Mandelmutzen: German Fritters from Rhineland

by Pop Up Girl
Mandelmutzen Mutzen Mutzenmandeln Karneval

Kölle Alaaf, Alaaf. Kölle Alaaf (German Carnival Greetings). Carnival was one of my favorite events of the year in my childhood and adolescence. Not only because I always liked to dress up or watch the street parades, but also because there were always special treats at the baker during Carnival Week. And my favorite to date have been and still are German fritters so called "Mutzenmandeln" or "Mandelmutzen".

Know the difference of the German Fritters

The naming of the different "Mutzen" (fritters) may be a little confusing for "outsiders", since pretty much every carnival biscuit was named "Mutzen" (fritters) 😅😂 However, there are fundamental differences: Because "Mutzen" are not "Mutzen". As the name suggests, the curd fritters (Quarkmutzen) are made with curd cheese. These pastries are baked in oil, but are more like fluffy Berliners (donuts). The (Rhenish) fritters (Rheinische Mutzen) or almond fritters, on the other hand, is a rather crumbly short pastry deep fried in oil. They are available either in flat diamond shapes or round almond shapes, sprinkled with lots of icing sugar. And that is what we are going to make today.

Ingredients (makes 30 fritters)

  • 500 g flour (plain or wholemeal, no self-raising flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 organic eggs
  • 150 g sugar
  • 150 g cold butter
  • Rum and bitter almond aroma
  • 1/2 organic lemon juice & zest
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, marks scraped out
  • 1 l oil for deep frying (e.g. canola)
  • icing sugar

Instructions:

  1. Whisk eggs and sugar until foamy with a food processor.
  2. Add rum flavor, vanilla mark and lemon zest.
  3. Gradually stir in the flour.
  4. Finally, work the cold butter in small pieces into the dough.
  5. Knead into a smooth dough on a floured work surface.
  6. Put the dough in a food storage container and keep it cold for 30-40 minutes. This makes it easier to process.
  7. Divide small, teaspoon-sized pieces from the dough. Form small balls out of it and let it run.
  8. Heat oil in a saucepan (approx. 170 - 180 ° C) and deep fry 4 to 5 fritters at the same time.
  9. As soon as the fritters are golden brown, take them out of the hot oil with a ladle and let cool on kitchen paper. Repeat until all fritters are baked.
  10. When the fritters have cooled completely, roll them in icing sugar.
  11. The pastry stays fresh in a well closed container for several days. But they taste best fresh.


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Almond fritters

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course fritters, carnival treats
Servings 30 piece

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g flour plain or wholemeal, no self-raising flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 150 g sugar
  • 150 g cold butter
  • Rum and bitter almond aroma
  • 1/2 organic lemon zest
  • 1/2 vanilla bean scraped out
  • 1 l oil for deep frying e.g. canola
  • icing sugar

Instructions
 

  • Whisk eggs and sugar until foamy with a food processor.
  • Add rum flavor, vanilla mark and lemon zest.
  • Gradually stir in the flour.
  • Finally, work the cold butter in small pieces into the dough.
  • Knead into a smooth dough on a floured work surface.
  • Put the dough in a food storage container and keep it cold for 30-40 minutes. This makes it easier to process.
  • Divide small, teaspoon-sized pieces from the dough. Form small balls out of it and let it run.
  • Heat oil in a saucepan (approx. 170 - 180 ° C) and deep fry 4 to 5 fritters at the same time.
  • As soon as the fritters are golden brown, take them out of the hot oil with a ladle and let cool on kitchen paper. Repeat until all fritters are baked.
  • When the fritters have cooled completely, roll them in icing sugar.
  • The pastry stays fresh in a well closed container for several days. But they taste best fresh.
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