Choux au Craquelin - Cream Puffs with Passionfruit Cream and Passionfruit Whipped Cream


 
Choux au Craquelin - Cream Puffs with Passionfruit Cream and Passionfruit Whipped Cream. Crispy, light cream puffs, topped with crunchy craquelin, are filled with a tart passionfruit cream, then topped with a smooth passionfruit whipped cream. The perfect dessert for if you are feeling a little fancy! #creampuffs #passionfruit
Choux au Craquelin - Cream Puffs with Passionfruit Cream and Passionfruit Whipped Cream. Crispy, light cream puffs, topped with crunchy craquelin, are filled with a tart passionfruit cream, then topped with a smooth passionfruit whipped cream. The perfect dessert for if you are feeling a little fancy! #creampuffs #passionfruit
Choux au Craquelin - Cream Puffs with Passionfruit Cream and Passionfruit Whipped Cream. Crispy, light cream puffs, topped with crunchy craquelin, are filled with a tart passionfruit cream, then topped with a smooth passionfruit whipped cream. The perfect dessert for if you are feeling a little fancy! #creampuffs #passionfruit
Choux au Craquelin - Cream Puffs with Passionfruit Cream and Passionfruit Whipped Cream. Crispy, light cream puffs, topped with crunchy craquelin, are filled with a tart passionfruit cream, then topped with a smooth passionfruit whipped cream. The perfect dessert for if you are feeling a little fancy! #creampuffs #passionfruit
Choux au Craquelin - Cream Puffs with Passionfruit Cream and Passionfruit Whipped Cream. Crispy, light cream puffs, topped with crunchy craquelin, are filled with a tart passionfruit cream, then topped with a smooth passionfruit whipped cream. The perfect dessert for if you are feeling a little fancy! #creampuffs #passionfruit
Choux au Craquelin - Cream Puffs with Passionfruit Cream and Passionfruit Whipped Cream. Crispy, light cream puffs, topped with crunchy craquelin, are filled with a tart passionfruit cream, then topped with a smooth passionfruit whipped cream. The perfect dessert for if you are feeling a little fancy! #creampuffs #passionfruit
Choux au Craquelin - Cream Puffs with Passionfruit Cream and Passionfruit Whipped Cream. Crispy, light cream puffs, topped with crunchy craquelin, are filled with a tart passionfruit cream, then topped with a smooth passionfruit whipped cream. The perfect dessert for if you are feeling a little fancy! #creampuffs #passionfruit

Now that they sell passionfruit at my local, that’s me done - the passionfruit recipes aren’t going to stop. I have to make up for four years of passionfruit deprivation all in one go. Hahahhaha. I’m kidding, but it is really just my fave.

I’ve had this one rolling round in my head for a while now since I saw these lemon cream puffs on Pinterest. I love everything about cream puffs, particularly when they have a disc of cookie dough like craquelin on the top, which kind of melts down in the oven to form this perfect, crackly top. Cream puffs without the craquelin tend to bake up a bit lumpy and bumpy (but still taste super yum), but the craquelin ensures that it rises in a perfect circle, which is not only super satisfying, but makes it super easy to fill - you just pop the top off with a sharp knife, and fill away.

I filled these with a super delicious and fairly easy filling. It’s technically two components - a passionfruit cream a passionfruit whipped cream, but the part that makes it easy is that the passionfruit whipped cream is literally just passionfruit cream folded through some whipped cream. So by making the passionfruit cream, you’re really making the base of both the filling components. If you haven’t had passionfruit cream before (or lemon cream), it’s essentially a curd, but instead of cooking everything down together like a curd, you leave the butter out and then emulsify it in at the last step, giving you something with a little more stability than a curd. Same ingredients, different process. Science is the best. The passionfruit cream is perfectly smooth and tart, and then the whipped cream is also amazing - it still has the flavour of the passionfruit from the cream, but also adds some smoothness to help cut through the tart flavour.

These would make an incredible wee dessert to take to a dinner party or something - it’s not too hard to make loads of them (this recipe makes 24), and they look like they are way more effort than they are. I love using the choux as a base and making up different fillings - they are amazing just filled with a vanilla bean whipped cream!

