It is carnival back in Italy and I’ve been missing some of the treats and desserts that you usually eat at this special time of the year. These are originally Austrian, but we still eat them our style! 😛
I tried making both fried and baked. No doubt the fried ones were WINNING! much much better as they are were lighter (ironic right?!) and just tasted like home. I still have to get the look/aesthetics right but the taste was all there 🙂
INGREDIENTS: makes 20ish (depends on how big or small they are)
500gr flour + extra
7 gr yeast (1 sachet)
100 gr sugar
250 ml milk (warmed)
1tsp baking powder
1 pinch of salt
Veg oil to fry
In a bowl, mix warmed up milk and yeast together and let sit for a couple of minutes. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. The batter will be pretty sticky, but you can knead it from within the bowl to give it a bit of a round shape. Put in a greased bowl and cover with cling film. Let it rise for 1-2 hours.
Once it has risen to double or even triple its size, roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut circles with a glass.
Let the circles rise another half hour covering them with a clean cloth.
You will need to sandwich the circles, so spoon a 2tsp of Nutella on 10 of the circles leaving 10 plain ones. With some water, dab the outer border of the Nutella circles and cover with another plain circle. Let them rise another half hour, covering with a cloth.
Fill a pan with 2 fingers of oil and heat. The oil has to be very hot so just use a leftover bit of batter to check the temperature. Careful not to deflate the dough, so pick up the krapfen delicately and put two at the time in the pan to fry. They will be very quick, less than a minute on each side and dry on a kitchen towel.
Cover with icing sugar, or better yet caster sugar, and eat 🙂 They are really yummy!
Enjoy Ciao for now! xox