The sweet, fluffy, and delicious doughnut-like pastries known as Berliner Pfannkuchen have been a German favorite for generations. These light and airy treats are traditionally filled with jelly or jam, and often dusted with powdered sugar. However, with a few simple modifications, Berliner Pfannkuchen can also be transformed into a decadent dessert filled with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.
To begin, combine the sugar, yeast, and warm milk in a medium bowl. Stir the mixture until the sugar and yeast have fully dissolved. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and add it to the yeast mixture. Gradually add in the flour and salt, using a spatula to mix the dough until it begins to form. Continue kneading the dough by hand until it becomes elastic and smooth.
Next, add the softened butter to the dough and continue to knead until it has been fully incorporated. Once the dough is ready, form it into a ball, cover it with a kitchen cloth or plastic wrap, and let it rise for an hour.
Divide the dough into 8 equal parts, roll each part into a ball, and let them sit for another 30 minutes. After this time, flatten each ball slightly and roll it into a ball again. Let the dough balls sit for another 30 minutes.
Finally, heat some oil in a large pot or deep-fryer over low heat. Fry each ball of dough for 2-3 minutes on each side, until they are golden brown. Once they have cooled slightly, cut each ball in half lengthwise, similar to a hamburger bun. Fill each half with whipped cream and chopped strawberries, then top with the other half. Dust with powdered sugar and serve immediately.
Berliner Pfannkuchen is a delicious treat that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you are looking for a simple snack or a special dessert, these sweet and fluffy pastries are sure to satisfy. Whether you follow the traditional jelly-filled recipe or switch things up with a whipped cream and strawberry filling, Berliner Pfannkuchen is a tasty and versatile treat that is sure to become a favorite in your kitchen.
To store the fried dough balls, allow them to cool completely and place them in an airtight container. They can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days, but are best consumed the day they are made.
A single serving of this fried dough ball recipe provides approximately 250-300 calories, 10-15 grams of fat, 35-40 grams of carbohydrates, and 5-10 grams of protein. The nutritional value will vary depending on the size of the serving and the amount of toppings used.
If you have leftover fried dough balls, they can be re-heated in a 350°F oven for 5-10 minutes, or in a microwave for 30-60 seconds. However, they are best consumed fresh.
This recipe can be modified in a variety of ways to suit your taste preferences. Some possible variations include using different types of fruit or toppings, such as blueberries, raspberries, or chocolate chips. You can also try using different types of milk, such as almond milk or coconut milk, for a different flavor profile.
2 cups (300g) all-purpose flour
1 large egg
1/4 cup (45g) granulated sugar
A pinch of salt