|¾ cup||Lukewarm water|
|2||Envelopes active dry yeast|
|4 cups||Flour, plus additional 2 Tbsp if necessary|
|2 larges||Egg yolks|
|7 tablespoons||Unsalted butter, at room temperature|
|5 cups||Oil, for deep frying, more may be necessary|
|¼ cup||Apricot preserves, or strawberry preserves, if preferred|
|Confectioners' sugar, sifted, for sprinkling|
from <<Faye Levy's International Jewish Cookbook>> Fluffy doughnuts without holes are known by many names: Bismarck Jelly Doughnuts, Krapfen, & in France, Boule de Berlin. Austrian bakers probably brought them to Israel & now they rival latkes in popularity as Chanukah food. Other common flavorings besides brandy include vanilla, grated lemon rind, cinnamon & nutmeg.
Pour ½ cup water into a small bowl. Sprinkle yeast on top & add 1 tsp sugar. Let stand 10 minutes.
Spoon flour into large bowl. Make a well in center & add remaining sugar, eggs, yolks, butter, brandy, remaining water & salt. Mix with dough hook or wooden spoon until ingredients are blended. Add yeast mixture & mix until ingredients come together as a dough. Beat or knead by hand for 5 minutes.
If dough is sticky, add 2 tbsp flour. Knead 5-10 minutes more until very smooth.
Put dough in a clean oiled bowl & turn to cover with oil. Cover with a damp cloth & let rise in a warm place 1 to 1½ hours or until doubled in volume.
Roll out half the dough on a floured surface until ¼ inch thick, flouring dough occasionally. Cut dough in rounds with 2 ½ - 3 inch cutter. Put ½ tsp preserves on center of half of the rounds. Brush rim of round lightly lightly with water, then set a plain round on top. With floured fingers, press dough firmly all around to seal it. Transfer gently back into a round shape. Continue with remaining dough. Cover pastries with a slightly damp cloth & let rise in a warm place about 30 minutes.
Knead the scraps of dough, put them in oiled bowl, cover with damp cloth & let stand for 30 minutes.
Heat oil to 350° or until it boils gently around a small piece piece of dough added to it. Add 4 doughnuts & fry about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Pat tops gently with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
Make additional doughnuts with scraps if you like -- they won't be quite as fluffy, but still good.
Serve warm or at room temperature, sprinkled with confectioners' sugar.
Don't serve immediately because jam is boiling hot.
Posted to JEWISH-FOOD digest V96 #79 Date: Sun, 17 Nov 96 10:31:24 CST From: bgl@... (Barbara Leass)
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