Mini Doughnut Balls With Caramel Dipping Sauce

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Years ago I used to be obsessed with these things called ‘Diddy Donuts’ in Burger King (in case you haven’t noticed yet, I used to have a pretty hardcore thing for fast food). They were greasy little doughnuts with chocolate, caramel or vanilla dipping sauces (I used to get extra sauce to dip my fries in…). Sometimes I miss those days. So when I saw this Jamie Oliver recipe for mini doughnuts I decided to relive those oily days of yore.

 


MINI DOUGHNUT BALLS WITH CARAMEL DIPPING SAUCE [VEGAN]

SERVES: 20

INGREDIENTS

For the Doughnuts:

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk
  • 50 g/1.75 oz. vegan butter
  • 2 Tbsp. rapeseed oil/ oil of choice
  • 1/3 cup of sugar for dusting the doughnuts in
  • seeds from 1 vanilla pod (optional
  • Sunflower oil for deep frying

For the Caramel Sauce:

  • 1/2 can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup raw granulated cane sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil

PREPARATION

For the Doughnuts:

  1. Mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together in a baking bowl and make a well in the middle.
  2. In a small pot over a low heat, melt the butter and stir in the milk and 2 Tbsp. oil.
  3. Pour the wet mixture into the well in the middle of the flour and stir everything together to form a thick dough. Using your hands, form the dough into small balls ready for frying.
  4. In a deep pan, heat about 2.5 inches of oil over a medium-high heat (you could also use a deep fat fryer). The oil should be about 350-375ºF/180-190ºC. Gently drop the dough balls into the oil with a spoon and fry for about 3-5 minutes until lightly golden (you can work in batches if you need to). Let the fried balls cool a little on some paper towels to absorb any excess oil.
  5. Place 1/3 cup of sugar in a small bowl and add the vanilla seeds if you are using them. Roll the cooled doughnut balls in the sugar to coat.

For the Caramel Sauce:

Over a high heat, bring the coconut milk, sugar and maple syrup to a boil, then immediately reduce to a low simmer. Continue to simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring every so often.

Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the coconut oil, vanilla and salt. Allow to cool for 20 minutes, then transfer to a jar if you want to save some for later.

Dip the donut balls in the caramel sauce or drizzle the sauce over them, profiterole-style.

 

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