The Salzburger nockerl is a soufflé dessert that rises up from its dish like the snowy mountains surrounding its origin city of Salzburg, Austria. Made from egg, flour, and sugar, the egg whites are carefully whipped into glossy peaks before being mounded into a shallow, oval soufflé dish. The delicacy must be freshly prepared and served warm so that the whipped eggs will not lose their aeration and collapse.
Once cooked, the dessert gets a dusting of powdered sugar, giving the peaks a snow-capped crown. The substantial dessert has a lightly sweet taste and a mouth-filling, fluffy texture. Occasionally chefs will dollop the egg mixture on top of fruit, adding a bed of acidity to the dish.