Mini Pastry Cream Filled Brioche Doughnuts


 
Perfectly fluffy mini brioche doughnuts are fried to perfection, rolled in sugar, and filled with flavoured pastry cream. A whole tray of mini doughnuts would be perfect for a special occasion or gathering, as they are a hit with all ages! #doughnut #briochedoughnut
Perfectly fluffy mini brioche doughnuts are fried to perfection, rolled in sugar, and filled with flavoured pastry cream. A whole tray of mini doughnuts would be perfect for a special occasion or gathering, as they are a hit with all ages! #doughnut #briochedoughnut
Perfectly fluffy mini brioche doughnuts are fried to perfection, rolled in sugar, and filled with flavoured pastry cream. A whole tray of mini doughnuts would be perfect for a special occasion or gathering, as they are a hit with all ages! #doughnut #briochedoughnut
Perfectly fluffy mini brioche doughnuts are fried to perfection, rolled in sugar, and filled with flavoured pastry cream. A whole tray of mini doughnuts would be perfect for a special occasion or gathering, as they are a hit with all ages! #doughnut #briochedoughnut
Perfectly fluffy mini brioche doughnuts are fried to perfection, rolled in sugar, and filled with flavoured pastry cream. A whole tray of mini doughnuts would be perfect for a special occasion or gathering, as they are a hit with all ages! #doughnut #briochedoughnut
Perfectly fluffy mini brioche doughnuts are fried to perfection, rolled in sugar, and filled with flavoured pastry cream. A whole tray of mini doughnuts would be perfect for a special occasion or gathering, as they are a hit with all ages! #doughnut #briochedoughnut
Perfectly fluffy mini brioche doughnuts are fried to perfection, rolled in sugar, and filled with flavoured pastry cream. A whole tray of mini doughnuts would be perfect for a special occasion or gathering, as they are a hit with all ages! #doughnut #briochedoughnut
Perfectly fluffy mini brioche doughnuts are fried to perfection, rolled in sugar, and filled with flavoured pastry cream. A whole tray of mini doughnuts would be perfect for a special occasion or gathering, as they are a hit with all ages! #doughnut #briochedoughnut
Perfectly fluffy mini brioche doughnuts are fried to perfection, rolled in sugar, and filled with flavoured pastry cream. A whole tray of mini doughnuts would be perfect for a special occasion or gathering, as they are a hit with all ages! #doughnut #briochedoughnut

Hi hi and happy Saturday! I am just popping in here to share this wee recipe with you! I got a deep fryer maybe a few months ago and went on a quest to fry literally everything in sight. It’s great for making all kinds of things, but especially great for mini doughnuts. I made these brioche cinnamon ones a while back and they seemed to be a huge hit, so I figured it was time to try my hand at mini filled doughnuts!

I took my go to brioche dough, and turned it into these super cute wee doughnuts, which I rolled in a bunch of different flavoured sugars. I filled these guys with a vanilla bean pastry cream, which I made a big batch of and split into four, and flavoured it with something a wee bit new and exciting - Heilala Vanilla’s new infused Vanilla extracts! If you’ve been round here for a while you know what a massive massive fan I am of Heilala and their products - not only is it the most amazing vanilla in which they control production from growth to product, but it is run by the most amazing people who are making such a huge effort to give back to the kingdom of Tonga where their first vanilla orchids were planted. Heilala started a kickstarter to fund their new line of extracts a few weeks back, and there is just one week to go, so if you can, pop on over and pledge - you are going to want to get your hands on some of this amazing extract, as it is a total game changer. I’m so excited to play around with it a little more!

For these dougnuts, I divided the filling once it was made, and stirred through some of Heilala’s infused extracts. I ended up going with four flavours - the cocoa extract, the coffee extract, the oak aged vanilla extract, and the pumpkin spice extract. I also made up some flavoured sugars to correspond with the filling flavour. I had a little of the oak aged vanilla extract left over so also had a little play with making a strawberry sugar using some freeze dried strawberry powder, and it was so, so so good with the vanilla filling! I finished each off with a tiny garnish - a sprinkle of the flavour of the sugar, just to help tell which was which. The flavoured pastry cream was so unique and delicious, I honestly don’t think that I can decide which one was my favourite. The infused extracts are such an easy way to add a huge depth of flavour to whatever you are making.

These doughnuts would be so perfect for something like a children’s party or event - because they are mini it gives everyone the opportunity to try all of the different flavours. They would also make amazing larger doughnuts - to do this I would follow these shaping and frying instructions.

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

  • I like to make both the brioche dough and the pastry cream the night before to give them time to cool.

  • I divided up the pastry cream after making it and then flavoured it individually. You can definitely only do one type if you want - I would go with the oak aged vanilla, as it pairs perfectly with literally anything.

  • I also made a whole bunch of different flavoured sugars to roll the doughnuts in! You can make these any flavour that you like - basically you just add flavour powder in whatever form (coffee, spices, freeze dried fruit powder etc) to sugar and then use that to roll the doughnuts in.

