Golden and fried to perfection, these yeasted donuts are tossed in a hibiscus sugar and stuffed with a hibiscus pastry cream. Uhm, DROOL.

The first time I has hibiscus was in the form of tea. I was working at a farmer’s market in Boston, and every day as soon as it got hot, my boss and the farm owner would look at me and say “Fennel, coffee run?”

I’d smile and say “Yes!” I took his credit card and asked all the other employees for their drink order.

Iced Cap. Iced Coffee, 1 sugar. Red Eye. Iced Coffee, milk and 2 splenda. 

Golden and fried to perfection, these yeasted donuts are tossed in a hibiscus sugar and stuffed with a hibiscus pastry cream. Uhm, DROOL.

I walked to the downtown coffee shop a block from the market. Amidst business men in their suits and women in pencil skirts heels, I stood in my sneakers and cotton tank top. My hands were always slightly dirty from the wooden crates I had carried off of the farm truck that morning.

At the end of the order, I’d ask for an iced hibiscus tea for myself.

It was heavenly. Cold and refreshing, with this bright and floral flavor that felt so appropriate for the hot day ahead of me.

Golden and fried to perfection, these yeasted donuts are tossed in a hibiscus sugar and stuffed with a hibiscus pastry cream. Uhm, DROOL.

Every time I have hibiscus now I’m instantly transported back to my summer at the farmer’s market. Bagging spring peas, tri-colored carrots, and haricots verts. Lifting heavy buckets filled with sunflowers as big as your face. And sipping on an iced hibiscus tea.

Golden and fried to perfection, these yeasted donuts are tossed in a hibiscus sugar and stuffed with a hibiscus pastry cream. Uhm, DROOL.

These donuts have hibiscus both in the sugar coating and in the pastry cream which nearly bursts from the donut.

They are absolute perfection. I had such a hard time not eating them as I made them last week. Which, I think, is a great sign 🙂

Golden and fried to perfection, these yeasted donuts are tossed in a hibiscus sugar and stuffed with a hibiscus pastry cream. Uhm, DROOL.

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Hibiscus Donuts
 
Serves: 18 donuts
Ingredients
for the dough
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon crushed dried hibiscus flowers
for the hibiscus pastry cream
  • 1 tablespoon dried hibiscus flowers
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
Instructions
for the dough
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the milk, sugar, and yeast. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, or until the yeast begins to bubble and foam.
  2. In a standing mixer bowl fitted with a dough attachment, combine flour and salt. Add in egg, vanilla extract, melted butter, and milk mixture, stirring to combine.
  3. Knead dough on low speed for 10 minutes, until the dough is soft and very stretchy (dough will be VERY sticky). If kneading by hand, this will take 10-15 minutes. Your dough will be ready when it passes the window test: pull a quarter-sized piece of dough between your hands and put it up to a window. If you can see the light shining through and the dough does not break, the glutens are strong enough and your dough is ready.
  4. Grease a large bowl with oil and place dough into bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in a warm place for 1½ hours.
for the pastry cream
  1. Meanwhile, make your pastry cream. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine dried hibiscus, milk, ¼ cup of the sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Heat, stirring occasionally, until milk is scalding (steaming) but not boiling.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine egg yolks, the remaining ¼ cup of sugar, and flour. The mixture will be pasty and this is OK. Just make sure everything is well mixed together.
  3. Pour ¼ cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture and whisk to combine, then slowly pour everything into the saucepan, whisking the entire time.
  4. Turn the heat to medium and whisk slowly but constantly until the mixture thickens to a pudding-like consistency. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl.
  5. Cover pastry cream with plastic wrap and place in fridge to cool completely.
back to the donuts
  1. Punch dough lightly to deflate, then roll into a lightly floured work surface. Roll dough to ¼ inch thick, then use a round 3-inch pastry cutter to cut dough into circles and place on a lined baking sheet. Cover loosely with a towel or plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour.
  2. Mix together remaining 1 cup of sugar with finely crushed dried hibiscus flowers. Set aside.
  3. In a large heavy-bottomed pot, heat 2 quarts of canola oil to 350°F. Fry donuts 3-4 at a time for 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side, until lightly golden brown. Remove from heat and toss in hibiscus-sugar mixture.
  4. Last, scoop pastry cream into a piping bag with a ½ inch tip. Pipe pastry cream into the center of each donut. DEVOUR!

 

16 comments

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Well these are INSanely beautiful! definitely inspired to try hibiscus now:) and make weekend donuts. xx

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Wow! how interesting! Definitely something to try this weekend! If I don’t have hibiscus flowers available, are there any suggestions for a substitute? Roses perhaps?

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These are ACTUALLY mouthwatering…I love how complex these beauties look but how approachable you make them seem! #myBakingguru

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these are STUNNING! i’ve never made yeast donuts from scratch (but now i need to!) & am always afraid of trying to take on things as floral as hibiscus at home because I’m worried about the whole “this tastes like soap” factor. i’m totally trying this…your recipes are always winners! xx (ps, have loved watching your girls’ trip adventure through europe! aren’t moms the best?! your stories with your mom make me laugh every time!)

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so gorgeous and delicate! love them. i just got a hibiscus shrub in the mail to mix with sparkling water and it’s to. die. for. such a lovely flavor, i’m sure it’s delicious in these donuts sarah!

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my aunt used to make iced hibiscus tea all the time! it was such a treat to sip on that during the summer. definitely need to use hibiscus more in my cooking/baking. and wow, that color!! surprised that the pastry cream is so vibrant, even with only 1 tablespoon of hibiscus.

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These are absolutely beautiful! What an interesting idea – you come up with the most creative pastries. I am now craving both these donuts and a cold hibiscus tea 🙂

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Oh dear, thank you for this a beauty !

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Oh, goodness. These are too pretty. They belong in a fancy gourmet donut shop!

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omg love.

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Aww yes, what a great summer flavor. And in doughnuts? Yessssssss.

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So pretty, I seriously need these beauties in my life!

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NEED to try these! So gorgeous!

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these look divine! I am trying to source where to buy dried hibiscus flowers but am only getting hibiscus tea leaves. Where would you suggest I buy the dried flowers? Thanks!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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They are one and the same! I got mine at the bulk section at whole foods 🙂

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These look so amazing! I love the idea of pairing something floral and fresh with something fried. ?

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