Banoffee Doughnuts - Brioche Doughnuts with Banana Salted Caramel Ganache and Honeycomb


 
Banoffee Doughnuts - Brioche Doughnuts with Banana Salted Caramel Ganache and Honeycomb #banoffee #doughnuts #briochedoughnuts
Banoffee Doughnuts - Brioche Doughnuts with Banana Salted Caramel Ganache and Honeycomb #banoffee #doughnuts #briochedoughnuts
Banoffee Doughnuts - Brioche Doughnuts with Banana Salted Caramel Ganache and Honeycomb #banoffee #doughnuts #briochedoughnuts
Banoffee Doughnuts - Brioche Doughnuts with Banana Salted Caramel Ganache and Honeycomb #banoffee #doughnuts #briochedoughnuts
Banoffee Doughnuts - Brioche Doughnuts with Banana Salted Caramel Ganache and Honeycomb #banoffee #doughnuts #briochedoughnuts
Banoffee Doughnuts - Brioche Doughnuts with Banana Salted Caramel Ganache and Honeycomb #banoffee #doughnuts #briochedoughnuts

Hi! Happy happy Friday! Just popping by with a quick doughnut recipe which I made earlier this week - a take on a banoffee pie, but as a doughnut. Banoffee pie gets its name from “banana toffee” - it was my favourite thing to make when I was younger using a can of caramel condensed milk and some crushed biscuits and cream. We used to make it in the halls of residence when I was at university because it was no bake situation and we could put it together in a tin foil baking dish. Definitely very rustic, but so, so good.

I stuck with my regular brioche fried doughnuts, then I played up the banoffee vibe by making a banana salted caramel ganache to fill the doughnuts. The recipe came from my friend Lisa, who suggested that rather than making a caramel and then also stuffing in the banana, I incorporate the banana right into the caramel itself. It wasn’t a concept I had heard of before, but I gave it a go, and oh my, I love how it came out. Incorporating in the banana means that the banana flavour is super strong, and also helps cut through the sweetness of the caramel. I poured the finished caramel over some white chocolate to form a ganache and to help add some thickness, and it makes the most perfect doughnut filling - all the flavour of banana and caramel and no having to deal with slimy bananas.

I finished these off with a chunk of my favourite candy to make - honeycomb, or hokey pokey as we call it in New Zealand. It’s sugar and golden syrup cooked together, and then baking soda is added at the very last second to make it foamy and delicious. It’s super fun and easy to make, and so, so delicious. I just popped a chunk on the top of each doughnut to give a little textural element. It’s totally an optional step, but a fun and delicious one. Happy Doughnutting!

A few wee tips:

  • The honeycomb is super humidity sensitive, so make sure you store it in an airtight container as soon as it is set. I usually make it on a sheet pan but this time I poured the hot honeycomb into a loaf pan which gave me huge bubbles and much thicker pieces.

  • The Ganache needs a while to set - I like to make it the night before and leave it to chill overnight in the fridge. Don’t worry if it looks really runny, it will set up!

  • An immersion / stick blender will be your good friend when making the caramel and then when incorporating in the chocolate.

  • Because of the bananas in the caramel, the ganache does have a bit more of a ‘slimy’ texture than a regular salted caramel ganache. It’s super delicious, I just wanted to note!

  • If you wanted other filling options, I have a bunch more here on the site - Roasted Strawberry and custard, Salted Caramel Milk Chocolate Ganache, and a Passionfruit filling. All so, so good!

