Saturday, March 24, 2012

French Cruller Donuts

Donut Recipe

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 whole eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 cups flour

  1. Pour water into a pot.
  2. Add the butter and sugar into the water.  Stir the mixture a little to dissolve the sugar but there no need to break up the butter since it will melt.
  3. Put the pot on high heat until the mixture comes to a boil.  You don't need to stir too often, just wait until it comes to a boil.
  4. Lower the heat to medium.
  5. Add the flour into the pot and stir, and stir, and stir.  This is the hard part.  
  6. Keep stirring the mixture until a think film of dough sticks to the bottom of the pot.
  7. Place the dough into the mixer while still hot.
  8. Mix the dough until it cools down.  There will be steam rising from the dough.  When there's almost no more steam, then it's ready for the eggs.
  9. Add an egg into the dough.  Wait until the egg is fully mixed in.
  10. Add the other eggs one at a time, always waiting until the egg is fully mixed in.
  11. After the whole eggs are incorporated into the dough, then add the additional egg whites.  The dough should be softer and smoother now, soft enough to put into a pastry bag.
  12. Prepare a pastry bag with a 1M tip.
  13. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper coated with oil.
  14. Pipe donut circles into the baking sheet.
  15. Cut the parchment paper so that each donut is in it's own square.
  16. Prepare a pot of oil, bring it to 350 degrees then put the heat to medium.
  17. Drop one donut circle into the oil, carefully pulling the parchment paper off.
  18. Cook the donut until golden brown on each side.
  19. Remove the cooked donut and place into a cooling rack.
  20. You can then glaze or sugar the donut with your choice of glaze or sugar.  Two of our favorite recipes are below.

Glaze Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsp milk

Cinnamon Sugar Recipe

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup sugar

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