Serbian Doughnuts (Krofne)

Princes krofne

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  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Rise: 90 mins
  • Yield: 3 dozen doughnuts (36 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
271 Calories
28g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 dozen doughnuts (36 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 271
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 181mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 18mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Serbian doughnuts, also known as krofne, are delicious treats that can be eaten at any time of year but especially before the Great Lent begins.

For Orthodox Serbians, Shrove Tuesday doesn't exist. Meatfare Sunday begins one week before Ash Wednesday and is the last day meat and meat byproducts can be consumed.

If there is such a thing as a swan song to rich foods, it would be Cheesefare Sunday (the last day dairy products can be eaten), which takes place three days before Ash Wednesday, when palacinke, krofne and other fried and rich foods are eaten.

So Lent begins on Clean Monday, two days before Roman Catholics and other Christians begin Lent. After this, most Orthodox Christians eat no meat, meat by-products, poultry, dairy or eggs for the entire Lenten period.

Some krofne recipes call for unseasoned mashed potatoes in the dough, but not this one. Compare this recipe with Lithuanian spurgos, Polish pączki, and Croatian fritule.


  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 ounces (or 1 stick) butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature (slightly beaten)
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups cooking oil (for frying)
  • Garnish: granulated or confectioners' sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Scald 1 cup milk.

  3. Add 4 ounces butter, 1/4 cup sugar, and 2 teaspoons salt, stirring to dissolve the butter. Cool to 110 F.

  4. Meanwhile, dissolve the active dry yeast in 1 cup of 110 F water.

  5. In a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, place milk mixture, yeast mixture, and 3 large, slightly beaten room-temperature eggs, mixing until smooth.

  6. Add 6 cups all-purpose flour gradually, mixing until smooth.

  7. The dough might be sticky. If so, use slightly dampened hands to transfer it to a greased bowl (don't add more flour).

  8. Cover and let rise until doubled. For extra-light krofne, some cooks punch down the dough and let it rise a second time until doubled.

  9. Roll 1/2-inch thick on a lightly floured work surface.

  10. Cut with a 3-inch round cutter or glass.

  11. Cover and let rise for about 1/2 hour.

  12. Heat oil to 375 F in a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven. Use a deep-frying thermometer to make sure the temperature is accurate.

  13. Fry krofne in hot oil until lightly brown on both sides, turning only once.

  14. Drain on absorbent paper.

  15. While still hot roll in granulated sugar or dust with confectioners' sugar.

  16. Serve and enjoy!

Hot Oil Warning

Always use caution when working with hot oil, especially around children. Have a fire extinguisher designed for grease fires at the ready.