Berlin travel guide


Berlin Travel Guide

Berliner Pfannkuchen


1 pack
Active dry yeast; or 1 cake compressed yeast
1 cup
Water; lukewarm
¼ cup
Butter or margarine; melted
½ cup
3 larges
1 teaspoon
Lemon rind; grated
1 teaspoon
4½ cup
All-purpose flour; sifted
Preserves, plum or apricot
Egg white; beaten
Fat or oil; for deep frying
Confectioner's sugar


Sprinkle or crumble yeast into a large bowl. Add 1/4 cup of lukewarm milk. Use very warm milk for active dry yeast and lukwarm for compressed yeast. After a minute or two, stir to dissolve.

Add melted butter, sugar, eggs (one at a time, beating after each addition), lemon rind and salt. Gradually add enough flour to make a soft dough; beat well after each addition. Form into a ball and put in a greased bowl.

Turn over so top of dough is greased. Place in a warm place and let rise, covered, until doubled in bulk. Turn out on a floured board and knead well. Roll out to a 1/4-inch thickness; cut into rounds with a 3-inch cookie cutter or glass. Place a small amount of plum or apricot preserves in center of half the rounds.

Moisten edges with egg white or water; top with other rounds of dough. Press firmly together to completely enclose preserves. Arrange on a large cookie sheet; put in a warm place, covered, until large and light. Drop into a kettle of hot deep fat (370C on a frying thermometer) and cook until golden brown on both sides, only a few mins. Revoce with a slotted spoon and drain. Serve warm, sprinkled with confectioners' sugar. Makes about 30.

Notes: These well-known fruit-filled yeast doughnuts, a famous specialty of Berlin, are essential for the convivial celebration of the New Year.

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