A few wee tips:

  • I have included an extra 'just in case' egg in the ingredients. The reason that this is in there, is that sometimes you need to add extra egg to the pastry if necessary. You want the mixture to be at a consistency where if you dip in the beater of the mixer, the batter will form a 'v' shape and eventually break off. If it is too stiff, and breaks off very quickly, you may need to add another beaten egg, and mix again, before performing the test. 

  • I can only do one tray of these at a time because of my oven, so I pipe all of them, then add craquelin to one tray, bake it off, then add the craquelin to the second tray before I bake it.

  • The passionfruit cream takes a while. Make sure you bring it right up to 180˚f / 80˚c. This will make sure that it is thick enough so that when it cools, it gets super thick. Ideally it needs overnight to cool and thicken. It will look sloppy when you are done, but just give it time to chill overnight and it will thicken nicely.

  • Choux Freezes! Freeze the cream puffs just after they have been piped out, then once solid, place in a ziploc bag in the freezer. Bake off as usual - do not add the craquelin until just before you bake.

 

 

Choux au Craquelin - Cream Puffs with Passionfruit Cream and Passionfruit Whipped Cream

- Makes about 24 buns -

Flavour Profile and Whipped Cream from Hint of Vanilla, Lemon Cream adapted from Tartine

Passionfruit Cream
230g passionfruit juice (I whizzed passionfruit pulp in the food processor then strained to remove the seeds)
15g Lemon Juice
4 large egg yolks
4 large eggs
255g Sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
350g Unsalted butter, at room temperature

Craquelin
100g unsalted butter, at room temperature
120g all-purpose flour
120g dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste

Choux Dough
125g whole milk
125g water
110g unsalted butter, cubed
5g Kosher Salt
5g vanilla bean paste
15g Sugar
165g All-purpose flour
240g eggs, lightly beaten, plus more if required (see tips)

Passionfruit Whipped Cream
375g Heavy Cream, Cold
1 tsp vanilla bean poaste
250g passionfruit cream  

- PROCESS -

PASSIONFRUIT CREAM

Create a 'double boiler' by placing a medium pot of water over a medium heat, and bringing to a simmer. Place a heatproof glass or stainless steel bowl over the pot, making sure that the bowl does NOT touch the water. 

Combine the passionfruit juice, lemon juice, egg yolks, eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla bean paste in the heatproof bowl, whisking together immediately to stop the sugar from cooking the egg yolks. 

Cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until it reaches 180°f / 80°c. This may take some time (approx 15 minutes). Be patient, and make sure you do bring it right up to the required temperature. 

Remove the bowl from the heat, and set aside, whisking occasionally, until the mixture is 140°f / 60°c. Strain through a sieve into a clean mixing bowl. Add the butter, a chunk at a time, blending well with an immersion blender until completely combined before adding the next chunk. Alternatively you can do this in a blender. The cream should be pale and thick by the time you are finished. 

Transfer to an airtight container, press a piece of plastic wrap onto the surface of the cream, and cover. Refrigerate overnight, or until ready to use. 

CRAQUELIN

Place all ingredients in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium until combined. Turn out the dough onto a large piece of parchment paper, and top with a second piece. Roll out to 1-2mm in thickness. Place the dough, still between the parchment sheets, in the freezer for an hour, or until ready to use (Can be made ahead). 

CHOUX AU CRAQUELIN

Preheat the oven to 400˚f / 200˚c. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a cooike cutter, trace 1 3/4” circles on each baking sheet using a pen or a pencil, leaving some room for spreading (about 2” between each), then flip over the baking sheet so that the side with the drawing is facing downward. 

Fit a large piping bag with a large round piping tip.

In a medium pot, combine the milk, water, butter, salt, vanilla bean paste, and sugar. Place over medium heat, and stir until the butter has melted and the mixture has begun to boil. Remove from the heat, and add the flour all at once, mixing quickly with a wooden spoon to combine. The mixture will form a thick paste. 

Return to the heat, and, stirring constantly, cook the mixture for 2 minutes to help dry it out. Transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed for 1 minute to help cool down the mixture. 

With the mixture running on low, slowly stream in the 240g egg. Mix on medium speed for 4 minutes, or until the egg is fully incorporated. Test the consistency of the batter by dipping in the beater and pulling up. If it forms a v which eventually breaks off, you are good to go. If it seems too stiff, slowly add another beaten egg and mix to incorporate. 

