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Jelly filled Carnival Donuts

Celebrate Carnival the German way with Jelly filled Carnival Donuts! They're the perfect dessert for your Mardi Gras Party or for "Fasching" which we celebrate on the same day here in Germany.
Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 20


  • 1.5 oz fresh yeast
  • 1.7 oz butter
  • 1.7 oz sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 7 oz milk
  • 2 eggs medium
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 18 oz all-purpose flour
  • jam
  • powdered sugar


  • Heat up the milk until it’s lukewarm (100°F). Pour the warm milk into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment and crumble the yeast and the sugar on top of the milk. Give it a light stir (with a spoon) and let it sit for 2 minutes.
  • With the mixer running at low speed, add the softened butter, eggs, egg yolks, vanilla and salt. Mix until everything is well incorporated.
  • Add the flour and beat on low speed for 3 minutes until a soft, slightly sticky dough has formed.
  • Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in a warm environment to rise until doubled, about 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Once doubled in size, remove the dough from the bowl and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough to release any air bubbles and then roll the dough out until it’s about as thick as a finger. Use a glass or something else approximately 3 inches in diameter to cut out 20 dough circles. Arrange them on your lightly floured surface so they don’t stick to it, then loosely cover them with plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled in size and puffy, about 30 minutes.
  • Heat up oil in a deep fryer to 320°F (160°C). If you don’t have a deep fryer, you can use a normal deep pot. Be careful, don’t fill up the oil higher than 1/3 and be sure to control the temperature with a cooking thermometer. If the oil gets too hot your donuts will get too dark and if it’s too low they won’t cook through.
  • Fry the donuts 3 minutes on one side. Try not to get oil on the top of the donut while frying the bottom, it won’t rise properly. Flip the donut and fry the other side for 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the donuts to paper towels to drain. Test the first donut to be sure they are completely cooked and adjust the frying time if necessary.
  • Fill the Carnival Donuts with your favorite jam, marmalade or cream. You can use a pastry decorating syringe with a long tip or a disposable syringe. If you use a skewer to poke a hole into the donut it will be easier to fill it.
  • Dust with powdered sugar and serve on the same day!


You can use active dry or instant yeast for this recipe. Be sure to follow the instructions on the package and use the right amount in order to replace the fresh yeast.