Doughnuts topped with a chocolate glaze and silver and gold sprinkles
What’s the occasion?!
I’ve pretty much covered all German holidays, a lot in which relate to the major holidays in America, but this one, I’ve completely left out over the past three years!
Why on earth would I have done that since it requires me to make fried deliciousness?!
Karnival, Carnival, Fasching, Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday… Whatever your country and/or region would like to call this day… IT’S TODAY!
Karnival is celebrated mostly in the more southern parts of Germany (which is why I never really wrote about it when I was north in Bremen) and SERIOUSLY celebrated in Cologne. Karnival is similar to our Halloween. Everyone dresses up in costumes and parties! Sounds fabulous. Plus, everyone eats fried food, just like Mardi Gras! It’s like Halloween and Mardi Gras combined into one.
In celebration of having a surprised-last-minute day off, I stuck with tradition and fried up some delicious doughnuts for Karnival.
60g butter, softened
500g flour, plus more when rolling out the dough
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
oil for frying
187g powdered sugar
30g cocoa powder
3-4 tablespoons milk
Sprinkles, your choice
For the doughnuts:
Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time.
Combine the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Alternating with the milk, mix the dry ingredients into the egg mixture. Refrigerate for about 2 hours.
On a heavily floured surface, turnout the dough. Pat out about 1/4-inch think. Cut out into doughnuts.
Heat about 2 inches of oil in a pot to 180 C or 350 F. Fry the doughnuts 2 at a time turning the doughnuts once for about 2 minutes total.
For the chocolate glaze:
Whisk together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time, stopping when you reach your desired consistency.
Dipped the cooled doughnuts into the glaze and top with the sprinkles.
Enjoy this wonderful day!!!