Transfer the choux pastry to the prepared piping bag. Using your traced circle as a guide, pipe mounds onto the baking sheet, ending each with a little flick of your wrist. If the choux has left a point, you can flatten down with a wet fingertip. Repeat with the second tray - you should end up with about 24 mounds. 

Remove the craquelin from the freezer, and peel off the top piece of parchment. Using the same sized cutter you used to trace the circles on the parchment paper, cut out circles of dough. Place each carefully on top of a mound of choux, pressing lightly to adhere. If you are baking one tray of these at a time, ensure that you only put the craquelin on one tray worth at a time - put the craquelin on the second tray just before you bake them.

Bake the cream puffs for 15 min at 400˚f / 200˚c, then turn down the oven to 350˚f / 180˚c, and bake for a further 20 minutes, until the puffs are deeply golden. Remove from the oven and poke a small vent in the side of each using a paring knife or chopstick, to help the steam escape. Place on a cooling rack to cool completely. If baking in two batches, return the oven to 400˚f / 200˚c, and repeat the baking process with the remaining buns. 

PASSIONFRUIT WHIPPED CREAM

Place the heavy cream and vanilla bean paste in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on medium speed until stiff peaks form, then fold in the passionfruit cream. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with an open star tip - I used an Ateco #827.

ASSEMBLY

Transfer the remainder of the passionfruit cream to a piping bag fitted with a round tip.

Using a sharp bread knife, cut the tops off the cream puffs, about three quarters of the way up. 

Pipe passionfruit cream into about the bottom third of the cream puff, then top with a swirl of the passionfruit whipped cream. Top with the choux lid you cut off earlier.

Finish with gold leaf if desired. Chill until ready to serve. Store remainders in the fridge - I like to keep them loosely tented with plastic wrap rather than in an airtight container to stop them from going soggy.

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Earl Grey Buns with Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Nib Filling


 
Earl Grey Buns with Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Nib Filling. Fluffy brioche dough is filled with an earl grey dark chocolate custard, and a crunchy cacao nib filling, then rolled up and sliced into buns. Once baked, the rolls are brushed with butter and rolled in a cocoa nib earl grey sugar. Rich and indulgent, and the most perfect treat. #earlgreybuns #chocolatebuns #earlgreycustard
Earl Grey Buns with Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Nib Filling. Fluffy brioche dough is filled with an earl grey dark chocolate custard, and a crunchy cacao nib filling, then rolled up and sliced into buns. Once baked, the rolls are brushed with butter and rolled in a cocoa nib earl grey sugar. Rich and indulgent, and the most perfect treat. #earlgreybuns #chocolatebuns #earlgreycustard
Earl Grey Buns with Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Nib Filling. Fluffy brioche dough is filled with an earl grey dark chocolate custard, and a crunchy cacao nib filling, then rolled up and sliced into buns. Once baked, the rolls are brushed with butter and rolled in a cocoa nib earl grey sugar. Rich and indulgent, and the most perfect treat. #earlgreybuns #chocolatebuns #earlgreycustard
Earl Grey Buns with Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Nib Filling. Fluffy brioche dough is filled with an earl grey dark chocolate custard, and a crunchy cacao nib filling, then rolled up and sliced into buns. Once baked, the rolls are brushed with butter and rolled in a cocoa nib earl grey sugar. Rich and indulgent, and the most perfect treat. #earlgreybuns #chocolatebuns #earlgreycustard
Earl Grey Buns with Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Nib Filling. Fluffy brioche dough is filled with an earl grey dark chocolate custard, and a crunchy cacao nib filling, then rolled up and sliced into buns. Once baked, the rolls are brushed with butter and rolled in a cocoa nib earl grey sugar. Rich and indulgent, and the most perfect treat. #earlgreybuns #chocolatebuns #earlgreycustard
Earl Grey Buns with Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Nib Filling. Fluffy brioche dough is filled with an earl grey dark chocolate custard, and a crunchy cacao nib filling, then rolled up and sliced into buns. Once baked, the rolls are brushed with butter and rolled in a cocoa nib earl grey sugar. Rich and indulgent, and the most perfect treat. #earlgreybuns #chocolatebuns #earlgreycustard
Earl Grey Buns with Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Nib Filling. Fluffy brioche dough is filled with an earl grey dark chocolate custard, and a crunchy cacao nib filling, then rolled up and sliced into buns. Once baked, the rolls are brushed with butter and rolled in a cocoa nib earl grey sugar. Rich and indulgent, and the most perfect treat. #earlgreybuns #chocolatebuns #earlgreycustard
Earl Grey Buns with Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Nib Filling. Fluffy brioche dough is filled with an earl grey dark chocolate custard, and a crunchy cacao nib filling, then rolled up and sliced into buns. Once baked, the rolls are brushed with butter and rolled in a cocoa nib earl grey sugar. Rich and indulgent, and the most perfect treat. #earlgreybuns #chocolatebuns #earlgreycustard
Earl Grey Buns with Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Nib Filling. Fluffy brioche dough is filled with an earl grey dark chocolate custard, and a crunchy cacao nib filling, then rolled up and sliced into buns. Once baked, the rolls are brushed with butter and rolled in a cocoa nib earl grey sugar. Rich and indulgent, and the most perfect treat. #earlgreybuns #chocolatebuns #earlgreycustard