 

 

Banoffee Doughnuts - Brioche Doughnuts with Banana Salted Caramel Ganache and Honeycomb

- Makes about 12 doughnuts -

Banana Salted Caramel Ganache
250g granulated sugar
125g unsalted butter, at room temperature
70g heavy cream, at room temperature
1 tsp salt
550g bananas, peeled and finely chopped
300g white chocolate, chopped

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

Honeycomb
65g granulated sugar
45g golden syrup (you can also use corn syrup or honey or glucose but it won’t taste the same)
1 tsp baking soda, sifted

For Frying
Neutral oil such as canola or vegetable oil
150g sugar, for rolling doughnuts

 

- PROCESS -

BANANA SALTED CARAMEL GANACHE

Place the sugar in a medium saucepan, and place over medium heat. Heat the sugar, stirring occasionally with a whisk, until all of the sugar has melted (the sugar will clump as you heat, but continue to stir - it will soon smooth out). Continue to cook the caramel until it is amber in colour and just beginning to smoke slightly.

Remove from the heat, add the butter all at once, and whisk until it is combined and emulsifed. Add the cream and the salt and whisk until combined.

Add the chopped bananas and return to the heat, and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the bananas have softened. Remove from the heat and carefully blend using an immersion blender, or transfer to a high speed blender and blend until smooth (take care to leave the lid ajar a little to account for the hot liquid so it doesn’t explode).

Place the chopped chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Pour the hot salted caramel over the chocolate and cover with a plate. Leave to stand for 3 minutes to melt the chocolate, and then emulsify with the immersion blender.

Transfer the ganache to an airtight container, and refrigerate until chilled and thickened.

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. If you would like to make smaller doughnuts, divide into 16. 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 the neutral oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot (cast iron works great), or in a deep fryer. 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.

HONEYCOMB

Line a baking tray or loaf pan (see notes) with parchment paper or silpat. Measure out baking soda into a ramekin. In a small pot, over medium heat, combine sugar and golden syrup. Heat until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil, and boil for two minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and add baking soda and quickly stir to incorporate. Mixture will become very frothy. Pour out onto prepared tray. Leave to harden. When set, cut into small pieces. Store in an airtight container.

ASSEMBLY

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. Top with a piece of honeycomb.

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

Banoffee Doughnuts - Brioche Doughnuts with Banana Salted Caramel Ganache and Honeycomb #banoffee #doughnuts #briochedoughnuts

Mini Cinnamon Sugar Brioche Doughnuts


 
Fluffy miniature brioche doughnuts - an easy brioche dough is given an overnight rise, then rolled out and cut into tiny, perfect doughnuts, which are fried until golden brown, then rolled in cinnamon sugar. The perfect mouthful of fluffy doughnut, and sweet, spicy sugar. #briochedoughnut #cinnamonsugar #yeastdoughnut
Fluffy miniature brioche doughnuts - an easy brioche dough is given an overnight rise, then rolled out and cut into tiny, perfect doughnuts, which are fried until golden brown, then rolled in cinnamon sugar. The perfect mouthful of fluffy doughnut, and sweet, spicy sugar. #briochedoughnut #cinnamonsugar #yeastdoughnut
Fluffy miniature brioche doughnuts - an easy brioche dough is given an overnight rise, then rolled out and cut into tiny, perfect doughnuts, which are fried until golden brown, then rolled in cinnamon sugar. The perfect mouthful of fluffy doughnut, and sweet, spicy sugar. #briochedoughnut #cinnamonsugar #yeastdoughnut
Fluffy miniature brioche doughnuts - an easy brioche dough is given an overnight rise, then rolled out and cut into tiny, perfect doughnuts, which are fried until golden brown, then rolled in cinnamon sugar. The perfect mouthful of fluffy doughnut, and sweet, spicy sugar. #briochedoughnut #cinnamonsugar #yeastdoughnut
Fluffy miniature brioche doughnuts - an easy brioche dough is given an overnight rise, then rolled out and cut into tiny, perfect doughnuts, which are fried until golden brown, then rolled in cinnamon sugar. The perfect mouthful of fluffy doughnut, and sweet, spicy sugar. #briochedoughnut #cinnamonsugar #yeastdoughnut
Fluffy miniature brioche doughnuts - an easy brioche dough is given an overnight rise, then rolled out and cut into tiny, perfect doughnuts, which are fried until golden brown, then rolled in cinnamon sugar. The perfect mouthful of fluffy doughnut, and sweet, spicy sugar. #briochedoughnut #cinnamonsugar #yeastdoughnut
Fluffy miniature brioche doughnuts - an easy brioche dough is given an overnight rise, then rolled out and cut into tiny, perfect doughnuts, which are fried until golden brown, then rolled in cinnamon sugar. The perfect mouthful of fluffy doughnut, and sweet, spicy sugar. #briochedoughnut #cinnamonsugar #yeastdoughnut
Fluffy miniature brioche doughnuts - an easy brioche dough is given an overnight rise, then rolled out and cut into tiny, perfect doughnuts, which are fried until golden brown, then rolled in cinnamon sugar. The perfect mouthful of fluffy doughnut, and sweet, spicy sugar. #briochedoughnut #cinnamonsugar #yeastdoughnut

