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{ribboned carnival donut}[traditional hungarian recipe]

It’s carnival season all over the world (Rio Carneval or Mardi Gras) so it is in Hungary. „Farsang” as we call it is all about celebrations with parties, masquerades and of course, eating and drinking. It is one of my favorite times of the year; it feels good when I notice that the days are getting longer now and the winter is slowly going away. In Hungary „farsang” is also closely associated with some traditional foods and it this case with the mouthwatering ribboned carnival donuts. It is a bit time consuming to make them but in the end you will definitely see that it was worth all the time you put in. We would like to share a traditional Hungarian recipe that was made with lots of love. Please feel free to scroll down to see how these lovely donuts get their white ribbons. Serve them with homemade apricot jam and powdered sugar.


2 cups flour

3 egg yolks

1 tbs powdered sugar

1 shot rum

50 gr butter, melted

20 gr fresh yeast

2/3 lukewarm milk

1 tbs powdered sugar

Pinch of salt

Oil for frying


First dissolve the yeast into the lukewarm milk and add the powdered sugar to it as well. Stir it and wait about 15-20 minutes until yeast becomes foamy. Make sure the milk is neither hot nor cold, it must be lukewarm.

In the meantime mix the egg yolks with the rum and powdered sugar. Sift the flour into a big bowl, add a pinch of salt, yeast (with all the liquid) and egg yolk mix as well as melted butter. Knead thoroughly until it becomes ’bread like’. Cover it with a dish towel and place it in a warm place until it rises to about twice its volume. Remove the dough from the bowl and place it on a floured surface. Roll it out to a thickness of a finger, cut it with a large, round (about 2.75 inch in diameter) pastry cutter or water glass. Cover it again and let it sit for another 30 minutes.

Heat up vegetable oil and press a small hollow with your thumb into each piece of donut. Place it into the hot oil with the hollow side down. Fry it until its golden brown then turn it to the other side. Now you will be able to see the white stripe in the middle of the donut. Fill each hollow with fresh home made apricot jam.