Crullers!

debrak2008January 27, 2014

I made crullers for the first time trying to duplicate how my Grandmother made them.

Here is the recipe.

My mother told me what she could remember. The hardest part was finding pure lard. Finally found Morrell snow cap lard which while not completely pure, its the best that was available.

Prep

I learned lard melts fast and doesn't smell good, at least to me.

Mixing

I had no easy way to determine the temp of the oil so some cooked faster than others. The first ones started out 6" but I quickly found that to be too big to handle.

First ones out of the pot.

After cooled completely I put 50/50 granulated sugar and confectionary sugar in a lunch paper bag. Added a few at a time and shook. Also did some with some cinnamon added to the sugar.

They were delicious and the lard really makes the taste. Everyone at the family party on Sunday really enjoyed them. Now considering buying a deep fryer.

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kitchendetective

Congratulations! So glad that you reported the results.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 3:33PM
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annie1992

Yum, Debrak, I sure wouldn't turn one of those down. I'm happy that they turned out well for you, and that your family enjoyed them.

I don't have a deep fryer, BTW. All the ones tested and reviewed just don't get hot enough or stay consistent enough. I fry in a deep cast iron dutch oven, it holds the heat well but you have to have a good thermometer.

Annie

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 6:20PM
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debrak2008

I know my grandmother cooked on gas and used a cast iron skillet. I have a glass top electric and can't use cast iron. I used a pot instead of a pan as I didn't want hot oil splattering out.

Are there special thermometers for oil? While not perfect I would think a somewhat decent deep fryer would be more consistent and hotter than what I can do in my pot.

I'll have to think about the deep fryer thing.

Any suggestions about future cruller making are appreciated. I wish I could share crullers with everyone here!

This post was edited by debrak2008 on Tue, Jan 28, 14 at 9:51

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 6:42PM
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cloud_swift

I don't deep fry often, but when I do, I use a wok. The bottom is narrow enough to get enough depth of oil without too much oil and the flaring sides catch most of the splatters.

I use a thermapen to monitor the temp often or use a digital thermometer that holds onto the side of the pan (sometimes that gets in the way which is why I use the thermapen). If I fried more often, I'd probably be able to tell the temp well enough by the way the oil and food in it was behaving.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 8:04PM
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annie1992

I just have a candy thermometer that I clip to the side of the pan, it's a Taylor and I paid less than $10 for it, but it works fine.

Annie

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 9:11PM
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twoyur

I know that cookbook

There are at least two different editions here.

That recipe is the one my mother used also

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 9:19PM
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melissaki5

Debrak, I am literally craving one of those crullers right now they look fabulous. Since you said you were thinking of purchasing a deep fryer I figured I'd give you thoughts on mine. We deep fry turkeys every year for Thanksgiving. We used to use one of those big deep pots on top of a flame connected to a propane tank. A few years ago we decided to invest in a butterball/masterbuilt indoor electric turkey fryer. We use it in the garage, but it is safe for indoor use. It does a great job and while we almost never fry foods, we do occasionally make chicken wings in it and it has worked really well for that. It does only heat to 375 which would meet your needs for the crullers but maybe not for everything. I don't know what other home fryers can be set to. One plus is it can be used as a steamer also if you fill it with water instead of oil, I have not tried this function though. While it is around $100 at most stores, I did a quick check of completed listings on ebay and have seen new ones go for as low as $50, so deals can be had.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 3:08AM
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debrak2008

Here is a photo of the cover of the cookbook.

Is this your book twoyur? I dropped the book of this week to be repaired. The cover is completely off. The place is going to replace the cover and try to replicate the look of it. They will save the original cover for me to keep. I feel bad about the original cover being replaced but the book is not useable like it is. The pages will soon start to fall out if not repaired properly. The book was published for 1939 - 1943.

Thanks for the tips about the thermometers, wok, and deep fryer. A $10 thermometer might be a good place to start.

Melissa, I know deep fryer turkeys is very popular. We have a wood pellet grill that we do our turkeys on.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 10:00AM
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malna

I know how much effort (and how many miles :-) you put into those crullers - they look delicious and I'm so glad everyone enjoyed them.

I have that same yellow Pyrex bowl - I swear everything tastes better made in those vintage bowls.

