The Viennese Donut – Carnival Donut

In the past you could buy the carnival fritters only until Ash Wednesday, today you can find the powdery-sweet pastries all year round in bakeries and supermarkets. Also sharing the donut with a special person was previously considered as a request. Today you do not have to pay attention to it, but can enjoy the sweet enjoyment of your own free mood together or alone. Viennese Donut.

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Carnival Donut CC0 Pixabay

Origin – Viennese donut

Legend has it that the donut was invented between 1615 and 1690 by a lady named Cäcilia Krapf. In fact, you do not even know if Mrs. Krapf ever existed. Even the Romans baked so-called globuli, which were coated with honey and poppy seed. In the 15th century, there were already different variants of the donut recipe. The base was a dough of eggs, flour and sugar.

Emperor Karl made donut shooting big. For more accurate shots the shooter received a donut. It became a custom that not only baker cooperatives loved, but also many other citizens celebrated during the carnival season. Until the 19th century, the donut developed more and more into luxury pastries and cost as much as a whole lunch. The definition of classic donut from yeast dough also developed in the 17th century.

The filling of apricot jam was added only in the 19th century. Since the Second World War, donuts are available all year round, as all the ingredients can be imported and you do not have to rely on the fruit season. Nevertheless, the donut has remained famous and popular.

Different varieties – Carnival donuts

The apricot jam as a filling is particularly popular among the Viennese. This also applies to other recipes such as pancakes with apricot jam.

In addition to the ordinary carnival donut with jam, there are also those that are filled with cinnamon or even unfilled. The “Schnurkrapfen” does not look like the ordinary donut, but still belongs to the family. In addition, for some years American donuts (also donut), which are not filled, but glazed. Like the original fritters, they have a hole in the middle to sell on the bar.