this is the last post you’ll ever read about these things. i swear. i think.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

 

krapfen

so, yeah…i’ve said this before but donuts (and by donuts i mean real donuts) are pretty hard to find in europe.  i’ve seen a few dunkin donuts franchises pop up here and there (some in berlin….a few i’ve found in spain…i’m sure they can be found in several other big cities as well), but if you’re a sugar-addicted american, this whole donut-famine-thing can be quite the inconvenience.

cue krapfen season.  you’ve heard me talk about this before – like less than a week ago (i’m sorry).  krapfen season is when the bakeries here in bavaria fill their little shops with germany’s version of the donut, which can be seen above.  krapfen are almost as good as american donuts, which probably means they are healthier.  now that may is coming to a close, krapfen season is long gone, but that doesn’t mean i don’t think about it all the time. 

sigh.

i’ve said before that when i was little, any time i got sick, my mom would cheer me up with a donut (what american obesity epidemic?  huh?  michelle obama does this, too, i swear.  just ask malia).  when i told my friend jenny that, she thought i was kidding (if it makes you feel any better, i always chose the glazed kind….less calories/sugar…maybe?  sounds about right).

and then once in college, when i was living with my best friend kaitlyn, we had a mutual craving for donuts (other mutual cravings consisted of chick-fil-a waffle fries with honey mustard, pad thai, anything nutella-related and our friend sarah’s toffee, which we dubbed ‘crack toffee’ after eating a whole batch and subsequently experiencing toffee-related night sweats, painful withdraws and/or canker sores all over our mouths). but back to that mutual craving….yeah, we wanted donuts.  so we drove to albertson’s (where all the cheap donuts can be found) and i grabbed a glazed and a pink strawberry frosted (my 2nd favorite).  i remember wondering if i should refrain from buying two – too much sugar?  then i glanced over at kaitlyn, who had 8 donuts in her bag.  i stuck with 2, then maybe grabbed a 3rd.

when kayla visited me last weekend, we talked about donuts (we’re the kind of americans with a lot of depth and cultural appreciation, if you couldn’t tell).  i said, “donuts used to make me feel so much better when i was little….if i was sick or had had a bad day”.  {i guess back then, having a bad day consisted of finding out the after-school-episode of saved by the bell was a re-run and everyone knows that’s only okay if said rerun is the episode in which jessie overdoses on “study pills”.}  moving onward…i told kayla that donuts used to help me out a lot in life.  she told me that, at the age of 23, she still finds that same formula to be true.  then she went on to say, “i just got really sad because i realized i will never be on oprah.  i’m gonna have to settle for tyra.”  but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post in and of itself, isn’t it?

i bet you can’t wait for that blog post.

i, on the other hand, can’t believe i just spent all that time talking about donuts.

bye.

31 comments:

Kayla said...

You said the magic word... now I really want a donut!!! I will be walking by about 3 bakeries in the next hour, I wonder what the chances are that I will able to resist. Also, I just got sad all over again about how I will not be on Oprah.

Jenny said...

So many things to laugh at in this post:Namely, Albertson's. Ahahahahaha!!! I don't know why I found that so funny. I guess because this is a European blog and that is the last word I would expect to see anywhere on your blog. Are their donuts even good? I always wondered. Also, you know how I feel about food posts, so you know that posting about krapfen really doesn't make me want to go read other blogs. Quite the opposite, actually.

Candice said...

Oh my goodness..posts like this make me love you so much! haha :) I want to try these delights that are krapfen..I must come visit you now!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

wanna split that donut?! i could use one now! it looks so good :)

Alex said...

I'm so excited! I'm so excited!! I'm....so....SCARED!!

Hands down best Saved by the Bell Episode. Maybe it was on the other morning and maybe I recorded it and maybe when I want to laugh I turn it on and fast forward it to that part.

And seriously, ditto about donuts. Yum.

Brissa said...

i really hope this isn't the last post about them. those pictures make me want a donut so badly.
donuts and saved by the bell. that sounds like heaven.

sarah said...

I THOUGHT ABOUT CRACK TOFFEE YESTERDAY!!!

Inessa said...

I was always a big donut hole fan because they are so small and yummy and I would not feel about eating 6 to 8 of them at a time. I guess that probably equals one donut but it does not taste the same for some reason. It was not any better that we had a donut shop right next to my college along with a 711. I will have to come to bavaria and try these cue krapfen soon, they do look tasty!

