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Austria

Austria is a landlocked country of roughly 8.3 million people in Central Europe. The territory of Austria covers 32,383 square miles, and has a temperate and alpine climate. Austria's terrain is highly mountainous due to the presence of the Alps. Today, Austria is a parliamentary representative democracy comprising nine federal states.


Capital

Vienna

Government

Parliamentary Democracy

Language

German

Currency

Euro


Austrian flag

"Our Austrian exchange student was an amazing addition to the family. We have kept in touch over many years and are looking forward to attending her wedding this summer."

— The Mitchell family, Mississippi

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Bianca, from Austria, made this video to show her host family her life in Austria and help them get to know her.

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Ingredients

Puff pastry

3 lbs apples

4 Tbsp raisins, soaked in rum

Juice of 1 lemon

Cinnamon, cloves, and sugar to taste

Icing sugar (for dusting)

Egg wash (for coating)

Nutty bread crumbs

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

3 tbsp butte

3 tbsp grated hazelnuts

Directions

Prepare the nutty bread crumbs: heat butter in a pan, add bread crumbs and fry slowly until golden brown. Stir in grated nuts and remove from heat.

Peel the apples, cut into slices and sprinkle with lemon juice. Then, depending on the acidity of the apples, add a suitable amount of sugar and powdered cloves, and mix in a generous pinch of cinnamon. Pre-heat the oven to 350 F and grease a baking tin.

Distribute the bread crumbs, apples, and raisins in the center of the puff pastry. Fold up the sides and edges towards the middle and press firming to seal.

Coat the dough in egg wash and bake for 35 - 45 minutes until golden brown. Sprinkle with icing sugar.

Serve cool or cold.

Guten Appetit!

Fun Facts

  • Austria's population of 8.47 million is about the same as Virginia.
  • Austria's size of 32,383 square miles is about the same as South Carolina.
  • Snowboarding was invented in 1960 in the Austria Alps.
  • The world's oldest restaurant, founded in 803, can be found in Salzburg.

  • Famous Austrians include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  • Austria is landlocked and bordered by 8 countries.
  • The voting age in Austria is 16.
  • Toni Fritsch, a Austrian soccer star, was the first NFL kicker to introduce the soccer kicking style and won the Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys.
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