Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups of plain flour
  • 1/4 cup of caster sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of dried yeast
  • Rind of 1 lemon, finely grated
  • Salt
  • 250ml of milk, lukewarm
  • 100g of butter, melted
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of store-bought thick custard

Are you struggling to figure out what cute, little bite-sized dessert you can serve to your significant other on Valentine's Day? 

If yes, then you have the right recipe!. If not, you still have the right recipe because these heart shaped custard doughnuts are a must-try. 

While they do take some preparation time, these doughnuts are perfect for bringing the flavour and sharing the love. Get baking lovers! 

Method

  1. Combine the flour, sugar, yeast, lemon rind a pinch of salt into a mixing bowl. 

  2. Combine the lukewarm milk, melted butter, egg yolks and vanilla extract into a jug before adding the milk mixture to the flour mixture. Stir until everything's just coming together. Turn the mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it until it's nice and smooth. Place the dough into a prepared grease bowl and cover it, setting it to the side to prove for roughly 1 and a half hours, or until it's doubled in size. 

  3. Knock back the dough and knead it for 2 minutes, rolling it out to be about 1cm thick. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the doughnuts. If you don't have a heart-shapped cookie cutter, a circle one will do just fine. Prove them on a baking paper lined tray for 30 minutes. 

  4. Heat 1.5L of canola oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat until it's sitting at 180C. Pop the dough balls into the saucepan, deep frying them in batches for 1 minute each side, or until they're golden and puffed. Drain them on a paper towel and roll them in caster sugar while they're still hot.

  5. Place 1 cup of the store bought custard in a piping bag fitted with 5mm plain nozzle before inserting the nozzle into the side of the doughnuts. Fill them with custard and serve! .



custard heart shaped donuts

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