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Schwäbische Nonnenfürzle

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65 min.
Prep: 60 min. | Cook: 5 min. | Servings: 70 fürzle


  • 8.45 floz (250 ml) milk
  • 17.6 oz (500 g) plain flour
  • 1.05 oz (30 g) fresh yeast
  • 2.11 oz (60 g) caster sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/2 lemon, zested
  • 2.11 oz (60 g) butter or margarine, cut into small pieces
  • 4 eggs
  • 3.52 oz (100 g) sultanas
  • 42.26 floz (1.25 litres) vegetable oil
  • 1-2 tbsp icing sugar


  1. Slightly heat 75ml of milk in a saucepan. Sieve the flour into a bowl and press a small hollow into the middle. Crumble the yeast into the well and add 1 tbsp of sugar and the warm milk. Stir in some flour from the edge of the bowl, until it takes on a thick porridgey consistency. Cover and keep in a warm place for 15 to 20 mins. Heat the remaining milk in a saucepan and add the milk, 45g of sugar, the salt, lemon zest, butter, eggs and sultanas to the dough. Mix with the dough hook of a hand mixer for 4-5 mins. Cover and keep in a warm place for another 30-40 mins.
    Heat the oil in a medium-sized, high-sided pot. Cut a lump of dough with a teaspoon and push it into the hot oil with anther teaspoon. Cook about 8 pieces at a time until golden brown, then remove them with a slotted spoon and drain them on kitchen paper. Serve sprinkled with icing sugar.