Today is May Day, International Workers Day and it is very common in Finnish households to make and eat (or just buy them ready from grocery) Finnish doughnuts which are rolled in sugar. This recipe reminded me about those doughnuts. Finnish translation for this recipe is found again in “Reseptit” –page.

Lente ffrutours (serves 4)

Harleian MS. 4016, Volume I

Take good flour, Ale yeast, saffron, and salt. And beat all together as thick as other manner fritters of flesh; and then take Apples, and pare them and cut them in manner of fritters, and wet them in the batter up and drown, and fry them in oil, and cast them in a dish, and cast sugar thereon enough, and serve them forth hot.

My thoughts:


2 dl white flours

2,5 dl ale

pinch of saffron

pinch of salt

4 apples


oil for frying

Whisk together flour, beer, saffron and salt. The batter should be somewhat loose. Let the batter stand a little bit. Peel the apples, remove cores and slice into rings. Dip the apple rings into the batter and fry in oil. Lift the fried apples on top of the paper to dry for a while and garnish with sugar. Serve hot.