- Yield: 30
- Prep Time: 2h 00 min
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
So first of all, I owe you an explanation. What the hell are "Schwäbische Fasnetsküchle" you might think. And there's a short and a long answer. The short answer: it's kinda like a donut. Deep fried yeasted dough, rolled in cinnamon sugar. Now for the long answer. Where I am from in Germany, Carnival is a big deal. A really big deal! It starts on November 11, 11:11am (11/11 11:11) and culminates in the days before Ash Wednesday. The first of those High Days of Carnival is called Fat Thursday or Women's Carnival. That's when women typically cut their male colleagues necktie, people are out in the streets celebrating, 'liberating' students from school, and most importantly, when this kind of deep fried delicacy is eaten traditionally. It goes on to Rose Monday when the traditional parades are happening throughout German cities and finally Tuesday night, when it all comes to an end.
Here in San Francisco, I'm mostly untouched and the fact that people back home dress up in costumes and celebrate almost slipped through my busy days. But I remembered just in time to do a little bow to this tradition and make some homemade Fasnetsküchle. The recipes are different, depending on where you are in Germany. I'm making my area's version and I hope you like it as much as I do.
- All Purpose Flour - 500g / 17.5 oz
- Active Dry Yeast - 15g / 0.5 oz
- Granulated Sugar - 50g / 2 oz
- Butter - 80g / 3 oz
- Milk - 250ml / 8.5 fl. oz.
- Eggs - 2 large
- Lemon - zest of one
- Salt - 1/2 tsp
- Vegetable Oil for Frying - 2 quarts
- Granulated Sugar - 1/2 cup
- Ground Cinnamon - 2 tsp
- Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature.
- Heat the milk in the microwave until its lukewarm and add the sugar and yeast to it. Mix and set aside for about 10 minutes, until the yeast begins to work and foam up.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook, mix flour and salt. Add softened butter in small flecks and crack both eggs in.
- Start the mixer and slowly pour in the milk mixture.
- Kneed on medium low for about 8 minutes, until the dough barely sticks and comes off the bowl.
- Take out, give it a quick kneed with your hands on a floured surface, put it in a bowl, cover, and let rest for about 1 hour.
- Roll out the dough to about 1/3 inch and use a pizza cutter or similar to cut the dough in a small diamond pattern, about 1 inch.
- Cover the pieces and let rest for another 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile heat the frying oil in a large pot to 350° F. Once the oil is hot enough, fry the pieces in batches, turning them when they're golden brown.
- Let rest on a wire rack for a few second before rolling them in cinnamon sugar.
- Serve warm!