PRE-LENT FILLED DOUGHNUTS

Czech name: Masopustní koblihy

Written by Kristyna Piskacova

In the name of the traditional Czech feast “Masopust” is the word “pust,” which means “Lent time.” But in reality, people celebrate the feast as a carnival with crazy masks and lots of food and drink. One of the celebratory dishes is PRE-LENT FILLED DOUGHNUTS. These doughnuts are mostly known in South Bohemia.

For more information about the South Bohemian Region, from which this recipe comes, click here.

Ingredients

2  1/8 cups plain flour
2 Tbs yeast
5 Tbs sugar
3 egg yolks
3/4  –  1  1/2 cup milk
a pinch of salt
grated lemon rind
2 Tbs dark rum
1 cup flour for rolling dough
oil for frying
jam (currant or apricot)
powdered sugar

Instructions

For the pastry, put the flour into a bowl, make a small hole in the middle, put the yeast there and pour warm milk there too. Then put the bowl into a warm place and let it sit until the pastry rises.

Next, add egg yolks, a pinch of salt, grated lemon rind, rum, and the remainder of the warm milk. Then knead the pastry to smooth consistency. Put a towel over the bowl and let the pastry sit until it rises again.

After that, knead the pastry on a floured baking board into a thin (about 1/2 inch-thick) circle. From the first half of the pastry cut 4-inch circles. On the other half of pastry, put different spots of jam; the number of spots will be the same as the number of circles. Put the cut-out circles on the jam spots. Then cut out the filled circles, which we again allow to rise for a while.

Finally, fry the doughnuts in hot oil on both sides, remove from the oil, and then cover them with powdered sugar and serve.