With that wonderful introduction I give you Berliner Pfannkuchen or simply put donuts.
I had actually been planning on making some Shoko Schnecke, but I felt I didn't have enough time to make them. So then I started doing a little research and found that cheesecake is popular in Germany, but they make it with a product called quark.
Quark is similar to cottage cheese and ricotta, but different enough, I didn't feel I could exchange it. So I crossed off quark cheesecake temporarily (I will be coming back to it!), and kept doing a little research. That's when the Berliner Pfannkuchen caught my eye, and I thought, sure, I can do that. When really I should have backed away at the mention of frying them.
If you want to try and make some Berliner's I would use the recipe found on Germanfoods.org and do what I didn't do and follow the recipe precisely. Here is what I did wrong, so you don't do it.
- read the recipe carefully. When it says lukewarm milk, don't add lukewarm water (where was my head?!) Don't try and safe yourself by then adding more cold milk.
- Even if you read a couple different recipes, and one mentioned using vanilla sugar...don't do it. Stick with the one recipe.
- Never use powdered eggs. They are a very poor replacement in any baked goods...this is not my first attempt, and I should have known.
I will tell you however, that even though my Pfannkuchen don't look like Pfannkuchen, the kids thought they were pretty great. Especially when they discovered that I had also filled some with Nutella, and some with my Polish Plum Butter (the only non failed Food of the World Party to date).
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