Cheers: Valentine’s Day Doughnuts

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and these little heart shaped doughnuts from Sugar and Cloth are a great and unique option for someone special.  Since they are bite-size you can have them for breakfast, a snack or even dessert after a Valentine’s dinner with your love.

Recipe: Lemon Ricotta Doughnuts
Adapted from Gale Gand

Makes about 12 donuts (2″ round)
You’ll need:
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
8 oz (1/2 lb) ricotta, whole or skim
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
Canola oil, for frying (or another oil with a high smoke point)
Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting
Deep-fry thermometer

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Add sugar, eggs, ricotta, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Mix until just combined.

Pour the oil into a deep, heavy pot. Leave at least two inches of space at the top for safety. Using a deep-fry thermometer, heat the oil over medium until it reaches 325-375 degrees F.

Fry a test doughnut: Using a small ice cream scoop or a spoon, drop a scoop of batter in and turn it occasionally. It should take 3-4 minutes to turn golden brown. Carefully remove and cut in half to check if it’s cooked all the way through. Test another if needed.

Fry the remaining doughnuts. Don’t overcrowd the pot; fry in batches. Place doughnuts on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up any excess oil.

To make the heart shapes, chill the donut dough in the fridge for about an hour. Once it’s chilled firm, roll and cut heart shapes from the dough using a cookie cutter on a lightly floured cutting board. I had the best success with the hearts keeping their shape when frying by exaggerating the heart shape dough a bit with my hands, and then popping the cut-outs in the fridge for a few more minutes before cooking them.

Ingredients for the glaze:

  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Pink food coloring
  • Sprinkles

Combine milk and vanilla in a medium saucepan and heat over low heat until warm. Sift confectioners’ sugar into milk mixture. Whisk slowly, until well combined. Remove the glaze from the heat and set over a bowl of warm water. Dip doughnuts into the glaze, one at a time, and then place them on wax paper to set.

Images by Sugar and Cloth

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