Crispy Blueberry Cake Donuts

My dad’s birthday recently passed, and we are still quarantining, so I wanted to make him something special, since we couldn’t go out. He’s not a huge cake person, so blueberry donuts were it. I have never deep fried anything before, but let me tell you, it’s not as easy as it looks. I actually only got like 3-4 good donuts out of the batch I made because of the learning curve. I tried 2 different recipes to make sure I got the best result. This version’s spice mixture and addition of flax offered a flavorful dough that was easier to work with. Serve with the glaze and a hot cup of coffee, and you’ll have a great birthday treat.

  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1/4 c sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp melted vegan butter
  • 1/4 c almond milk
  • 2 tbsp flax + 6 tbsp water mixed
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 c blueberries
  • enough oil/shortening to make a thick layer in pan/deep fry

Whisk dry ingredients. Add melted butter and whisk so that small crumbles form. Add milk, flax mixture, vanilla, and blueberries. Use a wooden spoon to stir until a dough forms. It may seem dry at first, but give it a minute and it will moisten up. Take a clump of dough and roll it out on a clean surface into a very thin rope and form circles (or use a donut cutter if you have one). If the dough starts acting up and not sticking together, let it sit for a few minutes before trying to work with it again. Heat a 2 in layer of oil/shortening in a pot/pan over a medium flame for about 4-5 mins. Fry for about 1 min 30 s- 2 minutes on each side. Use a slotted spatula/spoon to move to a wire rack too cool. Dip in/pour on glaze.

glaze:

  • 1 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • enough water/almond milk to make pourable

Sift powdered sugar into a medium bowl, and add vanilla and water. Whisk until smooth.

Tips/ Things I Would Change:

  • I used shortening and olive oil to fry the donuts. Shortening really helps add a crunch to the outside if you’re into that.
  • The blueberries make it hard for the dough to stay together. I recommend getting used to making regular donuts (unless you’re already skilled at frying) before trying to add fruit.
  • I tried using the air fryer for a few of them, but they came out more like biscuits. I would stick to frying.
  • Make sure you make the donut rings very thin, like thinner than you think. They puff up while frying, and won’t cook all the way through if they are too thick.
  • If you find the doughnuts keep burning, turn the heat down to medium low.

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