Saturday, May 26

Traditional recipe Mardi Gras! Long live the donuts

Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Apple fritters, churros, Traditional recipe

Mardi Gras is traditionally the day children dress up and eat some popular pastries like donuts. Each region has its recipe: wonders, bugnes, ears, loops … with a perfume of its choice (lemon, orange …)

Traditional recipe :

  • 250g of flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 50 g of butter
  • 50 g of sugar
  • 1/4 of baking powder
  • Jam (of your choice: strawberries, apricots, raspberries etc.)
  • Icing sugar
  • Frying oil

Form a well with the flour then pour the yeast, the sugar, a pinch of salt and the ointment butter. Mix and add the whole eggs. Stir and form a ball of dough that you will leave in the fridge for 2 hours. Heat the cooking oil to 180 °. To check the temperature, it’s easy: pour a drop of dough in the oil, at 180 ° C, the drop of dough falls to the bottom and goes back immediately. Spread the dough on a work surface to form a layer that is not too thin or too thick. Cut out small rectangles and cut the inside slightly. Then plunge into the frying and turn to brown the other side. Drain and top with jam.

Apple fritters

  • 4 apples (according to your tastes)
  • 250g of flour
  • 60 g of sugar
  • 20 cl of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Salt
  • Frying oil

In a salad bowl, pour the flour. Form a well and pour in milk, sugar, yeast, a pinch of salt and 2 egg yolks. Mix until you get a smooth dough. Let stand 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Beat the egg whites and gently add them to the dough. Next, peel the apples and cut out slices half a centimeter thick (they should not be too thin). Heat the frying oil (it is hot enough when the donuts come back to the surface). Dip the slices of apple into the dough and drop them immediately in the oil. Turn the donuts over when they are golden with a slotted spoon. Then put the donuts on paper towels. Sprinkle with a little icing sugar before serving.

You can vary by replacing apples with bananas or pineapple.

churros

Cousins of our donuts, churros are very popular in Spain. It is also found in carnivals in France. They are elongated donuts, fried and sweet dough. In Spain, they are usually dipped in hot chocolate very thick and little sweet.

  • 200 g flour
  • 100 g of butter
  • 40 g of sugar
  • 25 cl of milk
  • 3 whole eggs
  • A pinch of salt

Melt the butter in the milk with the pinch of salt and sugar. Bring to a boil then, out of the fire, pour the flour. Stir vigorously until the dough comes off the sides of the pan. Return to high heat for a few minutes, stirring to dry the dough. Let cool. Then add the eggs as you go and mix. Put some dough in a piping bag and use a fairly large star tip. Heat frying oil to 160 ° C then form dough sticks by pouring directly into the oil (use a pair of scissors to detail the sticks). Fry 5 minutes turning the churros. Place them on paper towels and sprinkle with sugar. Enjoy hot.