Simple doughnut recipe

Planning a party? Here is a simple doughnut recipe for you to try

posh mini doughnuts

I am warning you though, this is a diet buster, guaranteed to please both adults and kids, so what it’s not to like?

Ingredients:

450g flour

40g butter (cubed)

225ml milk

75g granulated sugar

7g fast acting yeast

2 egg yolks

200g caster sugar mixed with 2tsp of ground cinnamon

3/4 tsp salt

Preparation:

In a bowl, mix the flour and salt together, then using your fingertips, rub the butter into the mixture, until you get a breadcrumb consistency.

In a pan, warm-up your milk, don’t boil it, you have to be able to touch it with your fingers without burning them. Then mix in the sugar and the yeast and then add the whisked egg yolks.

doughnut paddle                                    doughnut yeast

Pour your mixed flour into a food processor and pour in the yeast mixture and using the bread paddle, let it knead for 5 to 10 minutes, until the mix is shinny and elastic. (By the way, you can of course knead with your hands). Cover the bowl with cling film and put it in a warm spot for a good hour or more, until the dough has doubled in size.

doughnut pastry                                 doughnut pastry proved

Then knock back your dough and knead for a minute or 2. Roll it to 1 cm thickness, use a small cookie cutter (5 cm one) and cut out some rounds and use the handle of a wooden spoon to cut the hole in the middle. Then roll them around with your thumb to increase the size of the hole.

doughnut rolled pastry doughnut cutter  doughnut rolled finger

Prepare at least 2 baking trays, with baking paper and dust them with flour, place your doughnuts and cover with oiled cling film. Let them rise for another 30 minutes to an hour depending on how hot your room is. (until they’ve doubled in size.)

doughnut tray  doughnut unproved  doughnut proved

Meanwhile heat the oil in a deep fryer if you’ve got one or like me use a deep saucepan with at least 5 cm of vegetable oil. Once your doughnuts are ready, deep them in the oil and cook them on each side until golden brown. Watch out as they’ll brown really quickly!

doughnut frying                                            doughnut dipped in sugar

Remove from the oil and toss straight away in the sugar, et voilà!

posh mini doughnuts

Bon appétit!

Tip: if you’re having a ladies night in, these with a glass of Prosecco are just heaven!

A quick simple delicious dessert

Tarte aux fraises, a quick simple delicious dessert

gourmandises strawberry tart

If you’re running out of time but you still want something delicious at the end of your meal this is the one. This is a really quick simple dessert, my version of tarte aux fraises!

Ingredients:

1 or 2 punnets of strawberries

1 punnet of raspberries

2 passion fruits (optional)

1 table spoon of crushed pistachios (optional)

1 block of puff pastry

400 ml of double cream

Half a tsp of vanilla paste

A tsp of rum or brandy or even whisky

3 tbsp of icing sugar

Mint to decorate

Preparation:

Sprinkle your pastry with icing sugar and cook in a 180° oven for 10 minutes until golden

gourmandises puffs

In a food processor, whisk your double cream with the icing sugar, the vanilla paste and the rum until your cream reaches a peak consistency. Transfer to a piping bag with a star shape nozzle and start piping little stars all over your pastry.

gourmandises nozzle and piping

Slice your strawberries and start placing them at an angle on your pastry. Then add the raspberries and the mint, before serving sprinkle with icing sugar. Et voilà!

gourmandises sliced strawberries

Tip: to take your dessert to perfection, sprinkle the flesh of two passion fruits all over the tart and some crushed pistachios.

gourmandises strawberry tart

Bon appétit!