It's time again for Secret Recipe Club reveal day for my group, Group D! What is Secret Recipe Club? It's a bunch of food bloggers separated into four groups that post once a month on a designated Monday. Each month, we are paired with another foodie from our group secretly (hence the name). We then pick a recipe (or two or more) from that blog and make it. On our reveal day, we reveal whose blog we had and what recipe(s) we chose all at the same time. It's like a Secret Santa every month, but with food and blogs! It's a great deal of fun :)
This month I was assigned to Tara of Tara's Multicultural Table. I have been looking forward to having Tara's blog because I wanted to be a little adventurous. Tara's blog boasts so many different cuisines from Filipino to Greek to Australian and everything in between. I suppose I could have gone and done something more out of my comfort zone, but I was definitely intrigued by the picture for European cuisine on her recipe index [see here].
I did still pick out a few others as a back up, in case I royally screwed up the European recipe. There is Gnocchi Parisienne [French], Lemon Sage Chicken, and Loco Moco [Hawaiian]. Arme Riddere [Norwegian] was almost my pick, but I wasn't sure fresh strawberries would be any good at the store. In the end, I chose the German Berliners. They are these fabulous little German doughnuts, but I must direct you to Tara's post because she talks all about the traditions of Karneval where fried foods, like Berliners, are popular.
Tara had talked about different fillings for these fried pastries, including chocolate and different jams, and that is where I put my little spin on it and used Nutella for my filling. They turned out wonderfully. I used my deep fryer, so they cooked more quickly than if I had done it in a pan..so it really just depends on your method as to how quickly they cook. I always keep an eye on food when I fry it because it's one of those things where one minute they are almost done and you turn back to them and they are way way too fried!
What you need:
- 1 cup warm milk
- 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast
- 3 1/2 cups cake flour
- 3 Tbsp. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3 egg yolks
- Oil for frying (I used vegetable)
- Jam or Nutella for filling
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- In a measuring cup, combine milk and butter. Stir until butter melts. Stir yeast into the milk and butter. Let stand for 10 minutes until foamy.
- In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar, and salt.
- Add milk and egg yolks, and pulse until a smooth dough forms.
- Put the dough into a lightly greased bowl and cover. Let rise for about 1 hour or until doubled.
- Roll dough onto a lightly floured surface - about 1/2 inch thick.
- Cut dough into rounds using a 3-inch "cookie" cutter. Let doughnuts rise for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat oil (in a large saucepan or deep fryer) to between 350* to 375*. Fry doughnuts 3 at a time until they are golden brown on each side.
- Place on a paper towel lined plate. Repeat until all doughnuts are fried.
- With a pastry bag fit with a tip, fill with jam or Nutella.
- Sift powdered sugar on top!
Recipe from Tara's Multicultural Table
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