As a treat on the evening of my birthday back in Novmeber, Lee cooked me some AMAZING little mini doughnuts and a chocolate sauce. They were so good I wanted to share the recipe with you. The proving can be a bit of a hassle, but if you’ve got the time then these are a perfect special little treat for pudding. We decided not to fill them with anything, but you could easily inject them with some jam or custard, or apple compote, what ever take your fancy really!
Makes 12 doughnuts
- 125g/4½oz strong white flour
- pinch salt
- 75g/3oz caster sugar
- 15g/½oz butter, softened
- 75ml/3fl oz water
- 10g easy-blend yeast
- vegetable oil, for deep frying
- 200g bar dark/milk chocolate, not too bitter, broken into chunks
- 100ml double cream
- 100ml whole milk
- 3 tbsp golden syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- For the mini doughnuts, mix the flour, salt, 25g/1oz of the caster sugar and all of the butter, water and yeast until well combined. Mix for 4-5 minutes, or until the mixture comes together as a smooth dough. Cover with cling film and set aside for one hour to rise.
- When the doughnut dough has doubled in size, divide it into 12 equal portions and roll each into a ball.
- Line a tray with baking parchment and place the dough balls onto it, leaving plenty of room between each ball. Set aside in a warm place to prove for a further 20 minutes.
- When the dough has proved, heat the oil in a deep fat fryer to 150C/320F. Alternatively, heat the oil in a deep, heavy-based saucepan until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns brown when dropped into it.
- Carefully lower the dough balls into the hot oil in batches and deep fry for 3-4 minutes, or until golden-brown. Remove from the pan using a slotted spoon and set aside to drain on kitchen paper.
- When the excess oil has drained off the doughnuts, place them onto a plate and dust with the remaining caster sugar until completely coated.
- For the sauce put all the ingredients into a pan and gently melt together, stirring occasionally until you have a smooth shiny sauce. Keep warm on a low heat.
- Place doughnuts in a bowl and dip dip dip away!
Happy eating 🙂