How to make French Cruller Donuts Recipe

Hello, my fellow food enthusiasts! It’s Julia from Dinner with Julia. Today, we’re going to delve into a dessert that has won hearts worldwide – the light and airy French Cruller Donuts.

As a self-proclaimed donut lover, French Cruller Donuts have always been a favorite of mine. The first time I tasted these light, airy pastries with their distinctive ridged surface and sweet glaze, I was hooked. Since then, I’ve been perfecting my recipe and experimenting with different glazes and toppings.

I’ve shared my go-to recipe with you all (if you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out!), but today, we’re going to dive deeper. We’ll discuss some essential cooking tips, serving suggestions, and answer some frequently asked questions about making French Cruller Donuts.

French Cruller Donuts Recipe

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Freshly made French Cruller Donuts, ready to be devoured.

French Cruller Donuts Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine French
Servings 6 people
Calories 500 kcal


  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 pipping bag
  • 1 pan


  • Half cup of butter
  • Eight eggs
  • Two cups of sugar
  • Three cups of flour
  • One cup of milk
  • One tablespoon of baking powder
  • Two tablespoon of sour cream
  • One teaspoon of baking soda
  • Melted chocolate ganache one cup
  • Icing sugar one cup


  • Take a large bowl.
  • Mix all the ingredients well in a large bowl.
  • Form semi-thick dough from the mixture.
  • Heat a pan full of oil.
  • Make a cruller donut like structure.
  • Fry the donuts.
  • Cool down the donuts.
  • Add the icing sugar all over the donuts.
  • Add the chocolate ganache in between the donuts through a
  • pipping bag.
  • Your dish is ready to be served.


Keyword eggs, flour

Baking French Cruller Donuts in an Oven

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Piping the dough with a star-shaped nozzle for the classic cruller shape.

Let’s explore another fun way to prepare our beloved French Cruller Donuts – using an oven. This method is perfect when you’re looking for a healthier alternative to frying.

  • Preheat the Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 450°F (230°C). This ensures that your donuts will bake evenly.
  • Prepare the Donuts: Once your dough is piped into rings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place them in the preheated oven.
  • Bake: Bake for about 5 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350°F (175°C) and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until the donuts are golden brown and puffed up.
  • Cool and Glaze: After removing the donuts from the oven, let them cool before dipping in glaze. Then, serve and enjoy!

Remember, every oven is different, so you might need to adjust the baking time slightly. The key is to look for that beautiful golden-brown color – that’s when you know your French Cruller Donuts are perfectly baked.

Tips for making French Cruller Donuts

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Frying the donuts at the right temperature ensures a golden color and airy texture.

Cooking Tips for French Cruller Donuts

  • The Right Dough: The key to light and airy crullers is choux pastry. It might seem intimidating, but with a little practice, you’ll master it in no time.
  • Piping Technique: Use a star-shaped nozzle to achieve the classic ridged surface of the crullers.
  • Frying Temperature: Maintain the oil temperature at around 375°F (190°C) for perfectly golden donuts.

Serving Suggestions for French Cruller Donuts

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Serving French Cruller Donuts with a scoop of ice cream for a dessert twist.

Serving these delightful pastries is where you can let your creativity shine. Here are some of my favorite ways:

  • Classic Breakfast: Serve them fresh with a hot cup of coffee.
  • Dessert Time: Pair them with a scoop of ice cream for a decadent dessert.
  • Tea Party Delight: Serve them as an elegant tea party snack.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Using an air fryer for a fun and healthier variation of the traditional method.

I often receive questions about this recipe, so let’s address some of the most common ones.

  • Can I bake these instead of frying? Yes, you can! They won’t have the same texture as fried ones, but they’ll still be delicious.
  • Can I make these vegan? Absolutely! There are vegan alternatives available for eggs and butter that work wonderfully.
  • Why are my donuts not airy? This could be due to over-mixing the dough or not frying at the correct temperature.
  • Can I add fillings? Definitely! Try filling them with whipped cream or custard for a delightful surprise.
  • Can I make these in advance? French Cruller Donuts are best served fresh, but you can keep them in an airtight container for up to two days.

Cooking is all about experimentation, and I love trying out new methods. One fun variation I’ve tried is making French Cruller Donuts in an air fryer. It gives them a nice crispy exterior while keeping the inside light and airy.

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