Whiskey Praline Doughnuts

  • Preparation Time35 mins
  • Cooking Time40 mins
  • Serves16
  • DifficultyHard
3 cups plain flour, divided, plus extra bench flour
1 cup sugar
2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp fine salt
2 tbsps vegetable fat
180ml buttermilk
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 tbsp vanilla essence
Vegetable oil, for frying
Bourbon praline, recipe follows
1) Place 300g of the flour, the sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low until combined, then add the vegetable fat and mix until worked in.

2) Whisk together the buttermilk, egg, egg yolk and vanilla in a small bowl and then add to the flour mixture and beat until smooth. Beat in the remaining flour until combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours.

3) Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out to 1cm thick. Using a 7.5cm round biscuit cutter, cut the dough into rounds. Using a 2cm biscuit cutter, cut a hole from the centre of each round. Gather the scraps and re-roll the dough, cutting additional doughnuts until the dough is used up.

4) Heat 13cm of oil in a large pan to 180C. Add the doughnuts, three at a time, and fry until golden on both sides, turning once, about 4 to 5 minutes in total. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.

5) When doughnuts have cooled, dip the tops in the bourbon-praline mixture and place on baking racks until the praline sets slightly. Sprinkle nuts on top.

For the bourbon praline:
1) Combine the sugar, water, vanilla pod and seeds in a medium saucepan over high heat and cook to a dark amber colour.

2) Remove the mixture from the heat and slowly whisk in the cream, butter and salt. Return to the heat and whisk until smooth.

3) Remove from the heat and whisk in the bourbon. Strain. Leave to cool until slightly thickened.

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