Five Sinful Czech Treats for Fat Tuesday

Make these traditional Czech masopust confections for Fat Tuesday or whenever a craving for the deep-fried and sugar-dusted hits
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In the Czech lands, the lean times of the Lenten season, marked by the consumption of lentils, bread, eggs, and potatoes were historically preceded by the masked parades and free-wheeling pork-and-donut days of carnival, or masopust, season, culminating in Fat Tuesday. The traditional masopust confections featured here are still an important element of Shrovetide celebrations and can be made not only on masopustní úterý but whenever a craving for the deep-fried and sugar-dusted hits:

Vdolky

Photo: Vdolky / Bezlepka.cz
Photo: Vdolky / Bezlepka.cz

Photo: Kobliha / Pixabay
Photo: Kobliha / Pixabay

Masopust wouldn’t be masopust without a batch of Czech carnival donuts. Whether you buy them (we highly recommend Maso a Kobliha in Prague or one of these Expats-approved donut shops) or whip up a batch in your own kitchen, no pre-Lenten feast is complete without the custard- or jelly-filled and sugar-sprinkled delights elsewhere known paczki.

Full recipe in English

Boží milosti (God’s mercy)

Boží milosti / Screen grab: YouTube
Boží milosti / Screen grab: YouTube

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Perhaps a bit of a lesser-known on the spectrum of carnival indulgences, boží milosti (God’s mercy) are crispy fritters made from a butter-based dough and, you guessed it, deep-fried and dusted with confectioner’s sugar. A distant relative to the Italian chiacchiere which takes its name from the Italian word for “chatter” due to its vociferous crunch.

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Kynuté koláče s náplní (Sourdough kolaches with fillings)

Despite its humble origins, Czech kolač, a pastry typically filled with preserves or farmer’s cheese, has become a worldwide phenomenon with particularly loyal devotees to be found in Texas where spicy sausage versions rule the day. But at masopust it’s all about the sweet version, filled with plum jam and/or poppy seeds.

Full recipe in English

Buchty (Yeast buns)

Photo: Buchty / Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Buchty / Wikimedia Commons

Something like a dinner roll filled with plum preserves or the Czech tvaroh cheese, these yeast buns are almost as essential to the Shrovetide revelry as kobliha. If you want to be even more decadent about it, traditionalists glaze their buchty with a mixture of melted butter and rum.

Full recipe in English

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