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Mardi-gras donuts: traditional carnival recipes in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

In France, Mardi-Gras celebrates the end of winter and the return of fine weather. Custom dictates a fancy-dress parade and plenty of easy-to-make pastries, and every region has its own traditions. Here is our selection of 100% Nouvelle-Aquitaine carnival recipes!

Merveilles, Fontimassous, or Fontimassons

Merveilles

If you had to pick one, this would be THE donut recipe of South-West France! They are quick and easy to make with the kids who’ll love getting to cut the dough with a pastry wheel.
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Bugnes

Bugnes

Eggs, sugar, wheat flour, lemon, Charentes-Poitou AOP butter, a dash of rum, and a spoonful of patience. That’s all you need to make bugnes South-West style. They are crispier than their counterparts from Lyon.
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Carnival Prune Tart

Tarte aux pruneaux de carnaval

One small exception to Limousine’s traditional menu of donuts and other fried pastries. It can be made with puff pastry or brioche, which is more traditional in Limousine.

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Craquelins

These are known as Craquelins, Cartelins or Carquelins. They are traditionally made in southern Poitou and Nord-Charente. They stand out from other carnival treats by being dry and crunchy.

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Tourtisseaux de Niort

Tourtisseaux de Niort

The Poitevin cousin of fontimassous, the difference is a dash of brandy. They make a delicious snack for kids, or a great dessert paired with L’angélique liqueur.

Recipe

Crouchepettes

The Landes’ own donut also goes by the name of Crouchepette or Crespèt in the Béarnais, and it’s a very old recipe. It is a big, airy doughnut, with a texture similar to choux pastry.

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Oreilles d’ours (Bear’s Ears)

Oreilles d’ours

Here’s a recipe from the Pyrenees whose name alone makes you want to try it! They are little fried cakes, and are very crunchy. Make sure you eat them straight away so they stay crispy!

Recipe

So there you go! Now you know all there is to know about carnival cuisine in Nouvelle-Aquitaine... now you just need to find your perfect fancy-dress outfit and join the party!

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