Berliner Pfannkuchen Fail

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What a busy month it has been. You know how I love keeping it real around here, so even when I mess up pretty good, I want to share it with you. Well, it’s another Food of the World party, and I have once again come out with a product not looking so great. I know everything I did wrong too, so hopefully with a little more time and practice, I can come back and turn this Fail into a Win.

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 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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3 thoughts on “Berliner Pfannkuchen Fail

  1. Good Morning Adelina,
    Well my grandmother used to set some dishes, cake or pie on the table and say, it's not very pretty but it sure is good. Your Pfannkuchen look good to me and I would enjoy one with my morning coffee. Hope you are having a fun day and thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen

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