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How to make Germany's favorite donut - The Berliner.

If you've ever visited Germany, you may have noticed a pastry that's as ubiquitous as it is delicious - the Berliner. This round, jelly-filled donut is a favorite among Germans and has become a popular treat around the world. But what exactly is a Berliner, and how can you make one at home?

First, let's take a closer look at what makes a Berliner so special. Unlike many other donuts, Berliners are typically made with a sweet yeast dough that's light and fluffy. The dough is then formed into rounds, fried until golden brown, and filled with a fruity jam or jelly. Finally, they're dusted with powdered sugar for a sweet finish.

To make your own Berliners at home, you'll need a few key ingredients. Here's what you'll need:

  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of whole milk
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • Raspberry or strawberry jam
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Once you've gathered your ingredients, it's time to get started. Here's a step-by-step guide to making Berliners:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.

  2. In a separate bowl, warm the milk and water until they're about 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

  3. Add the milk mixture, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients, and mix until a dough forms.

  4. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes, or until it's smooth and elastic.

  5. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about an hour.

  6. Once the dough has risen, roll it out to about 1/2 inch thickness.

  7. Use a round cookie cutter or cup to cut out circles of dough.

  8. Place the circles on a greased baking sheet, cover with a towel, and let them rise for another 30 minutes.

  9. Heat about 2 inches of canola oil in a large pot or Dutch oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  10. Fry the dough circles in batches, flipping them once, until they're golden brown on both sides.

  11. Remove the Berliners from the oil with a slotted spoon and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to cool.

  12. Once the Berliners are cool enough to handle, use a piping bag to fill them with jam.

  13. Dust the Berliners with powdered sugar, and serve immediately.

And there you have it - your very own Berliners! While they may take a bit of time and effort to make, there's nothing quite like biting into a warm, jam-filled Berliner straight from the fryer. Whether you're enjoying them in Germany or from the comfort of your own kitchen, these donuts are sure to become a new favorite treat.

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