These apple cider crullers are the perfect fall treat! They have a light and airy inside, a crispy outside, and a hint of apple cider flavor. When they’re warm from the fryer, each donut is coated in an apple cider glaze for an extra kick of flavor.
What is a cruller?
A cruller is a fried dough with a twisted design. It can be in a circle, like these apple cider crullers, or straight like a churro. Because these are made with a choux pastry, they are considered French crullers. This makes the process so much quicker as you just make the pastry, pipe it into a circle, and fry it. You don’t have to mess with yeast, proofing, or cutting.
French crullers are left with a light and airy inside with a crisp outside. Since it’s a wet batter, the moisture quickly evaporates as the cruller hits the hot oil. This is what causes the air pockets inside.
Like most fried treats, crullers must be served right away. This is because you will loose that crisp outside the longer it sits. If you need to make them in advance, you can pipe the rings and freeze them until you’re ready to fry.
How to make french crullers
French crullers always start with a choux pastry. This is most commonly used for desserts like cream puffs or beignets. Luckily, it’s very easy to make. You start by heating butter, sugar, milk, and water (or in this case, apple cider). Then add in the flour all at once and quickly stir to incorporate. Keeping the pot on the burner, keep stirring the choux until it forms a large ball. You know it’s done with it start to leave a residue on the bottom of the pot.
Take it off the heat to cool then mix in the eggs one at a time. Using a star tip, pipe the choux pastry in rings onto pre-cut squares of parchment paper. Drop the rings into your hot frying oil, paper and all, and gently remove it once the crullers begin to cook. Once done, transfer the crullers to a drying rack and then dunk in icing. There you have it! Fresh French crullers.
If you’re feeling a little intimidated by these apple cider french crullers, don’t be! They’re much easier to make than they look. But just a fair warning, you won’t be able to keep them around for long as they are highly addictive! If you fry these up, make sure to tag me on Instagram @butternutbakery. It makes me so happy to see your creations! To save this recipe for later, you can use the pin it button the recipe card, above or below this post, or on any of the photos. Happy baking!Print