Blueberry Basil Doughnuts

Basil Doughnuts

Photo credit and original recipe posted at: http://www.the-farmersdaughter.com/blog/2015/8/1/blueberry-basil-doughnuts/

Blueberry Basil Doughnuts

100% all natural combination of blueberries & basil!
Course Breakfast, Dessert

Ingredients
  

Doughnut Batter

  • 1/4 cup Hot water
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp Yeast
  • 2/3 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup White sugar
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tbsp Shortening
  • 3 cups Flour

Blueberry Basil Glaze

  • 1 cup Blueberries (Fresh is great, but frozen will work as well)
  • 1 tbsp Fresh basil Finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp Half & Half (or milk is fine)
  • 3 cups Icing sugar

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, mix together hot water, sugar, and yeast set aside for about 10 minutes until nice and frothy
  • In a large bowl, whisk together yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, egg and shortening.
  • Slowly whisk in 1 1/2 cups of flour.
  • Gradually add in remaining flour (1 1/2 cups), half a cup at a time, stirring with a wooden spoon (or you can use your mixer and a dough hook) until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. *You may not need to use all of your flour!
  • Knead by hand for about 5 minutes, or until your dough is nice and smooth.
  • Place the dough into a greased bowl, cover with a clean dish towel, and place somewhere warm to rise until it has doubled in size (about half an hour).
  • Turn the dough onto a floured surface, and use a rolling pin to gently roll it out to about 1/2″ thickness.
  • Cut with a doughnut cutter (or you can use two round cookie cutters, one large and one small). Cover all doughnuts with the towel again, and let rise until doubled.
  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or a large electric skillet to 350 degrees (you can use a large, deep skillet on your stove, but it’s harder to control the temperature of your oil safely).
  • Very carefully, place your doughnuts into the hot oil. Fry doughnuts on each side until they are a very light brown.
  • Remove doughnuts from hot oil, and place on a cookie sheet lined with paper towel.
  • Repeat until all the dough has been used, including the leftover doughnut holes from the middle of the doughnuts!
  • Dip doughnuts in glaze, and serve!

Blueberry Basil Glaze

  • Add your blueberries, basil, and half and half together in a blender and puree.
  • Once your mixture is smooth, transfer it to a bowl and slowly whisk in the icing sugar until smooth. To adjust the thickness, just add a tiny bit of half and half or icing sugar.
  • Dip fresh doughnuts in the glaze, and serve!