It was on a sunny but slightly chilly spring morning that Tabitha found that she was running low on rushweed, plantain and wormwood she needed for many of her potions and had to stock up.
She whistled and Blimpy the rat and Jingle Jangle the pony rushed over. After she saddled Jingle Jangle and placed Blimpy on her shoulder, she sat up and off they went.
“What a beautiful morning here in the swamp. A little hazy and foggy, but you can smell it’s going to be a good day. I need some herbs for my healing potions. They’re running out.” she said to her companions as they set off.
After they had ridden for a while on the path leading away from their hut, she suddenly turned and went straight into the thicket. Where she knew the herbs she sought – they were not rare herbs – were to be found in abundance.
A few minutes later, in the undergrowth, Blimpy jumped off her shoulder and ran purposefully in a direction. “Come here, you wild rodent! What’s the matter with you?” she called, jumped off too and followed. Blimpy had found his target. He had stopped and sniffed at a rock covered and surrounded by leaves.
And in fact there was something under the stone, peeping out. What could it be?
“Let me go there, Blimpy. You can’t lift the stone yourself and neither can I really.” She drew her wand, concentrated, and waved it, murmuring “lapis, adsurgere in aere” and the stone began to levitate. With the flick of her wand, she guided the stone aside and dropped it to the ground in one elegant sweep.
“Oh, how beautiful it is! There’s an old leather-bound book lying there! How exciting! What could that be? I’ll take a look!”
She picked up the book, brushed off the dirt and dust that had accumulated over the years and read: “Kochbuch für Backwaren” which translates to “Cookbook for Baked Goods”.
“Composed by monk Kunibert, anno domini 1532” it said on the cover.
“Oh how exciting. New recipes for my kitchen. I wonder what’s in there?” She turned to a page at random and there it was…
“Gefüllte Krapfen” – “Jelly Donut with Slime”
(Also known as “Berliner”, “Kreppel” or “Puffel”)
And Tabitha read:
30 grams of yeast
150 grams of sugar
1 pinch(s) of salt
1 tbsp lemon zest, untreated, grated
60 grams of margarine
Oil (sunflower oil) for frying
125 g jam for filling
Sift the flour, make a well in it. Crumble in the yeast, mix with a little lukewarm milk and 1 teaspoon of sugar, leave to rest for 15 minutes. Knead with the remaining milk, 40 g sugar, salt, lemon zest, melted margarine and egg, leave to rise for 20 minutes.
Form a thick roll of dough, divide into 16 pieces and form into donuts. Heat enough oil in the fryer to 170°C, bake the baked goods in it for 3 minutes with the lid on and then uncovered.
Drain on kitchen paper. Using a piping bag with a long nozzle, pipe the jam into the donuts and roll in the remaining sugar.
Tabitha was overjoyed. She closed the book, swung onto Jingle Jangle, forgot the herbs, forgot about Blimpy and headed straight back to her hut to bake some delicious Jelly donuts – with slime