The perfect 3pm treat: How to make amazing fluffy doughnuts using puff pastry in just 15 minutes
- Aldi Australia have released an easy-to-follow recipe for puff pastry doughnuts
- The mouth-watering doughnuts are the perfect winter evening treat
- The doughnuts take just seven minutes to cook and less than 15 to prepare
The pastry chefs at Aldi have released a mouth-watering recipe for puff pastry doughnuts.
The flakey, cinnamon-sugar coated pastries are easy to make and have been popular with Instagram users, attracting thousands of likes in less than 24 hours.
To make the doughnuts, begin by heating oil in a deep pan or deep fryer, until it reaches 180C.
The pastry chefs at Aldi have released a mouth-watering recipe for puff pastry doughnuts, and it is the perfect dessert for a cool autumn evening
The recipe calls for puff pastry, an egg, cinnamon and some caster sugar – with maple syrup recommended for serving.
The doughnuts are made with stacked layers of pastry.
The recipe suggests home cooks use a cookie cutter to cut out 12 circles of puff pastry for each doughnut.
These circles are then stacked gently on top of each other .
Then the pastry tower needs to be submerged in the oil, using a long skewer, for five to seven minutes.
How can I make puff pastry doughnuts at home?
Six sheets of puff pastry
1litre of vegetable oil
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
½ cup caster sugar
Pain flour to dust your work surface
1 – Heat oil in a deep fryer (or deep pan) to 180°C.
2 – Sprinkle flour on a clean work surface. Lay one pastry sheet on floured surface and using round cookie cutters, cut out six large circles for the doughnuts and six smaller circles inside the larger circles to form a doughnut shape.
(Each pastry sheet should make about six doughnut shapes, depending on the size of your cutters).
Remove the centre circle from each doughnut and brush each with a little of the whisked egg.
Repeat this process for all six pastry sheets. Stack the cut doughnut shapes, one on top of the other, until you get a stack 12 layers high for each doughnut. Set each completed doughnut aside and continue making the stacks until you have three doughnuts (each 12 layers high).
3 – When the oil is hot enough, using a skewer, lower each doughnut into the oil and fry for about 5-7 minutes until cooked though.
4 – While doughnuts are frying, mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl.
5 – Remove the doughnuts and place on paper towel to drain. While they are still warm, toss them in the cinnamon and sugar and place on a cooling rack until ready to serve.
Once they have been taken from the oil and the excess has been drained off them they are ready to be rolled in cinnamon and sugar.
And pastry-lovers were excited to try the recipe at home.
‘I am getting some tomorrow, they look so good – come over and we will do a cook-up after lunch,’ one woman said to her friend.
‘Yum, thankyou Aldi,’ another person said, praising the German-owned retailer.
‘Everything tastes better with puff pastry,’ another woman said.
The recipe makes three of the giant doughnut stacks.
Simple, easy-to-recreate desserts are increasingly popular at the moment following a baker’s revival last year.
And pre-rolled puff pastry has come out as one of the heroes of the trend.
One mum recently shared her easy vanilla slice toastie – and like the doughnuts her recipe went viral.
After sharing the recipe on social media, the post was ‘liked’ more than 350 times and others thought the dessert idea was ‘amazing’ and ‘brilliant’
Posting to the Aldi Mums Facebook group, An, from Sydney, only used four ingredients – Cottee’s instant pudding mix, milk, thickened cream and puff pastry sheets.
‘Made these custard puffs from a second hand Aldi sandwich maker with good result,’ she wrote online.
‘Perfectly fits a whole puff pastry sheet with no waste or fluffing about with circles.’
The recipe is quick and easy to follow and would take no longer than 20 minutes to complete from start to finish
Posting to the Aldi Mums Facebook group, mum An, from Sydney, revealed how to make vanilla slice toasties using only four ingredients
The recipe is quick and easy to follow and would take no longer than 20 minutes to complete from start to finish.
To make the dessert, An mixed together the instant pudding mix with 100mL of thickened cream and 300mL of milk.
‘This ratio is only because I didn’t have enough cream but usually I believe people use the opposite ratio,’ An said.
She combined the mixture until a custard was formed, then cut the puff pastry into quarters and carefully added a teaspoon of the mixture into each square.
The pastry was then placed in the sandwich press and cooked for five minutes.
The end result looked delicious and would be the perfect quick treat to make after dinner.
How can I make vanilla slice toasties at home?
- Cottee’s instant pudding mix – one sachet
- 100mL thickened cream
- 300mL milk
- Puff pastry sheets
1 – Combine the pudding mix, thickened cream and milk together in a bowl
2 – Mix well until a custard is formed
3 – Cut the puff pastry into quarters
4 – Scoop a tablespoon of custard into the centre then add another layer of puff pastry on top
5- Cook in the sandwich press for five minutes and then serve
Source: Aldi Mums/Facebook