some more body fat to withstand a cold winter.
In my town of origin, in Austria, we have a feast called Knödelfest. Every year in September people travel from near and far just to be part of this delicious event. The feast boasts with the longest knödel table in the world (300 m long) and 22000 Knödel in 22 different flavours are prepared for the visiting crowds on this day. 2011 was the 30 year anniversary of the Knödelfeast and over the years it has just been getting bigger and better with the whole town transforming into a huge open air Guesthouse.
September is the month when farmers bring back their cows from the mountains. Over the summer they are kept in Alms, which are mountain farm houses. So, in September we celebrate the Almfeast weeks and the Knödel feast is the highlight and main event of this celebrations.
Imagine how much these delicacies mean to us. Every household prepares at least once a week Knödel. They are treasured and much loved by everyone. Each time I cooked Knödel in India and gave to try to family and friends I received raving feed backs on how divine they taste. Some Knödel recipes even help you in using unwanted ingredients, such as stale bread. The Sainehonsa Bratknödel are a good example for that. Actually they are just called Bratknödel but I researched a bit online and I couldn’t find a recipe coming close to the once we serve in my home town, so I thought better off calling them simply after the local name of our town, Sainehons.