One of my all time favorite desserts is from the city of Salzburg, Austria! So much so, that if my family ever visited Austria and if we went to eat in a restaurant I wouldn't have to think for even one moment about what I would order. Salzburger Nockerln. For Dinner! I guess I consider myself lucky to have grown up in a country where eating a huge dessert for dinner is just fine. Germans actually eat sweet dishes for lunch or dinner regularly. And those Nockerln were pure heaven! A seven egg soufflé which is actually quite easy to make and therefore I make it on a regular basis. If you have never made a soufflé before, this would be a great one to start with.
The three Nockerln (mounds) represent the three mountains surrounding Salzburg: the Mönchsberg, the Kapuzinerberg and the Gaisberg. The dessert was allegedly invented by Salome Alt in the early 17th century. Salome Alt was the mistress of the Prince-Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau - he had the Mirabell Palace built for her, which is a very impressive monument, but no Salzburger Nockerl! They are “sweet as love and tender as a kiss” from the 1938 operetta “Season in Salzburg - Salzburger Nockerln” composed by Fred Raymond.