Donut’s for Valentines Day

I wasn’t planning on making donuts today but, when my son Scout woke up under the weather, my schedule out of the house was instantly wiped clean and, I thought…. “Why not make donuts?”

I saw a donut like these made on the Today Show this week but, sadly, when I made them by the recipe  I printed from their website, it didn’t work.  I got a hard lump of dough.  A lifeless, rise less, rock of dough.

So, undaunted, I turned to another recipe, this time for Pumpkin Donuts. I had been meaning to try them for a while,  but,  sadly, these donuts were tasteless (at this point  I’m feeling a little like Goldilocks).

What’s a girl to do?….If you are thinking “Come up with my own recipe” then you are correct , that is exactly what I did!

Apple Filled Heart Donuts

Donut dough

1 cup of warm whole milk (110 degrees F)

2 packages of dry active yeast

1/4 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons

1 whole egg (room temperature)

4 tablespoons melted butter

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

3 to 4 cups of all purpose flour

8 cups canola or other vegetable oil for frying

Mix the warm milk, yeast and the sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Let sit for several minutes until the yeast begins to bubble.  Add the 4 tablespoons of butter, and the egg.  Mix until just combined.

With the mixer on low, add the cinnamon, nutmeg and salt plus two cups of the flour.  Mix until incoporated.  Next, add as much of the flour as necessary to make a smooth, slightly sticky dough.  Switch to the dough hook and knead for 10 minutes.  Transfer to an oiled bowl (pan spray) cover and let rise in a warm spot for about 2 hours or until doubled in size. (In the mean time make your filling)

After the dough has doubled in size, punch down the dough and let it rest for another 30 minutes.  At this point it is a good idea to begin heating your oil, use a candy thermometer and heat the oil in a fryer or a heavy bottomed pot to 350 degrees.   Lightly flour the surface and turn out your dough, lightly flour the top of your dough as well. Roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thick.  Using the heart cookie cutter size  you want, cut out donuts careful to make an even number of hearts, you need two hearts per donut.

Next take a teaspoon of your filling and put in the center of your heart, top with another heart and seal with your fingers around the edge of the heart.  Press firmly, still keeping the shape of the heart.  Keep the hearts on a lightly oiled cookie sheet until ready to fry.

Drop into the fryer and cook for about 1 minute on each side, depending on how big the donuts are.  Safely remove them and place onto paper towels to absorb excess oil.  Toss in the cinnamon sugar and serve.


Apple Filling

4 gala apples, peeled and diced into 1/4 inch cubes

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

2 teaspoons ginger

pinch of salt

1/4 lemon squeezed for juice

For the apple filling, melt the butter over a medium-high flame in a medium size saute pan.  Add in the diced apples and sir well.  Add the sugar ,stir and allow the sugar to melt and become syrupy, about 2 minutes.  Add all of the spices and cook for another 2 minutes.  Finish with a pinch of salt and the lemon juice.  The mixture should be thickened and stay together in the pan.  Let cool.  Store in the refrigerate until ready to use.

Cinnamon Sugar

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoons cinnamon

Make as much as necessary to cover both sides of your donuts.


Please let me know if you make this recipe and how you like the apple filled donuts.  Happy Early Valentines Day!


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