French Crullers

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 4 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3eggs
  • 1 ½ tablespoons shortening
  • 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cream
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Put 4 tablespoons sugar, salt, shortening and orange rind in saucepan with 1 cup hot water.Bring to a boil. Mix in 1 cup of flour.Cook until thick, stirring constantly.Remove from heat, and cool slightly. Beat in one egg at a time, beating each one in thoroughly before adding another.

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  • Step 2

    Using a rose tip, press dough through pastry bag, in desired shape, onto a well-greased square of heavy paper.Turn paper upside down and let crullers drop into deep, hot fat (375 degrees F – 190 degrees C).Fry until well puffed up and golden brown in color, about 6 to 7 minutes.Drain on unglazed paper.Ice with confectioners’ frosting.

  • Step 3

    To Make Frosting:Cream 1 1/2 tablespoons shortening and continue creaming while slowly adding sugar.Add cream, salt, and vanilla and mix smooth.

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