Carnival Doughnut – Faschingskrapfen

 

Hotel Café Central.  A-6020 Innsbruck · Gilmstraße 5

http://www.central.co.at/index2.php

Carnival season is upon us!  This early year celebration, called Fasching here in German-speaking countries, is marked by large parades, electrifying costume balls and lots of craziness.  Of course, with every celebration, there is usually some sort of culinary specialty traditionally hawked and consumed amongst the excitement; carnival is no exception.  Faschingskrapfen – donuts filled with apricot jam and dusted with powdered sugar – are a specialty during this time period in February, but also commonly consumed throughout the year.

The golden-brown confection, dotted with sugar, is like a soft pillow in the heavens.  These deep-fried delights appear to be light, but are actually quite substantial and filling.  The interior dough is slightly dense, yet delicate and fluffy; the exterior holds its shape well and conceals the wonderful surprise inside.

The thick apricot jam hiding in the center is addictingly sweet and delicious.  Cutting through the middle part of the donut exposes the yummy filling, causing it to slowly ooze out.  The jam not only delivers a sweet kick to go along with the dough (and the powdered sugar), but also moistens up the treat.  With its sweetness, the Krapfen will certainly bring a smile to your face and get you into the festive mood.

Eating the donut inside the legendary Café Central Austrian Kaffeehaus is an experience in and of itself.  The spacious, open room has a traditional feel and exudes a historic vibe.  The interior, with its high vaulted ceilings and ornate, luxurious chandeliers, creates a certain charm and cozy atmosphere that would typically be found in a Viennese coffee house.  Noteworthy – the non-smoking section in the café is located in the back area, whereas the entrance is devoted to smokers.  Despite this unpleasantness (unless you’re a smoker), Café Central is definitely a must for those looking for the traditional Viennese coffee house cultural experience outside of the Austrian capital city.  Whether it’s for a cup of coffee or a donut snack, Café Central has it all.

 

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