Prep 15 mins
Cook 12 mins
My Dad enjoyed this dessert as a young soldier shortly after WWII. For years he would ask for this dessert in restaurants only to be told that they were not familiar with the recipe. I found this recipe and made it for him for Father's Day this year, with great success. I decided to post it here so that I'll be able to find the recipe again, the next time Dad (or anyone else in my family) wants it. It is a light, lemony dessert - much like a souffle. I made it as listed below, except that I increased the lemon zest to the zest of a full large lemon. From the Time-Life book, Cooking of Vienna's Empire.
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon zest, grated
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 4 egg whites
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, break the egg yolks up with a fork and stir in the vanilla and lemon peel. Sprinkle the flour over the yolk mixture.
- In another bowl, using a wire whisk or rotary or electric beater, beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt until they cling to the beater. Add the sugar and bet until the whites form stiff, unwavering peaks. With a rubber spatula, stir an overflowing tablespoon of the whites into the yolk-and-flour mixture, then reverse the process and fold the yolk mixture into the rest of the egg whites, using an over-under cutting motion instead of a mixing motion. Don't overfold.
- Generously butter an oval or oblong 8 by 10 inch baking dish attractive enough to serve from. Using the rubber spatula, make 3 mounds of the mixture in the dish. Bake the Nockerl in the middle of the oven 10 to 12 minutes, or until it is lightly brown on the outside but still soft on the inside. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately.