Filled Berlin Doughnuts (Bismarks)

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Ready In:
1hr 33mins




  • Soften the yeast in the warm water and let stand for 5 minutes or until it "blooms" or proofs.
  • Put a half cup of sugar, the salt, butter, orange juice and rum extract in a large bowl.
  • Pour the scalded milk over the ingredients in the bowl.
  • Stir until the butter is melted.
  • Cool to lukewarm.
  • When cool, blend in 1 cup of the unbleached flour and beat until smooth.
  • Stir in the yeast and add about half of the remaining flour, beating until smooth.
  • Beat in the eggs.
  • Then beat in enough of the remaining flour to make a SOFT (should be slightly sticky and light in weight).
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured board and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 to 10 minutes).
  • Form into a ball and put into a greased bowl, turning to grease the top of the ball of dough.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm draft free place until doubled in bulk.
  • Punch the dough down, kneading lightly to remove all of the air pockets, and turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Roll to 1/2-inch thickness.
  • Cut the dough into rounds using a 3-inch biscuit or cookie cutter.
  • Cover with waxed paper and let rise on the rolling surface away from drafts and direct heat, until double in bulk, (30 to 45 minutes).
  • About 20 minutes before frying, heat the fat.
  • Fry the doughnuts in the heated fat.
  • Put only as many doughnuts at one time as will float uncrowded in a single layer deep in the fat.
  • Fry 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned; turn the doughnuts with a fork or tongs, being careful not to pierce the doughnut, when they rise to the surface.
  • Do this several times during the cooking.
  • Lift from the fat, draining for a few seconds over the fat before removing to absorbent paper toweling.
  • Cool.
  • Cut a slit through the center in the side of each doughnut.
  • Force about 1/2 ts of jam or jelly into the center and press lightly to close the slit. (A pastry bag and tube may be used to force the jelly or jam into the slit.) Shake 2 or 3 bismarks at one time in a bag containing granulated or powdered sugar. (Your choice.) Shake lightly to remove the excess sugar.

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  1. mianbao
    These were okay, but not quite what I was expecting. The rum and orange juice didn't seem to add much to the flavor, and were anyway not really what I would want for doughnut flavoring. (I did use them this time, however.) I think I would prefer vanilla and maybe some nutmeg for the next batch. The dough was too sticky to touch at the 4 cups of flour mark, so I added about 2/3 cup more. It was still quite sticky. The doughnuts rose well both before and during frying, and are acceptably light. I filled them with grape jelly, and didn't have much trouble doing so. I just made a hole in the side with a pointed chopstick and piped in the jelly. The doughnuts did not hold their shapes very well, and I am wondering if the dough should be even stiffer. Anyway, this was an interesting experience for me. I had been craving doughnuts for a very long time. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.
  2. apelsinjuice
    I really loved this recipe! The taste of the dough was identical to the doughnuts you buy in the shops, if not better! Great texture and I love the ingredients that go into it. Now I know the secret of how to get that taste and texture! I did burn the first ones because the oil was too hot and wouldn't cool down, but that's obvious personal error :) I will be making this again and again! This also makes great doughnut holes.


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