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Fank Hungarian Doughnuts
Fank, also known as farsang fank, or ribboned carnival doughnuts, are a traditional Hungarian carnival food.
Hungarian carnival – like that in many other parts of the world – last from about Twelfth Night until Ash Wednesday, but it really heats up just before Lent begins (generally in February or March).
Hungarian carnival, also known as farsang, features parades with people wearing crazy masks, parties and feasts.
Most of the traditions associated with farsang are not religious. It’s just an opportunity to have a good time, blow off some steam, and prepare for the Lenten season.
Traditionally, Hungarians enjoy fank during carnival. The recipe may vary, but most Hungarians enjoy their fank with a side of apricot jam.
Fank can be served with or without jam. They’re also wonderful with just a dusting of powdered sugar.
Make sure you don’t overheat the milk mixture. If it’s too hot, it will kill the yeast and your dough won’t rise.
Don’t over knead your dough or you’ll have tough, chewy doughnuts. Knead just until it’s smooth.
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