Zillertaler Krapfen

 

Sennerei Zillertal Sennereiküche.  A-6290 Mayrhofen · Hollenzen 116

Kitchen Hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 18:00, Sunday and Holidays 9:00 – 17:00

http://www.sennerei-zillertal.at/

A traditional regional snack at festivals and cultural celebrations, Zillertaler Krapfen are delicious little stuffed pastries featuring the local Tyrolean Graukäse.

Freshly fried, the piping hot Zillertaler Krapfen gleam in the afternoon sun.  These tantalizingly golden brown temptations, with their adorable half-moon forms, are like small deep-fried tacos.  The tiny air pockets on the shells make the Krapfen light and provide airy relief.  The shell itself is quite thin, brittle and delicate (particularly on the outmost rim), which makes them really enjoyable.  Its crunchy consistency creates amazing contrast with the creamy stuffing.  Moreover, the shell is the ideal vessel for holding the hot contents.

The filling, which chiefly consists of sliced boiled potatoes, butter, Tyrolean Graukäse grey cheese and chopped chives, combines to form an enchantingly creamy concoction.  The Graukäse in particular really gives the mash a feel good, mesmerizing flavor.  It is not only responsible for the amazing taste, but also the thick, gooey consistency and moistness in the filling.  The potatoes provide substance and body, but also firm texture and some bite.  Additionally, it subdues the grey cheese’s characteristically aggressive flavor a tad.  The chives impart a delicate oniony earthiness.

These little bad boys are gratifying and substantial – they will definitely fill you up.  Due to its deep-fried preparation, the Krapfen goes down perfectly well with a glass of cold, fresh, premium milk or buttermilk.

Saturday may very well be the best day of the week to visit the Sennerei in Mayrhofen – the Zillertaler Krapfen, served exclusively on this day, are absolutely flawless.  Priced at a mere 5.50 euros for five pieces, these treats are also a good deal.  Zillertaler Krapfen are the hallmark of the Zillertal Valley, and the dairy farm in Mayrhofen makes arguably some of the best you will ever find!  Just like grandma would make them!

 

Overall: 10/10

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