Silver Travel Cook Club - November 2019

Emerald Waterways' Recipe of the Month

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Silver Travel Cook ClubEmerald WaterwaysThis month’s Silver Travel Cook Club features a generous helping of the classic Austrian dessert Apfelstrudel (Apple strudel) courtesy of Emerald Waterways, inspired by their fabulous Danube river cruises through the foothills of the Austrian Alps and between four capital cities, including Vienna - as famous for its cakes and pastries as for its musical heritage.

And you could win an Emerald Waterways goodie bag and a copy of Austrian Desserts: More Than 400 Recipes for Cakes, Pastries, Strudels, Tortes, and Candies.

Emerald Waterways on board chefAboard their cutting-edge ‘Star-Ships’, Emerald Waterways’ experienced chefs take great pride in preparing dishes to the highest standards, and in ensuring that their menus showcase the fantastic regional cuisines of Europe. Four-course dinners each evening feature international and regional specialities, and dessert tables offering collections of fine sweets. Delicious wine is included at lunchtime and dinner on board. 

Their river cruises include inspiring days ashore into the very heart of each town and city, led by knowledgeable and experienced guides whose stories and insights bring the cultural history to life. There’s also the chance to visit the home of a local family to hear about the traditions and folklore of the region over coffee and cake. 

Delights of the Danube

Munich to Budapest river cruising

Emerald WaterwaysEmerald Waterways’ best-selling itinerary Danube Delights offers the perfect introduction to river cruising in Europe. Natural beauty is plentiful as this mighty waterway courses along the foothills of the Austrian Alps to the picturesque Wachau Valley, the cities of Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava, and a string of historic towns and cities. Celebrate the ancient as it co-exists with the modern in the Austrian and Hungarian capitals, and join guided walks along the cobblestone streets of Regensburg and Passau in Germany, perhaps also enjoying a performance by a traditional Bavarian band. The extra-special EmeraldPLUS excursions and experiences reach into the heart of local culture giving a deeper understanding of life along the Danube River.  

Departure dates and pricing:

  • 8 days, April-October 2020
  • Prices from £1,495pp including flights, tips, excursion options and wine and beer at lunch and dinner.      

Recipe: Emerald Waterways’ Favourite Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)

Ingredients (serves 4-6):


Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)Preheat the oven to 190°C / 170°C Fan/Gas 5. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.

Mix the apples with the cinnamon, lemon zest and juice, sugar and raisins. In a small frying pan, melt 20g / ¾oz butter and fry the breadcrumbs until golden brown, then add to the apple mixture.

Melt the remaining butter in a pan. On a clean, dry tea towel lay a sheet of the filo and brush with some of the melted butter. Lay another sheet on top and repeat until you have used all of the filo.

Pile the filling along the length of the pastry along one side about 2-3cm / 1in from the edge and using the tea-towel to help you, roll the pastry up to enclose the filling. Tuck the ends in and roll seam-side down onto the lined baking sheet. Brush with the remaining melted butter.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden-brown. Leave to cool and dust with icing sugar.

Austrian DessertsHow to win an Emerald Waterways goodie bag and a copy of Austrian Desserts full of delicious recipes

Simply tell us in the Comments section below about your favourite dessert. It doesn’t need to be Austrian – it could be a British traditional apple pie, an American cheesecake or a French pastry. We’d love to know, and the best entry will win a super Emerald Waterways goodie bag and copy of this fabulous book.

Read more about all of our Silver Travel Cook Club recipes.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 40 Comment(s)

  • doublet
    almost 2 years ago
    Sachertorte, of course. When it comes to making Sachertorte, the Austrians take the cake!
  • JohnNailsea
    almost 2 years ago
    Kaiserschmarrn. Remember having that at the hut on the col behind the Wiedersbergerhorn. Yummy.
  • brynglas
    almost 2 years ago
    Apple strudel. Warming and comforting on a cold winter evening
  • andi55
    almost 2 years ago
    I love gluten free chocolate brownies with a dollop of Greek yoghurt. Simple
  • Dannydog
    almost 2 years ago
    Creme brûlée every time for me
  • SilverTravelEditor
    almost 2 years ago
    DRSask's lovely comment about watching a master strudel maker at work, and then eating a piece on location in the Austrian Alps got me thinking....

