Luxembourg’s traditional carnival pastry

In Luxembourg, we love carnival! But we also love food, so it is no surprise that we have our own traditional carnival food. The most popular pastry would be the “Verwuerelter”, which are basically just delicious dough-knots. Here’s the simple recipe:


  • 875g flour
  • 40g yeast
  • 3 eggs
  • 150g sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 2 Tablespoons cream
  • 300ml milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • Oil for fry
  • powdered sugar

Note: All the ingredients should have room temperature and the place in which you prepare the dough should be free of cold air.

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First mix the flour, sugar and salt in a bowl and deepen it in the middle. Then dissolve the yeast in a little bit of warm milk and pour it in the deepening. Add a little flour from around it (not too much, it still needs to be liquid), cover the bowl and let it rest for at least 15 minutes. You will see that the dough has reacted.

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Add the rest of the ingredients and knead it with your hands (yes your hands will get sticky^^). Again let the dough rest covered for at leat 15 minutes until the dough has gained in volume. Knead it again with your hands, pour some flour on the table and roll the dough out.

Cut stripes from the dough and form knots. Again let the formed knots rest a little. Yes, it takes forever with all the waiting, but it’s worth it!


Now heat the oil in a pot (or better even in a fryer). It should have a temperature between 160 and 180 degrees. Put in the knots and fry them until they are slightly golden. Fish them out and wipe them off with kitchen paper to get rid of the excess oil. Let them cool down separately on some kitchen paper too.


Be sure to dust them with powdered sugar before eating them! And now, after the loooooong time it took you, enjoy your freshly made “Verwuerelter”



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