In Switzerland we have Fasnacht/Carnival at this time of the year.
Facts: Fasching or Karnival celebrations stem from various beliefs and needs. For Catholics, it provided a festive season of food and fun before the Lenten fasting period would begin. During the late medieval times, plays were performed during the Lenten period called Fastnachtspiele.
In pre-Christian times, carnival celebrations symbolized the driving out of winter and all of its evil spirits. Hence the masks to "scare" away these spirits. The carnival celebrations in southern Germany and Switzerland reflect these traditions.
During these times we have a lot of different sweets that are being offered. Doughnuts are famous, even dough by now you can buy them all year long.
This recipe is for baked doughnuts, I tried to avoid the oil and they turned out pretty good.
For approx. 20 doughnuts:
600 g Flour
1 pinch Nutmeg
1 tsp Salt
80 g Sugar
1 sachet Dried Yeast = 7 g
2 tbsp soft Butter
320 ml warm Milk
50 g melted Butter
150 g Sugar
If you wish:
Raspberry Jam (brush it through a sieve)
Lindor Chocolate balls