I have written and re-written this first wee bit of my post. Nothing I can seem to think of even comes close to how I am feeling right now - a very weird mixture of feelings. Huge sorrow for the Muslim Community back in New Zealand is the main one. I am just so, so sorry that these people came to New Zealand seeking safety, and we weren’t able to provide that. New Zealand is their home just as much as it is mine. There is also a sense of pride and hope - seeing how our leader has reacted, and seeing the country band together to support a community always reminds me why I am so proud to come from the country that I do. I really do hope that tragic events like this cause our country and the rest of the world to take a good hard look at the underlying racism and white supremacy issue that is so, so prevalent in New Zealand, whether we like it or not. We are ALL responsible for moving forward and for taking responsibility, and to stand in solidarity and unity to provide support to those whose rights may be in more danger than our own. We are all human, we all deserve to have the same rights. I believe speaking up is much more important than staying silent - even if it is just my voice adding to the chorus of people showing support. This isn’t about how we are affected individually - it is how we are going to unite as a whole to provide support.

Once again, I turn to food as my way of showing love and support. Today’s recipe is one that I made a while back - it is a riff on a recipe from one of my favourite books, Making Chocolate, which is from the makers of Dandelion Chocolate, an amazing small batch chocolate factory in San Francisco. They released their book last year, and I have been slowly making my way through it - each recipe I make seems to quickly become a new favourite (the chocolate spread I seem to put into everything is from this book!).

I had been eyeing their cocoa nib buns up for a long time, and when I finally got around to making them, I couldn’t help but riff on them slightly. I stuck to my theory of “if you can infuse it, you can add earl grey to it”, and as per usual, it worked out very, very well. I added ground earl grey tea leaves to the dough, then infused the gooey chocolate custard filling with earl grey, which is then covered with a cocoa nib and brown sugar mixture, before being rolled up and cut into buns. These are made in a muffin tin, which causes the top to pop out slightly as they are baking, which makes them super cute. The chocolate custard filling bakes up to be gooey and perfect, with a lovely crunch from the cocoa nibs. The buns are then brushed with butter, and, while still slightly warm, rolled in a cocoa nib and earl grey sugar. The result is one of the most decadent, delicious buns I have ever had - I am obsessed with the chocolate custard filling, and the perfect spiral on these wee things.

A few wee tips:

  • The Dough needs an overnight rise, and the custard ideally needs to cool overnight, which makes these the perfect breakfast pastry.

  • Good quality chocolate is super important here - I used a 70% bar, which I chopped up.

  • If Earl Grey isn’t your thing, you can leave out the tea in the dough, and skip the infusing step custard and just use 150g of whole milk. Leave the tea out of the finishing sugar, and add 4 teaspoons of cinnamon.

