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Schneeball – Sweet Pastry from Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Schneeball (snowball), photo credit

A Schneeball (snowball), is a pastry made from shortcrust pastry and is especially popular in the area of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Its name derives from its round, ball-like shape, with a diameter of about eight to ten centimeters, and its traditional decoration with white confectioner’s sugar. It is also called a Storchennest (stork’s nest).

This kind of pastry has been known for at least 300 years in the regions of Franconia and Hohenlohe (northeast of Baden-Württemberg) where it is very popular. Served only on special occasions such as weddings in the past; they are nowadays available throughout the year and can be found around Rothenburg ob der Tauber in bakeries, pastry shops, and cafes.


4 egg yolks
2 eggs
9 tbsp heavy cream
1 tbsp sugar
20 ml (4 tsp) Kirsch Schnaps
1 dash salt
750 g flour
1 liter sunflower oil for deep-frying
powdered sugar for decoration


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