After much consideration, I decided to start the E.A.T World challenge at the beginning of the alphabet and visit Austria. More specifically, Vienna. More specifically, a little sidewalk cafe. Any sidewalk cafe, as long as they serve Golatschen!
According to that trusty Wikipedia, the Golatschen AKA Danish pastry is “…said to originate from Vienna and is called wienerbrød…”Viennese bread”…in Denmark as well as Iceland, Norway and Sweden. In Vienna, however, the pastry is known as Golatschen…”
Is that confusing or what?!
I had never made Golatschen/Danish pastries before, so I needed to find a good recipe that didn’t involve too much work in case I screwed it all up. I used this recipe from The Village Vegan for the dough, which was easy and idiot proof. The pastries were flaky and buttery, and they were nothing like a “sweet bread dough”, which is what I was afraid I would end up with due to my pastry making inexperience. I also learned all about how to make the different shapes from Joe Pastry. Instead of using cream cheese for the classic cheese danish, I made a concoction of almond paste and oat-milk crème pâtissière. This is exactly what I meant when I said feel free to cook outside the lines for this challenge.
My virtual visit to Austria was very enjoyable, and my taste buds were very pleased with the pastries and the coffee. The coffee that I chose was a Melange, which consists of coffee with milk and foam, and it’s traditionally served with a little glass of water. I made my Melange with oat milk. How did I get it so foamy? With my new super-duper Aerolatte! This is my favorite way to drink coffee from now on. If it ain’t foamy it ain’t fo’ me! Haha *snort* haha *snort* haha *snort*. Sorry.
I intend to thoroughly take advantage of E.A.T World and learn how to cook something new for each entry. Instead of creating my own recipes, I will have to leave it all up to the all-knowing interwebs and my slow-growing cookbook collection. My latest addition to my mini-library is “La Dolce Vegan” that I was very lucky to win at a giveaway over at Kate’s blog, The Reclusive Housewife! Thank you, Kate! Lucky? Me? It’s so unusual!
Well, that’s it for me. I’m signing off from my little sidewalk cafe in Vienna. I hope to see you somewhere around the world soon! *Jumps on an imaginary plane to Brazil*