Chocolate orange doughnuts – soft, light-as-air orange infused yeast doughnuts with chocolate orange glaze and candied oranges – pure bliss!
While I think that baked and cake doughnuts do have their place, they simply cannot beat the perfection of a fried yeast doughnut. Yes, they may be a little more effort to make, but you cannot deny that that effort is so worth it! Pillowy soft, sweet and so full of flavour, a fried doughnut is the pinnacle of comfort food.
Here I went for a classic flavour combination – chocolate and orange. Combined with the awesomeness that is a fried doughnut, the flavours make these utterly irresistible! It is impossible to eat just one! They are comprised of a soft, orange scented dough topped with chocolate orange ganache and candied orange slices. The orange slices are mostly for decoration (though do taste delicious too!), so you can skip making them if you like but they are very simple to do, use only three ingredients – oranges, sugar and water, and the leftover syrup is amazing on pancakes, don’t throw it away if you do make them!
The doughnuts themselves are simpler to make than you might think, though obviously they do take a while. If you want to serve them in the morning then you can make the dough (and the candied oranges) the evening beforehand and pop it in the fridge to slow rise overnight to cut down on work in the morning. The slow rise gives them even better flavour too!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 cups white bread flour
- 2 tsp instant yeast
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp softened butter
- 1 medium egg
- ½ cup full fat milk, lukewarm
- finely grated zest of 1 orange
- 1 tsp orange extract
- vegetable oil for frying
- 2 oranges
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups water