Verwurrelter Tasty pastry knots for carnival

Verwurrelter are sweet treats that are traditionally eaten during the Luxembourg carnival season, known as Fuesent. The name of these fried pastry knots sprinkled with icing sugar "Verwurrelt Gedanken" (literally: scrambled thoughts) comes from the puzzled thoughts allegedly inspired by carnival. ​ 

Much like Nonnefäscht fritters, Verwurrelter are sweet pastries that are characteristic of Luxembourg's carnival time. These light and airy pastry knots are an absolute must!


  • 500g flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 125 ml cream
  • 125g butter
  • 125 g sugar
  • 1 sachet of vanilla sugar
  • 3/4 sachet of baking powder
  • Icing sugar to sprinkle on top
  • Deep-frying fat


  1. Beat the eggs and sugar until frothy.
  2. Add the cream and soft butter.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and vanilla sugar, and knead together to form a smooth dough. The dough shouldn't be too firm or too sticky. You should be able to roll it out without it sticking.
  4. Roll out the dough to a thickness of approx. 1 cm then cut into strips of 12 x 1.5 cm. Roll the strips gently and shape them into a knot.
  5. Heat the fat to 170°-180°C and deep fry the knots until golden brown.
  6. Remove the knots and leave them to cool on some kitchen roll.
  7. Sprinkle them with icing sugar while they are still warm.



"Regional and seasonal" is the motto of Jeia, the author of the blog. Her blog features recipes using ingredients from your own garden, the great outdoors or local farms, as well as gift ideas from the garden and tips on reusing leftovers.

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