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  • Got leftover doughnuts? Turn them into truffles (recipes on Page 2) or bread pudding.

      Got leftover doughnuts? Turn them into truffles (recipes on Page 2) or bread pudding.
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  • Got leftover doughnuts? Turn them into truffles or bread pudding.

      Got leftover doughnuts? Turn them into truffles or bread pudding.
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  • Doughnut crisps are one way to use up leftover doughnuts.

      Doughnut crisps are one way to use up leftover doughnuts.
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By Bonnie S. Benwick
The Washington Post

Leftover doughnuts -- if there is such a thing in your world -- do not have to wind up smooshed into a casserole with eggs, cream and butter. Not that there's anything wrong with that as an occasional splurge; check out Paula Shoyer's more-healthful, fruity version of a doughnut-based pudding included with this article.

Bayou Bakery chef-owner David Guas turns beignet dough scraps (again, we are wondering, how could there be?) into sticky buns with a bourbon-pecan glaze. The beignet dough recipe comes from his 2009 cookbook, "DamGoodSweet."

Tiffany MacIsaac, executive pastry chef of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, offered a couple of smart solutions:

• Doughnut crisps. These are easy to do, akin to baked bagel chips. The difference is that doughnut crisps tend to stay a little softer at the center, and their glazed edges caramelize just enough to provide a sweet crunch.

Use a serrated knife to cut day-old glazed, unfilled doughnuts. When you cut them in half vertically and then into thin slices, the yield will be about 16 slices. Cut horizontally and you might get 4 round slices. Spread them on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 275 degrees for 10 minutes, then turn them over and bake for another 5 minutes or so. Eat warm, or cool and store in an airtight container.

• Doughnut truffles. They could be mistaken for cake pops that are surprisingly less sweet. MacIsaac developed two no-bake, chocolate-coated recipes using day-old plain or glazed cake doughnuts: Nutella and one that incorporates blueberry jam, lime and fresh ginger.

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