 

 

Earl Grey Buns with Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Nib Filling

- Makes about 9 buns -

Recipe adapted from ‘Making Chocolate’ by Dandelion Chocolate

Brioche Dough
3g (1 tsp) active dried yeast
42g (3 Tbsp) Sugar
110g (1/2 cup) warm water
1 large egg
110g (1/2 cup) heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
385g (2 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
5g loose leaf earl grey tea, finely ground
3 Tbsp Unsalted butter, melted

Chocolate Earl Grey Custard Filling
220g whole milk
10g loose leaf earl grey tea
115g chopped 70% chocolate
1 large egg
50g sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
pinch of salt

Cocoa Nib Filling
110g (1/2 cup) light brown sugar
60g (1/2 cup) cocoa nibs

Earl Grey Sugar
200g Sugar
30g (1/4 cup) cocoa nibs
pinch of salt
5g loose leaf tea

- PROCESS -

BREAD DOUGH

Place the yeast, sugar, and warm water in a medium sized bowl, and stir to combine. Leave for 10-15 minutes, or until foamy.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, cream, and vanilla bean paste.

Place the flour, salt, and earl grey tea in a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Add the yeast and water mixture, the cream and egg mixture, and the melted butter, and mix on low until the dough comes together.

Increase the mixer speed and mix on medium for 8-10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and pulling away from the edges of the bowl.

Remove the dough from the bowl, shape into a ball, and then lightly grease either the mixing bowl, or a large bowl, and place the ball of dough in it. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave to rise overnight in the fridge.  

CHOCOLATE EARL GREY CUSTARD

In a medium saucepan, heat the milk to just shy of a simmer. Add the loose leaf tea, cover, and steep for 20 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, pressing with a spoon to get as much flavour as possible from the tea. Clean the saucepan, then re-weigh the milk and top up to 150g if needed. Warm again to just shy of a simmer.

Melt the chocolate either in a double boiler, or in 30 second increments in the microwave. Set aside.. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg, sugar, vanilla bean paste, and salt.

Add about half of the hot earl grey milk mixture to the egg mix, whisking constantly. Whisk until smooth, then return to the saucepan with the rest of the milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Remove the milk mixture from the heat and pour over the melted chocolate, whisking to combine, and finishing with an immersion blender if needed.

Place in an airtight container and press a piece of plastic wrap directly against the surface of the custard. Place in the fridge to chill overnight.

ASSEMBLY

Lightly grease a muffin pan with butter or non stick cooking spray. Combine the light brown sugar and cocoa nibs in a medium bowl. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll into a rectangle 13”x18” (33x45cm).

Spread the cooled chocolate custard evenly over the surface of the custard using an offset spatula. Sprinkle with the sugar and cocoa nib mixture, and press down lightly to adhere.

Starting at a long end, roll the dough up into a tight spiral log. Cut into 2” pieces using a sharp knife. Place each piece into a cavity in the muffin pan.

Lightly cover the muffin pan with plastic wrap, and leave in a warm place to rise for 30 to 45 minutes. While the buns are rising, preheat the oven to 350°f / 180°c.

Once the buns are risen, bake for 20 to 25 minutes, rotating the pan once to ensure even browning.

While the buns are baking, place the cocoa nibs and loose leaf tea in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Sift through a strainer, and then combine the sifted mixture with the sugar and salt.

Remove the baked buns from the oven, and allow to stand for 10 minutes, then remove from the muffin tin. Brush each all over with melted butter, then roll in the cocoa earl grey sugar.

Serve immediately. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

Earl Grey Buns with Dark Chocolate and Cocoa Nib Filling. Fluffy brioche dough is filled with an earl grey dark chocolate custard, and a crunchy cacao nib filling, then rolled up and sliced into buns. Once baked, the rolls are brushed with butter and rolled in a cocoa nib earl grey sugar. Rich and indulgent, and the most perfect treat. #earlgreybuns #chocolatebuns #earlgreycustard

Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate Ganache filled Brioche Doughnuts


