Strawberry Heart Donuts For Your Valentine
Serves: 18
  • Cake Donut
  • 6 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup superfine sugar
  • 1 egg , room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 4 cups self rising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • A good pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup freeze dried strawberries
  • Vegetable or canola oil for deep frying.
  • Chocolate ganache
  • 7 oz dark chocolate (70% cacao)
  • ¼ cup half and half
  1. To make the donuts- Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until nice and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add in the egg, egg yolk, milk and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
  2. Sift the flour and salt over the top of the wet ingredients. Scatter the freeze dried strawberries across the flour mixture then gently mix together using the lowest setting of your stand mixer until the dough is just combined and a little crumbly. Pour the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead a couple of times until you form a smooth ball of dough.
  3. Roll the dough to ½ inch thickness. Using a 2 ½ inch heart shaped cookie cutter cut out 18 hearts. You may re roll the dough 1-2 times more in order to get this amount.
  4. Heat the oil in a dutch oven or heavy bottomed pot to 350 degrees Farenheit. Fry the dough in batches until the dough is puffed and golden brown, turning occasionally in the oil. This will take about 2-3 minutes. Transfer to paper towels lined plates or baking sheets to drain the excess oil. Allow the donuts to cool completely before decorating.
  5. To make the chocolate ganache- place the chocolate and the half and half in a heat proof bowl. Set it over a pot of simmering water, but don’t have the bowl touch the water. Using a heatproof spatula, gently stir until the chocolate and cream have melted and combined into a homogenous mixture. Set aside and allow to cool for an hour stirring every so often till it’s a spreadable mixture. Scoop the ganache into a piping bag then pipe the ganache over the cooled donuts. You could also frost the donuts using an offset spatula.
  6. Add sprinkles if you desire. Enjoy!
Recipe by janie-jean at