What am I celebrating tonight?

April 30, 2013


April 30 is Walpurgis Night – the festival exactly 6 month opposite Halloween that marks the beginnings of spring, rather than the harvest season.

St Walburga 3

The holiday is named for St. Walpurga and it originated in northern and central Europe.  Walpurga is the patron saint of those suffering from rabies – make of that what you will.

Traditionally celebrated with dancing and a bonfire, in Scandinavia, there are often fresh funnel cakes to celebrate this night.


Here is a funnel cake recipe from Alton Brown:

Funnel Cake
Prep Time:  10 min

Cook Time:
10 min

Level:  Easy
Serves:  10 cakes

1 cup water
3/4 stick butter (6 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
1 cup eggs, about 4 large eggs and 2 whites
Vegetable oil, for frying
Powdered sugar, for topping


Boil water, butter, sugar, and salt together in a saucepan. Add flour and work it in until it is all incorporated and dough forms a ball. Transfer mixture to the bowl of a standing mixer and let cool for 3 to 4 minutes. With mixer lowest speed, add eggs, 1 at a time, making sure the first egg is completely incorporated before continuing. Once all eggs have been added and mixture is smooth, put dough in a piping bag fitted with a number 12 tip. Heat about 1 1/2 inches of oil in a heavy pan. Pipe dough into oil, making a free-form lattice pattern; cook until browned, flipping once. Remove cake from oil, drain on paper towels, and top with powdered sugar. Continue until all of the batter is used.

Credit:  Alton Brown at Food


  1. A northern version of May Day! Next time I contract rabies I know who to pray to, thanks. 🙂

    • Oh – Walpurga may be powerful, but avoid the rabies whatever you do!

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