 
Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate Ganache filled Brioche Doughnuts - Fluffy brioche doughnuts are rolled in sugar, then filled with a silky salted caramel and milk chocolate ganache. These are the ultimate treat - the rich chocolate ganache is a total game changer. #doughnuts #briochedoughnuts
Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate Ganache filled Brioche Doughnuts - Fluffy brioche doughnuts are rolled in sugar, then filled with a silky salted caramel and milk chocolate ganache. These are the ultimate treat - the rich chocolate ganache is a total game changer. #doughnuts #briochedoughnuts
Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate Ganache filled Brioche Doughnuts - Fluffy brioche doughnuts are rolled in sugar, then filled with a silky salted caramel and milk chocolate ganache. These are the ultimate treat - the rich chocolate ganache is a total game changer. #doughnuts #briochedoughnuts
Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate Ganache filled Brioche Doughnuts - Fluffy brioche doughnuts are rolled in sugar, then filled with a silky salted caramel and milk chocolate ganache. These are the ultimate treat - the rich chocolate ganache is a total game changer. #doughnuts #briochedoughnuts
Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate Ganache filled Brioche Doughnuts - Fluffy brioche doughnuts are rolled in sugar, then filled with a silky salted caramel and milk chocolate ganache. These are the ultimate treat - the rich chocolate ganache is a total game changer. #doughnuts #briochedoughnuts
Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate Ganache filled Brioche Doughnuts - Fluffy brioche doughnuts are rolled in sugar, then filled with a silky salted caramel and milk chocolate ganache. These are the ultimate treat - the rich chocolate ganache is a total game changer. #doughnuts #briochedoughnuts
Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate Ganache filled Brioche Doughnuts - Fluffy brioche doughnuts are rolled in sugar, then filled with a silky salted caramel and milk chocolate ganache. These are the ultimate treat - the rich chocolate ganache is a total game changer. #doughnuts #briochedoughnuts
Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate Ganache filled Brioche Doughnuts - Fluffy brioche doughnuts are rolled in sugar, then filled with a silky salted caramel and milk chocolate ganache. These are the ultimate treat - the rich chocolate ganache is a total game changer. #doughnuts #briochedoughnuts

Oye. It’s been a rough few days. My heart hurts for New Zealand - I am heartbroken that such a thing happened in my country, which has always seemed like such a safe haven. It’s reminded me just how important unity and acceptance is, and that we must always stand in each other’s corner. Everyone is welcome here.

Something else I was reminded about though, seeing the country rally behind a community, was how instrumental food is in bringing people together. Whenever things get a bit rough or a bit stressful, either for us or for someone I love, I always find myself turning back to food. It provides a bridge - a common ground everyone can relate to, and is a way of sharing. It can speak the words that may be too difficult to say. It really is my way of expressing love, and I know that rings true for a lot of people. There are few better ways to show you’re there for someone than through providing food.

This recipe is particularly relevant today, because Doughnuts are something that I often make to bring to others if I know they are having a hard time or are in need of some support. I took my all time favourite brioche recipe, which seems to sneak its way into so many things I make, spiked it with some vanilla bean, and shaped it into balls, which I then fried up into fluffy, crunchy, sugary brioche doughnuts. You really can’t get any better than a fresh doughnut.

I then filled them with a new to me filling - a salted caramel milk chocolate ganache. The process behind this is super clever - you make a caramel, and then pour it over chocolate and emulsify it in, the same way you would with the ganache. The result is silky and fudgy, with a creaminess from the milk chocolate and a sweetness from the caramel. It makes the perfect doughnut filling - I will definitely be using it in a bunch more things to come.

In the past I have always used a vegetable oil or canola oil to fry with, but recently I have started using Filippo Berio’s Extra Light Olive Oil. Not only is it a more healthy option, but it is great quality and has a high smoke point (410°f - 446°f), which makes it perfect for frying. It is super light in taste, so there is no need to worry about the flavour of the oil transferring to your baked goods. It is definitely my go to from now on - I really recommend giving frying in olive oil a try and see how it goes!

A few wee tips:

  • The Ganache (which is possibly my new favourite thing) needs to cool overnight in order to firm up. It can be made ahead if desired. If you have any leftover, it makes incredible salted caramel hot chocolates when you mix it with warm milk.

  • You ideally need a stick blender / emulsion blender for the ganache. It helps to emulsify the caramel, giving you a super silky finish. A stick blender is a great investment - I use mine loads for making curds and creams, and also a whole bunch for making salad dressing (It makes super quick aioli!).

  • I made the brioche dough the night before, and did the first rise overnight in the fridge, which makes the process feel a little less involved.

  • Make sure that you give the doughnuts adequate time to cool before filling, otherwise the ganache will melt.

  • It seems like a lot of oil used, but I wait for the oil to cool once I am finished frying, then just return to the bottle and use again another time. You can use it a bunch of times before you need to dispose of it! You need it to be deep enough that the doughnuts don’t touch the bottom.

