The Princess and the Jelly Doughnuts

For the past several days, we have been celebrating "Fasching" as it is called here - otherwise known as "Mardi Gras" or "Karneval" or "Carnevale" or ??? depending on what part of the world you live in. The big highlight for Sophia was having the chance to go "dressed up" to preschool in the costume of her choice. She decided to become a princess in a fancy pink dress this year.

Germans don't really celebrate Halloween, so this is the one time of year for children to wear a costume collectively. I found the dress absolutely hideous when I bought it, but with Sophia wearing it... well, obviously I am biased, but I think she looks adorable.

What does this have to do with "jelly doughnuts" you may ask? Well, actually this is no ordinary jelly doughnut - this is a "Faschingskrapfen" - a special bakery item made for this holiday season, dusted with powdered sugar with a bit of rose hip marmelade in the middle.

While purists prefer the traditional marmelade filled "Faschingskrapfen," I am definitely not a purist, and I tend to seek out the more exotic, elaborate forms found in the bakeries here. Each bakery has their specialties! I find new ones to sample each year.

There are flavors like white chocolate/champagne, egg nog liqueur, and of course, chocolate! All so delicious. Today is the last day to buy them, and the bakeries close early, so we'd better get going! Happy Mardi Gras, happy "carnevale" where ever you are!

You can see some lovely Viennese apricot varieties at Merisi's if you are still hungry :)