This Austrian-style doughnut is called "Carnival Doughnut" (Faschingskrapfen) because it is most commonly eaten during the carnival season in February. Similar doughnuts were known to the Romans, who called them "globuli" ("little balls"), dipped them in honey and poppy seeds. The Faschingskrapfen were introduced to Austria in the 17th century, supposedly "invented" by a legendary confectionary named Cäcilia Craph. The Vienna Congress was not only the origin of the city&#8242;s obsession with balls, but also responsible for eliminating 10 Million Faschingskrapfen doughnuts in 1814/1815. Back in these days, it was a custom for a couple to share a Faschingskrapfen that the girl would break into halves upon the occasion of publicly announcing their engagement. From austrianrecipes.net.