Boston Cream-Filled Donuts as seen on Ace of Taste, Season 1.
Recipe courtesy of Duff Goldman

Boston Cream Donuts

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr 30 min (includes rising times)
  • Active: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 12 donuts



Chocolate Glaze:




Special equipment:
a 3 1/2-inch round cutter, a Bismarck (donut filling) tip, a piping bag
  1. For the donuts: Sprinkle the yeast over the 2 tablespoons warm water in a liquid measuring cup. Add the pinch of sugar and set aside until bubbly, about 5 minutes.
  2. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup sugar with the flour, salt, nutmeg, buttermilk, shortening, egg, vanilla, 150 grams (2/3 cup) water and yeast mixture in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Beat on medium-high speed until a smooth ball of dough forms around the hook and only slightly sticks to the bottom of the bowl, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer the dough to a large bowl lightly sprayed with cooking spray; cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly sprinkle with flour.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a 9-by-11-inch rectangle that’s 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick. Use a 3 1/2-inch round cutter to cut out 12 donuts. Transfer the donuts to the prepared baking sheet, cover with a towel, wrap with plastic wrap and let rise until they puff slightly, about 20 minutes.
  5. For the chocolate glaze: In a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water, combine the chocolate chips, butter and salt. Let mixture gently heat until the chips are melted. Remove from the heat and whisk in the honey and vanilla until smooth. Set aside.
  6. To fry the donuts: Heat 6 inches of oil in a large heavy pot fitted with a candy thermometer over medium-high heat until the oil reaches 350 to 375 degrees. Fry the donuts in batches, flipping halfway through, until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer the donuts to a wire rack to cool for 2 minutes.
  7. To fill and decorate the donuts: Once the donuts are able to be handled, but still warm, fill them with the vanilla pudding then dip the tops in the chocolate glaze. Sprinkle with the sprinkles and enjoy!

Cook’s Note

If you do not have a Bismarck tip, you can use a turkey baster instead of a piping bag to fill the donuts with pudding.