If you have never been to Rothenburg ob der Tauber you should definitely visit it. This is a town in the district of Ansbach of Mittelfranken (Middle Franconia), the Franconia region of Bavaria, Germany. Rothenburg was a Free Imperial city from the late Middle Ages to 1803. The town is well known for its well-preserved old town.
I am a lucky girl as my honey grew up in this region and every time when we visit his family we visit Rothenburg. Every time I am there I feel like being in a fairytale. The impressive fortress, the town with its tiny little streets and beautiful old houses. The castle garden with the view of the river and the valley…Oh! I am so in love with this place.
I have to mention that this town is on the list of “The places you must see in Germany” and it is full with tourist in every season. But there is something else you have to do in Rothenburg… Eat Snowballs! Yes 🙂 EAT them in every season! A Schneeball, snowball in English, is a pastry made from shortcrust pastry especially popular in this area.
The name comes from its round, ball-like shape with a diameter of eight to ten centimeters and traditionally decorated with powdered sugar. The snowball pastry has been known for over 300 years in this region and used to be served only on special occasions in the past. Nowadays the “Schneebälle” can be found in many bakeries and cafes. There are so many different variations of flavors and trust me they are all very delicious.
The Snowballs are made of flour, eggs, sugar, butter, cream, and plum schnapps. To give it the snowball shape, the dough is rolled and cut into even strips. The stripes are then arranged over and under a stick, or a handle of a wooden spoon. Today the bakeries use a special holder made exclusively to prepare the ball-shaped pastry. After putting the drought in the right shape the ball is deep-fried in boiling fat until golden brown and dusted with powdered sugar while warm. There are also recipes glazed with chocolate and nuts, filled with marzipan and many others.
There are few signature bakeries in Rothenburg ob der Tauber specialized in Snowball baking A snowball pastry could be kept and eaten even after 7-8 weeks and this fact does make them to the most common souvenir people buy. In some of the bakeries, tourists are standing in a queue waiting to buy them.
Last time we were in Rothenburg we visited the Zuckerbäckerei ( Sugar Bakery in English) which is very close to the Town Hall square. They were really busy on a Saturday afternoon but managed to serve costumers with a smile, great quality espresso and delicious Snowball pastry of course 🙂
This is all you need on a Saturday afternoon in beautiful Rothenburg ob der Tauber!