For Christmas my aunt and uncle bought Gavin and I a strange device. At first we did not know what it was until they told us it was a Schneeballen mold called a Schneeballeneisen, (you may recall me gushing about getting schneeballen in Rothenburg in previous posts). My Aunt scheduled a day where her friends would come over and show us how to make the amazing pastry.
Schneeballen is the signature pastry of Rothenburg and is often served at Franconian weddings. Traditionally it is covered with powdered sugar but you can get it with different toppings.
The main ingredients are flour, eggs, sugar, butter, cream and any kind of clear schnaps! The dough is then rolled out and cut with a dough cutter into even strips. The strips are then arranged alternately over and under the handle of a wooden spoon. The dough is then dropped into the Schneeballeneisen. Afterwards you drop the Schneeballeneisen into the oil and rotate it to get the circular shape until the ball is deep-fried to a golden brown. After the schneeballen is cooled, dust it with powdered sugar and voila!
Here is a link to the recipe we used.
Here is some photos of our Schneeballen adventures:
I am looking for the tong or mold that make these, Do you know where I can buy them?
I was so surprised to see this post. The “tongs” is available via German e-bay: http://stores.ebay.com/backshop24/Kochen-Kuche-/_i.html?_fsub=5
These were also very popular in Transylvania before WWII, and I have one of the “tongs” from my family.