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

Chocolate Choux Ice Cream Sandwiches with Double Chocolate Ice Cream


 
Chocolate Choux Ice Cream Sandwiches with Double Chocolate Ice Cream. The ultimate ice cream sandwich - homemade, rich chocolate ice cream is sandwiched by two light and crispy chocolate choux doughnuts. A simple but indulgent treat. #cruller #icecreamsandwich #choux
Chocolate Choux Ice Cream Sandwiches with Double Chocolate Ice Cream. The ultimate ice cream sandwich - homemade, rich chocolate ice cream is sandwiched by two light and crispy chocolate choux doughnuts. A simple but indulgent treat. #cruller #icecreamsandwich #choux
Chocolate Choux Ice Cream Sandwiches with Double Chocolate Ice Cream. The ultimate ice cream sandwich - homemade, rich chocolate ice cream is sandwiched by two light and crispy chocolate choux doughnuts. A simple but indulgent treat. #cruller #icecreamsandwich #choux
Chocolate Choux Ice Cream Sandwiches with Double Chocolate Ice Cream. The ultimate ice cream sandwich - homemade, rich chocolate ice cream is sandwiched by two light and crispy chocolate choux doughnuts. A simple but indulgent treat. #cruller #icecreamsandwich #choux
Chocolate Choux Ice Cream Sandwiches with Double Chocolate Ice Cream. The ultimate ice cream sandwich - homemade, rich chocolate ice cream is sandwiched by two light and crispy chocolate choux doughnuts. A simple but indulgent treat. #cruller #icecreamsandwich #choux
Chocolate Choux Ice Cream Sandwiches with Double Chocolate Ice Cream. The ultimate ice cream sandwich - homemade, rich chocolate ice cream is sandwiched by two light and crispy chocolate choux doughnuts. A simple but indulgent treat. #cruller #icecreamsandwich #choux
Chocolate Choux Ice Cream Sandwiches with Double Chocolate Ice Cream. The ultimate ice cream sandwich - homemade, rich chocolate ice cream is sandwiched by two light and crispy chocolate choux doughnuts. A simple but indulgent treat. #cruller #icecreamsandwich #choux
Chocolate Choux Ice Cream Sandwiches with Double Chocolate Ice Cream. The ultimate ice cream sandwich - homemade, rich chocolate ice cream is sandwiched by two light and crispy chocolate choux doughnuts. A simple but indulgent treat. #cruller #icecreamsandwich #choux
Chocolate Choux Ice Cream Sandwiches with Double Chocolate Ice Cream. The ultimate ice cream sandwich - homemade, rich chocolate ice cream is sandwiched by two light and crispy chocolate choux doughnuts. A simple but indulgent treat. #cruller #icecreamsandwich #choux

As someone who is a huge fan of both ice cream sandwiches and doughnuts, I figured that they were going to have to be combined at some point along the line. I had some leftover ice cream base after deciding I wanted to make philadelphia style for the project I was working on, so figured it was the perfect time to give them a spin. And ohhh my. The result was these chocolate choux ice cream sandwiches with double chocolate ice cream - a ridiculously indulgent treat, but a total crowd pleaser and an amazing end to a dinner party or a gathering with friends.

I started with a cruller type doughnut - chocolate choux pastry (same as used for eclairs), which I piped into circles with a star tip onto parchment, then froze solid before frying off. Freezing the dough helps it keep a perfect shape whilst being fried. The freshly fried doughnuts are then rolled in sugar, and once cool, sandwiched with a homemade dark chocolate ice cream, which is flecked with shards of dark chocolate. You can absolutely use a store bought ice cream here if you like - the creamy ice cream compliments the light doughnut perfectly.

A few wee tips:

  • The Chocolate choux dough can be made ahead, frozen solid on the parchment, then transferred to a ziploc bag until you are ready to fry.

  • A candy thermometer is super important to keep the oil for the frying at the right temperature. I prefer to fry in cast iron because of how consistent it is.

  • I made the ice cream for these because I had some base on hand, but using store bought ice cream would be just as good!

  • I found that frying these on one side and then turning half way through caused them to puff up unevenly. Flipping them every minute throughout the frying process helps to keep them nice and flat while they are cooking.

  • Because these have cocoa in them it is hard to tell when they are done - this is why a thermometer is important. I also recommend frying one off at the start just to double check your frying time.