Hi! Happy Sunday! Things have been same old same old round here, buuuuut I just got a deep fryer a few weeks ago, so I have been on a mission to fry alllll of the things! I love making doughnuts, and have been tossing up with the idea of getting one for a while now, and I finally bit the bullet and ordered one, and it has been a GAME CHANGER. I got a pretty small one (NYC life), but I love how evenly it holds the temperature, meaning I don’t have to fuss lots with measuring each time, and it has a nice little basket, which fulfills my childhood dream of working in a fish and chip shop! Until now I have been using a cast iron dutch oven and a thermometer, which also works super well, so whatever you have, use it! It’s worth it for doughnuts.

As part of my quest to fry all of the things (there’s an epic cruller recipe coming your way next week too), I figured it was about time I finally posted a mini version of my fave doughnut recipe! I have been meaning to make these for a while now, and then recently the lovely Sarah posted some on Instagram, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them since, so here we are! I grew up with mini doughnuts as a treat - Mum sometimes used to bring them home from the supermarket, and we would heat them until they were semi-nuclear, then have them as an after school snack. I stuck with the classic cinnamon sugar coating, although you could toss these in anything that you like!

This is literally my regular brioche recipe (that I use in about every third post, she’s a versatile wee thing), but made into little doughnuts. That’s it! They are yum. I’m a big fan of cinnamon sugar, and so these are a great way to get that ideal cinnamon sugar : doughnut ratio. You should make them.

A few wee tips:

  • Chilled dough is easiest to work with and cut out, so I recommend giving these an overnight rise in the fridge if you can. Alternatively you could roll it out, place it on a sheet pan (you may need to divide it in two), cover with plastic wrap, and pop in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to help firm up.

  • If you choose not to do the overnight rise, I would recommend popping the cut out doughnuts on small squares of parchment paper, so that you can avoid touching the dough when transferring to the fryer or pot, which may leave little dents. You just stick the whole thing, paper and all, into the pot, then remove the paper with tongs! I find this a bit labour intensive so I often skip it, but if you are worried about mis-shapen doughnuts, you might want to include this step!

  • You will need a thermometer for frying. I like using a dutch oven too because they retain heat well. Check the temperature of the oil before each batch - too hot and the insides don’t cook in time, and too cool and the doughnuts soak up oil.

  • I love these heavy on the cinnamon, so dial it back a bit if you don’t!

 

 

Mini Cinnamon Sugar Brioche Doughnuts

- Makes about 40 doughnuts -

Doughnut 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

Neutral oil for frying

Cinnamon Sugar
200g granulated sugar
3 Tbsp cinnamon (reduce this slightly if you don’t like strong cinnamon flavour)
1/4 tsp vanilla powder (optional)

 

- PROCESS -

DOUGHNUTS

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 overnight in the fridge to rise (see notes)

Line two sheet pans with parchment paper. Turn the dough out onto a well floured surface. Roll until it is 1/2” thickness.