 

 

Mini Pastry Cream Filled Brioche Doughnuts

- Makes about 45 doughnuts -

Pastry cream adapted from Bouchon bakery

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 Heilala vanilla bean paste
90g (6 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature

Neutral oil for frying

Vanilla Pastry Cream
132g egg yolks (about 8 yolks)
110g sugar
37g corn starch
1 tsp Heilala vanilla bean paste
550g whole milk
27g unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 tsp Heilala Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Vanilla Extract
3/4 tsp Heilala Vanilla Oak Aged Vanilla Extract
3/4 tsp Heilala Vanilla Coffee Vanilla Extract
3/4 tsp Heilala Vanilla Cocoa Vanilla Extract

To Finish
500g Sugar, divided into 100g portions
For Vanilla Sugar: add 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder to 100g sugar
For Coffee Sugar: add 1/2 tsp espresso powder to 100g sugar
For Strawberry Sugar: add 1/2 tsp Freeze Dried strawberry powder to 100g sugar
For Pumpkin Spice Sugar: add 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice to 100g sugar
For Cocoa sugar: add 1/2 tsp cocoa to 100g sugar

 

- 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).

 

PASTRY CREAM

In a large bowl, whisk together the yolks, sugar and cornflour in a bowl. 

In a medium pot, warm the milk and vanilla paste until there is movement just around the edges of the milk - do not bring it to the boil. 

Remove the milk from the heat, and, whisking constantly, add half of the milk mixture into the egg and cornflour mixture to temper the egg yolks. Whisk briskly for 30 seconds. Transfer the milk-yolk mixture back to the pot, and return to a medium heat. Whisk constantly until very thick. 

Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter, mixing well until totally combined. Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes, whisking occasionally. 

Weigh the pastry cream and divide into four if flavouring. Add 3/4 tsp each flavour of Heilala infused vanilla extract to each portion of pastry cream. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly against the surface of each portion of pastry cream and place in the fridge to cool completely.


FRYING AND ASSEMBLY

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. 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. Mix up the flavoured sugars, if using.

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.

Allow the doughnuts to cool completely, then, using a chopstick or paring knife, cut a hole in each doughnut. Transfer the pastry cream to piping bags either with the end snipped off or fitted with a round piping tip.

Fill each doughnut with pastry cream (correspond the pastry cream flavour to the tossed sugar flavour if you are using different flavours of pastry cream), piping a small blob on the top of each. Sprinkle with a corresponding garnish (I used valrhona crispy pearls, pumpkin spice, espresso powder, a little piece of vanilla bean, and a sprinkle of freeze-dried strawberry powder on the strawberry vanilla ones.

Best eaten on the day that they are made.

Perfectly fluffy mini brioche doughnuts are fried to perfection, rolled in sugar, and filled with flavoured pastry cream. A whole tray of mini doughnuts would be perfect for a special occasion or gathering, as they are a hit with all ages! #doughnut #briochedoughnut

Thank you so much to Heilala Vanilla for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

Lemon Crullers with Lemon and Honey Glaze


 
Lemon Crullers with Lemon and Honey Glaze - Fluffy, crispy lemon scented crullers are dipped in a lemon and honey glaze and finished with delicate gold leaf. Crullers are made by frying choux dough, and are a must-try if you haven't made them before! #crullers #doughnut #lemoncruller
Lemon Crullers with Lemon and Honey Glaze - Fluffy, crispy lemon scented crullers are dipped in a lemon and honey glaze and finished with delicate gold leaf. Crullers are made by frying choux dough, and are a must-try if you haven't made them before! #crullers #doughnut #lemoncruller
Lemon Crullers with Lemon and Honey Glaze - Fluffy, crispy lemon scented crullers are dipped in a lemon and honey glaze and finished with delicate gold leaf. Crullers are made by frying choux dough, and are a must-try if you haven't made them before! #crullers #doughnut #lemoncruller
Lemon Crullers with Lemon and Honey Glaze - Fluffy, crispy lemon scented crullers are dipped in a lemon and honey glaze and finished with delicate gold leaf. Crullers are made by frying choux dough, and are a must-try if you haven't made them before! #crullers #doughnut #lemoncruller
Lemon Crullers with Lemon and Honey Glaze - Fluffy, crispy lemon scented crullers are dipped in a lemon and honey glaze and finished with delicate gold leaf. Crullers are made by frying choux dough, and are a must-try if you haven't made them before! #crullers #doughnut #lemoncruller
Lemon Crullers with Lemon and Honey Glaze - Fluffy, crispy lemon scented crullers are dipped in a lemon and honey glaze and finished with delicate gold leaf. Crullers are made by frying choux dough, and are a must-try if you haven't made them before! #crullers #doughnut #lemoncruller
Lemon Crullers with Lemon and Honey Glaze - Fluffy, crispy lemon scented crullers are dipped in a lemon and honey glaze and finished with delicate gold leaf. Crullers are made by frying choux dough, and are a must-try if you haven't made them before! #crullers #doughnut #lemoncruller
Lemon Crullers with Lemon and Honey Glaze - Fluffy, crispy lemon scented crullers are dipped in a lemon and honey glaze and finished with delicate gold leaf. Crullers are made by frying choux dough, and are a must-try if you haven't made them before! #crullers #doughnut #lemoncruller