Bridget said...

whatev whatev, donuts might not be as significant as babies and shit but holy moly, those donuts look good.

jiji said...

I hear you on the donut thing. I went through a phase where I was on the policeman's diet: coffee and donut. And during the royal wedding craze, Dunkin Donuts sold royal wedding donuts which came in a pair. How could one avoid those?! Anyway, I feel your pain.

Also, I loved your story about the Embassy's fourth of july celebration. I work at a Consulate in nyc and can relate to all the preparation and ribbon tying that goes with a special event. Luckily I suck at ribbon tying so I never get that job.

Belly B said...

Hahhaha I think my dream of moving to Europe is now crushed. I need donuts in my life!!!

<3 Belly B

Janelle Haskin said...

Ohhhh Yummmmm!!!! Glad you are following me because I'm happy to have found your blog! You're cute! :)

xo
Janelle

Gentri said...

They look sooooooooo good!!! Now I'm gonna need a donut to replace my craving for something I'll never find in ut.

Melanie Fontaine said...

Hi, I discovered your blog and I have to save as a native German it's really amusing to read what an American thinks of my home country! ;)
And, oh dear, Krapfen... Major I love! But Krapfen is not just Krapfen - Personally, I'd call it Kreppel (living in Hessen), while others call it Berliner. Actually, in some parts of Germany, people won't understand you (at least they'll pretend they don't) if you don't say the correct word for their region. So confusing! We should all just call it "frittiertes Hefebällchen mit Marmeladenfüllung". ;) And by the way, I doubt they are healthier than donuts... they are fried and have so much sugar on top! But who cares, when something is tasty, right?
I hope you'll continue to have a great time in Europe! :D

xoxo, Melanie
glamorouslyromantic.blogspot.com

Sophie said...

ohhh these look soooo good! i havent had a donut in way too long. when krispy kreme opened up its first shop in a random desolate place in australia people used to drive for milessss to get some and i was one of those pathetic people haha so when it opened in sydney i nearly cried! donuts definitely make me feel better too!
oh and you can also settle for ellen - i love her! x

Barbara said...

Have you ever had Pączki when you've been in Poland? They're pretty much the equivalent to Krapfen and I'm obsessed. They're definately my favourite Polish treat! x

wishful nals said...

oh donuts are awesome. talk about them as much as you want! :)

Mackenzie said...

i just recently found your blog and i can't believe it took me this long! you are a girl after my own heart. i just bought my mom a donut pan and cookbook for mother's day and i swear it was like i gave her a ticket to go see the oprah show. amazing. donuts 4 lyf, i tell ya.

M. said...

i lurrrrve donuts.

an unhealthy amount i'm pretty sure.
not like...physically unhealthy, but emotionally- it's a pretty serious attachment i have.

Ashley Sloan said...

Oh my looks incredible! I love GERMAN FOOD!!!! s gefallt mir gut. Ich liebe Deutschland...

Tschus! Tschau!
Ashley Sloan

Tucker said...

the donuts here make me sad. how can they do so many things better than us but fried dough with some glaze on it is just too difficult a task?

Christina said...

Well, appearently you needed to talk about the donuts. they do also really look delicious! :)
you have a nice blog!

Vasu said...

wow...i love donuts tooo, u have a amazing blog

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le sorelle said...

ahh i love donuts! now i'm hungry

-j
sorelle in style

denise* paper angels said...

haha donuts are great :) sweet and yummy. thanks for making all of us hungry now :p xx

meg said...

Thanks to your wonderful blog, I'm constantly saying: ich liebe krapfen! in my German class now. Awhile ago, I asked my teacher what doughnuts translated to, and she didn't know (!!). So danke! Very educational posts you've got going on here...

Girl about town.... said...

WOW I need a donut.... Totally agree that they make anything better, gotta love then!

Awesome blog! I love your top picture, stunning!

Girl about Town XxX

ag. said...

Um, donuts are delicious! Please spend all the time you need and more on them... yum. That might just be my morning snack!

Chelsea said...

that is a donut??? BYE atlanta, HELLO poland. i wouldn't know what to do with myself.

Chelsea said...

ps. i want your hair. next post? your hair secrets...

Jan said...

I'm really hungry for a donut. Loved it when you mentioned the Jessie episode of Saved by the Bell!!