Maple Croquignoles (Crisp Twisted Doughnuts)

Croquignoles (Crisp Twisted Doughnuts)

  • 1 L (4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) baking powder
  • Pinch of fine salt
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 250 ml (1 cup) maple sugar
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) butter, softened
  • 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) baking soda
  • 10 ml (2 teaspoons) white wine vinegar
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 250 ml (1 cup) milk
  • 1 L (4 cups) canola oil
  • Maple sugar for sprinkling or warm maple syrup for dipping 


12 portions
  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the egg yolks, maple sugar and butter until smooth. In a small bowl, combine the baking soda and the vinegar and fold into the ingredients in the mixer. Add the lemon zest and milk and mix to combine. Set aside. In another bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks and gently fold them into the ingredients in the mixer. Next, gently fold in the dry ingredients and shape dough into a ball. Heat canola oil.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 6 mm (1/4 in). Use a cookie cutter to cut out pieces of dough 10 cm (4 in) in diameter, and make a 4-cm (1.5-in) hole in each. Twist the pieces of dough and fry them in the hot oil, 5 at a time, for about 1 minute per side. Remove croquignoles from the oil and drain on paper towels.
  3. To serve, sprinkle with maple sugar (while they are still warm) or dip in warm maple syrup.