|Sachertorte at the Hotel Sacher, Vienna|
Wandering around the area near the opera house on our first night in Vienna we came upon a wondrous thing: a Würstelstand (hot dog kiosk) selling a variety of speciality sausages, wieners, hot dogs, Kasekrainer (sausage with cheese) and pickles. For £5 you can enjoy a glass of beer or a mug of Gluhwein (mulled wine), a plate of sliced sausage, a generous dollop of mustard or horseradish and a hunk of rye bread. Just the thing for a cold evening in Vienna!
Apart from the sausages, schnitzel, cakes, beer and gluhwein, my other particular culinary favourite from Vienna is Mozartkugeln ("Mozart ball"), a small, round confection made of marzipan, nougat and dark chocolate. When my godfather visited Vienna in the 1970s or 80s, he brought me Mozart chocolates and I have never forget that special combination of marzipan, nougat and dark chocolate. Originally created in the 1880s by confectioner Paul Fürst, Mozartkugeln are everywhere - there are whole shops devoted to the things, and their spin offs (Haydn balls, Princess Sissi balls etc). They are delicious, with a glass of schnapps or a good strong coffee.
Two days was not nearly enough time to explore Vienna, but it gave us a flavour of this most civilised, cultured and beautiful city, and I am looking forward to a return visit. Meanwhile, here are some recipes to help keep those memories of Vienna alive.....
Mary Berry's Sachertorte recipe
How to make the perfect Wiener schnitzel
Buy Mozartkugeln online