Using a 1 3/4” round cutter, cut out circles of dough. Using a very small round cutter or a milkshake straw (I used a metal bubble tea straw), cut a circle out of the middle of each round of dough. Place onto the lined sheet pan. Repeat until you have cut out all of the dough - scraps can be pressed together and re-rolled. I like to use the scrap ones for the first test fry, as they sometimes turn out a little wonky.

Lightly cover the cut-out doughnuts with plastic wrap, and leave to rise for 45-50 minutes, until puffy. When you poke them lightly with your finger, it should leave a small indentation that springs back.

In the last 15-20 minutes of the doughnuts proofing, heat neutral oil to 350°f / 180°c in a large heavy-bottomed pot (cast iron works great). Place a wire rack over a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Combine all the ingredients for the cinnamon sugar in a medium bowl.

Once the oil has come to temperature, test it with a few scraps of dough, or your doughnuts you cut from the re-rolled dough. Gently lower the doughnuts, up to six at a time (depending on the size of your pot), 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.

Best eaten the day that they are made, but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container and briefly reheated in the microwave before eating.

Fluffy miniature brioche doughnuts - an easy brioche dough is given an overnight rise, then rolled out and cut into tiny, perfect doughnuts, which are fried until golden brown, then rolled in cinnamon sugar. The perfect mouthful of fluffy doughnut, and sweet, spicy sugar. #briochedoughnut #cinnamonsugar #yeastdoughnut

Basil Pesto and Feta Stuffed Savoury Brioche Doughnuts


 
Basil Pesto and Feta Stuffed Savoury Brioche Doughnuts - Brioche dough is wrapped around a basil pesto and feta filling, then fried to golden brown perfection #savoury #savory #briochedoughnut #pestoandfeta #donut #brioche
Basil Pesto and Feta Stuffed Savoury Brioche Doughnuts - Brioche dough is wrapped around a basil pesto and feta filling, then fried to golden brown perfection #savoury #savory #briochedoughnut #pestoandfeta #donut #brioche
Basil Pesto and Feta Stuffed Savoury Brioche Doughnuts - Brioche dough is wrapped around a basil pesto and feta filling, then fried to golden brown perfection #savoury #savory #briochedoughnut #pestoandfeta #donut #brioche
Basil Pesto and Feta Stuffed Savoury Brioche Doughnuts - Brioche dough is wrapped around a basil pesto and feta filling, then fried to golden brown perfection #savoury #savory #briochedoughnut #pestoandfeta #donut #brioche
Basil Pesto and Feta Stuffed Savoury Brioche Doughnuts - Brioche dough is wrapped around a basil pesto and feta filling, then fried to golden brown perfection #savoury #savory #briochedoughnut #pestoandfeta #donut #brioche

Hi Hi and Happy Sunday! Things are kind of chaotic around here - we head to New Zealand on Wednesday, so are furiously packing / cleaning / trying to shoot as many things as I can so I have content while I am away. I love going back home to visit so, so much, but the lead up to actually leaving always has me a little frazzled. Which makes it easy to sleep on the plane, but it is never not stressful. We have got a bunch of things planned while we are home - a mixture of some extreme adulting and then catching up with friends and family. I can't wait! 

One thing I have already promised to do when I get home is to make doughnuts! They are such a fun thing to make for a morning or afternoon tea - still nice and simple, but different enough that everyone is always super excited by them. Up until now I have only really made sweet doughnuts before (I actually have three doughnut recipes up and coming for you!), but wanted to try a savoury version this time, so turned to the classic combination of Pesto and Feta. And let me tell you right now - I'm hooked. 

I used my go-to brioche dough, which is insanely versatile and can be used for knots, babkas, twists, doughnuts, hamburger buns, you name it, it probably works. I developed it maybe a year or so ago, and I love how reliable and adaptable it is. I added a little lemon zest and cracked pepper to the dough, then once it had done its first rise, I divided it into 12 balls, then stuffed each one with some feta, and Filippo Berio Basil Pesto. The combination of Pesto and feta is a well-loved one, but it never gets old. The salty feta compliments the herby pesto, making the perfect filling for so many things, including savoury doughnuts. It is such a nice change to have a doughnut that isn't sweet or fruit filled - these will be making their way into my recipe rotation, and I do hope that you give them a try!

