Have you ever tried dampfnudeln?! I have lived in Germany for over two years and nearly every time I'm out and about I discover something new. Just when I think I have life down here (except, sadly, for the language) I find that I really know nothing about Germany.
I have to admit I am a bit obsessed with food. Especially here in Germany. I love exploring the aisles of grocery stores to find new items and see what differences there are here in Germany. Or I love going to one of the many asian food stores here to get all the ingredients I need for my next thai or indian dish - which I admittedly don't make too often because there are generally a lot of steps involved....too many for me anyway!
The other weekend we were at the medieval Christmas market over in Esslingen and my friend asked if I'd ever tried a dampfnudeln. After asking her to repeat that a few times because it's a mouthful (it sounds like dom-pf-noo-deln...that's as easy as I can get it) I was intrigued. We headed over to the stand and they ordered one and wow! this thing was amazing! How did I not know about this sooner!
So what is it? Basically it's a large soft doughy bread, but it's so soft that you can eat it with a fork. Then they add a vanilla cream sauce over the top of it. To top it off you can add cinnamon and sugar, a cherry sauce topping, as well as others. My husband summed it up perfectly; it's like eating the center of a cinnamon roll in every bite (it's just that good!). This is especially true for the one with cinnamon on it.
My friend said that the reason why the dough is so soft is because it's steamed in a pot on the stove. It's important not to open the lid because that will collapse the dough. These can be found at many Christmas markets and is quite popular in Austria. They are huge, though, and are a meal in themselves or a dessert to share amongst 3-4 people! My friend said that he used to get these for breakfast as a kid in Germany...lucky guy!
If you ever get the chance you should absolutely try a dampfnudeln, you will not be disappointed!