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Valentine’s Heart Doughnuts

Valentine’s Heart Doughnuts
Preparation time:
25 minutes
Cooking time:
5-10 minutes
Serves:
10

These deliciously light lemon-flavoured doughnuts are a gorgeous treat for you and your other half. Enjoy them plain, filled with jam or go all out and dip them in chocolate sauce.

  • Ingredients

    For the doughnuts:
    • 300g plain flour
    • 35g caster sugar
    • 1 tsp fast-acting dried yeast
    • 1/3 lemon zest
    • Pinch salt
    • 165ml milk
    • 65g butter
    • 2 medium egg yolks
    • Dash vanilla
    • Raspberry/strawberry jam
    • 1 litre vegetable oil for frying
    • 300g caster sugar for dusting
  • Method

     For the doughnuts:
    • Fit your Kenwood kMix with the dough hook attachment. Add the flour, sugar, salt, yeast, and lemon zest to the bowl.
    • Melt the butter and add to the room-temperature milk.
    • Add this to the flour mixture along with the yolks and vanilla, and mix for 8-10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
    • Remove dough and place in a greased bowl, cover and prove until doubled in size.
    • Once proved, turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead to knock back.
    • Roll to a thickness of 2cm, and using a medium shaped (6cm) heart cutter, cut out 10 heart-shaped doughnuts.
    • Place these on a lined tray and cover and prove for 40 minutes.
    • Heat the oil in your fryer/pan to 180C.
    • Carefully place the doughnuts in the hot oil, cooking in batches to keep the oil hot.
    • Cook on each side for approx. one minute, remove, drain on kitchen paper and gently toss in caster sugar.
    • Best enjoyed on the day you make them, plain or with some berry jam.

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