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Valentine's Donuts

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Directions

  1. Add your milk, sugar and yeast to a large bowl. Whisk to combine, then leave to sit for 5 mins whilst your yeast blooms.
  2. Add the eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add your flour, salt and butter and stir to combine.
  3. Turn your mixture out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 8 mins until you have a soft, smooth dough.
  4. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave until doubled in size.
  5. Meanwhile, add your chocolate and water to a saucepan and melt over a low heat.
  6. Pour your melted chocolate into a bowl set over an ice bath. With a hand whisk, beat your chocolate mixture until it is pale brown and resembles whipped cream. Set aside.
  7. Add your strawberries, sugar and lemon juice to a saute pan over a medium heat. Cook for 5 in until your sugar has melted and your strawberries are softened. Add your cornflour slurry and cook for 2 mins until your mixture is thick. 
  8. Push your strawberry jam through a potato masher into a bowl to remove any large lumps. Leave to cool.
  9. Turn your risen dough out onto your surface and roll out to about 1/2 inch thick. Using a large heart shaped cutter, cut out your dough. Place on a lined baking sheet, over with a tea towel and leave to rise for 20 mins until doubled in size
  10. Heat oil to 170°C. Carefully place your donuts in the oil a couple at a time and fry for a few minutes on each side until golden brown.
  11. Toss your donuts in sugar and freeze dried strawberries to coat them, then place on a rack to cool.
  12. Cut an incision in the side of each of your donuts, then pipe your chocolate and strawberry mixtures inside.
  13. Serve and enjoy!