The ubiquitous food of Carnival season is donuts (in German: “Krapfen”). You can expect to see donuts piled high in the bakers and have them offered to you every day throughout the next month by colleagues and friends. The donuts come in all varieties, glazed with sugar, chocolate or icing containing sweets such as vanilla, marmalade, or chocolate. If you’re on a diet, tough luck!
Krapfen are equivalent of the American doughnut or the British/Australian pancake traditionally eaten on Fat Tuesday. They are called Krapfen, Berliner Pfannkuchen or just Berliner in Germany.
It is a pastry made of yeast dough fried in either fat or oil. Krapfen are dusted with sugar or iced. They are usually injected with a multi fruit jam or custard filling after being cooked. In the last years they have even strayed from the traditional ones to liquor filled chocolate covered treasures. They are so tasty they’ll make even strict adults want to scarf a dozen in one sitting.
So, what’s the reason for the donuts anyway?
Well, in pre-Christian Europe it was customary to choose a man to be the “sacred king” of the tribe for a year. When his year in office was up, he would be sacrificed and his blood returned to the soil to ensure a successful harvest. The method of choosing the sacred king was the King’s Cake. A coin or bean would be placed in the cake before baking and whoever got the slice with the coin was the chosen one. In recent times the King’s Cake idea has evolved into the donuts that we’re familiar with today.
As Kennedy himself said it! “Ich bin ein Berliner!”
Carnival season donuts (in German: “Krapfen”) 1 Krapfen (60 g): Carbohydrates: 27,4 g
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