  • A thermometer is super important when you are deep frying - too hot and the doughnuts won’t cook inside, and too cold and they will soak up oil and be too greasy. Make sure to test the oil between batches to make sure that it hasn’t changed too much. Frying in cast iron helps this a lot.

 

 

Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate Ganache filled Brioche Doughnuts

- Makes about 12 -

Salted Caramel and Milk Chocolate Ganache
270g milk chocolate, chopped
540g heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
3/4 tsp salt
35g water
240g sugar
30g light corn syrup or glucose
50g unsalted butter, at room temperature

Brioche Dough
1 envelope (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
250g (1 cup) whole milk, lukewarm
4 Tbsp (50g) sugar
565g (3 3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
90g (6 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature

For Frying
Filippo Berio Extra Light Olive Oil
150g sugar, for rolling doughnuts


 

- PROCESS -

SALTED CARAMEL MILK CHOCOLATE GANACHE

Place the chopped chocolate in a medium heat proof bowl.

In a small, heavy bottomed saucepan, place the cream, vanilla bean paste and salt, and place over low heat. You just want to warm it - not let it boil.

In a medium heavy bottomed pan, combine the water, sugar, and corn syrup. Place over medium heat. Cook, stirring or swirling the pan occasionally, until the mixture is a deep amber colour. Remove from the heat and adda third of the warmed cream mixture. Be careful as it will steam and sputter. Whisk well to combine. Add the second third, combine, then add the remaining cream, and whisk until well incorporated.

Pour a third of the the caramel cream mixture over the chopped chocolate, then cover the bowl with a lid or plate and leave to stand for 2 minutes. Mix with a stick blender to emulsify the mixture. Add the remaining caramel mixture in two additions, mixing well with the stick blender to ensure even incorporation.

Cool the mixture to 95°f / 35°c (you can either leave it at room temperature, stirring occasionally, which will take some time, or you can pop it into the fridge, stirring and checking the temperature often), then add in the butter and mix with the stick blender to emulsify. Transfer to an airtight container and leave to set overnight in the fridge.

BRIOCHE DOUGH

In a small bowl, combine the yeast, milk and 2 Tbsp of the sugar. Mix well, and leave to sit for 10-15 minutes, or until foamy.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the flour, salt, and remaining 2 Tbsp sugar. Mix briefly to combine. Add the eggs, vanilla, and foamy yeast mixture to the bowl. Mix on low for 2-3 minutes, until the dough is starting to come together. It may look slightly dry but do not worry - it will mix together nicely in the next steps. Increase the mixer speed to medium, and mix for another 10 minutes, until the dough is soft and smooth.

Reduce the mixer speed to low, and add the butter a little at a time, waiting until it is fully incorporated into the dough before adding the next piece. This process should take 3-4 minutes. Once the butter is fully incorporated, increase the mixer speed to medium, and mix for a further 5 minutes, until the dough is very soft and smooth.

Transfer to an oiled bowl, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Place in a warm spot until doubled in size, approximately 1 - 1 1/2 hours. Alternatively the first rise can be done overnight in the fridge.

Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface. Weigh the dough, and divide into 12 equal weight portions. Roll each portion into a tight ball. Place the rolled doughnuts on a baking tray sheet with parchment paper, leaving adequate space between (you may need two baking sheets).

Leave the doughnuts to proof for a further 20 minutes. When you poke them lightly with your finger, it should leave a small indentation that springs back.

While the doughnuts are proofing, heat Filippo Berio Extra Light Olive Oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot (cast iron works great). Heat the oil to 350°f / 180°c. Place a wire rack over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the sugar in a shallow bowl.

Once the oil has come to temperature, test it with a few scraps of dough. Gently lower the doughnuts, two at a time, into the hot oil. Cook , flipping every 30 seconds, for 3-4 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oil using a slotted spoon and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool for 30 seconds before tossing in the sugar. Repeat the process with the rest of the doughnuts. Once the doughnuts are totally cool, poke a hole in them using a chopstick, and widen the hole using your finger.

FILLING

Transfer the chocolate ganache to a piping bag filled with a round piping tip. Fill each doughnut with the ganache - you will feel it become heavy in your hand, and will begin to come out the top a little. Pipe a small blob of ganache on the doughnut where the filling pokes out.

Doughnuts are best served on the day that they are made.

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