Delicious Creme Brulee Donut Recipe

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.

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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
creme brulee donut
creme brulee donut


  1. Activate the Yeast: In a bowl, combine warm milk and yeast. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes until the mixture becomes foamy.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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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