Wednesday, June 1

Strawberry Shortcake Donuts




When I tell people how old I am, they are usually surprised. I'm not sure if that's because I look older than 32, or if it's because I have 3 kids, my oldest being 9. So when they do the math..... I started having babies when they were still in college.

I never really thought of 22-23 as being that young to start a family, probably because my parents were only 20 when they had me. Fast froward 32 years, they are still happily married and I am seemingly normal (or am I?)

I think being a young parent has it's benefits for sure, though it is a tough road if you do not have a supporting family and inner circle. Luckily for my parents,  my siblings, and I. We all had my Nana, who was my Mom's mother. Nana was always there for my parents, and was a huge influence in who I am today. She was by all means, an all-star grandmother. I can't imagine what my childhood would have been like without her presence.





This time of year makes me think of her the most. Every year growing up (and still today) Nana goes strawberry picking, and gets flats filled with pounds and pounds of berries. She then spends days cleaning, hulling, freezing, and canning those berries to get her through the entire year.

And then after all her hard work, she enjoys a batch of homemade strawberry daiquiris, and warm biscuits served with whipped cream (or cool whip) topped with macerated strawberries. If you are lucky enough to visit the days after she has done her berry picking, you can count on snagging some too.




When Driscoll's  contacted me and asked me to develop a new and fun take on Strawberry Shortcake I knew right away I was up for the challenge. I am after all Nana's granddaughter, and I love me some Strawberry Shortcake.  The first thing my mind went to was a classic buttermilk drop biscuit like Nana's, topped with fresh cream and berries. Just like I have enjoyed every berry season since I was probably in diapers. But then I stopped, and really thought about it some more. I needed to put a Carrie twist on Nana's shortcakes.

In donut form... duh.







Now, I may be influenced by my Nana, and do enjoy baking with fresh strawberries every summer. I do not however always have time to picking the say she always has. Luckily, I can always count on Driscoll's to provide me with a fresh, flavorful berry. Driscoll's has been in the berry business for over 100 years. They know their stuff, and I trust that the fruit I am am purchasing from them is the best quality! 


These buttermilk yeast donuts are rolled in sugar, then  stuffed full of  whipped strawberry crème fraîche filling.  They are bursting with fresh berry flavor, and are so creamy and airy, you don't even notice the calories!  These donuts are not just for breakfast... they are a dessert and should be enjoyed every berry seasons from here on out.

Strawberry Shortcake Donuts 
Ingredients: 


1 tbs active dry yeast
½ cup warm water
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
2 large eggs, room temperature
¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/3 cup buttermilk, room temperature
About 3.5-4.5 cups  bread flour (or all purpose flour)

2 qts vegetable oil, for frying

For the filling:
1 lb Driscoll's Strawberries, washed, and hulled
8 oz Crème fraîche 
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup of sugar for rolling fried donuts

Directions:
In a small bowl combine yeast, warm water and sugar. Mix and then set aside for about 10 minutes or until it starts to foam.

In the bowl of an electric mixer using the paddle attachment,  combine salt, eggs and butter until light and fluffy. Mix in the buttermilk, and 1 cup of flour.

Add the yeast mixture to the bowl, mix until combined.

Switch out the paddle attachment for the dough hook. Turn mixer to medium/low and add in more flour ¼ cup at a time.

Continue to add in flour just until the dough is barely sticky. Turn mixer to medium speed and “knead” the dough until it slightly elastic.

Turn the dough out into a large buttered mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and set it someplace warm to rise until it has doubled in volume.

Once the dough has doubled, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough out to be about a ½ inch thick and cut into 3 inch circles (you can use a biscuit cutter, or a drinking glass). Place the dough circles on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Do not re-roll scraps, I usually fry them cut into small strips or chunks for extra snacking, they can also be discarded.

Allow to donuts to rise one more time, until they have at least doubled in size, and appear to fluffy and filled with air.

While the donuts rise, preheat cooking oil to 370 degrees in either an electric fryer, or on a stove top in a heavy bottomed dutch oven.

Fry each donut until it is golden on the bottom, flip and fry until the other side is golden. Be very careful when transferring the donuts to the oil, if they are handled too much, they will collapse. The finished donuts should be golden on each side, with a white ring around the middle, this shows a perfectly risen donut, and will ensure that it is nice and light in the center.

Place fried donuts onto a paper bag or paper towels to drain any extra grease.  Toss donuts in granulated sugar, and place on a cooling wrack to cool to room temperature.

To prepare your filling, add strawberries, sugar and Crème fraîche to a food processor or blender. Blend until the berries have pureed, and you have a creamy mixture.

In a separate mixing bowl, whip heavy cream with an electric mixer until it is still. Whip in the strawberry mixture until everything is incorporated and light and fluffy.

Cut a whole in the side of each donut, carefully pipe the filling into the center of the donuts.

Best if eaten right away. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.


June 14th is National Strawberry Shortcake Day. Is there any better way to kick off summer? For all things strawberry shortcake, be sure to check out Driscoll's for some more strawberry shortcake recipe ideas!

(Disclaimer: I received monetary compensation to write this post on behalf of Driscoll's. However, as always all opinions expressed are 100% my own!)

7 comments:

  1. These look incredible!! Such a fun way to enjoy strawberry shortcake :)

    Sues

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  2. You always make the best doughnuts!

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  3. I've never made yeast doughnuts by myself, but you have inspired me to try! Love that strawberry filling too!

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  4. What is the yield on this recipe? Would like to make them. Thanks!

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  5. Wow! These look incredible and perfect for National Donut Day! 🍩

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  6. Such a fun twist on a classic. I could probably eat that strawberry filling with a spoon :)!

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  7. I made these! Not pretty like yours, but delicious. You are the queen of donuts.

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