I have to say, out of all the cooking shows out there, The Great British Baking Show, is the one that tops the list. It inspires me to run into my kitchen and just start baking. Although the bakers always have brilliant flavor combinations, one that stood out to me was passion fruit with white chocolate. I never used passion fruit in a dessert, heck I only discovered the fruit last year! But I desperately wanted to try. And so, I patiently waited until the fruit came into season, coughed up $3 per passion fruit, and whipped up these passion fruit and white chocolate donuts. As expected, the flavors were phenomenal, so much so that I am already planning my next passion fruit dessert!
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When you find a great base recipe, it only makes sense to keep it in your stash. That’s what I did for these passion fruit and white chocolate donuts, using the dough recipe from my chocolate tahini donuts. The dough is an enriched dough, incorporating eggs and butter into the mix to yield an incredibly soft dough. When the dough is already so soft even before its first proof, you know it’s going to be a soft bread, or in this case, donut.
Let the dough proof for one hour or until doubled in size. Meanwhile, make the white chocolate cream filling. I prefer to melt the chocolate in the microwave just because it’s easier but you can always use a doubler boiler. Just make sure to stir the chocolate every 20 seconds if using the microwave. Let the white chocolate cool completely before adding it to the whipped cream.
Now back to the dough. Punch down the dough and roll it out until it’s about 3/4 inches thick. You don’t want to roll it out too thin since you want that “fullness” that donuts have. Cut 2-inch circles using a biscuit cutter and place the dough on a lined baking sheet. Cover the dough to prevent a skin from forming and proof for another 2 hours. Two hours seems like a long time but this will give the dough enough rest to rise beautifully.
Preheat frying oil to 325 degrees F, and fry the donuts until golden brown on both sides. Remove the donuts with a slotted spoon and let them cool completely. While the donuts are cooling, make the passion fruit glaze. All you need is a little passion fruit pulp mixed with powdered sugar and lime zest. If you’re not a fan of the seeds, just strain the passion fruit pulp before adding it to the powdered sugar.
Fill those beautiful donuts with the white chocolate cream and finish with the passion fruit glaze. Now step back and admire your work. Aren’t these passion fruit and white chocolate donuts a beauty? And they taste just as beautiful.
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