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Posted: 12 January 2021

Alpine Recipes to Try at Home

We’re all missing the mountains right now, but you can bring a taste of the Alps into your home this winter with these super easy, super tasty recipes!

Italy – Hot Chocolate

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Alpine Recipes to Try at Home

When we think of school ski trips to Italy, we think of the pure joy on students’ faces when they taste Italian hot chocolate for the first time. This hot, luxurious chocolate treat has real melted chocolate in it, and is the perfect way to warm up!

And you can make your hot chocolate even more exciting by adding vanilla, cinnamon or chilli to the milk as you heat it too.

Ingredients

500ml whole milk24g corn starch50g bitter cocoa powder75g sugar30g dark chocolate

Method

While the milk is heating, add the cocoa with the corn starch and sugar.

Once the milk is hot, add the powdered mixture and mix. Return the mixture to the heat and simmer for a further two minutes, stirring continuously to avoid lumps forming.

Remove from the stove and add the finely chopped dark chocolate. Consume immediately with whipped cream or biscuits.

Austria – Kaiserschmarrn

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Alpine Recipes to Try at Home

This sweet treat is, essentially, a roughed up or scrambled pancake. And it is absolutely delicious. Originally from Austria, this dish is also popular in Bavaria and in many parts of the former Austro-Hungarian empire. And the best thing is, it’s so simple to make!

Ingredients

4 eggs125ml milk100g caster sugar1 pinch of salt125g plain flour1 tbsp butter2 tbsp icing sugar

Optional:

100g raisins400g apple sauce

Method

Beat the egg whites in a bowl until soft peaks form and set aside.

Then take the egg yolks and, in a separate bowl, beat until smooth. Mix in the milk, sugar, flour and raisins (if using). Fold in the egg whites.

Melt the butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Pour the batter into the pan, cooking until golden brown. Flip over and cook the other side for about a minute.

Take two forks and tear the pancake apart. Cook until golden brown, which should take about 2 minutes.

Sprinkle with icing sugar to serve. And if you really want the authentic experience of Kaiserschmarrn, serve with a dollop of apple sauce!

France – Tartiflette

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Alpine Recipes to Try at Home

If you’ve been skiing in France, chances are you’ve been lucky enough to sample the famous Alpine treat known as tartiflette. Principally made up of potatoes, cheese and bacon or lardons, it’s the perfect post-skiing meal.

Ingredients

1.3kg waxy potatoes2 tbsp butter1 onion, thinly sliced200g smoked lardons150ml dry white wine200ml double cream1 reblochon1 clove of garlic

Method

Boil the potatoes in well salted water until they are just tender enough to stick a fork into (but not cooked through). Drainand set aside.

Melt half the butter in a large frying pan and sauté the onions and bacon until they both begin to brown.

Pour in the wine and bring to a simmer. Reduce until there is hardly any liquid left and remove from the heat. Stir in the cream.

Preheat the oven to 200°c.

Cut the potatoes into cubes of about 1cm. Melt the rest of the butter in a frying pan and sauté the potatoes until they turn golden brown.

Take the reblochon and cut in half horizontally.

Rub an ovenproof dish with the clove of garlic, then cover the base with half of the potatoes. Cover with half of the onions and lardons and season well. Top with half of the reblochon, then repeat the layers. Top with the other half of the cheese, with the rind facing up.

Bake for 15 minutes until browned and bubbling.

Switzerland – Fondue

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Alpine Recipes to Try at Home

Perhaps the most iconic Alpine dish, fondue is a classic that we never get bored of. You will need a fondue pot for this, but it is worth the investment. And, once we’re allowed to have them again, it’s the perfect option for dinner parties!

Ingredients

1 clove of garlic290ml white wine1tsp lemon juice225g emmental cheese225g gruyere cheese1 tsp cornflour1 tbsp kirsch

Method

Rub the inside of the fondue pot with the clove of garlic.

Pour in the wine and lemon juice and heat until boiling. Lower the heat and gradually stir in cheeses until they’ve completely melted.

Mix the kirsch and cornflour and add to the cheese mixture. Cook gently until the mixture is smooth and do not allow it to boil.

Serve with cubed pieces of bread for dipping.

We hope you enjoy making some of these Alpine treats. If you do try one of these recipes, make sure you tweet us a picture of your culinary creation.

And don’t miss out on enjoying the real thing next season. Contact us today for your tailor-made school ski trip quote!

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