Did this last weekend. Where I live I have two choices in making Sauerbraten 1, either buy the meat in marinade, either at the butcher or even an Aldi store, or marinade myself.
The store bought meat is often on the sour side, so part of the fun in doing your own is to tone down the sourness a bit and amp up the spices.
1 carrot, leek, celeriac
1 large onion
1 tbsp sugar
150 ml red wine vinegar
1 bottle dry red wine
1 tsp juniper berries
1 tsp black pepper berries
1 tsp all spice berries
3 dried bay leaves or 5 - 6 fresh ones
1 star anis
1 ½ kg braising beef
3 tbsp lard
2 tbsp tomato puree
800 ml beef broth
100 g Schwarzbrot or Pumpernickel
50 g raisins
50 ml Rübenkraut (sugar beet syrup)
2 tbsp cold butter
200 ml cream, sour cream or creme fraiche
Caramelise the sugar and deglaze with the vinegar. Add the red wine and spices, add the onion cut into eighths and carrot, leek and celeriac cut into 5 mm cubes. Bring to a boil and let cool.
When cold add the beef and marinade for 5 to 6 days, turning daily.
After marinading dry the beef and brown from all sides in hot lard. Reserve about 500 ml of the marinade, having sieved out the solids. Add the tomato puree.
Cover the raisins with apple juice or water
After browning add the reserved marinade and the beef broth, the beet syrup, salt, pepper and the Schwarzbrot (it will desolve while braising). Bring to a simmer and finish braising for ca. 3 hours in a 120 - 130 C oven in a closed braising pot.
When the meat is done remove it and let rest for 15 minutes or so.
Bring the liquid to the boil and reduce by third or halve until the sauce has thickened, add the butter and cream, use an immersion blender to “creamify” the rest of the bread in the sauce. Season to taste. If the sauce is not sour enough add some more vinegar, if it is to sour, add some more of the beet syrup 2. Add the raisins.
Serve with spätzle, noodles, mash or potatoes.
Traditionally this is farmers fare. The meat was likely to come from an old cow (which would have been milked and used for ploughing) or an equally old horse. The marinade was supposed to both tenderise and conserve the meat
While I’m starting a new #sourdough starter, I did a „normal“ loaf. Looks good. Now need to let it cool to see what the long (12 h outside around 1-2 C, then another 12 h in the kitchen) ferment did for the taste. No 3.2021
Had to start a „normal“ bread while I start the new #sourdough. Will let the dough ferment outside (ca 2 C) until tonight.
For some unknown reason my #sourdough (organic rye) fell ill. The colour turned reddish, the smell went strange. No change in method I’m aware of. Started a new one.
The Schloss, a Wasserschloss, still has a filled moat. Today it houses a pensioners home, the archive of the Rheinische Ritterschaft and some of the rooms ca be hired for events.
Some snow on the surrounding hills, lots of mud on the road.
Loosely based on a River Cottage #recipe
Am going to try this today. Basically blend the yolks with the salt, pepper, lemon juice and then add the melted butter. It’ll go with dill potatoes and salmon.
Started year 4 in my “decade book”.
Elisabeth gave me the book for Christmas 2017 and I started writing in it on the 1st of January 2018.
The book has a page per day, with “lanes” for 10 years. With my writing I can fit 3 lines in a day. A typical entry starts with location, weather, health and then whatever I feel is noteworthy.
The first year was a bit boring but got interesting from year 2. I don’t read the old entries every day, but when I do I like the perspective.
Many days are a insight free litany of stuff. But later this shows the periods of stress.
Good rise in the fridge, but deflated a bit on the way to the oven. Nice crust though. #sourdough
The vacation is continuing, I’m feeling less stressed. I sleep better and longer. More exercise, more time to myself.
But I’m still waiting for that bit of creativity to turn up, … Thankfully there’s still 2 more weeks.