blackberry donut

There is nothing better than biting into a warm, homemade donut. With a fresh, blackberry glaze and a touch of floral goodness, these donuts will be a new favorite in your household. The idea of making homemade donuts can seem a bit daunting, yet the process is quite simple and the result will be this delightful treat.

Homemade Donuts with Blackberry Lavender Glaze

(Makes two dozen)

3 + 1/3 cups plain flour
4 tablespoons caster sugar
2 teaspoons rose salt
4 teaspoons yeast
4 organic large eggs
3/4 cup warm water
9 tablespoons organic, unsalted butter (at room temperature)
Organic canola oil

Place flour, sugar, salt, yeast, eggs, and water in the bowl of a stand mixer…mix on low speed for about 5 minutes until well combined and elastic. Then, slowly add pieces of butter while mixer is running on medium speed until well combined for another 7 minutes…stop the mixer occasionally to scrape down the side of the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise in a sunny, warm spot until it has doubled in size…this can take anywhere from 1-3 hours. Then, remove from bowl and roll out on a floured surface to a little under 1 cm thickness. Using a 2.5″ round cookie cutter and a nickel-sized round piping tip, cut out the donuts and centers.

Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover with a kitchen towel. Allow to rise for another hour. 15 minutes before you are ready to fry the donuts, place two inches of canola oil into a high-sided pot (I used this one) and bring the temperature up to 360 degrees Fahrenheit. You will want to maintain this temperature as you are frying the donuts so keep an eye on the thermometer and raise/reduce heat as needed. Fry 2-3 donuts at a time, flipping once golden, about a minute on each side. Remove from oil using a slotted spoon and place on a layer of paper towels to drain. Once you are finished frying the donuts and they are cool enough to handle, dunk the tops in the Fresh Blackberry Lavender Icing (recipe below) and place on a cooling rack. Enjoy immediately.

blackberry donuts

Blackberry Lavender Icing

2-2 1/2 cups organic powdered sugar, sifted
3-4 tablespoons organic whole milk
3-4 tablespoons of fresh, organic blackberries, mashed
1/2 teaspoon dried, organic edible lavender petals freshly ground (I used this mortar and pestle)

Simply mix all ingredients using a whisk until smooth. Voila!

Happy baking!

Photography by Cassie Winslow

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