Five Sinful Czech Treats for Fat Tuesday

Five Sinful Czech Treats for Fat Tuesday

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

This yeast-based confection is similar to the French beignet although a bit more substantial by our estimation. The Czech vdolky are typically topped with a spoonful of luscious plum jam (povidla) as well as a dollop of whipped cream—in fact, before frying them you are advised to dip a finger into the batter to make a groove for holding all that sugary goodness.

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Koblihy

Photo: Kobliha / Pixabay
Photo: Kobliha / Pixabay

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

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)

Photo: Kolač / Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Kolač / Wikimedia Commons

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.

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Elizabeth Haas

Elizabeth Haas is the editor of Expats.cz. She has lived in Prague for 12 years working as a writer and editor of cookbooks and travel guides. Her work has appeared in both Czech and American publications.

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