Re: deep fryers - we have a Waring Pro as we do deep fry a couple of times a month (fries, doughnuts, fish, chicken). Ours is 7 years old, still works like a champ and I've been really happy with it. Also uses very little oil. Everything except the control panel/heating element fits in the dishwasher, so cleanup is very easy. I know ours is long discontinued, but I'll have to go look and see the comparable model for sale these days.

Again, congratulations on the crullers :-)

    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 3:46PM
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debrak2008

Malna, funny about that yellow bowl. When we first moved in our house over 25 years ago we had been married 1 1/2 years. About a month after moving in I hosted an informal baby shower for my SIL. Many people brought food. At the end that bowl was left. We asked everyone and they all said it wasn't theirs. I have kept it and use it regularly. I will pass that bowl on to my DD.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 6:35PM
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Georgysmom

Haven't had crullers in years. They look and sound wonderful! For frying crullers, I think you could get away with an electric fry pan. I've done egg rolls in one although I agree a wok is goodâ¦not the electric wok a regular one.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 7:24PM
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netla

Debra, I have a copy of this book, only mine is in pristine condition and seems not to have been used much, if at all. I think it's a pity because there are some really nice recipes in it.

The crullers look nice and I bet they tasted heavenly with the lard. They are much lighter in colour than the ones I am used to.

Here is a link that might be useful: Crullers

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 4:57AM
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ann_t

Debra I wouldn't mind one of your crullers with my morning coffee.

Also, I deep fry in a cast iron pot, on a glass top range. I use my cast iron often. It has never been a problem.

~Ann

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 9:17AM
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debrak2008

Some of them came out darker. The photo was the first batch. After that I made them smaller so they didn't break apart. I think a thermometer would make them come out more even.

I always thought cast iron on a glass top was a no no. I have some scratches on the surface now and I don't know where they came from. Something to check into!

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 10:21AM
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angelaid

"I have a glass top electric and can't use cast iron."

I am so surprised to see that so often. I'm with Ann. I've been using cast iron on my glass top for years and never had a problem.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 1:44PM
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debrak2008

I used to have some cast iron pans when I had an old coil top electric range. I have since gotten rid of these pans but I remember them being somewhat rough on the bottom. I have scratches on my glass top now and and I am very careful. I can't imagine what those rough pans would do to the surface. Are the new cast iron pans different?

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 5:22PM
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dcarch7

""I have a glass top electric and can't use cast iron."
I am so surprised to see that so often. I'm with Ann. I've been using cast iron on my glass top for years and never had a problem."

Cast iron have crystals of silicone carbide, which is almost as hard a s diamond. Carbide can scratch glass easily.

It is a good idea to use fine grit silicone carbide sandpaper, or a carborundum grinding stone, or a diamond grinding stone to smooth the bottom of heavy cast iron cookware if you have a glass top range.

dcarch

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 7:22PM
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linnea56

debrak, it's off topic, but how did you find a place to rebind your book? I have a cookbook my aunt gave me at least 35 years ago that also needs rebinding. I don't even know how to start.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 12:28PM
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ann_t

I don't know about new cast iron, but mine are from the 1940's. Any pot will scratch the surface if you are not careful. I have a few scratches too but they were not from the cast iron.

Netla, welcome back. It has been a while since you have posted. Missed you.

~Ann

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 1:14PM
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debrak2008

linelle, "I googled Buffalo NY book repair". Found a website that said they repair old books. I called and they said they could do it. BTW its costing $45 for a new cover and binding. The cover, lettering, and inside page will be close to the original. Not exact, but similar.

I attached the website to show you what kind of business it is to help you find one close to you.

Here is a link that might be useful: quality bindery

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 1:26PM
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linnea56

Thank you! I told my adult kids I wanted it done for Christmas, but it didn't happen :( Now it's up to me!

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 1:42PM
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debrak2008

I'm sorry I just realized I called you linelle.

Linnea56, I will post a photo when I get it back (2 to 3 weeks). Let me know how yours turns out.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 2:18PM
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twoyur

I have my mother's and my grandmother's versions of the book. Both versions are similar to each other. When I was looking on eBay for a copy for a sibling of my mother's I used to ask if a certain recipe was on a certain page. When someone said it was I purchased it.

Funny part about the two I have is both have hand written notes in them about recipes . Written by my mother and grandmother the cruller recipe is well used in both books. At least that's what the grease stains on the pages indicate .

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 9:57AM
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