It’s that time of year again: carnival is just around the corner. And to celebrate, Germany’s bakeries unpacks their best and most varied line of “Krapfen” – jelly donuts in American English. Of course, just like bagels in the US, the jelly donut theme has been expanded to include everything you can imagine, custards, jams, mousses, glazes, fruits, nuts, candy, marzipan…everything is used to fill and coat the variety that is offered over here.
According to this source, as early as the middle ages, these sweet, fat-laden treats were eaten by the faithful in order to bulk up before 40 days of fasting during Lent. As Krapfen are made with butter and eggs and are between 200 and 300 calories each, they would have been a more nutritious alternative to the simple bread typically eaten by the poor.
So, at 200-300 calories each, I’ve been studiously avoiding the little calorie bombs (which is hard when my office mates bring them back from lunch most days!), but this one caught my eye as I headed back to the office after lunch today. I had to laugh and bought one immediately to bring back to my colleagues.
Now I’m watching Thomas and Manja (and I admit it, I took a bite as well) take a bite of this one and wonder what our afternoon will be like. 🙂
The best krapfen I’ve ever eaten? No. But worth a smile.
*no, there is no THC in this donut, just some chopped up benign hemp nuts on top….