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Strawberry Glazed French Crullers

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French cruller style donuts covered in light pink colored strawberry glaze
Jennifer Switzer

Recipe by: Jennifer Switzer

@beyond.the.butter

Take your donut game to the next level with this lactose-free French crullers recipe. Light, airy, and coated in sweet strawberry glaze, these French crullers make the perfect fancy lactose-free breakfast treat.

Servings
18
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
24 min
Total Time
54 min
Ingredients

For the French Crullers

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½ cup water

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½ cup unsalted butter

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2 tablespoons granulated sugar

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½ teaspoon salt

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1 ⅓ cups bread flour

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4 large eggs

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Vegetable or canola oil for frying (enough for a deep fryer or to fill a deep skillet half way)

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For the Strawberry Glaze

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2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

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¼ cup fresh strawberries, cut and mashed or pureed

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For the Strawberry Sugar (Optional)

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½ cup freeze dried strawberries, processed into fine strawberry bits

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¼ cup granulated sugar

 
 
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Directions

For the French Crullers

  1. Cut parchment paper into 18, 4”x 4” squares. Using a glass, trace a circle roughly 3 -3 ½ inches in diameter onto each one (optional). Set aside.
  2. Add the water, LACTAID® Lactose-Free Whole Milk, unsalted butter, granulated sugar, and salt to a medium-size saucepan. Stirring together over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil, being careful that it doesn’t boil over the top.
  3. Remove the mixture from heat and add in the bread flour, stirring vigorously with a wooden spoon until well combined. Then return to a medium-high heat to continue to stir and press into the sides of the pan until the paste is thick and smooth. If you’re using a non-stick pan, it should easily pull away from the sides of the saucepan leaving no film.
  4. Transfer to a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat the mixture on medium speed until all of the steam dissipates and the batter and has cooled slightly (about 4-5 minutes).
  5. Add in the eggs one at a time, making sure each egg has fully absorbed into the batter. Scrape down the sides the bowl in between adding each egg. The batter will be ready for piping when it is smooth and glossy in appearance and thick, and elastic-like in texture. You can test this in two ways: lift up your paddle attachment from the batter. It should form a V shape without breaking. The other way is to take some of the batter between your pointer finger and thumb, stretching it out to about 1-2 inches. If it doesn’t break it’s good to go.
  6. Transfer the dough into a large piping bag fitted with the large star decorating tip. Lightly spray a large baking sheet with baking spray. Then place each parchment square onto the baking sheet and lightly spray with the baking spray. Make sure to place the parchment paper squares pen or pencil marking side down.
  7. Pipe a ring of dough onto each square, making sure to close each circle. Set to the side.
  8. Prep your deep fryer, deep skillet, or large saucepan, heating the oil to 370 degrees F. If using a deep skillet or saucepan, fill pan halfway with at least 2”-3” of oil and use a candy or digital thermometer to monitor the temperature.
  9. Place 2-3 crullers, paper-side up, into the oil. Let the crullers fry for about 45 seconds before removing the paper with tongs.
  10. Fry each cruller for 2-3 minutes per side, or until medium-golden brown. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, carefully remove the crullers from the oil and place onto a wire cooling rack that's lined with paper-towels to cool and drain. You can also have a large baking sheet underneath the paper towels.
  11. When crullers are somewhat cool to the touch, dip them into the strawberry glaze, sprinkle with strawberry sugar, then place back onto the cooling rack.
  12. These strawberry glazed French crullers are best enjoyed immediately, but can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 additional day.

For the Strawberry Glaze

  1. Using a food chopper or processor, puree the sliced strawberries. Set to the side.
  2. In a medium-size mixing bowl, add in the sifted powdered sugar, fresh pureed strawberries, and LACTAID® Lactose-Free Whole Milk. Start with 3 tablespoons and, if needed, add in the additional tablespoon.
  3. Whisk together until well blended.

For the Strawberry Sugar (Optional)

  1. Using a food chopper or processor, process the freeze-dried strawberries into fine bits. Add in the granulated sugar and pulse to combine. Can be stored in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 donut

Amount Per Serving

Calories 277
Total Fat 19g
Saturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 56mg
Sodium 124mg
Total Carbohydrate 26g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 18g
Protein 3g
Calcium 23mg
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Take your donut game to the next level with this lactose-free French crullers recipe. Light, airy, and coated in sweet strawberry glaze, these French crullers make the perfect fancy lactose-free breakfast treat.

Yield: 18 Servings
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