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Deep-Fried Karneval Treats

Mardi Gras Donuts


Fasching, or German Mardi Gras (Karneval), is celebrated in the south and along the Rhine where the majority of the people are Roman Catholic. In the deep south, Fasnet is still somewhat religious and very traditional, with family costumes handed down over generations. Along the Rhine, it’s more like a big party, which the non-natives try to escape. Wherever you are in Germany during Fasching, you will find lots of nice things to eat, like jelly donuts and other deep-fried foods. These foods help you stay sober despite the beer.

1. Jelly-Filled Donuts

Fasching Donuts with Filling
Mmmm, jelly donuts straight from the fryer. These typical Fasching treats are eaten all year long with sugar glaze or powdered sugar. Some people will make a batch of these and put mustard in the middle of one for a Karneval prank. The filled jelly donuts were created much later than the unfilled ones, maybe only 100 years ago.

2. Pumpkin Fritters

Pumpkin Fritter
Pumpkin Fritters, or Kuerbiskrapfen, is a donut for grown-ups. These treats can be served as a regular dessert in the fall, along with a small glass of sweet wine.

3. Tirolean Fritters

Tirolean Fritter
German and Austrian donuts have little or no sugar in them. They rely on the powdered sugar on top for sweetness. This donut starts with white wine and nutmeg.

4. Rhineland Specialty Mutzenmandeln

Mutzenmandel - Almond Shaped Donut Hole from the Rhine in Germany
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Mutzenmandeln are almond-shaped and (often) flavored donut holes made from a medium stiff dough with baking powder leavening, deep fried and rolled in sugar or powdered sugar to serve.

5. Southwestern Fried Curls

Swabian Donuts
If you don't have time for a yeast dough, these donuts are a quick alternative. They come from Swabia, where the people are reputed to be very industrious and thrifty.

6. Fasching Bow Ties

Karneval Bow Ties
Another quick bread that is deep fried, these bow ties boast lemon peel and other spices for variety.

7. Whole Wheat Pumpkin Fritters

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Fritters
No white or brown sugar in these babies! These fritters have ground up dates as a sweetener and whole wheat flour to make them very hearty. Happy snacking!
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