Sunday, December 4, 2011

Ich bin ein Berliner

As is now forklore, when President Kennedy made his famous speech in Berlin in 1963, pledging America's support against the Soviet blockade, he announced, "Ich bin ein Berliner," meaning, "I am a Berliner." Unfortunately, this was heard by most in the crowd as, "I am a jelly doughnut," as Berliner is the common name for this yeast-raised, deep-fried doughnut. I just cooked up a batch, using a recipe from Dan Leader's latest book, Simply Great Breads, using my wife's homemade wineberry jam for the filling. They are absolutely delicious, especially when eaten warm, right out of the fryer.  And gorgeous to look at on the plate. But be warned: they are highly addictive. Grab a copy of Dan's book and give 'em a try. One tip not in the recipe: forget the awkward pastry bag for filling these things. Instead splurge a few bucks for an icing syringe (aka cupcake injector). Bon appetit!

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