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Baked Donuts

A couple days ago, my friend bought me a small bucket of those seasonal champagne grapes. The fruit is small, very sweet and delicately good. She asked me whether I can make something out of it, like cakes and stuffs.

I  browsed and looked for some recipes using this champagne grapes. Most of the recipes that I found are more or less like fruit cake like, which I’m not very fond of. I want to keep the freshness of the grapes and I don’t think baking the grapes in the cake will work.

I was thinking to make a fruit tart, but then again it is to common , then suddenly I remember a few weeks ago, I fell in love with those sexy donuts from Jo Cooks. Her donuts looks sooo damn good, it makes you want to chew your laptop. So using her recipe I decided to give a little tweak and use the grapes as the donuts filling. The verdict? It was good! The donuts are fluffy and the filling is delicious!


Baked Donuts with Champagne Grapes Cream Cheese (makes 15)

Things you need:

For the donuts

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp melted butter – for brushing

For the filling

  • 50 gram of cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar (adjust as you like)
  • 1 tbsp kirsch
  • Bunch of champagne grapes (adjust as you like)

Things you need to do:

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, sugar and yeast. Mix well. Pour in the melted butter, egg and the milk. Use a mixing spoon and keep stirring until everything well-combines, for about 5 minutes. The dough will be very sticky, but it is alright.

Cover the bowl and let the dough double its size. Prepare and line a baking pan with parchment paper

Flour your table and be generous with it because the dough is very sticky. Pour the dough on the table. Pat the dough lightly to about 2 cm, and do not knead or pat it too hard. You want to keep the air in the dough.

Flour your round cookie cutter then cut the dough, using spatula transfer dough onto a large baking tray. Cover the dough and let it rest for 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180 C. Brush the donuts with some melted butter and bake the donuts until lightly brown (around 10 – 12 mins).  Let the donuts cool down while you prepare the filling.

Heat water in a cooking pan till it boils. Put the cream cheese into a metal bowl then put the metal bowl on the cooking pan, heat the cream cheese till it soften, take out from the heat. Add in the icing sugar and kirsch, keep whisking it until it becomes soft and fluffy. Put in the grapes and mix well.

Prepare a pipping bag fitted with a long round cake decorating tip. Fill it up with the cream cheese and pipe it into the donuts. Dust it with some powder sugar before serving.

hot and fluffy


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