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Do I need to say more? Didn’t think so. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I sent out a poll to ask if you preferred ring or filled doughnuts. Turns out 66% of you prefer a filled doughnut – and these are the ultimate treat to get your teeth into. I remember buying my first jar of Lotus Biscoff spread, and oh boy! That jar kept coming out the cupboard and spoonfuls of it made it’s way from jar to mouth more often than I like to admit.

Biscoff cream doughnuts with salted honeycomb

These fluffy doughnuts are crammed with Biscoff custard cream and finished with salted honeycomb for a little crunch. You can definitely make them without the honeycomb but it definitely adds a little luxury and texture. Both the honeycomb and custard can be easily prepped in advance – they take about 10-15 minutes each to make – and stored for 1-2 days before making your doughnuts.

I like to prep my dough late afternoon so it has time to prove and double in size, before knocking back and leaving overnight in the fridge. The next morning, divide up your dough into 20 balls and leave to prove for another 4hrs, ready for frying in the afternoon. Remember to rad my safety tips below and the whole recipe through from beginning to end before you want to make these. It’ll set you up for success and ensure you understand the process before embarking.

Biscoff cream doughnuts with salted honeycomb

Safety tips for frying doughnuts:

  • Use a neutral oil with a high smoke point like rapeseed or sunflower oil.
  • Invest in a large, wide and sturdy saucepan, and only ever fill your pan to a maximum of halfway. I’ve added my suggestion to this post!
  • Wrexham Make sure you have a well-fitting lid close to hand! This is something I insist on having to hand, in case the oil catches fire. If you don’t have a lid that fits your saucepan a large baking tray will do the trick. Place the lid / baking tray directly over the pan /fire to stop any oxygen getting to the flames. how can i buy accutane online Do not throw water over oil that catches fire.
  • Buy a sugar thermometer to keep track of the temperature of your oil. You need it to be at 180C for frying doughnuts, but don’t let the oil get hotter than 190C. This will avoid it catching fire.
  • blackly Never, ever leave the pan unattended. You have to watch the pan and the temperature like a hawk to ensure it doesn’t get too hot. It can take a minute or two for oil to get too hot and subsequently catch fire, so attention is crucial.
  • Pindobaçu I always turn pan handles away from the front of the cooker to avoid knocking the pan off the hob. This is also especially important if you have small children who could potentially reach the handle. If you’re frying and have children, I’d advise they’re nowhere near the pan / in the kitchen at the time of cooking.
  • I also put my saucepan on the back burner, furthest away from the front of the hob, to avoid accidentally knocking it.
  • Use a large slotted spoon or frying spatula with a long handle to remove food from the pan. This will allow the oil to drain as you lift it out and also ensures your hands aren’t anywhere near the hot oil.
  • After using, let your oil cool completely in the pan {I leave mine overnight}, then use a funnel to pour your used oil back into the bottle and dispose. Never pour it down the sink!
Biscoff cream doughnuts with salted honeycomb

What you’ll need to make this recipe

Biscoff cream doughnuts with salted honeycomb

For the doughnuts

  • 500g strong white bread flour
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 10g fine sea salt
  • 7g easy bake yeast
  • 4 free-range eggs
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 150g water
  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 2L sunflower oil
  • Bowl of caster sugar

For the filling

  • 1 vanilla pod, split and scraped of seeds
  • 50g light brown sugar
  • 75g dark brown sugar
  • 500ml full-fat milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 80g plain flour
  • 200ml double cream
  • 125g Lotus Biscoff spread

