Cinnamon Sugar Crullers

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 10 to 12 crullers
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Ingredients

Cinnamon Sugar:

1 cup sugar

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Crullers:

1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 cup water

1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter

1 tablespoon sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

3 large eggs

1 large egg white, lightly beaten

1 lemon, zested

About 2 quarts vegetable oil

Nonstick baking spray

Directions

Special equipment:
a deep-fry thermometer
  1. For the cinnamon sugar: Whisk the sugar and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl until combined. Set aside.
  2. For the crullers: Bring the milk, water, butter, sugar and salt just to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat and stir together. Add the flour and quickly stir it in with a silicone spatula or wooden spoon. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 3 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
  3. Starting on speed one, beat the mixture for a few minutes until cooled slightly. Add the eggs and egg white, one at a time, allowing the egg to fully incorporate before adding the next. Add the lemon zest and mix to incorporate. Scrape the batter from the paddle attachment, then using a silicone or rubber spatula, scrape the sides of the bowl to make a smooth batter. Let the batter sit while preparing the oil.
  4. Heat the oil in a large (6-quart) Dutch oven or tabletop fryer to 360 degrees F. Cut a sheet of parchment paper into ten to twelve 3-by-3-inch squares. Lay the papers on a baking sheet and spray lightly with nonstick baking spray. Fit a large star tip into a piping bag and fill with the cruller batter. Pipe a uniform circle onto each parchment square, overlapping the batter as you finish the circle.
  5. Once the oil has reached temperature, carefully place 3 of the crullers into the oil, batter-side down. Remove each of the parchment squares with tongs. Fry on the first side until the batter starts to erupt on the top, about 5 minutes. Flip over with tongs and fry on the second side until golden brown, another 5 minutes. Remove from the oil and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Toss the hot crullers immediately in the cinnamon sugar. Repeat with the remaining crullers.
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