Berliner (Pfannkuchen): Jelly-filled Donuts

    These sweet donuts are delicious and especially popular at New Year's Eve Parties.

    • 2 (1⁄4-ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
    • 3⁄4 cup lukewarm milk
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
    • 1⁄3 cup sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • Zest of 1 organic lemon
    • 1⁄2 cup raspberry, currant, or plum jelly
    • Vegetable oil (corn or peanut) for deep-frying
    • Confectioners’ sugar

    1. For the dough: Combine the yeast with the milk in a small bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes until frothy.

    2. Mix the flour and salt. In a large bowl, mix the yeast mixture with the melted butter. Gradually add the flour mixture, then the sugar, eggs, and lemon zest and knead into a smooth dough in a food processor with a dough blade or using the kneading attachment of an electric mixer. The dough should easily detach from the sides of the bowl. Cover and let stand for 1 hour.

    3. Divide the dough in half. Roll the first half about 1⁄4 inch thick on a floured work surface. Mark 3-inch circles, using a glass or a cup. Place a teaspoon of jelly in the center of each circle.

    4. Roll the other half of the dough and carefully align it neatly on top of the first half. Cut out circles with the 3-inch glass, centering the glass on each protruding jelly filling. Gently press the edges of the circles together to seal. You will have dough left over from in-between the circles and at the edges—roll it again and proceed the same way until all the dough is used

    5. Place the donuts on a large floured board and let them rise for another 30 minutes.

    6. Heat the oil to 370 degrees F in a deep-fryer or a large saucepan. The oil needs to be hot enough to sizzle a breadcrumb. Carefully lower the donuts into the hot oil, a few at a time, and fry on both sides until they puff and turn golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.

    7. While still warm, dust the donuts with confectioners’ sugar, using a flour sifter or a fine sieve. Serve within a

    Makes 32 donuts

    © 2013, Spoonfuls of Germany by Nadia Hassani