This is my fourth post in partnership with Filippo Berio, helping to showcase their amazing product as part of their pestonality tour. Until now I had made most of my own pesto because I wasn't able to find a good jarred pesto, but all of that has changed Last weekend Rich and I went to Bridgehampton to visit them at the Hampton Classic, and had the best time! I had no idea horse jumping would be so, so exciting to watch, and the setting was so beautiful. I've attached a few photos underneath of the day. Happy Doughnutting!

A few wee tips:

  • If you want to make these early in the day, you can do the first rise in the fridge - the dough may just need to sit out slightly before you start working with it.

  • When you roll these, you kind of cup your hand over the roll and move it in a circle so that the friction between the dough and the surface seals off the filling. Make sure to give it a good pinch too. Because you need the friction, don't heavily flour your surface.

  • I use a dutch oven to fry doughnuts in and love it because of how well and evenly it retains the heat. A digital or candy thermometer that clips onto the side is also very helpful - make sure your oil is deep enough and that the tip of the thermometer is in the middle of the oil in order to get an accurate reading.

 

 

Basil Pesto and Feta Stuffed Savoury Brioche Doughnuts

- Makes about 12 Doughnuts -

Brioche Dough
240g (1 cup) whole milk, lukewarm
2 1/4 tsp active dried yeast
2 Tbsp Sugar
565g all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
Zest of 1 lemon
A few turns of black pepper
2 eggs, at room temperature
90g unsalted butter, soft

Filling
110g feta cheese
50g Filippo Berio Basil Pesto

Vegetable Oil for Frying
Flaky Sea Salt such as Maldon to finish

 

- PROCESS -

BRIOCHE DOUGH

In a small bowl, combine the yeast, milk and 1 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, remaining 1 Tbsp sugar, lemon zest, and pepper. Mix briefly to combine. Add the eggs 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. If it is not coming together, add extra milk a teaspoon at a time. 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. 

Place in a lightly oiled bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Leave in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours

FILLING AND ASSEMBLY

Place all of the filling ingredients in a small bowl, and mix well to combine.

Turn out the dough onto a very lightly floured surface. Weigh, and divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, and place under plastic wrap. 

Fill a dutch oven or heavy bottomed saucepan half way with neutral oil, and heat to 350˚f / 180˚c. 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Working with one piece of dough at a time, flatten it out using your hands until it is about 4 inches (10cm) diameter. Place a tablespoon of filling in the middle, then pinch closed with your fingers, then roll it on the work surface into a ball, taking care not to puncture it so that the filling does not escape. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

Working in batches and frying 2 or 3 doughnuts at a time, fry the doughnuts in the oil, flipping frequently to ensure even browning. Fry for 5-6 minutes per doughnut, until golden brown and cooked throughout (break one of the first ones open and give it a little test to make sure it is done). Transfer to a baking sheet lined with a wire rack to drain.

Repeat the process with the remaining doughnuts. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt before serving. Best eaten on the day that they are made. 

Basil Pesto and Feta Stuffed Savoury Brioche Doughnuts - Brioche dough is wrapped around a basil pesto and feta filling, then fried to golden brown perfection #savoury #savory #briochedoughnut #pestoandfeta #donut #brioche
Basil Pesto and Feta Stuffed Savoury Brioche Doughnuts - Brioche dough is wrapped around a basil pesto and feta filling, then fried to golden brown perfection #savoury #savory #briochedoughnut #pestoandfeta #donut #brioche
Basil Pesto and Feta Stuffed Savoury Brioche Doughnuts - Brioche dough is wrapped around a basil pesto and feta filling, then fried to golden brown perfection #savoury #savory #briochedoughnut #pestoandfeta #donut #brioche

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