Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth with our indulgent Creme Brulee Donuts! These delectable treats take the classic donut to a whole new level of decadence. Perfect for a group of four, these donuts are a delightful combination of soft, pillowy pastry and the iconic creme brulee crackle on top. Follow our easy recipe to create a dessert that will leave everyone craving for more.
For the Donut Dough:
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup warm milk
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- Vegetable oil for frying
For the Creme Brulee Topping:
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- Fresh berries or edible flowers (optional, for garnish)
For the Creme Brulee Filling:
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 4 large egg yolks
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Activate the Yeast: In a bowl, combine warm milk and yeast. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until the mixture becomes foamy.
- Mix the Dough: In a large mixing bowl, combine the activated yeast mixture, granulated sugar, melted butter, salt, and egg. Gradually add the flour and mix until a soft dough forms.
- Knead the Dough: Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it until it’s smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it, and let it rise for 1-2 hours or until it has doubled in size.
- Shape the Donuts: After the dough has risen, roll it out on a floured surface to about 1/2 inch thickness. Use a donut cutter or a round cutter to create donut shapes. Place them on a baking sheet and cover them, allowing them to rise for another 30 minutes.
- Prepare the Creme Brulee Filling: In a saucepan, heat the heavy cream over medium heat, stirring until it’s hot but not boiling. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract. Slowly pour the hot cream into the egg mixture while continuously whisking.
- Fill the Donuts: Once the donuts have risen, heat the vegetable oil in a deep pot to 350°F (175°C). Carefully fry the donuts until they are golden brown on both sides. Remove and drain on paper towels.
- Creme Brulee Topping: Sprinkle the tops of the donuts with granulated sugar and use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar until it’s golden and crackly.
- Fill the Donuts: Allow the donuts to cool slightly, then fill them with the prepared creme brulee filling using a piping bag or a small knife.
- Garnish and Serve: Optionally, garnish with fresh berries or edible flowers. Serve your homemade Creme Brulee Donuts while they’re still warm and enjoy!
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