Doughnut Recipe

german doughnut named Krapfen or Faschingskrapfen

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Here I show you my Doughnut recipe. Make your own doughnuts? Preparing Berlin pancakes?

In this article with step by step photos you will learn how to bake your own doughnuts.

1. Information on Doughnuts

In Berlin the doughnut is called Berliner Pfannkuchen or in short: Berliner. Pancakes in East Germany are generally understood to be doughnuts made from sweet yeast dough in floating fat.

In Austria and Tyrol, as well as in Southern Germany, the doughnuts are also known as carnival doughnuts.

In Hessen the sweet bales are called: Crab or crepe.

In the Ruhr area, in the Sauerland and on the Lower Rhine one still finds the outdated names Berliner Ballen.

In Baden-Württemberg, the Palatinate and Saarland, doughnuts are also called carnival cakes.

Definition of doughnut: The doughnut is a boiling pastry about the size of a fist made of sweet yeast dough. The doughnut is baked floating in fat. The doughnut filling consists of jam. Sometimes the doughnuts are covered with glaze, but mostly powdered with icing sugar.

2. Make your own Doughnuts

The ingredients for my doughnut recipe can be found below in the recipe. To make it easier for you, I have added the quantities in the step-by-step photos.

Flour and yeast for doughnut yeast dough

Place 500 g sifted flour in a large bowl and mix in a packet of dry yeast.


Mix yeast dough ingredients and prepare a smooth yeast dough for Berliner Pfannkuchen.

Add 5 egg yolks, 100 g icing sugar, 100 g soft butter and 250 ml lukewarm milk, 2 sachets of vanilla sugar, lemon squeegee from one lemon and 1/2 teaspoon salt and mix to a smooth dough.

Yeast dough for doughnuts in the bowl before leaving to rise.

Mix the ingredients for sweet yeast dough with the kneading hooks from the kitchen appliance to a smooth dough. Then put the dough in the oven and let it rise for 50-60 minutes covered with a kitchen towel at top/bottom heat.

Risen yeast dough in a warm mixing bowl.

The yeast dough doubles its volume by “letting go”. The yeast dough is now ready to roll out and cut out.

Yeast dough for doughnuts when cutting out.

Roll out the yeast dough to a thickness of approx. 1 cm and cut it out.

Doughnut shapes and fillings.

Add jam to the dough. You can also fill the doughnuts later with a syringe, this time I will show you the variant of direct filling.

Filling doughnuts part 2

Seal the dough pieces with jam with another dough piece and squeeze the sides together.

Let the stuffed doughnuts rise again.

Place the filled dough pieces on a floured baking tray, cover with a kitchen towel and bake for another 30 minutes at 35°C top/bottom heat.

Fry fresh doughnuts in fat

Bake the doughnut dough pieces in hot fat at 165-170°C. Rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, coconut fat are suitable.

Fritters in hot fat after first turning.

Don’t forget to turn the doughnuts in the hot fat! So bake the doughnuts evenly.

Homemade doughnuts, doughnuts, carnival doughnuts.

Place the freshly baked doughnuts on kitchen paper, then arrange on plates or plates and sprinkle with icing sugar. The doughnuts filled according to these instructions before baking have no white edges due to their weight. If you insist on the white edge of the doughnuts, bake the doughnuts without the filling and, after baking the doughnuts, sharpen the filling with a syringe.

3. Recipe Doughnuts

You can also glaze your doughnuts with sugar. Recipe sugar glaze for doughnuts: Mix 150 g icing sugar with 2-2.5 tbsp water or lemon juice or lime juice.

Dip the cooled doughnuts into the sugar glaze or brush with a brush.

german doughnut named Krapfen or Faschingskrapfen
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Doughnut Recipe
Doughnut recipe with step by step instructions. Make your own Berlin pancakes, fantastic carnival doughnuts. A recipe by chef Thomas Sixt.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Servings: 12 Doughnuts
Calories: 888kcal
Author: Thomas Sixt
For the sweet Yeast Dough
  • 500 g flour flour freshly sieved
  • 1 packet dry yeast
  • 5 pc egg yolks
  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 100 g Butter soft butter
  • 250 ml milk luke warm
  • 1 packet vanilla sugar You can also use 2 pck.!
  • 1 pc lemon fein abreiben
  • 1/2 tsp salt
For the Doughnut Filling
  • 1 tbs Rum
  • 50-80 g jam use apricot jam or berry fruit jam
Zum Krapfen ausbacken
  • 800 g vegetable oil rapeseed oil, coconut fat or sunflower oil
  • 2 tbs iced sugar for sprinkling the doughnuts
  • Sieve the flour into a bowl and mix with the dry yeast.
  • Add the egg yolks, icing sugar, soft butter and lukewarm milk, vanilla sugar, lemon grater and salt and knead into a smooth dough using a food processor.
  • Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and let it rise in the oven at 35 degrees Celsius top/bottom heat for about an hour.
  • Mix the jam with the rum and make ready for filling.
  • Knead the risen yeast dough with floured hands and roll it out to a thickness of 5-10 mm on a floured work surface.
  • Use a cutter to cut out round dough pieces. Place 1 teaspoon of the prepared jam in the middle of each half of the dough.
  • Place the other dough pieces on top of the dough pieces covered with jam and press them together well at the sides.
  • Place the stuffed doughnut dough pieces at a sufficient distance on a floured baking tray with baking paper. Let the stuffed doughnuts rise again in the oven at 35°C for 30 minutes to an hour. The doughnuts should double in volume.
  • Heat the vegetable oil to 170°C in a pot. Fry the raw doughnuts bit by bit, on each side for about two to three minutes.
  • After baking, place the doughnuts on kitchen paper and drain briefly.
  • Serve the cooled doughnuts sprinkled with icing sugar/dust sugar.

4. Calories Doughnuts, the Nutritional Values at a Glance

Nutrition Facts
Doughnut Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 888 Calories from Fat 684
% Daily Value*
Fat 76g117%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Polyunsaturated Fat 34g
Monounsaturated Fat 25g
Cholesterol 103mg34%
Sodium 276mg12%
Potassium 88mg3%
Carbohydrates 47g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 6g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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