As we approach the middle of the carnival season, it is time to make the must-have carnival doughnut and refuel from it before the upcoming Lent. Here is a traditional recipe for the most popular dish of the carnival season that is soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.
The carnival season from Twelfth Night to Ash Wednesday (January 6 to February 17 this year) was once also called the Feast of the Devil, as everyone could party until dawn at carnivals and costume parties before the restrained forty days that followed until Easter. The indispensable and most popular dish of the carnival season is, without doubt, the carnival doughnut, about which there are three legends, writes funzine.hu.
According to one source, Beatrix brought the recipe from her home, Italy, to the court of King Matthias, and the dish was consumed in the royal court as part of the carnivals organised at the time. Another story is about Queen Marie Antoinette, who loved to walk the streets in disguise and became acquainted with doughnuts on one of these outings. After the first taste, she liked it so much that she immediately ordered the pastry chef to the palace, where she shared the recipe with the Queen’s chef, who then added the treat to his repertoire.
The third story is connected to Vienna: after the death of Krapfen, a baker famous for his bread, his widow took over the bakery, where one day, the bread was not made in time, and the baker got so mad at the unsatisfied customers that she threw the bread dough in her hand at the raging customers. She missed the target, and the dough flew into the sizzling oil, but the accidentally made doughnut was a unanimous success among everyone.
According to tradition, consuming carnival doughnuts, like the New Year’s lentils, brings good luck, a bountiful harvest, and a generous amount of money to the house, but it can also help boost your love life: girls could signal their intention to get acquainted with someone with the help of doughnuts, while the ribbon running around the edge of the doughnut symbolised the wedding ring for couples.
Everyone can decide for themselves which one is the most convincing argument in favour of eating a doughnut, but one thing is for sure: consuming carnival doughnuts is a must during this period. Next, we will show you the perfect recipe.
Ingredients for 35-40 doughnuts