This post is sponsored by The National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association, also known as NFRA. March is National Frozen Food Month, and I pulled the best thing out of my freezer to celebrate–puff pastry! And then I deep-fried it. Oops.
My love for puff pastry just reached new heights. (The height of a stack of donuts, of course).
Puff pastry is the buttery rich little dough that bakes up shiny and golden brown, it fries up puffy and light, and it shatters at the touch of a fork when you devour it. If I had to live the rest of my life with only one dough, puff pastry would be my choice.
I am so very glad I always have a box of Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry in the freezer. Especially on Sunday mornings.
Why Sunday morning? Well, in a word: DONUTS.
Puffy, crispy, flaky fried little donuts!
And so easy, too! Just 6 ingredients, including the glaze!
Actually, these are so easy that I added them to the weeknight dinner rotation the last time I made breakfast for dinner. These easy fried donuts were our dessert that night!
We’ve long debated the proper donut serving size for two people on this site. I want to say that a half dozen donuts is slightly too much for two people, but we never have any leftovers!
I even let baby Camille have half of a donut. Her little eyes lit up at the sight of the hot pink frosting. She licked her little fingers and smiled.
If you’ve ever had a cronut, the texture to these donuts is similar. They shatter at first bite and the layers melt in your mouth. They’re not at all cake-y; they’re light and crisp. I rolled them in sugar when they came out of the fry oil, but it’s entirely optional.
The mixed berry glaze on top is made up of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Use your favorite berry, or a mix of all 3!
Once you try these puff pastry donuts, you’ll always keep a box of puff pastry in your freezer for your next donut craving. And for that, I should probably apologize to anyone preparing for bikini season.
But as for me, I’m just committing to wearing a one-piece this year right now.
And I’m also committed to getting every last drop of this glaze onto every corner and crevice of these donuts.
Yields 6 donuts; half a dozen donuts
Cronuts or puff pastry donuts at home!
5 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
15 minTotal Time
- 1 box Pepperidge Farm®s Puff Pastry
- 3 cups neutral frying oil (I use canola)
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup mixed berries (I used blueberries, blackberries and raspberries)
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- Defrost puff pastry overnight in the fridge.
- Heat the fry oil in a deep sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add a temperature gauge to the pan, and bring the oil to 375-degrees F.
- Have the egg ready on the side in a small dish.
- Carefully unroll one sheet of the puff pastry dough on a lightly floured surface, and brush with half of the egg wash. Fold the pastry sheet back up along the seams, like it was in the box.
- Repeat with the remaining sheet of pastry dough.
- From each sheet of folded pastry dough, cut out 3 donuts using a donut cutter, for a total of 6 donuts. (Cut out the donuts while the dough is folded closed like it was in the box).
- Once the oil reaches the correct temperature, fry two donuts at a time in the oil. When you drop in the donuts, they will sink but float back up to the surface within 2 seconds. They should begin bubbling and sizzling immediately. If they don’t, the oil isn’t hot enough.
- Fry the remaining donuts in two batches, and then finally, fry the donut holes.
- Have ready a small shallow pan to collect the donuts after frying, and sprinkle the granulated sugar on top of them as they come out of the hot oil.
- Meanwhile, combine the berries with a splash of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, and cook for about 5 minutes, until the berries fall apart and reduce a bit. Mash the berries.
- Pour the mashed berry mixture into a shallow bowl, and whisk in the powdered sugar. If the glaze isn’t thick enough, add a splash of water or milk. If it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar.
- Finally, glaze each donut with the berry glaze, and serve immediately.