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The day preceding Lent in the Catholic religion is a day of indulgence before the fasting and religious obligations during the 40 days leading up to Easter. Even if you don’t observe the Lenten season, you can still try some of the gluttonous desserts of the Tuesday festivities. So whether it’s called Carnaval, Tłusty Czwartek, Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday, there’s a special sweet treat that all have to try at least once. Because of that, we’ve picked out 4 recipes from around the world that you can make at home!


Where to find the original version: France

image by wallyg on flickr

You need:

  • ½ c butter
  • 1 c water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 c flour
  • 4 eggs
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 3 Tbs powdered sugar

1. Melt the butter in the water in a saucepan. Add salt and flour and stir. Finally add the eggs until you have a consistent and smooth batter.

2. Heat the oil to 375°F. Fry spoonfuls of dough (about 6 minutes each). When they turn golden brown they are ready. Sprinkle powdered sugar over each beignet and enjoy!

Complete recipe here.


Where to find the original version: Poland

image by mel sharlene on flickr

You need:

  • 1 ½ c warm milk
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • ½ c sugar
  • 4 oz butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 Tbs brandy or rum
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 ½ cups flour
  • 1 gallon oil for deep frying
  • Fruit paste for filling

1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk. In a separate mixing bowl, stir together the sugar and butter. Mix in the eggs, brandy or rum, and salt.

2. Add flour and the milk-yeast mixture alternatively until the mixture is smooth. If the dough is too sticky add extra flour.

3. Place dough in a greased bowl. Cover the bowl with transparent film and let rise 1 – 2 hours until doubled in size.

4. Place dough onto a floured surface and roll into a ½ inch thick mass. Cut 3 inch circles out. Re-roll and re-cut until all dough has been used. Cover again and let the circular cut-outs rise about 30 more minutes until doubled in size.

5. Heat the gallon of oil to 350°F in a large frying pan. Place the dough rounds in the oil for 2 – 3 minutes until golden brown, flip over and fry for 1 – 2 more minutes.

6. When the pączki have cooled, poke a hole in the side of each with a pastry bag and fill them with fruit paste. Recommended fillings: prune, apricot, strawberry, rosehip, raspberry or sweet cheese.

Complete recipe here.

Keep reading for 2 more sweet recipes!

King Cake

Where to find the original version: New Orleans, Lousiana, USA

king cake
image by ericwagner on flickr

You need:
Cake ingredients:

  • 1/3 c milk
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 ½ c bread flour
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tbs granulated sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter (melted)

Filling & icing ingredients:

  • ½ c raisins
  • 1/4 c bourbon
  • 3/4 c dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 c chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 dry bean or plastic toy baby
  • ½ c powdered sugar
  • Purple, green and gold decorative sugar


1. Scald milk in a saucepan. Add the yeast to the milk and pulse in a food processor. Add only ½ cup of the flour and all egg yolks to food processor and mix. Add the rest of the flour but do not mix. With the lid on, let sit for 1 ½ hours.

2. After the food processor yeast and flour mixture has sat for 1 ½ hours, add 2 whole eggs, sugar, lemon zest, salt and nutmeg to the mix. Process about 1 minute to form a dough. Add the butter little by little with the machine running.

3. Take the processed dough and put it in a lightly greased bowl and cover with transparent film. Store it in a warm place to let rise for about 3 hours.

4. After the dough has risen, knead it into a ball and put in the covered bowl again. Leave it in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours.


1. Heat up the bourbon and raisins in a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove and mix in the brown sugar, pecans, vanilla, cinnamon, orange zest, salt. If you want to add the “surprise” add the bean or plastic toy baby as well.

2. Roll the dough into a 20 inch by 7 inch rectangle on a floured surface. Add the filling over the dough and fold the bottom and top edges of the dough over the filling, making a roll. Tuck one end into the other to make a ring. Cover the ring with transparent film and let it rise for 2 hours.

3. When the roll has risen, bake about 40 minutes at 350°F until golden brown. Let cool to add icing.


1. Mix 3 tablespoons water with the powdered sugar. Brush glaze over the cake and sprinkle with the colored sugar.

Complete recipe here.

Shrove Tuesday Pancakes

Where to find the original version: the UK and Ireland

shrove tuesday pancakes
image by Hatters! on flickr

You need:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 c whole milk
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 c white flour
  • Powdered sugar
  • Fresh lemon juice

1. Mix together eggs, milk, butter, sugar, vanilla, salt. Gradually mix in flour. Let stand 15 minutes.

2. Brush a skillet with butter over medium-high heat. Add 2 large spoons of the batter to the skillet. Cook pancake batter about 45 seconds until golden on bottom, then flip over. Cook another 30 seconds. Remove and repeat until all batter is used.

3. Place pancakes on an ovenproof pan and sprinkle powdered sugar over each. Then sprinkle each pancake lightly with lemon juice. Bake at 350°F about 10 minutes until warm.

Complete recipe here.

What is your favorite Fat Tuesday dessert?

One response to “4 Deliciously Indulgent Recipes to Make on Shrove Tuesday

  1. I love angel wings! When I was in Krakow with SeeKrakow, I made a tournee around the most delicious bakeries and it was awesome! Nice recipes, I’ll try them at home 😀

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