Saturday, November 05, 2011

Recipe for Crullers: A Traditional Holiday Food

Chocolate Cruller
We celebrate the doughnut every November 5th, on Doughnut Appreciation Day! This post is a cruller doughnut recipe continued from the article crullers-or-twisters. Read about who eats this as a celebration food.

A cruller is a type of doughnut. It is often covered in or topped with icing, which may be chocolate. It is often twisted (rather than round) in shape and unraised. The word comes from early 19th century Dutch kruller, from krullen "to curl." Found in many countries including the United States. wikipedia definition

Ingredients (twisted crullers)

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) butter
  • 1 cup (240ml) granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 4 cups (950ml) sifted all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (240ml) milk
  • Fat for deep frying
  • Confectioners' sugar

 

Procedure

  1. Cream butter and sugar; add eggs.
  2. Sift flour with baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. Add alternately with milk. Chill dough.
  3. Roll out 1/4 inch (0.75cm) thick. Cut dough into strips 1 x 8 inches (2.5cm x 20cm).
  4. Fold each strip in half lengthwise; twist several times and pinch ends together.
  5. Deep fry and flip over in hot fat 380 °F (200c) on a frying thermometer until brown.
  6. Drain on absorbent paper and cool. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

 

Ingredients (round crullers)

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) shortening
  • 1 cup (240ml) boiling water
  • 1 cup (240ml) sifted all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fat for deep frying
  • Confectioners' sugar frosting

 

Procedure

  1. Combine sugar, salt, shortening, and boiling water in a saucepan.
  2. Mix and bring to a rapid boil.
  3. Add flour all at once and mix and cook until thickened, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat. Add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition. Add vanilla.
  5. Force mixture through pastry tube onto greased paper, forming circles.
  6. Heat fat to 375 °F (195c) on frying thermometer.
  7. Carefully turn paper upside down so crullers will drop into fat. Deep fry and flip over until golden brown.
  8. Spread with thin confectioners' sugar frosting. Makes about 1 dozen.
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