Easter Reindling

    Originally an Easter treat in Carinthia, but delicious at any time of the year.

    Reindling originated as an Easter treat in Carinthia, but today there's no need to wait to enjoy it.

    Reindling is a speciality from Carinthia, originally served on festive days like weddings, baptisms, and especially Easter. Now a common dish in Carinthian cuisine, Reindling does not necessarily have to be sweet. It tastes delicious with butter and jam, but traditionally it was also served like bread with the Carinthian Easter meal of ham, smoked sausages, and eggs.

    There are lots of variations to the classic Reindling recipe and many families have their own secret ingredients such as a dash of rum in the filling or cocoa powder instead of cinnamon. Once you have mastered this basic recipe you can have fun experimenting.

    How to make it:

    Step 1:

    First, mix the flour with the yeast and add a bit of milk and sugar until you get a smooth mixture. Cover it with a piece of cloth and let it rest in a warm place for half an hour.

    Step 2:

    Add the rest of the milk and the sugar, the eggs, the butter, and a pinch of salt, and work it into a smooth dough. Let it rest again - this time for 10 minutes. Then roll out the dough so that it is roughly as thick as your thumb.

    Step 3:

    For the filling, melt the butter and spread it on the dough. Mix the sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle the dough. Then add the raisins and, if you like, the nuts. After that, roll the dough up tightly and put it into a greased cake pan. Again, let it rest for 20 minutes.

    Step 4:

    Finally, sprinkle little bits of butter on the cake. Then put it in the oven for 50 - 60 minutes at about 180°C / 356°F. When it is done, take it out of the oven and let it cool. Only turn the Reindling out of the pan when it is completely cold to avoid it breaking.