Vegan ‘Quarkbällchen’ – Traditional German Carnival Doughnuts

Quarkbällchen (2)

In a lot of areas in Germany it is common to make ‘Kräppel’ (or Berliner, Krapfen or Pfannkuchen, depending on the dialect) during carnival time – little treats fried in oil similar to doughnuts. There’s a more gooey, yeast-free version of it called ‘Quarkbällchen’ with Quark (= curd cheese, kind of a lighter sour cream) and I’ve decided to give them a vegan try. Luckily, the first attempt turned out pretty well and I’m a bit proud that the taste is so close to the original. Get kneading and frying, and have a happy carnival time!

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Zwiebelkuchen – traditional German onion tart in a vegan & healthy version

Zwiebelkuchen

It’s autumn! To celebrate the first grape harvest, it’s common in Germany to drink ‘Federweißer’ at this time of year, a fresh young wine that hasn’t fully matured yet and tastes light and sweet [btw, the German companies ‘E. Vollrath & Co.’ and ‘Weingut Mohr’ do not filter with gelatine, so look out for those]. The usual dish that goes with it is Zwiebelkuchen (‘onion cake’), a traditional German autumn recipe usually filled with eggs, sour cream and sometimes bacon. As it’s such a traditional dish, the idea of making a vegan and healthy version was on my mind for a long time. I faced the challenge with my friend Joanna, and as you can see, it worked out ; ) Don’t get frightened by the long ingredients list, it’s still really simple. So grab a glass of Federweißer or grape juice, get in the kitchen and enjoy this savoury delight!

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