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What is…? – Krapfen

During carnival (Fasching) time in Germany you’ll find a specific sweet pastry nearly everywhere. The “Krapfen”.
Yeah… another hard-to-spell word. But the harder to spell the better what you get… well at least here. Read on to get to know what a “Krapfen” is, how to pronounce it correct and why you should try one.

First, let us start with the pronunciation. We have here a word which is quite hard to pronounce for people, not used to German. Here you can see it: ˈkʀapfɱ̩. If you still have no clue, listen to wiktionary.
Now you’ll have a little clue how to pronounce it, so you can order it, when in Munich ;-). By the way, Krapfen is the singular and plural form in German (one Krapfen, many Krapfen).

But what is a Krapfen?
Actually, it is a doughnut-like pastry. The difference to a doughnut, is, that the hole in the middle is missing, so you have something that looks like a ball. It’s made from sweet yeast dough and then fried in oil.
Krapfen also get a filling, usually or let’s say traditionally with jam (either “red” jam like strawberry or “yellow” jam, usually apricot jam).
Real traditionalist will say, that the real real real traditional jam filling is “red” jam made from rosehip (which has a sweet-bitter taste).
The Krapfen you can usually buy have strawberry or apricot jam filling and a topping of powdered sugar.
Today we have many different Krapfen styles. The classic one as described above, but also Krapfen with vanilla-, champagne-, chocolate-, coffee- or advocaat-custard filling. I’ve also seen hemp-custard filling (the non-hallucinogenic version of course!). These also usually have an icing as topping.
There is one bakery, that produces 20 different Krapfen styles. This bakery is called “Café Högl”, located at Goetheplatz. They have fillings like walnut-marzipan, blueberry-coconut, currant-cola-rum, Nutella or damson jelly & vanilla.
Berliner Pfannkuchen in Stuttgart
And when do you eat Krapfen?
Traditionally, you eat Krapfen during carnival, but you’ll find them throughout the year at bakeries. The “fancy” ones with custard and icing you’ll only find from January – March. Of course some bakers produce them all year round, but you have to look for them.

I can hear your mouths watering. So where to get these sweet Krapfen?
Easy! Head to the next bakery and especially during carnival time, you’ll find them in the display. Buy and Enjoy.

One Comment

  1. Die besten Krapfen und Aus’zogne gibts in der Schmalznudel (Cafe Frischhut) Prälat-Zistl-Straße 8, 80331 München