    How often have you enjoyed a particular local food on holiday and tried to recreate it at home, only to find something 'lost in culinary translation'? A panna cotta eaten in a Florentine trattoria, or baklava in a Cretan taverna, just don't taste quite the same back in Basildon, do they...?

    Please carry on telling us about your favourite desserts - at home or abroad - to win a fab Emerald Waterways goodie bag and a copy of the yummy 'Austrian Desserts' book.
  • Luna
    almost 2 years ago
    Chocolate bread and butter pudding, I have an old recipe cut from a newspaper 25 years ago. I have never met anyone who doesnt adore it. As far as I know I have never seen this dessert on any menu on my travels. It is a bit fiddly the mixture is disk end for 48 hours in eggs, chocolate and double cream but is absolutely worth it.
  • GypsyWanderer
    almost 2 years ago
    Elton Mess. Double cream, broken crisp meringue and fresh sweet strawberries. So easy, so simple and so delicious. Light too so you could have seconds while trying to convince yourself meringue is mainly air!
  • DRSask
    almost 2 years ago
    There are so many delightful pastries to tempt in Austria. I remember buying some as gifts to bring home and they were all wrapped so beautifully! For me anything with chocolate and/or cherries usually tops the list. One that stands out though is a cherry strudel that I had at the Hotel Berghof in the Tirol. I was staying at the Hotel Goldene Rose in Lechaschau, Austria and we had gone specifically to the Hotel Berghof, a magnificent drive through the mountains, to watch a master strudel maker at work, the Apfelstrudelkonig. He produced a giant strudel working the pastry until it was paper thin. Afterwards we sat outside in the June sunshine and ate our chosen fruit strudel on the patio luxuriating in the crisp pastry and delicious fillings while drinking in the mountain views. Bliss!
  • Sbb
    almost 2 years ago
    Coffee pannacotta with cherries, delicious and not too heavy.
  • philatel
    almost 2 years ago
    My favourite dessert is Cherry Pie with lots of custard.
  • binks
    almost 2 years ago
    I love a good `Sherry Triffle` not least because my husband always says` not for me l am too important to be concerned with Triffles`! He then goes on to eat more than anyone else!
  • jaxb
    almost 2 years ago
    Oops, don’t you love autocorrect? Creme fraiche of course!
  • jaxb
    almost 2 years ago
    Mine is a chilled apple charlotte, love the crunch of the breadcrumbs and the tang of the apples. Serve with crime fraiche. Husband will always vote for trifle, with very deep custard.
  • Debbie_9
    almost 2 years ago
    I love sticky toffee puddling with lashings of toffee sauce and whipped cream
  • Rowsie
    almost 2 years ago
    Rice Pudding! But not the type you buy in a tin, the type my mother used to make. It was always thick and had that brown skin on it. I have never been able to get it exactly the same.
  • susane
    almost 2 years ago
    I just love and always will Apple Crumble and Custard. Crunchy topping, melt in the mouth gooey apples and hot custard. I Want Some Now. mmm yummy.
  • oldlangelei
    almost 2 years ago
    It can only be the huge fluffy lemon meringue pie, full of flavour and tingling sweetness, that (I definitely believe!) got me through my Domestic Science 'O' level many, many years ago - and I still make it following that original recipe now.
  • oldlangelei
    almost 2 years ago
    Interesting - The old favourites seem to be the outstanding, continuous, lip-smacking yummies!!
  • Ozdevon
    almost 2 years ago
    anything with a hot climate!
  • ZoshJosh
    almost 2 years ago
    I like Polish babka -a light yeasty chocolate-y Bundt with chocolate icing.
  • Marpau
    almost 2 years ago
    Tiramisu is my favourite
  • SheilaD
    almost 2 years ago
    A favourite , particularly for my husband and dad, is bread and butter pudding made using brioche, and with the custard made using eggs and cream with a dash of rum. Alternative favourite it mixed berry brûlée,
  • Leah50
    almost 2 years ago
    Sacher torte for me, rich dark chocolate cake & apricot jam is the most wonderful dessert ingredients pairing I know...just add cream.
  • seashelly
    almost 2 years ago
    I love baked apples with cinamon in the autumn