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This post and recipe was created for #EasterSweetsWeek. I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies but as always, the opinions and words I post here are mine.

Remember when cronuts were the next big dessert thing? Now "cruffins" are the next big thing: croissant dough in the shape of muffins or cupcakes, filled with pastry creme and other flavors of fillings. I've never had a cronut and I've not yet had the opportunity to have a cruffin either, but I've definitely had my fair share of doughnuts.

Doughnuts were always a special treat when I was a kid. Every Sunday after church, my home parish would have hospitality in the church basement. Different groups belonging to the Church would be responsible for setting up and providing light fare in the form of sandwiches, salads, side dishes, sometimes cake and always non-alcoholic beverages. after Mass. No matter how abundant or paltry the hospitality set-up was, there was ALWAYS a table set up with dozens of boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Even if I didn't like what was being served or make it to the table to pick up a doughnut or two, I always knew that I could depend on the boxes to be there.

Now that I'm an adult, I can depend on myself to make doughnuts at home any time I want.
Following the tradition of fried dough becoming doughnuts, I simply use canned biscuits and either dip them in glaze or fill them with a bright, fresh jelly filling.

I use apple jelly as a base because it is neutral and I can add any extract or flavoring I want to achieve my goal. You know how lots of cereals have bits of dried fruit like peaches or berries in them? Usually it's bits of apple that have been soaked in tons of sugar, the juice of whatever fruit it is mimicking, dried and then added to the cereal. Surreal, isn't it? Well, I'm just using my food history knowledge to help make THIS recipe yours.

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Lemon Jelly Doughnuts
Serves 10

2 1/2 cups apple jelly
1 T lemon extract
Oil for frying
2 cans store-bought buttermilk biscuits (10 count, total)
2 teaspoons dried citrus peel
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Lemon zest for garnish

1. In a small saucepan, heat  apple jelly until melted and barely simmering.

2. Remove hot jelly from the heat and add lemon extract. Let cool. Jelly should be cool and back to jelled state before using. Set aside.

3. Heat 2 inches oil in a large pot or Dutch oven to 350°F.

4. Fry the biscuits, a few at a time so as to not overcrowd the pan, turning once midway through the cooking, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.

5. While doughnuts are still warm, place them in a paper bag with 1/2 cup sugar and dried citrus peel. Shake to coat. Transfer the cooked doughnuts to a cookie rack set over a sheet pan to cool.

6. When cool, place the jelly in a plastic or pastry bag fitted with a plain tip and, using the tip, poke a small hole in the side of the doughnuts and fill the centers with 2 tablespoons of the jelly. Garnish with lemon zest, if desired. Serve.

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  1. How has it not occurred to me to use biscuits to fill and fry for doughnuts? Genius! I've always wanted to make my own doughnuts but always end up making baked ones.

  2. I love making donuts with biscuits! These are perfect for Easter and Spring! So, I've never heard of a cruffin haha. I need to find one of those. I've had a cronut before at Disney but that's the only place I've found one (although I know they're all over the place, just not around here haha)

  3. Yumm. What could one do to make biscuits taste better that is better than deep frying them and filling them with yummy jelly?

    Your whole post is making me rethink Easter desserts now! There is still time to change my mind.


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