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Recipe — Maple Croquignoles (Crisp Twisted Doughnuts)
12 portions
Metric Imperial


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


  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the egg yolks, maple sugar and butter until smooth.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. To serve, sprinkle with maple sugar (while they are still warm) or dip in warm maple syrup.

The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers are not in any way responsible for the identification or presence of allergens in recipes or for the classification of any recipe as vegetarian or vegan.

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Maple syrup comes in four classifications, according to colour and taste.

At the start of sugaring season, syrup is generally clear, with a lightly sweet taste. It becomes darker and caramelized as the season goes on.

An unopened can of maple syrup keeps for many years.

Once the can is opened, syrup should be kept in an airtight container in a cool place.

100% pure maple butter contains no butter or dairy.

Like all 100% pure maple products, maple butter comes from the sap of the maple tree… and that’s all.