Black Forest Berliners

September 15, 2016
3 Ratings
Photo by Bobbi Lin
  • Serves 15 doughnuts
What You'll Need
  • 1 (4 oz) bar dark chocolate
  • 1 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Oil, as needed for frying
  • 1 recipe Yeast Doughnuts (
  • 1 1/4 cups cherry jam or jelly
  1. Use a vegetable peeler to make small curls from the chocolate bar, collecting them in a medium bowl. Be careful not to handle them too much, as they can melt very easily. Set aside.
  2. Place the chopped chocolate in a medium heat-safe bowl. Transfer the cream to a medium pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and let sit for 1 minute. Stir the ganache to combine, then let sit, uncovered, at room temperature while you make the doughnuts.
  4. Make the doughnuts: Heat 3 to 4 inches of oil over medium-high heat until it reads around 350°F on a thermometer (or throw a scrap piece of dough in as a tester—if the dough bubbles and rises to the surface, the oil is good to go).
  5. While the oil heats, roll out the doughnut dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/2 inch thick. Use a circle cookie cutter (I like 2 1/2 to 3 inches in diameter) to cut rounds of dough. Alternatively, you can cut the dough into sqaures (about 3x3 inches).
  6. Let the doughnuts rise, covered, on a lightly floured surface for 30 minutes to 1 hour. When the oil is hot, gently add the doughnuts to the pot in batches, frying until they’re golden brown on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Drain the doughnuts on several layers of absorbent paper towels. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before filling and glazing.
  8. While the doughnuts cool, transfer the jam to a pastry bag with a medium circle tip. Use the handle of a wooden spoon to poke a large hole in the side or base of the doughnuts.
  9. Place the pastry tip in the hole on the doughnut, and apply pressure to the bag. Fill the doughnut until it feels a bit heavy, like there’s plenty of filling inside.
  10. Dunk the filled doughnut into the chocolate glaze, then into the chocolate curls. Serve immediately.

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  • Nancy
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I always have three kinds of hot sauce in my purse. I have a soft spot for making people their favorite dessert, especially if it's wrapped in a pastry crust. My newest cookbook, Savory Baking, came out in Fall of 2022 - is full of recipes to translate a love of baking into recipes for breakfast, dinner, and everything in between!

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Nancy December 12, 2017
Came upon this recipe more than a year late (in the Hanukkah doughnut article) and it looks great! Can't wait to try.
Also reminds me of the JFK urban legend (=not true)..when he went to visit Berlin, 1963, still a divided city and behind the Iron Curtain, he wanted to express solidarity with the city's residents (I am a Berliner) but wound up accidentally saying, I am a doughnut (Ich bin ein Berliner).
Turns out to be apocryphal, but still a story I associate with these sweets. :)
erin September 27, 2016
In this and the apple fritters recipe you recommend putting the oil on to heat and then dealing with the dough, letting it rise for up to an hour, etc. Surely that's incorrect and/or dangerous?
bookjunky September 20, 2016
Who still writes things like "one bar"? Yeah, I know it depends on what you have and what you like but it's a recipe. Be definite and make recommendations. I can adjust if I don't have the optimum.
Gripe aside, this sounds like an amazing recipe.