  • If you don’t want to make these as ice cream sandwiches, you can pipe circles such as in this cruller recipe, or bake them up as chocolate cream puffs

  • If you aren’t planning on eating all of these on the day they are made, I suggest storing the frozen dough and frying off as you want them. You can cool the oil and store back in the oil bottle and re-use - because it gets so hot, it is safe to re-use, just don’t use oil that you have used to fry things such as fish as the flavour will transfer.

  • I included the recipe in grams, as even the slightest amount of differentiation in flour will change the consistency of your mixture.

  • 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. 

 

 

Chocolate Choux Ice Cream Sandwiches with Double Chocolate Ice Cream

- Makes 8-10 ice cream sandwiches -

Chocolate Flakes from Stella Parks / Serious Eats

Double Chocolate Ice Cream
4 large egg yolks
135g (2/3 cup) sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tsp salt
35g dutch cocoa
360g (1 1/2 cups) whole milk
360g (1 1/2 cups) heavy whipping cream
55g good quality dark chocolate (65-70% cocoa solids)
15g refined coconut oil

Chocolate Choux Doughnuts
240g water
110g butter
20g sugar
5g salt
5g vanilla bean paste
165g all-purpose flour
25g dutch process cocoa
220g egg, lightly beaten, plus extra if required (see last point on notes)

Neutral oil for frying
About 100g (1/2 cup) Sugar for dusting

 

- PROCESS -

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM

In a medium bowl, combine the egg yolks, sugar, salt and vanilla bean paste. Whisk well until pale. Set aside. 

In a large pot over medium heat, combine the whole milk, heavy cream and cocoa. Heat to just shy of a simmer

Pour half of the milk mixture into the bowl with the egg yolks, whisking constantly. Whisk briskly until combined. This will temper the egg yolks and stop them from scrambling. 

Pour the milk yolk mixture back into the pot, and return to a low heat. Whisk constantly, until the mixture begins to thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon, and registers at 170˚f / 75˚c on a thermometer. 

Strain though a fine mesh strainer. Transfer to an airtight container, and allow to stand at room temperature for an hour or so, and then chill for at least two hours, or overnight.

To make the chocolate shards for the ice cream, microwave the chocolate in a heat proof bowl in 15 second increments, until smooth. Stir in the coconut oil, then spread onto a parchment paper lined sheet pan and freeze for 15 minutes, or until completely set. Break into pieces your desired size. Store in the freezer until ready to use (I like to do this step just before I churn the ice cream)

Place a loaf pan or the container you are planning to store the ice cream in into the freezer. Pour the chilled chocolate ice cream base into the bowl of your ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s directions. Once the ice cream is churned, add the chocolate chunks and mix in the ice cream maker until combined.

Scrape the chocolate ice cream into the chilled loaf pan or container, and smooth down. Press a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap against the surface of the ice cream, and freeze until solid, at least 4 hours or overnight.

 

CHOCOLATE CHOUX DOUGHNUTS

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Draw circles, evenly spaced, about 2 3/4” (70mm) in diameter on each using a pen or pencil - these will be your guide for piping. Flip the paper over so you can trace the outline without tracing on the ink. You need approximately 20 circles.

Line a large piping bag with a french star tip - I used a wilton 1m tip.

Sift together the flour and cocoa in a small bowl and set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, butter, sugar, salt, and vanilla bean paste. 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 and cocoa 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 220g 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 circles as a guide, and starting from the middle, pipe rounds of pastry onto the baking sheet, ending each with a little flick of your wrist. They should look like rosettes. Repeat with the second tray until you have used up all your pastry. Transfer the trays to the freezer and freeze for one 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 350˚f (180˚c) on a candy thermometer. Place a cooling rack on a sheet pan, and place 1/2 cup sugar in a shallow bowl (for coating the cooked doughnuts)

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 every minute to ensure even cooking, until cooked. Remove from the oil and allow to drain on the wire rack. Drain for a minute or so, then toss in the sugar and return to the rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining doughnuts - leave them in the freezer until you fry them.

To assemble, sandwich two doughnuts with a scoop of ice cream. Serve immediately. Leftover Assembled sandwiches can be stored in the freezer in an airtight container until ready to eat, but are best eaten fresh.

Chocolate Choux Ice Cream Sandwiches with Double Chocolate Ice Cream. The ultimate ice cream sandwich - homemade, rich chocolate ice cream is sandwiched by two light and crispy chocolate choux doughnuts. A simple but indulgent treat. #cruller #icecreamsandwich #choux