We never thought we'd ever have a desire to make donuts, but then we tried the Cappuccino Dulce de Leche Brioche Donut recipe from Monique at Peaches to Peach Blog and we fell in love! So we took Monique's brioche donut dough recipe and added our Whiskey Maple buttercream filling and almost died from the amazingly delicious combo! And what's better than a delicious cream filled donut with delicious maple flavors and a touch boozy from the addition of Tennessee Whiskey? You must try these Whiskey Maple Brioche Donuts.
Why make donuts at home?
Making donuts at home is actually pretty simple, it just takes a little bit more time, so plan this in advance. Don't expect to whip these out the morning you are planning a large brunch. Like any delicious bread, they need time to proof and develop flavor to meet their full potential. But making donuts at home allows you to be in complete control of everything and make them completely to your liking! Maybe you have picky eaters in the house and need a variety of fillings, well that's totally easy to do with these. You can have your guest get creative and combine fillings with a "create your own" fun activity. It's fun for everyone!
What Whiskey should I use?
We love a good smooth Tennessee Whiskey, such as Jack Daniels, in these. But we have made them with a variety of whiskey types as well as Bourbon. They are all very good, so choose your poison. The whiskey flavor in these Brioche Donuts is not strong at all, so you don't need to worry about them being too intense if you are not a huge Whiskey fan. I guarantee you will love the flavor of these!
So what are you waiting for??? Add these to your list for next weekend and enjoy one of the best treats in life - sugar covered and filled carbs!
If you try out this Whiskey Maple Brioche Donut recipe, let us know what you think in the comments below. Or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
Check out some of our other popular desserts:
- Texicali Chocolate Sheet Cake
- Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée
- Dulce de Leche Layered Brownies
- White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake
Whiskey Maple Brioche Donuts
Brioche Donut Dough
- 1 ¾ cups whole milk
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1pk (2 ¼ tsp) active dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 5 cups all purpose flour
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup butter, cut into 1 tablespoon pieces and room temp
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
Whiskey Maple Filling
- 8 oz unsalted butter, room temp
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- ¾ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon Whiskey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
MAKE THE DONUT DOUGH (THE NIGHT BEFORE)
- Heat milk on the stovetop to about 110° F. Be careful not to overheat your milk. If the milk is too hot it may kill the yeast.
- Combine milk, sugar and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer and let sit for 5-10 minutes until yeast begins to show signs of activity.
- Add eggs, vanilla, salt and flour to the bowl and mix using the dough hook on medium speed until fully combined and the dough begins to come together around the hook (approx 2-3 minutes).
- Slowly add butter, one tablespoon at a time, waiting until each is incorporated before adding the next. Once all butter is added, continue knead the dough with the dough hook for 2-5 minutes until dough begins to strengthen and looks smooth.
- Remove dough hook and cover bowl with plastic wrap or a towel and set in a warm place such as inside an oven with the light turned on for 1.5-2 hrs.
- Transfer the dough to a different bowl or leave it in the mixing bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.
SHAPE THE DONUTS
- The next day, cut out 3in x 3in parchment paper squares and place them on a baking sheet.
- Remove dough from the fridge and turn out onto a floured surface.
- Divide dough into 12-14 equal pieces and roll each piece into a ball by flouring your hand and moving the cut dough to an un-floured spot on your counter. Then cup your hand around the dough and move your hand in a circular motion until the dough forms into a tight ball.
- Let donut balls proof on the counter uncovered for 2-2.5 hrs until doubled in size and fluffy.
- PREPARE THE CINNAMON SUGAR TOPPING
- Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
FRY THE DONUTS
- Heat a large pot of oil (grapeseed oil preferred) to about 360-375° F.
- Gently place each doughnut into the oil including the parchment squares. Fry until golden brown, approximately 1-2 minutes per side.
- Cool each donut on a baking rack for about 20-30s then dip each side in cinnamon sugar topping and return to cooling rack. We fry 2-3 donuts at a time to make the process easier to manage.
MAKE THE FILLING
- In a stand mixer, add butter and mix on high until fluffy.
- Slowly add confectioners sugar and mix until combined.
- Slowly drizzle syrup in a little at a time and allow it to incorporate completely before adding more.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix until smooth and desired consistency. Add more confectioners sugar for a thicker consistency as needed.
- Add filling to a piping bag or ziplock with the corner cut open. Fill donuts immediately once cool.
FILL THE DONUTS
- Once donuts are completely cool, use a wooden spoon handle to make a hole in the side of each doughnut. Pipe filling into the hole of the donut until filling begins to overflow.
- Eat immediately or refrigerate if not consumed within 1-2 days.