Delicious Creme Brulee Donut Recipe

The Crème Brûlée Donut is a delightful fusion of two beloved desserts – the classic French crème brûlée and the irresistible donut. As a pastry enthusiast, I’ve always been fascinated by the art of combining flavors and textures to create memorable culinary experiences. This recipe is a result of that passion, blending the creamy richness of crème brûlée with the light, airy goodness of a donut. Join me on a journey to indulgence as we explore the key features, flavors, and culinary magic of the Crème Brûlée Donut.

Courses and Cuisines: Dessert; French and American cuisines.

Nutritional Information: (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 300 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 20g

Preparation Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Chilling Time: 2 hours Serves: 12 donuts

Origin and Cultural Significance

Crème brûlée, known for its caramelized sugar topping and creamy custard base, has roots in French culinary tradition, dating back to the 17th century. On the other hand, donuts, with their deep-fried dough and various fillings or toppings, have become a quintessential American treat. Combining these two iconic desserts results in a unique and indulgent creation that delights taste buds worldwide.

Ingredients

For the Donut Dough:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Crème Brûlée Filling:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

For Caramelized Sugar Topping:

  • Granulated sugar for sprinkling

Tips for Ingredient Substitutions or Variations

  • Gluten-Free Option: Use gluten-free flour for the donut dough to make the recipe gluten-free.
  • Dairy-Free Variation: Substitute dairy-free milk and cream for a dairy-free version of the filling.
  • Flavor Enhancements: Add a hint of citrus zest (lemon or orange) to the custard filling for added flavor complexity.

Health Benefits of Key Ingredients

  • Egg Yolks: Rich in vitamins, minerals, and protein.
  • Heavy Cream: Provides richness and texture to the custard filling.
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds a delightful aroma and flavor without adding calories.
creme brulee donut
creme brulee donut

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Donut Dough

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, instant yeast, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together warm milk, melted butter, egg, and vanilla extract.
  3. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until a dough forms.
  4. Knead the dough until smooth and elastic, then cover and let it rise until doubled in size.

Step 2: Make the Crème Brûlée Filling

  1. In a saucepan, heat heavy cream until just simmering.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt.
  3. Slowly pour the hot cream into the egg mixture while whisking continuously.
  4. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens into a custard-like consistency.
  5. Remove from heat and let the filling cool.

Step 3: Form and Fry the Donuts

  1. Roll out the risen dough on a floured surface and cut out donut shapes using a donut cutter.
  2. Place the donuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let them rise again for about 30 minutes.
  3. Heat oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 350°F (175°C).
  4. Fry the donuts in batches until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.

Step 4: Fill and Caramelize

  1. Fill a piping bag with the cooled crème brûlée filling.
  2. Insert the tip of the piping bag into each donut and fill with the custard.
  3. Sprinkle granulated sugar generously over the filled donuts.
  4. Use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar until golden and crispy.

Troubleshooting Tips

  • Dough Too Sticky: Add a little more flour while kneading until the dough is smooth and manageable.
  • Filling Leakage: Ensure the custard filling is cooled before piping into the donuts, and do not overfill.

Essential Kitchen Tools

  • Mixing bowls
  • Donut cutter
  • Piping bag and tip
  • Deep fryer or large pot
  • Kitchen torch (for caramelizing sugar)

Sustainability Practices

  • Choose organic and sustainably sourced ingredients whenever possible.
  • Reduce food waste by storing any leftover donuts in an airtight container for later enjoyment.

Flavor Profile and Texture

The Crème Brûlée Donut offers a delightful contrast of textures – the soft, fluffy interior of the donut paired with the creamy, decadent crème brûlée filling and the crispy caramelized sugar topping. It’s a symphony of flavors with notes of vanilla, caramel, and butter

creme brulee donut

Creme Brulee Donut Recipe

Crème brûlée, known for its caramelized sugar topping and creamy custard base, has roots in French culinary tradition, dating back to the 17th century. On the other hand, donuts, with their deep-fried dough and various fillings or toppings, have become a quintessential American treat. Combining these two iconic desserts results in a unique and indulgent creation that delights taste buds worldwide.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 300 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Donut Dough:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Crème Brûlée Filling:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

For Caramelized Sugar Topping:

  • Granulated sugar for sprinkling

Instructions
 

Step 1: Prepare the Donut Dough

  • In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, instant yeast, and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together warm milk, melted butter, egg, and vanilla extract.
  • Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until a dough forms.
  • Knead the dough until smooth and elastic, then cover and let it rise until doubled in size.

Step 2: Make the Crème Brûlée Filling

  • In a saucepan, heat heavy cream until just simmering.
  • In a bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt.
  • Slowly pour the hot cream into the egg mixture while whisking continuously.
  • Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens into a custard-like consistency.
  • Remove from heat and let the filling cool.

Step 3: Form and Fry the Donuts

  • Roll out the risen dough on a floured surface and cut out donut shapes using a donut cutter.
  • Place the donuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let them rise again for about 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a deep fryer or large pot to 350°F (175°C).
  • Fry the donuts in batches until golden brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.

Step 4: Fill and Caramelize

  • Fill a piping bag with the cooled crème brûlée filling.
  • Insert the tip of the piping bag into each donut and fill with the custard.
  • Sprinkle granulated sugar generously over the filled donuts.
  • Use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar until golden and crispy.

Notes

  • Dough Too Sticky: Add a little more flour while kneading until the dough is smooth and manageable.
  • Filling Leakage: Ensure the custard filling is cooled before piping into the donuts, and do not overfill.
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