These are easy no yeast orange doughnuts with chocolate sauce on the side. These mini fluffy doughnuts infused with orange juice and zest pair lusciously with this thick chocolate sauce.
Doughnuts are definitely one of my favourites! Lately, I have bombarded this blog with several different doughnut recipes. However, since some people get discouraged in doing them because of the long waiting time and the length of the kneading required, I thought of a recipe that doesn’t require any of that!
Quick No Yeast Doughnuts
Unlike other doughnuts recipes where yeast is one of the main ingredients, the main rising agent here is the baking powder. Therefore, there is no need to let the dough rise. As we are using baking powder, the dough in this case needs to resemble a sticky batter. This will help with the rising of the doughnut once it hits the oil. For this reason, this recipe is best for making fried doughnuts and not baked ones.
With the colder months arriving, so do the citrus! Oranges in particular during these months are a lot more sweeter and juicier. With just an orange, I managed to fully flavour these mini doughnuts to perfection. The orange juice helps bind the batter together whilst giving that subtle taste of orange. Whereas the zest is needed to enhance the citrusy orange taste we are looking to achieve here.
On their own, these doughnuts are already so flavourful and delicious. However, what goes great with oranges? Well, chocolate of course! In fact this is one of the most iconic combinations used for desserts throughout winter! The citrusy lightness and freshness pairs magnificently with the rich warm chocolate.
How to: Chocolate Sauce
The chocolate sauce is super duper easy to make! All that’s needed are heavy cream and chocolate. You can freely decide the darkness of chocolate; all levels go well here! Start by simply heating up the heavy cream. Here you have to be careful, since you don’t want the cream to burn. The temperature needs to be at around 30-35°C. Then, once it’s hot, pour it over the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Let is sit for a minute or two and then mix it together. That’s all!
No Yeast Orange Doughnuts with Chocolate Sauce
- 270 g flour
- 2 eggs
- 30 g butter melted
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 125 ml orange juice
- zest from an orange
- 45 g sugar plus extra for coating
- 125 ml milk
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- vegetable oil for deep frying
- 50 ml heavy cream
- 100 g chocolate
Making the chocolate sauce
- Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Place in a bowl and set aside.
- Heat the heavy cream until it's warm but not scolding hot. Pour the heavy cream over the chocolate. Let it rest for a minute and then whisk it until you get a thick sauce.
Making the doughnuts
- In a large bowl sieve together the flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
- In another bowl combine together the eggs, sugar, orange juice, orange zest, milk and nutmeg.
- Start adding the dry mixture slowly to the batter until thoroughly combined and you get a soft sticky dough.
- Fill a large pot with vegetable oil, pour enough oil so that the doughnut balls have enough space to cook in, about 7 cm. Heat the oil to about 170°C; you want the oil to be hot enough so that you reduce the cooking time avoiding that they get soggy, but at the same time you don’t want the oil too hot that it burns the outside and leave the inside raw.
- Meanwhile prepare a bowl with sugar. Set aside.
- Using a piping bag, ice cream scoop or two teaspoons, spoon the dough carefully into the oil and let it cook for about 2 minutes on each side until they puff up and get a golden colour.
- Once they are cooked through, remove the doughnuts with a slotted spoon and place on some paper towels to drain the excess oil and let cool for a few seconds.
- Toss the doughnut balls in the sugar until well coated.
- Repeat until you have used up all the batter. Ideally serve them immediately when they are still warm with the chocolate sauce on the side.
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