Carnival in Germany

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Helau & Alaaf



You can imagine that I love to dress up. I like to play different roles in the theatre or for a fancy photo shoot. Another great opportunity to put on a costume is Carnival. When I was a kid, I longed for this season of the year with its colorful parades, loud music and crazy people. After a while, I got lazy and I avoided going to any Carnival celebration. But this year, I went out again with my family and I had the best time. Besides the music and the booze (of course), the food plays an important role at Carnival.

I figured that I should share a recipe of a typical German Carnival treat. These pastries are called ‘Berliner’ and you can imagine them as huge pancakes. They are made of a sweet yeast dough and they are usually filled with jam.

Unfortunately, the recipe for the Berliner is full of animal products, which I don’t eat. So, I tried my own vegan version. I have to admit that the vegan Berliner didn’t turn out exactly like the ones you buy, but still, they were delicious and I felt the Carnival spirit in my kitchen as I baked them.

This is what you need:

  • 2 cups and 1 T of flour (equivalent to 250 g – I used wheat flour)
  • About 2/3 cup of soy milk (equivalent to 150 ml – I used milk with a vanilla flavor, so the dough gets sweeter)
  • 1 teaspoon of yeast (equivalent to 4 g – I used dry yeast)
  • 2 T soy flour (egg replacement)
  • 1/8 cup of sugar
  • 1/8 cup of plant based butter (I used Alsan)
  • Jam for the filling and powdered sugar for sprinkling


How you do it:

  • Warm the soy milk, butter and sugar in a sauce pan
  • Combine the flours and the yeast

  • Pour in the milk-mixture
  • Knead the dough (this is done best if you use your hands ^^)

  • Leave the dough covered in a warm place for one hour
  • Roll out the dough and form big (or little) balls with your Hands

  • leave them on the baking sheet for another 10 minutes
  • Now you can either fr