Celebrating Carnival, Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras in proper Central European fashion swaps out American fair favorite funnel cake for krapfen -- a transcendent trade, if you ask us. It's a fried pastry that could be and should be served for all celebrations, not just Carnival, so we thought we'd share a shortened version of the recipe.
What Is Krapfen?
Krapfen, alternatively called a Berliner (short for Berliner Pfannkuchen), can be found in pastry shops all over Germany, Bavaria, and Austria. Put simply krapfen is a doughnut made with a yeast dough enriched with creamy quark and filled with jam or custard with a light dusting of powdered sugar. In Austria and Bavaria, it's served at fairs and festivals around the time of Carnival, known as Fasching.
Scaled Down Doughnuts
To simplify the formula, we created a recipe that uses baking powder as a leavener in place of yeast. This means there's no rise time which cuts down on total cook time significantly. We also made the krapfen bite-sized to make it a fast fry. You can do a filling, if you'd like, by using a pastry bag or piping bag, but since this is a scaled-down version for speed and simplicity, we left it out. We did, however, leave the quark in the batter to make the dough a bit richer than a regular doughnut hole.
Add jam: Cherry, raspberry, strawberry, plum or apricot jam would all be delicious options. See below for a homemade apricot jam recipe.
Add chocolate: Fill your Krapfen with melted chocolate for a smooth, velvety finish.
Add custard: Feel free to fill with custard for an extra rich, creamy Krapfen.
Add whipped cream: Pipe in whipped cream for a light and airy Krapfen.
Make it savory: While Krapfen is normally a sweet treat, why not try a savory twist, by using cheddar, asiago, or another type of savory cheese instead of quark and sugar?
- 250 grams quark cheese (or 2 parts Ricotta cheese and 1 part sour cream)
- 150 grams sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 250 grams flour
- vegetable oil
- superfine sugar
- In a large bowl mix the cheese, sugar, eggs, vanilla sugar, yeast, flour, and a pinch of salt until just mixed (do not overmix).
- Heat two inches of oil in a large pot or Dutch oven. When the oil reaches 375 degrees Fahrenheit, lower the temperature to medium heat.
- Using 2 spoons, make balls out of the dough. Fry in the oil until they rise and are golden brown.
- Remove the balls from the oil and place on paper towels to remove excess oil.
- Sprinkle with superfine sugar and serve warm.
PER SERVING *
|Calories650Calories from Fat210|
|% DAILY VALUE*|
|Calories from Fat210|
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.