apfelkuechle suedtirol
apfelkuechle suedtirol

Typical desserts

There are many of traditional desserts in South Tyrol, such as the famous “Apfelkiachl”, “Strauben” or ”Hasenöhrl”.

Juicy Apfelkiachl with icing sugar, the well-known Krapfen with various fillings and much more. The South Tyrolean cuisine offers many savoury pastries and sweet secrets, here are some of them:


  • Apfelkiachl:
    Apple slices are fried and afterwards sprinkled with icing sugar. They taste great also with cinnamon or fresh vanilla cream!

  • Kniakiachl:
    Milk, yeast, sugar and flour are the main ingredients from which these delicacies are made. A high rim outside, space for cranberry jam inside... enjoy the Knieküchel!

  • Strauben:
    The popular golden speciality consists of flour, sugar, salt, eggs and butter. The Strauben are fried in hot oil and sprinkled with powdered sugar!

  • Hasenöhrl:
    Hasenöhrl are triangular fried delicacies that are similar to Krapfen and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. They are particularly well-known in the Val Pusteria valley.

  • Buchteln:
    The preparation is a bit time-consuming, as the dough has to rise. Afterwards, the square pastries with apricot jam are even more delicious and are served with vanilla sauce.

  • Schmarrn:
    Apfelschmarrn (Schmarrn with apples), Topfenschmarrn (with curd cheese), Griessschmarrn (with fine semolina), Kaiserschmarren (similar to a pancake cut into small pieces) - the dough remains the same: milk, wheat flour, eggs, salt and butter are mixed with special ingredients, such as apples, curd or semolina.

  • Farmer's omelette:
    Flour and milk are added to the egg mixture. After frying in the pan, the omelet is spread with jam and rolled up. If you like, you can sprinkle icing sugar on top!

  • South Tyrolean Zelten:
    The popular Christmas biscuit is nutritious due to its mixture of dough, nuts, dried fruit and honey and is often offered at Christmas markets.

  • More sweet temptations:
    Of course, the influence of Italian cuisine can also be seen in the sweets: No one can seriously say no to tiramisù, right?


The baked goods even found their place in customs: At the beginning of November, in the Val di Fundres valley, masked boys walk from farm to farm to beg for Krapfen. It is believed, that where the beggars have been, there should be a productive year.

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