Here a riddle: Whats deep fried and not delicious? Answer: Trick question, nothing. EVERYTHING tastes better covered in batter and dropped in a giant vat of hot oil. So it goes without saying that fried dough is absolutely delicious.
Crullers can best be described as a slight cross between a funnel cake and doughnut. They aren't as sweet as a doughnut and lighter than a funnel cake. Then, I took it a step further and added fresh orange juice and zest into the batter. Once golden and fried, a light orange glaze was drizzled over the crullers.
My finished products were bite-sized and more free-forming than the traditional pastry. Most cruller recipes advise the baker to pipe the dough on a heavy sheet of parchment then drop the form into the oil. For whatever reason, or I should say "in my usual baking fashion", the dough was being stubborn and chose to tightly adhere to the parchment. Needless to say, I soon chose to pipe circles of dough directly into the oil. The end product was unique and still delicious. The orange just added an extra layer of yummyness.
Word of Advise: crullers should be eaten as soon as possible, otherwise, they get mushy.Orange Crullers:
Recipe adapted from Allrecipes