Christmas Spiced Donuts with Brandy Glaze

Christmas spiced donut with brandy icing

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  • Donut Dough:
  • 250 ml Eskort Smoked Pork Neck Steaks, diced
  • 20 g dry yeast
  • 125 ml warm water
  • 750 ml flour
  • 125 ml castor sugar
  • 5 ml salt
  • 125 ml butter
  • 125 ml buttermilk
  • 5 ml vanilla essence
  • 5 ml nutmeg
  • 5 ml cinnamon
  • 5 ml cloves
  • 3 eggs
  • 65 ml ginger
  • 65 ml raisins
  • 65 ml glazed cherries
  • oil for frying
  • Brandy Glaze:
  • 500 ml icing sugar
  • 65 ml brandy
  • 250 ml water
  • Royal Icing:
  • 1 egg white
  • 500 ml icing sugar
  • 3 ml vanilla


  • Glaze:
  • In a mixing bowl mix the icing sugar, brandy and water together to form the glaze.
  • Royal icing:
  • In a large mixing bowl, add egg white, icing sugar and vanilla and mix using an electric mixer until white and thick.
  • Donut:
  • Add yeast to warm water and set aside to bloom, 5 – 10 minutes.
  • In a mixing bowl add the flour, castor sugar and salt.
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat and melt the butter, buttermilk, vanilla and add the nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Remove from heat once the butter has melted.
  • Combine the yeast water and spiced buttermilk mixture.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add flour mixture and make a well in the middle of the flour. Break 3 eggs into the well and lightly cover the eggs with flour.
  • Grate the ginger and squeeze the juice from it. Add the ginger juice, raisins and glazed cherries to the flour mixture.
  • Combine the buttermilk mixture and flour mixture, stirring until a ball of dough starts to form.
  • Place the dough on a flour dusted working surface and knead for 10 minutes and shape into 12 equal sized balls.
  • Shape each ball into a donut by making a hole in the middle with your thumbs.
  • Place the shaped donuts onto oiled baking paper and cover with clingwrap.
  • Allow donuts to rest for 10 – 15 minutes in a warm space.
  • Deep-fry the donuts until golden and crispy.
  • Remove the donuts from the oil and dip them in the brandy glaze.
  • Place the donut onto a cooling rack to allow the glaze to partially set.
  • Dip the glazed donuts in the royal icing.


Present as year end gift.


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