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Krofne Donuts

Belinda Neame

It was an email that started the obsession.

With the simple subject line, ‘Krofne Donuts’, I may have set a world record for email opening. Donuts! Are you kidding me? MY. BIGGEST. WEAKNESS.

Within days, a delivery was made to the HerCanberra office. The box was full to the brim with hot, fresh, Krofne Donuts, some oozing with berry jam; others, Nutella.

To say I was popular in the office that day is an understatement.

These little balls of happiness are the brainchild of Danijela Vrkic, founder and owner of Krofne Donuts.

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“Krofne are a Croatian yeast raised donuts, amazingly light and fluffy and filled with jam or Nutella,” says Danijela, telling me that the recipe she uses stems back for four generations.

“Our recipe has been handed down by my Grandmother on my Mother’s side. There are many recipes for Krofne but not like the one we use.”

“Our family recipe has not been altered in any way and my family has been sworn to secrecy!”

Taught by her mother, Danjiela knows how to achieve the perfect dough consistency. Preparing the dough the night before ensures the freshness and quality product in the morning. The dough is made up of six ingredients only and is made to prevent it from soaking up oil during frying.

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Danijela and her team use the finest of ingredients and source both local and regional products for the donuts. Long Paddock Eggs, flour from Ben Furney Flour Mills and Hanks Jams are just some of their suppliers.

But there’s a lot more to Krofne than just the donuts. Danjiela and her husband John have three children: Claudia, Olivia and Anthony.

“We had the recipe, saw a niche in the market, and thought that it would be a great opportunity for our son Anthony who has Down Syndrome to get involved and learn new skills, as post-school options for children with special needs are very limited,” says Danijela.

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Anthony works every week with the family for a couple of hours at the Old Bus Depot Markets on Sundays. He absolutely loves it and he also loves his Nutella Krofne!

In terms of flavours, you can currently choose from Krofne’s Triple Berry Jam or Nutella. They sell for $3.50 each, three for $10 or five for $15 (you’ll want to go with the later option!).

You can find Krofne Donuts every week at the Old Bus Depot Markets from 10am to 4pm where they are made hot to order. Or you can find them weekdays at Hideout in Barton or Harvest in the city.

And the verdict from the HerCanberra team – decadent, luscious, moreish, gooey, and so goooooooood!

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What: Krofne Donuts
Where: As above
Contact: [email protected]
Web: facebook.com/pg/krofnecbr or instagram.com/krofnecbr

All images by Tim Bean Photography

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Belinda Neame

Belinda is HerCanberra's Production Manager. A foodie and lover of handmade, Belinda enjoys nothing more than a good coffee and seeing Canberra businesses thrive. In her 'spare time', Belinda organises the quarterly Canberra street food event, The Forage with her husband Tim. More about the Author