How to Make Mini French Crullers

When it comes to working with pastries and ratios and the basics of the science behind it all, I’m a newb. But the next day after committing to making no more doughnuts, I resigned myself to make a new batch using science-based recipes. So I went to my handy iPhone and looked at Michael Ruhlman’s Ratio App that I’ve used successfully before.

You need to try these delightfully fluffy French Crullers, based Ruhlman’s Pâte à Choux recipe. They were perfect, puffy little balls of deliciousness and they take no time at all. The app is great for all kinds of baking too, pies, cookies, muffins, etc. I can’t wait to see what else I can create using these amazing science-based ratios. Hurray for Science!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 30 balls



For the Crullers:
To make about 30 balls, you’ll need the following ratio (derived from Michael Ruhlman’s “Ratio” App):

1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 cup eggs (4 large eggs)

You’ll also need about 1 Tbsp granulated sugar and 1/4 tsp fine sea salt for every 1 cup of water.

For the Glaze:
1 cup icing sugar
1 Tbsp honey
2 tsp whole milk



For the Glaze:
Stir all ingredients until smooth.

For the Crullers:
1. In a small saucepan, bring the water, butter, sugar and salt to a simmer over medium-high heat.
2. Add the flour and stir with a wooden spoon until it turns into a thick paste and pulls cleanly away from the sides of the saucepan.
3. Remove from the heat and either transfer to a bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on low for a minute or so to allow to cool slightly.
4. Add the first egg and beat on medium speed until fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides and add the remaining eggs one at a time, stirring till each egg is incorporated.
5. When dough is glossy and smooth, spoon rounded teaspoonfuls into 360°F oil (in a deep fryer or at least 2-3 inches in a pot over medium-low heat).
6. Balls will float to the surface and turn themselves over. Allow to fry for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. (Do not remove too soon as undercooked crullers will deflate and be very sad.)
7. Dip or brush on glaze while still warm and enjoy!