Bread & Raised Pastries, Recipes

Back in the Day or: Traditional “Ofennudeln” with Plums

July 27, 2014

When I think back to my childhood, I remember that I spent countless days at my grandparent’s place. And I loved it, because there were so many things to discover. I loved to rummage in their dressing room; trying on my grandma’s jewelry or my mum’s wedding dress. I loved to play in the garden shed, driving my grandpa crazy by removing every single tool so that I had enough space for all my dolls and me. But above all, I loved to watch my grandma cooking. The serenity and ease, with which she prepared the meals, gave me a feeling of safety.


Literally translated, “Ofennudeln” would be something like “oven noodles”, which doesn’t make that much sense. I would best describe it as slightly sweetened yeast rolls. We typically use plums to fill them, but I would say every red berries work well. Or you could just go without a filling at all and instead dip the pastry into your coffee or hot chocolate.  Anyway, these are amazing and I don’t want to keep this recipe from you. Here it comes:


Traditional Ofennudeln with Plums

yields 12-16 pieces, depending on the size of your baking mould
1 yeast cube
250ml lukewarm milk
75g sugar
750g flour
2 eggs
1tsp salt
lemon zest
75+75g butter
about 8 plums for the filling
icing sugar
1. dissolve yeast in a bit of lukewarm milk and add 2Tbsp sugar. let the mixture sit for 5 mins
2. put flour in a mixing bowl and pour the yeast mixture into a hole in the middle
3. gently mix it with the flour and form a dough. cover with a towel and let it rise for another 10 mins
4. warm half of the butter and mix with the rest of the milk
5. bit by bit, add eggs, sugar, salt, lemon zest and the milk/butter mixture to the dough
6. beat it with a mixer until the dough is smooth
7. warm other half of the butter and put into the baking mould
8. form balls in the size of peaches, fill them with one sliced plum each and put into baking mould. turn them around to make sure they are covered with butter everywhere
9. again, cover with a towel and let it sit for 20-25 mins at a warm place
10. meanwhile, preheat oven to 175ºC
11. bake for about 45 mins until they are golden brown
12. dust with icing sugar and cinnamon and enjoy! 

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