Although I don’t do much cooking nowadays – N eats at nursery 4 days a week, and the OH tends to eat at the farm, I do quite like to bake. It is a bit sporadic though.
We do always tend to have a pastry or similar for a sweet sign off after lunch on a Saturday though. I usually try and get items I don’t like, but that N and the OH like so they can share them and I don’t get tempted. But when I spotted some glazed donuts using croissant dough I decided they were something that we could do.
N really wanted to help. He’d put on his apron and chef’s hat, pulled up a chair…and then there was a knock on the door from his cousins asking if he wanted to go out on the farm. So I ended up making them alone.
I’ve never made donuts before so this was an easy way to make some. In fact, so easy, they only require 2 ingredients for a basic donut.
To make easy and delicious two ingredient donuts
Filling – I used apple sauce, but you could use traditional jam, nutella, custard. Anything you can squirt or pipe in.
To finish – icing sugar
1. Twist open the croissant dough, unroll and cut out rounds. I got 2 circles out of each triangle of croissant dough, but you could make larger donuts.
2. Heat up about 1.5cm of vegetable oil in a solid frying pan. When a little bit of dough dropped in fizzes and foams round the edges, the oil’s ready.
3. Gently drop in a number of the dough rounds. Let them cook until the bottom is slightly browned, then turn over and brown the other side.
4. Drain on kitchen paper, and then cool on a wire rack.
5. Once cool, make a small hole in the side (they’re fragile so take it easy). Then put your filling into either a baking syringe or just with a piping bag and a small nozzle, insert the filling into the donuts.
6. Sprinkle with icing sugar, and eat.
I made about 12 donuts, but the number you end up with will vary depending on the size of cutter you use. I did bunch up my leftover dough and cut some fatter rounds, and these struggled to cook all the way through. you can always drop the leftover dough as strips into the oil, and have something to dip them into.
I’ll put it out there that Nutella tasted great on the scraps of dough.
I wondered whether these donuts would sink, but they’ve lasted ok. Just put in an airtight container and they’ll last a day. These would be great for kids’ parties, sleepovers, or just to eat with a coffee.
What filling would you add?