Carnival Doughnuts

Carnival Doughnuts

Recipe by Tara Weaver
5.0 from 1 vote
Course: DessertCuisine: EuropeanDifficulty: Medium


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From the jubilant streets of Venice to the vibrant parades of Cologne, these vegan carnival doughnuts are synonymous with joy, laughter, and of course, indulgence.

Imagine biting into a golden, crisp exterior that gives way to a fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth interior. Now add a dusting of powdered sugar, a hint of vanilla and a surprise fruit jam filling – sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?

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  • 500 ml 2 cup lukewarm plant-based drink

  • 4 tbsp 4 tbsp coconut sugar

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 tsp vanilla pod

  • 2 cubes 2 cubes fresh yeast

  • 1000 g 8 cup strong white bread flour

  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt

  • 12 tbsp 12 tbsp aquafaba

  • 3/4 tsp 3/4 tsp turmeric

  • 1 zest 1 zest lemon

  • 6 tbsp 6 tbsp rum

  • 100 ml 3/7 cup vegetable oil


  • In a deep cup, mix plant-based drink, sugar, vanilla, yeast and 2 teaspoons of flour taken from 1000 g of flour and place in a warm place to allow the yeast to react.
  • Meanwhile, sift the flour and turmeric into a large bowl and make a well in the centre for the yeast.
  • Sprinkle salt around the edge of the flour.
  • Pour the yeast into the well and stir it into the flour. Add the remaining ingredients.
  • Knead the ingredients by hand for 30 minutes or 10 minutes with a hand mixer (dough hooks). The dough should be soft and airy and should come away from the bowl and the hands or hooks.
  • With wet hands, form an 80 g ball. Roll it between the palms of your hands until it forms a nice smooth ball, which you place on baking paper or a damp cloth.
  • Cover the ball formed doughnuts with a clean cloth and place them in a warm place to rise for at least 20 minutes.
  • Fry the doughnuts in hot vegetable oil. When frying the doughnuts, always carefully lower the top side into the fat:
    a) In a fryer at 300°F (150°C), fry for 4 minutes on each side.
    b)On the stove in a deep pan at 340°F (170°C). When the doughnuts are in the oil, cover them with a lid. After approx. 2 minutes, turn over and fry for a further 2 minutes with the pan open.
    c) For a healthier version, bake the doughnuts in the oven at 355°F (180°C). The doughnuts are baked after 12 – 15 minutes.
  • Remove the fried or baked doughnuts from the dish or oven and place them on paper towels.
  • Use a doughnut syringe to inject the jam into the slightly cooled doughnuts.
  • Finally, sprinkle with icing sugar and serve.

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Making these vegan carnival doughnuts is a fun-filled, hands-on experience, perfect for the whole family. Kneading the dough, shaping the doughnuts, watching them puff up beautifully in the frying pan – it’s an adventure in itself! And when you finally take them out of the fryer, their warm, sweet aroma filling your kitchen, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment that’s only matched by the joy of devouring them.

So roll up your sleeves and put on your apron! Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a newbie in the kitchen, this European Carnival Doughnuts recipe is an opportunity to create, to celebrate, and most importantly, to enjoy the irresistible charm of these festive treats. Here’s to creating mouthwatering memories and bringing a piece of European Carnival into your home, one doughnut at a time!

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Tara Weaver
Tara Weaver

Combining her expertise in cooking with a love for vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics, Tara guides you through a world of flavorful recipes and ethical beauty.