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The tradition of symbolically seeing off the winter, preparing to meet the brightest and most joyful time of the year – spring, exists not only in Russia. In Europe, the main festivities fall on Fat, or Penitential, Tuesday, on the eve of which you need to go to church and repent in order to have fun and overeat with a light heart. The famous Italian and Latin American carnivals are also analogous to our Maslenitsa, although the farewell to winter here lasts a whole month, from January 7th. The French, Belgians, residents of Canadian Ontario arrange their own carnival processions in magnificent vestments and masks – Mardi Gras. In Denmark, Maslenitsa is considered mainly a holiday for children. Kids go out of the house in national costumes and sing funny songs, receiving sweets and homemade sweets as a reward.

The rosy pancake – a symbol of the revived Sun – is also a traditional Maslenitsa dish in different countries. Pancakes are baked in England, Poland, France and even Latin American countries. But in Germany, the farewell to winter is celebrated with an unexpectedly modest table, but on the streets these days a real bacchanalia is happening: the locals dress up as devils, gnomes and other unusual creatures and arrange festive processions.

Let’s try to diversify the traditional Maslenitsa menu and make French pancakes with honey and caramelized apples – crepes.

For them you will need:

  • 2 tbsp. l. natural honey;
  • 4 hard sweet and sour apples;
  • 100 g of butter;
  • 3 eggs;
  • 100 g brown sugar;
  • 350 ml. milk;
  • salt, cinnamon – to taste;
  • 100 g flour;
  • 50 g of cognac (optional).

We clean the apples, remove the core, cut into medium cubes. Melt 50 g of butter in a frying pan, put apples, cover with brown sugar, pour out brandy, sprinkle with cinnamon. Simmer under the lid for 10 minutes on low heat, then open, increase the heat and bring the apples to caramel color (another 10 minutes).

Sift flour, add eggs, honey, salt and mix with a whisk. Gently pour in the milk, continuing to stir. Add 50 g of melted butter, knead well again until smooth and fry thin pancakes. Before serving, wrap pieces of caramelized apples in each pancake.

Honey donuts are a traditional dish in many countries, along with pancakes.

To whip up donuts, we need:

  • 100 ml. liquid honey;
  • 4 eggs;
  • a glass of kefir or yogurt;
  • 3 stacks flour;
  • 3 tbsp. l. sugar (can also be replaced with honey);
  • a bag of vanilla sugar;
  • salt, spices (cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ground ginger) to taste.

Add sugar, eggs, kefir, vanilla sugar to the sifted flour, mix everything. The finished dough should have a thick consistency so that a ball can be easily formed from it. In a saucepan with thick walls, heat the vegetable oil, gently, one by one, dip the balls of dough there and fry until tender. At this time, put a small saucepan on the fire, pour in honey, add spices and heat. Pour donuts with this mixture before serving.