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  • Writer's pictureTommy Centola

King Cake Croissant Doughnuts

Cronuts were the latest crazy years ago. Why not decorate these gems in Mardi Gras colors? Here's a shortcut recipe to achieve these tasty gems.

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup cake flour

1 cup plus 3 tablespoons milk, divided

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

4 large egg yolks

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Canola oil for frying

3 (8-ounce) cans very cold crescent dough sheets

1 cup powdered sugar

Purple, green and yellow colored sugars

In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar and flour. Add 1 cup milk and salt, whisking until smooth. Bring to a low boil over medium heat.

IN a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks. Gradually add half of the hot milk mixture to egg mixture, whisking constantly. Whisk egg mixture into remaining hot milk into saucepan. Cook, whisking constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat; whisk in butter and vanilla. Let stand for 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl, and press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto surface of custard to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until cold. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a Wilton #12 tip.

Place a wire rack over several layers of appear towels. In a large Dutch oven, pour oil to a depth of 4 inches, and heat over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 360℉.

Unroll dough, and lay 3 sheets of dough one on top of another. Fold in each side to meet in middle. Using a 2 1/2-inch round cutter, cut 6 rounds. Using a 1/2-inch round cutter, cut centers from each round. Carefully add doughnuts to hot oil. 2 to 3 at a time. Fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes, turning halfway through. Let drain on prepared rack, and let cool for 10 minutes. Using piping bag, fill doughnuts with custard.

In a small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and remaining 2 tablespoons milk until smooth. Dip doughnuts in glaze. Sprinkle with colored sugars.


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