FoodCarnival delight: bring joy to the table with traditional Croatian fritule recipe this Shrovetide season

Carnival delight: bring joy to the table with traditional Croatian fritule recipe this Shrovetide season

Croatian doughnuts - soft and delicious
Croatian doughnuts - soft and delicious
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6:56 AM EST, February 1, 2024, updated: 4:33 AM EST, March 7, 2024

Even amid the culinary fervor of December, the sheer thrill of anticipating the carnival season is hard to match. For us, Shrovetide is not just about sumptuous indulgence, it's an opportunity to explore new, intriguing recipes. This year, it has been no different.

At the first sight of fritule, we're overcome with gastronomic delight. We didn't have to think twice and knew instantly that on this Fat Thursday, Croatian doughnuts will take center stage at our table. We've already trial-tested the recipe and were ecstatic with the results. The fritule were unbelievably soft, with the absence of jam or other filling taking nothing away from the experience. Try it for yourself and allow your imagination to take flight this Fat Thursday!

Fritule: traditional Croatian doughnuts


  • 10.6 oz of wheat flour,
  • 7.05 oz of natural yogurt,
  • 2 eggs,
  • 1 apple,
  • 1.76 oz of raisins,
  • 0.35 oz of sugar,
  • 0.18 oz of vanillin sugar,
  • 0.18 oz of cinnamon,
  • 0.42 oz of baking powder,
  • 0.2 oz of vodka,
  • 0.35 oz of lemon zest,
  • a pinch of salt,
  • 16.9 fl oz of canola oil.


Croatian donuts are prepared, among other things, with yogurt.
Croatian donuts are prepared, among other things, with yogurt.© Canva | RHJ
  1. Sift the flour and baking powder together. Rinse the apple, peel it, and grate it on the smaller holes of the grater. Squeeze out the excess juice.
  2. Beat the eggs with both sugars, then mix with yogurt and apple. Combine raisins, cinnamon, lemon zest, and vodka, this is to prevent the doughnuts from absorbing too much oil. Mix this prepared mixture with the dry ingredients: flour and baking powder.
  3. Now, shape the dough into small doughnut balls. Heat the oil in a saucepan or a pot with a thick bottom. Fry the fritule until they attain a golden hue. Drain the excess oil and dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy your homemade fritule!
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