This yr’s featured Valentine’s Day recipe is for heart-shaped, yeast-raised donuts with strawberry buttercream filling and vanilla icing. The key ingredient is… as traditional… love. I embellished some with sprinkles and others with an ornamental pink icing that I made by merely combining the leftover filling with the leftover icing.
I gained’t sugar coat it. Raised donuts take time. All collectively, you’re into it for no less than 3 hours, in all probability 4. A lot of that’s simply ready for dough to rise, however you possibly can’t actually hurry the method. Don’t be fooled by TV exhibits like “Donut Showdown” the place gourmand crammed donuts are made in below an hour.
When you’ve got the time, these donuts are literally enjoyable to make – particularly throughout the adorning part. When you’ve got somebody particular to make them with, all the higher. For as nice as they’re to make, they’re 1,000 occasions extra enjoyable to eat. Let’s get to work…
To Make The Raised Yeast Donuts:
- 1 bundle dry lively yeast
- 2 teaspoons malt or maple syrup
- 1/2 cup heat water
- 2 and 1/2 cups + 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons soy flour (use extra all-purpose flour for those who don’t have this)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon double-acting baking powder
- 1/2 degree teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 Tablespoons shortening
- 2 Tablespoon granulated sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 1/3 cup mashed potato
- canola oil – for frying
- particular gear: 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter
This recipe makes 16 donuts.
In a cup, stir the malt syrup into the nice and cozy water (110 levels) till it dissolves. Prime with the yeast. Let it set for five minutes till foamy on high. Sift the all-purpose flour, soy flour, salt, baking powder and nutmeg collectively into a big bowl. Add the vanilla to the milk.
In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the shortening and sugar collectively. Add the egg yolks one by one – mixing on low – till nicely mixed. Add the yeast/water combination, the mashed potato and half of the flour. When principally mixed, add the milk and remaining flour. Combine on low till mixed then swap to medium till the dough comes collectively and begins to tug away from the blending bowl. Change to the hook attachment, knead dough for two or 3 minutes.
Switch the dough to a big mixing bowl that’s been coated with cooking spray. Cowl loosely with plastic wrap and permit dough to broaden to double its dimension – about 90 minutes.
Flip the dough out onto a frivolously floured floor. Mud the highest with flour. Roll to 1/2-inch thickness. Minimize out the donuts and switch them to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Let the donuts set till nearly doubled in dimension – about 45 minutes.
You’ll be able to inform the donuts are prepared for frying whenever you poke one gently along with your fingertip and it holds the indentation. If the dough bounces again shortly, let the donuts relaxation for a number of extra minutes.
Fry in batches in 3 inches of scorching canola oil (360 levels). Fry one aspect to golden brown (about 1 minute). Flip and cook dinner different aspect to golden brown (about 50 seconds). Switch cooked donuts to stacked paper towels. Enable them to chill utterly earlier than filling.
For The Strawberry Buttercream Filling:
- 1 cup softened butter
- 2 and 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/3 cup (non-chunky) strawberry jam
- 1 Tablespoon heavy cream or milk
In a big mixing bowl, mash the butter and powdered sugar along with a wood paddle. Add all remaining substances and beat on medium with an electrical beater till fluffy and frosting-like – about 3 minutes. Switch to a pastry bag with an extended tip and fill the donuts. You possibly can additionally pierce every donut with a paring knife and add the filling utilizing a small stirring spoon.
For The Vanilla Icing:
- 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 or 4 Tablespoons milk
In a medium mixing bowl, mix the powdered sugar, vanilla and three Tablespoons of milk. Stir till a frosting like texture is fashioned. This will likely take practically a minute. Add extra milk by the teaspoon to attain desired fidelity. Check by inserting a spoon within the bowl. The icing ought to coat it and drip off slowly like a thick syrup.
I often stir my icing in a bowl over a scorching water bathtub. I discover that the icing comes collectively extra simply with out having so as to add as a lot milk. That equates to icing that corporations up sooner and firmer on the donuts.
Dip the tops of the cooled, crammed donuts into the bowl of icing. Twist donuts as you take away them to coat utterly and to assist the surplus icing drip away.
Place the donuts on a wire rack and permit the icing to set. If including sprinkles, try this as quickly because the donuts are iced and nicely earlier than the icing has an opportunity to set.
For The Pink Ornamental Icing:
I went rogue for this half and didn’t use any recipe. I easy mixed my leftover filling with my leftover icing and stirred in additional powdered sugar till the consistency was just a bit thicker than softened butter. Then I transferred the combination to a piping bag with a skinny tip to brighten.
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Final Valentine’s Day, I made Coronary heart-Formed Breakfast Cereal Treats, together with traditional Rice Krispies-style treats and others made with random breakfast cereals. You’ll be able to revisit that put up proper right here.
Let me log out with a Valentine’s Day joke:
What did the icing say to the donut? Reply: I’m candy on you.
I’m candy on you for studying this put up. Completely satisfied Valentine’s Day Everyone!
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