If you ever had been visiting the German City Rotheburg ob der Tauber you probably have visited the bakery where they make the German Snowball Pastry BUT only during winter! In German: Schneeball.
Schneeball means snowball in English, and is a pastry made from shortcrust dough. The name comes from the form of a snowball which will be dusted with powdered sugar.
This pastry is known in the regions of Franconia and Hohenlohe (northeast of Baden-Württemberg) since more than 300 years. In the past they served the snowballs at celebrations such as weddings or the “Kirchweih” a yearly fest of religious character.
In Rothenburg there is a bakery Named Walter Friedel which sells the original snowballs – Go to the Bakery Website – The snowballs are the signature dish of Rothenburg and are of course the most popular souvenir.
We found a recipe to make the snowballs but you need a special tool, a so called “Schneballeisen”. It is not available in the USA as it is so special. The tool allows the round forming and it is like a tong but round. If you dont use that snowball tong, the pastry will not be round and will fall apart. After the dough is made it will be cut in stripes and placed into the tong which forms and bakes it round in hot oil. It’s a deep-fryer pastry.
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Here is the trick to make the snowball pastry without the tong. Use a round extra large tea infuser which can be used to form the balls. Genius! Happy Baking!
4 egg yolk
9 tbsp heavy cream
1 tbsp sugar
2cl Kirsch Schnaps
1 dash salt
750 g flour
clarified butter, refined coconut oil or sunflower/canola oil for deep frying