The Berliner is a wonderfully soft doughnut (without the center hole) with a delicious raspberry jam heart under the pink sugar coating.

It is of Austro-German origin and is called Berliners already in the 1800s, based on the legend of a patriotic baker from Berlin who was a field baker for the Prussian regiment after he was turned down for military service. When the army was in the field, he “baked” the doughnuts the old-fashioned way, by frying them over an open fire. According to the tale, the soldiers called the pastry Berliner after the baker’s hometown. This cherished bakery is called the Berliner Pfannkuchen or simply Berliner in German, Krapfen in Austrian German and Berlinerbol in Dutch.