Austria's Culinary Ambassadors
Made with love: get to know the people, their hometowns and their stories behind Austria's thriving culinary scene.
On the way from flour to bread or elaborately decorated tortes, craftsmanship and creativity are required. At the Erlachmühle, the mill in the town of Mondsee, the young miller and pastry chef Antonia Wieneroither makes cakes from wheat flour, while her brother August uses fine rye flour for the bread he bakes in a wood-fired oven.
Baking brings joy! The Wieneroither family agrees about this. The 83-year-old grandmother still gets up at four in the morning to help the family make the natural sourdough starter, which is mixed with flour from their own mill, salt, and water and makes the bread so wonderfully moist.
The rye comes from the fields of Austria's Mühlviertel and Waldviertel regions. While he is kneading the dough, August Wieneroither has time to think about how he could improve the workflow in the production, before he slides the loaves into the wood-fired oven, which burns local spruce. “I’m the thinker and optimiser of the family, which doesn’t always make me popular, at least initially,” he says with a grin.
His younger sister Antonia, on the other hand, prefers to lose herself in the world of tortes and cakes in the farm kitchen. She worked in the confectionary at Hotel Sacher in Salzburg, where she completed her training as a master pastry chef, and dipped the famous Mozartkugeln in chocolate at Konditorei Fürst. “I especially enjoy decorating display tortes. I’m inspired by seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, colours, and forms. I can try out things, make models myself, and also make mistakes,” she laughs.
She makes cakes for festive occasions, while the snack bar at the Erlachmühle offers classic Austrian sweets ranging from apricot cake, plum cake, and apple strudel to Gugelhupf and Sachertorte—all homemade, of course. “At our snack bar, I can see exactly what is popular with the guests. I never run out of ideas. I would soon like to make ice cream and offer baking classes as well.”