Hi hi! Continuing on my ‘must fry everything’ kick from last week, I am super jazzed to share this lemon cruller recipe with a super simple lemon and honey glaze. If you haven’t had a cruller before they are essentially fried choux dough (same as what is used for eclairs, which I still need to make), and they are ridiculously delicious. The great part about making choux dough is that you can make a whole bunch of different things all in one go, and it freezes super well, so if you don’t want 14 crullers all at once (not the worst thing to have happened to me), you can freeze some, or pipe some out into cream puffs or eclairs, and have a whole little choux family!

I kept things nice and easy this time, adding a little lemon zest to the choux dough, and dipping them in a lemon and honey glaze. My initial batch I was having super intense sog issues with, which I realised was from adding honey to the dough - the sugar was causing them to brown too fast, leaving me with an undercooked inside, soggy crullers, and seriously bummed out. Once I realised that I needed to nix the honey in the dough itself and just keep it in the glaze, and up the oil temp a bit, we were away laughing!

Like I mentioned earlier, I recently got a new deep fryer, which I am finding super useful to make doughnuts, as it saves a whole lot of fluffing around with oil temperatures. However, until now I had just been using a dutch oven and a thermometer, and it worked great - you just have to make sure that you are checking the oil between each batch. It may help to fry less at a time too to help you control this. Both methods work great!

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 started making these by drawing a circle on each square of parchment paper, which takes way longer than it needs to. I watched a video and had a small mind blowing revelation - instead of drawing on each individual square of parchment, you draw on one, then use that as a template. When you pipe, you place the piece of parchment you are going to use over the master template, then pipe a circle, following the template, then pop it onto the sheet pan, and place the next piece over the master template. This way you only have to draw one circle, which you use over and over! Game changer.

  • Make sure that you do a test cruller when it comes to frying - if the oil is too cool they will go soggy or not cook properly inside, causing them to collapse. Test one, then take it out of the oil and rest for a few minutes to ensure that it does not collapse. If it does, it is not properly cooked inside - either increase your cooking time, or increase your oil temperature.

 

 

Lemon Crullers with Lemon and Honey Glaze

- Makes about 14 Crullers -

Lemon Crullers
125g whole milk
125g water
110g unsalted butter, cut into cubes
20g sugar
5g kosher salt
5g vanilla bean paste
Zest of 2 Lemons finely grated
175g all-purpose flour
240g egg, lightly beaten, plus one extra egg if needed (see notes)
Neutral oil for frying

Lemon Honey Glaze
300g powdered sugar, sifted
45g lemon juice
30g honey
1 tsp vanilla bean paste

Gold Leaf to finish, optional

 

- PROCESS -

LEMON CRULLERS

Cut about 14 or 15 squares of parchment paper approximately 3” x 3”. Using a cookie cutter or other circular tool, draw a circle 2 1/2” diameter on a piece of paper. This will be your master template (See notes). Fit a large piping bag with a closed star tip (I used an ateco #847)

In a medium heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the milk, water, butter, sugar, salt, vanilla bean paste, and lemon zest. 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 circles onto the parchment paper squares, ending each with a little flick of your wrist. Place on a baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the dough - the parchment squares can overlap a little. Transfer to the freezer and freeze for an hour.

About 20 minutes before the hour is up, fill a heavy bottomed saucepan or cast iron dutch oven with about 4 inches of oil. Heat over medium until it registers 375˚f (190˚c) on a candy thermometer. Alternatively you can use a deep fryer. Place a cooling rack on a sheet pan.

Working in batches, frying two to three doughnuts at a time, peel them off the paper and carefully lower into the oil. Fry for approximately 7 minutes, turning often to ensure even cooking, until golden brown. Remove from the oil and allow to drain on the wire rack. Repeat with the remaining doughnuts - leave them in the freezer until you fry them.  Cool before glazing.

GLAZE

Place the cooled doughnuts on a wire rack. Dunk one at a time in the glaze, allow additional glaze to drip off, and then place on the wire rack. Repeat with the remaining doughnuts. Finish with gold leaf if desired.

Best eaten on the day that they are made. Store leftovers at room temperature.

Lemon Crullers with Lemon and Honey Glaze - Fluffy, crispy lemon scented crullers are dipped in a lemon and honey glaze and finished with delicate gold leaf. Crullers are made by frying choux dough, and are a must-try if you haven't made them before! #crullers #doughnut #lemoncruller

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