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"Berliner Pfannkuchen"

Berliner Pfannkuchen, also known as Berliner Doughnuts, are a type of pastry that is popular in Berlin and throughout Germany. They are a sweet, round pastry that is filled with a sweet fruit or nut-based filling and are often enjoyed as a snack or dessert.

Here is the recipe for Berliner Pfannkuchen:


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1 tsp active dry yeast

  • 1/2 cup warm milk

  • 1 egg

  • 2 tbsp melted butter

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Pinch of salt

  • Oil for frying

  • Optional: fruit preserves or Nutella for filling

  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and yeast. Stir to combine.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the warm milk, egg, melted butter, vanilla extract, and salt.

  3. Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until a smooth batter forms.

  4. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and let the batter rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until it has doubled in size.

  5. Once the batter has risen, heat the oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot or a deep-fryer to 350°F.

  6. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, drop spoonful's of batter into the hot oil. Fry the Berliner Pfannkuchen for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until they are golden brown.

  7. Remove the pastries from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

  8. Once the pastries have cooled slightly, use a sharp knife or a piping bag to make a small cut in the side of each pastry. Fill the pastries with your desired filling, such as fruit preserves or nutella.

  9. Dust the pastries with powdered sugar and serve while still warm.

Berliner Pfannkuchen are a delicious and nostalgic treat that are sure to bring back memories of childhood for many Germans. Whether you enjoy them filled with sweet fruit preserves or rich nutella, these pastries are the perfect sweet snack or dessert. Give this recipe a try and enjoy a taste of traditional Berlin cuisine in your own home.

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