Koblihy – Czech Carnival Donuts

These jam or custard filled donuts are perfect for fattening you up before the Lenten Fast. The name changes from location to location, koblihy, sisky, listy or smazene vdolecky; are all a form of filled donuts, fried in oil and sprinkled with powder sugar.

Koblihy – Czech Carnival donuts


  • 4 cups (500 g) flour

  • 10 tablespoons (80 g) powdered sugar

  • 2.5 oz. (70 g) butter, room temperature

  • 2-3 tablespoons white wine

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 1 cup (250 ml) milk

  • 2.5 oz (70 g) yeast

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract or 1 vanilla sugar packet

  • jam, cream cheese or pudding

  • oil or lard for frying


Crumble the yeast into a small bowl, add a little flour, sugar, warm milk and leave in a warm place to leaven. Whip the egg yolks with the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and white wine. Add the flour, yeast, milk and the leavened yeast mixture. Mix well with a wooden spoon until well incorporated. Cover with a cloth and leave in a warm place to rise. After it has doubled in size, stir it with the wooden spoon stretching and pulling the dough. Cover with a cloth and leave it to rise another time.

When the dough has leavened again, roll it out on a floured surface to about ¼ inch (1 cm) high and cut out circles with an upturned glass. Place a dollop of jam on half the circles then cover other half. Pressed the two halves tightly together and leave to rest on a floured surface, covered with cloth to rise. In a pan heated oil, fry on both sides until golden brown. After removing from the oil drain on a paper napkin.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar while still warm.

Koblihy can also be rolled out cut in circles and fried before the filling is added. After frying insert a pastry tube into the side and fill the center with your favorite jam or pudding.

Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: 10 minutes

Yield: 40

Calories per serving: 250

Carbs: 19

Fat per serving:11g.



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