Ingredients

Dough

  • 275 grams (9.7 ounces) wheat flour
  • 125 grams (4.4 ounces) vegetable milk
  • 40 grams (1.4 ounces) vegetable oil
  • 50 grams (1.8 ounces) brown sugar
  • 11 grams (0.4 ounces) dry active yeast
  • 25 grams (0.9 ounces) corn starch
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) applesauce
  • Vanilla: to taste
  • Cinnamon: to taste
  • Salt: pinch

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl

    A large, sturdy mixing bowl is essential for combining all your ingredients and letting the dough rise without any spills or mess.

  • Stand Mixer with Hook Attachment

    Using a stand mixer with a hook attachment efficiently kneads the dough to the perfect consistency, saving you elbow grease.

  • Cling Film

    Cling film is crucial for covering the dough and letting it rise undisturbed, ensuring it reaches its full potential.

  • Rolling Pin

    To roll out the dough evenly, a good rolling pin will help you achieve the perfect thickness for frying and baking.

  • Heavy-bottomed Saucepan

    This type of pan ensures even heating, which is vital for frying the doughnuts to a perfect golden brown on both sides.

  • Parchment Paper

    Lining your baking tray with parchment paper prevents sticking and makes cleanup a breeze.

Instructions

Step 1

1. Start by making a sourdough: mix the yeast, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and the warm vegetable milk (104°F | 40°C). Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for 10 minutes. If the mixture rises well, proceed; if it barely foams, start over with fresh yeast. Tip: Warm milk helps to activate the yeast quicker.

Step 2

2. Using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, combine all the dry ingredients: flour, salt, vanilla, sugar, starch, and cinnamon. Add the prepared sourdough, vegetable oil, and applesauce to the dry mixture. Mix the dough on medium speed for 4-5 minutes. Tip: The dough should be soft but not too sticky.

Step 3

3. Cover the bowl with cling film and let it rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until it has doubled in size.Tip: A warm oven (turned off) can serve as a great proofing place.

Step 4

4. Punch down the dough and roll it into small balls. Place them on a greased parchment paper-lined tray. Cover with cling film and let them rest for another 30 minutes. Tip: Ensure the balls are evenly sized for uniform frying and baking.

Step 5

5. Heat vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Fry each doughnut until lightly browned on both sides. Transfer the fried doughnuts to a parchment paper-lined tray. Tip: Use a thermometer to maintain the oil at a consistent temperature.

Step 6

6. Roll the fried doughnuts in a cinnamon sugar mixture, then place them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake in a preheated oven at 160-170°C (320-338°F) for 10-15 minutes, using the top/bottom heating function. Tip: Do not overcrowd the baking tray to ensure even baking.

Step 7

7. Allow the doughnuts to cool completely. Fill them with your choice of jam, jelly, ganache, or custard before serving. Tip: Use a piping bag for easy filling.

Servings

When it comes to serving these delightful doughnuts, there are numerous enticing options to elevate them to the next level. For a classic touch, simply fill them with sweet jam or jelly, and dust them lightly with powdered sugar. It's a timeless choice that never fails to please! If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, why not create a rich chocolate ganache for the filling? The creamy chocolate pairs perfectly with the fluffy dough, providing a luxurious indulgence with every bite. Alternatively, a dollop of vanilla custard makes for a luscious, creamy center that's simply irresistible. For a splash of freshness, consider filling these doughnuts with lemon curd or a vibrant berry compote. The tangy fruit balances beautifully with the sweet dough, offering a refreshingly unique take on this beloved pastry. And let's not forget the toppings! A drizzle of caramel or a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar adds an extra layer of flavor and texture that will have everyone coming back for seconds (or thirds!). Whether you enjoy them as a mid-morning treat, an afternoon snack, or even a late-night indulgence, these doughnuts are sure to impress. Enjoy them fresh and warm, paired with a steaming cup of coffee or a cool glass of milk for the ultimate comfort food experience.

Variations

For gluten-free doughnuts, substitute the wheat flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Ensure the blend you choose has xanthan gum or add a teaspoon to the dry ingredients to improve texture. Everything else remains the same, and you'll be able to enjoy fluffy, gluten-free delights. To make these doughnuts vegan, you've already got a head start since this recipe uses vegetable milk, vegetable oil, and applesauce! Simply ensure that the sugar you use is vegan-friendly, as some sugars are processed with bone char. With these simple tweaks, you can enjoy delicious vegan doughnuts without compromising on taste or texture.

Faq

  • Why didn't my dough rise?

    Your yeast might be old or the milk could have been too hot or too cold. Make sure to check your yeast's expiration date and use milk at the correct temperature (104F | 40C).

  • Can I use regular milk instead of vegetable milk?

    Yes, regular milk can be used as a direct substitute for vegetable milk in this recipe.

  • What's the best way to ensure my doughnuts have a uniform shape?

    Rolling the dough evenly and using a doughnut cutter or a circular cutter for uniformity will help ensure consistent shapes and sizes.

  • Can I prepare the dough in advance?

    Yes, you can prepare the dough, let it rise, and then refrigerate it overnight. Just make sure to bring it to room temperature before frying or baking.

  • How can I make the doughnuts extra light and fluffy?

    Ensuring the dough is kneaded well and given ample time to rise in a warm environment will create superior fluffiness in your doughnuts.

  • Can I air-fry the doughnuts instead of frying in oil?

    Yes, air-frying is a healthier alternative. Preheat your air-fryer and cook the doughnuts at around 350°F (175°C) until golden brown, flipping halfway through for an even cook.

Nutrition facts

Amazing vegan Berliner doughnuts
Recipe Yield:12 doughnuts
Calories:Per doughnut
Calories (Min - Max):220 - 260
Total Fat:8g
Saturated Fat:1g
Protein:3g
Total Carbohydrate:35g
Total Sugars:15g