For the honeycomb

  • 40g clear honey
  • 70ml liquid glucose
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2.5tbsp water
  • 1tbsp bicarbonate of soda
To make the honeycomb
  1. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Sift your bicarbonate of soda into a small bowl so it’s ready to go.
  3. Put the honey, glucose, sugar and water into a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves and isn’t so grainy anymore. This should take a few minutes.
  4. Reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 10-12 minutes until your sugar syrup turns a beautiful light brown caramel colour.
  5. Turn off the heat and whisk in the sifted bicarbonate of sofa for about 5 seconds. Be careful as it’ll fizz and bubble up straight away.
  6. Pour evenly onto your prepared baking ray and leave to cool completely.
  7. Once hardened and cold to the touch, bash with a rolling pin to break up into small pieces and sprinkle some Maldon sea salt flakes into the mix.
To make the filling
  1. Put the vanilla beans, scraped from their pod in a saucepan with the milk and bring slowly to the boil.
  2. As soon as it starts to bubble, remove from the heat.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks and sugars in a bowl, then sift in the flour and mix again.
  4. Add the Lotus Biscoff spread to the milk, whisking in so it melts and combines completely. The mixture will thicken but keep whisking so you don’t have any lumps.
  5. Pour the just-boiling milk mixture over the yolk mixture, whisking constantly to prevent the mixture curdling. Return to the pan and cook over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes until it’s nice and thick – you want it to hold it’s shape a little.
  6. Pass the mixture through a sieve into a fresh bowl to get rid of any potential lumps, place a sheet of clingfilm on the surface to prevent a skin forming, leave to cool and then refrigerate.
  7. Whip the cream using an electric whisk with an additional 2tbsp caster sugar {or if you have it, vanilla sugar} until soft peaks form. Fold into the chilled custard.
To make the doughnuts
  1. You need to leave the dough overnight in the fridge, so bear this in mind when planning your bake ahead of time.
  2. Put all the ingredients apart from the butter into the bowl of an electric mixer {you can use a hand-held whisk with dough beaters but you may need to keep an eye on your motor as it could overheat}. Mix on a medium speed for about 8 minutes until the dough starts to come away from the sides of the bowl and form a ball.
  3. Turn off the mixer and let it rest for a minute or two.
  4. Start it up again on a medium speed and slowly add the butter in small 25g additions. Once all the butter is incorporated, mix on high speed for about 5 minutes until the dough is glossy, smooth and elastic.
  5. Cover the bowl with clingfilm and leave to prove until the dough has doubled in size.
  6. Knock back the dough by punching all the air out, then recover and put in the fridge to chill overnight.
  7. The next day, take your dough out of the fridge first thing in the morning. Cut your dough into 50g pieces then roll into smooth, taut balls and place them on a floured baking tray, with plenty of room in between each ball to allow for them to rise.
  8. Cover with clingfilm and leave to prove again for about 4 hours, until they’ve doubled in size.
  9. Pour some caster sugar into a bowl ready to toss your fried doughnuts in.
  10. You can either use a deep fat fryer {if you have one}, or I use a heavy-based saucepan, filling it up halfway with sunflower oil.
    N.B. Please be very careful here as hot oil will cause serious burns.
  11. Use a sugar thermometer clipped to the side of the saucepan to heat the oil to 180C.
  12. When the oil is ready, slide a slotted spoon or frying spatula underneath a doughnut being careful not to deflate it and slide them carefully into the oil.
  13. You should be able to fry 2-3 doughnuts at a time but don’t overcrowd the saucepan with too many at a time. Fry for 2 minutes on each side until golden brown. They’ll puff up and float, so you may need to gently push them down to help the colour evenly.
  14. Remove from the oil and place immediately onto kitchen paper to soak up a little of the excess oil, then into a bowl of caster sugar for tossing while they’re still warm.
  15. Repeat until all your doughnuts are fried, but remember to check your sugar thermometer to check it’s still 180C before adding more to your saucepan. This will avoid your doughnuts being raw in the middle, or burnt on the outside.
  16. Set aside to cool before filling.
To fill your doughnuts
  1. Make a hole in each doughnut {anywhere around the white line} using the end of spoon or a chopstick.
  2. Fill a piping bag with the Biscoff cream and pipe into your doughnuts until swollen and plump.
  3. Finish with a good chunk of salted honeycomb and devour straight away.
    N.B. If you don’t eat them the same day, you can keep them in an airtight container and reheat them slightly in the oven or microwave {on low for 30 seconds} to refresh them a bit.

Adapted from Justin Gellatly’s Bread, Cake, Doughnut, Pudding

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