Right now people all over Europe are celebrating the Carnival season, which is a bit like Mardi Gras in the US. In Germany, the Karneval/Fasching season traditionally opens on the 11th day of November at 11:11am (11/11, 11:11) with the main events and celebrations taking place during February. It’s a time of eating, drinking and of celebration before Lent, and the last day is on Ash Wednesday.
There are many traditions that go along with Fasching such as a mock government of eleven guilds and a prince and princess that are elected and whom plan the season’s festivities.
There are parades, celebrations, parties, adults in costumes, kids in costumes, Weiberfastnacht (ladies night, where the women take over city hall, snip off men’s ties and give out kisses), and various other traditions that take place depending on the region.
But one of the best parts about Fasching is Berliner Pfannkuchen. Berliner Pfannkuchen is a German pastry similar to a jelly filled doughnut. Although you can now get them year-round at many bakeries, during Fasching there is a large variety of fillings available such as eierlikor (egg liquor), chocolate rum, and the usual jams.
I was able to go to the bakery today to pick some up before the season is over! Check out this deliciousness that I bought!
I found a recipe so that you can try making some for yourself!
Give it a whirl and let us know how they turn out...
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 oz fresh yeast
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp lukewarm milk
5 egg yolks
2 1/2 oz butter at room temperature
Vegetable oil for frying
Any kind of jam or jelly (or other filling that you would like)
Place the flour in a bowl, make a well in the center. Crumble the yeast into it with 1 tbsp sugar and 3 tbsp lukewarm milk. Mix together and allow to stand in a warm place for about 15 minutes.
Add the remaining milk, sugar, egg yolks, room temperature butter and a pinch of salt to the dough and knead into a smooth dough in a food processor with a dough kneading attachment. Mix until the dough appears to detach easily from the sides of the bowl.
Allow the dough to rise in a warm place until it doubles in size (approx 30-60 minutes).
Roll out the dough into 3/4 inch thickness on a floured surface and cut circles approximately 3 inches in diameter using a glass or cup. Allow the cut-out dough circles to stand for a further 10 minutes covered with a dish towel.
Heat the oil to 370 degrees F in a deep-fryer or large saucepan. Lower the donuts 2 to 3 at a time into the hot oil and fry until the puff up and turn golden brown.
Remove the fried donuts from the oil with a slotted spoon and allow to drain on paper towels.
Allow the donuts to cool then fill them with jam using a decorating syringe with a long thin needle. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and enjoy!
Recipe from here