A Taste of Schokoladenkrapfen (donuts)

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German Donuts

These soft, sweet and cakey doughnuts can also be filled with jam (rosehip if you can find it) and dusted with powdered sugar to make a “Berliner”.

 

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup whole milk

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1 package (2 1/4 tsp) dry yeast

3 3/4 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

3 large eggs

Canola or vegetable oil for frying

1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped and chilled

4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place milk and butter in medium pan. Warm to 110F. Sprinkle yeast over milk and set aside until mixture is foamy. Place flour, sugar and salt in bowl of electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add yeast mixture, eggs and flour. Mix until a soft dough forms.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth, about  2 minutes. Place dough into a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Place dough on lightly floured surface and roll out to 1/2 inch thick. Cut  rounds out of the dough with a 3 inch cookie cutter. Place doughnuts on a lightly oiled baking sheet and allow to rise for about 10 minutes.

Heat at 2 inches of oil to 375F. Add doughnuts to oil and fry until golden brown on all sides. Drain on paper towels.

To make the chocolate coating, place cream in a heavy bottomed pan. Heat until just boiling, then remove from heat and stir in chocolate until completely melted.

Cheers to Oktoberfest. Let’s celebrate!

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Inspired by traditions started in Munich, Germany over 200 years ago, Toronto’s Oktoberfest captures the essence of Bavarian festivities through authentic food, drink and merriment.

Oktoberfest in Munich:

Oktoberfest originated in Munich, Germany in 1810 as a 16 day event to commemorate the marriage of Bavaria’s King Ludwig to his bride Queen Therese.

200 years later it is the world’s largest fair celebrating beer. People dress up in traditional dirndl and lederhausen and parade through Munich to the festival grounds. Oktoberfest begins with a 12 gun salute and an official tapping of the first keg by the Mayor. The festivities in Munich are celebrated from September 22nd to October 7th.

Oktoberfest Kick Off in Toronto:
Kick off Oktoberfest with a ceremonial keg-tapping on Saturday, September 27th. The event includes litre steins of Steam Whistle Pilsner, gigantic doughy pretzels, lip-smacking sausage & sauerkraut, folk dancers, and arm-linked crowds joined in revelry and refreshment.

September 27th
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm
255 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto

Tickets: $25 at the door (includes the first one-liter Pilsner, and an authentic stein to take home).

For more info, visit: Steam Whistle Oktoberfest

Toronto Oktoberfest:
October 4th and 5th
5:00 pm – 12:30 am
St. Lawrence Market, North Building

Tickets: $20-25

For more info, visit: Toronto Oktoberfest