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Ribboned Carnival Doughnut – Farsangi Fánk
February is the awaited carnival season in Hungary. There is no celebration without some form of the deep fried sugary goodness of donut, it can be also regarded as a symbol of farewell winter feasts. There are lots of different types, the most popular one is called ribboned carnival doughnut named after the ribbon-like white stripe running along the sides of the doughnut. These doughnuts are made from a very soft, airy dough, which is very sensitive to cold. Therefore all the ingredients have to be lukewarm or at room temperature.
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Ribboned Carnival Doughnut (Farsangi Fánk)
- Big bowl
- Small saucepan
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Rolling Pin
- Medium pot with lid
- Glass or cookie cutter
- 4 cups all purpose flour sifted (1.1 pound, 4 cups)
- 1.1 ounces fresh yeast 30 grams
- 6 egg yolks room temperature
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 8 tbsp butter
- 2/3 cup whole milk
- 2 tbsp rum
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 cups vegetable oil sunflower, canola
- In a smaller saucepan heat 2/3 cup of milk with about 1 teaspoons of powdered sugar until lukewarm. Sprinkle the yeast in and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl mix the sifted flour, the lemon zest and the rest of the powdered sugar. Add the milk-sugar-yeast mixture, 6 egg yolks, the rum, pinch of salt followed by the melted lukewarm butter to get a soft non-sticky dough.
- The rum reduces the amount of oil the dough would absorb during the frying process. Also, makes the dough lighter and tastier.
- Knead thoroughly. It may be sticky first, that is normal. Keep kneading until you get a soft, airy dough. It can take up to 5-10 minutes.
- Sprinkle some flower on the b