How to make Bavarian cream donuts at home?

Introduction: Bavarian cream donuts

Bavarian cream donuts are a delicious and decadent treat that are perfect for breakfast, dessert, or any time of day. These donuts are filled with a rich and creamy Bavarian cream filling and then glazed with a sweet and creamy icing. While they may seem like a daunting task to make at home, with the right ingredients and instructions, anyone can create these delicious donuts in their own kitchen.

Ingredients needed for Bavarian cream

To make the Bavarian cream filling, you will need heavy cream, egg yolks, sugar, vanilla extract, and gelatin. For the donut dough, you will need all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, instant yeast, milk, butter, and eggs. To fry the donuts, you will need vegetable oil. For the glaze, you will need powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. You may also want to have a piping bag or syringe to fill the donuts with the Bavarian cream.

Preparing the donut dough

To begin making the donut dough, combine the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, butter, and eggs. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until a smooth dough forms. Knead the dough for a few minutes until it becomes elastic and smooth. Cover the dough and let it rise in a warm place for about an hour.

Creating a Bavarian cream filling

To make the Bavarian cream filling, heat the heavy cream in a saucepan until it just starts to boil. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla extract. Slowly pour the hot cream into the egg mixture, stirring constantly. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over low heat until it thickens. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the gelatin until it dissolves. Let the cream cool to room temperature.

Filling the donuts with Bavarian cream

Once the dough has risen, roll it out on a floured surface to about ½ inch thickness. Use a round cookie cutter or glass to cut out circles of dough. Place a dollop of Bavarian cream filling in the center of each circle. Fold the dough over the filling and pinch the edges together to seal. Place the filled donuts on a floured surface and let them rise for another 30 minutes.

Letting the donuts rest and rise

After the donuts have risen for the second time, heat the vegetable oil in a deep pan to 350°F. Carefully place the donuts in the hot oil and fry for about 2 minutes on each side, until they are golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to remove the donuts from the oil and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Making the Bavarian cream glaze

To make the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract until a smooth and creamy mixture forms. Dip each donut into the glaze, making sure to coat it evenly. You can also add any additional decorations, such as sprinkles or chopped nuts, at this time.

Storing and serving Bavarian cream donuts

Bavarian cream donuts are best served fresh, but they can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat, simply microwave for a few seconds or place in a preheated oven for a few minutes. These donuts are perfect for breakfast, dessert, or any time you want a sweet and decadent treat.

Conclusion: Enjoy your homemade treats!

Making Bavarian cream donuts at home may seem intimidating, but with the right ingredients and instructions, anyone can create these delicious treats. From preparing the dough to filling the donuts with creamy Bavarian cream to glazing and decorating them, each step is important to creating the perfect donut. Whether you serve them for breakfast, dessert, or any time in between, these donuts are sure to be a hit with anyone who tries them.

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Elise DeVoe

Elise is a seasoned food writer with seven years of experience. Her culinary journey began as Managing Editor at the College of Charleston for Spoon University, the ultimate resource for college foodies. After graduating, she launched her blog, Cookin’ with Booze, which has now transformed into captivating short-form videos on TikTok and Instagram, offering insider tips for savoring Charleston’s local cuisine.

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