Sunday, June 1, 2014

Lemon Basil Doughnut Holes

Apparently June 6th is national doughnut day! It actually happens to fall on my 21st birthday! My brother told me that I should go get some free doughnuts on my birthday. I decided to make a different link to the day. In honor of the doughnut day, I made some yummy doughnut holes with my close friend Cynthia :)

These donut holes are extremely simple to make. I use store bought pizza dough to create these doughnuts.

Lemon Basil Doughnut Holes (Makes about 20)
1 lb Pizza Dough
4 cup Oil
1/2 cup Sugar
3 leaves Basil
8 oz Mascarpone Cheese
1 Lemon
1/4 cup Powdered Sugar

1. Flatten the pizza dough into a square onto a floured surface. It should be about 3/4" thick.
2. Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 1.5" squares. They each should weigh about .75 oz. If your dough has bubbles in it, degas the dough by tapping it gently. 3. Use your fingers to stretch the smooth side out to cover the rest of the dough. Bring it to the bottom and pinch to close.
4. Bring 4 cups of oil to about 375 degrees F in a medium pot.
5. Use a slotted spoon to gently place about 5 dough balls in the oil.
6. Allow the dough to cook on each side for about 1 minute.
7. The doughnut will be a dark golden when it is cooked well.
8. Remove the doughnuts with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel lined strainer to drain oil.
9. Blend the 1/2 cup sugar and basil leaves in a food processor or small blender until the herbs disappear.
10. Roll the doughnut in the sugar and allow to cool completely.
11. Combine mascarpone, powdered sugar, lemon zest of a whole lemon, and half a lemon's juice.
12. Fill a piping bag with the mascarpone mixture.
13. Use a pointed icing tip to poke a deep hole into each doughnut.
14. Fill the doughnut with the mascarpone until it peeks out of the hole.
15. Re-roll the doughnut in the basil sugar to coat. 
16. Be sure to serve this doughnut soon after making it since the filling shouldn't be out for more than a few hours. 

This recipe is really simple to make. Use it to impress your friends on national doughnut day!

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