S’mores Brioche Donuts

Howdy friends! This donut is INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE! I mean, look at it…drool* I could totally eat that whole stack, but I’m not trying to get diabetes in my mid 20’s lol. Though I didn’t need to stack it that high and make it so ginormous, I really couldn’t help myself. Stacking foods for photos is so so fun. Sometimes I like to stack them way too high and watch it crumble. It’s a little game I play, How High Can You Stack Before It Falls. You should try it sometime 🙂

Well, I wanted to take a part in thefeedfeed’s s’mores contest where you share a picture or video using Ghirardelli chocolate squares to makes s’mores, so I went and got some squares for myself. I planned on doing regular old s’mores, you know, the whole graham cracker thing with homemade marshmallow fluff, but I felt like that was SO UNORIGINAL. I had to AMP IT UP. And boy did I do that and more! Just by looking at it I could get a cavity, but it’s so worth it. I promise.

This donut recipe is the same as the other brioche donuts I shared except I cut a hole in them instead of filling it. Then I added melted chocolate, graham cracker crumbs, homemade fluff & topped it off with a sea salt caramel dark chocolate square! OH BOY. S’more heaven if you ask me! I do hope you enjoy these to the fullest & make sure to share the rest…. and don’t blame your sugar high on me.

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S’MORES BRIOCHE DONUT RECIPE 

INGREDIENTS

for the brioche donut

  • 518 g all-purpose flour
  • 10 g instant dried yeast
  • 74 g sugar
  • 9 g salt
  • 212 g whole milk (warm)
  • 111 g eggs
  • 3 g vanilla extract
  • 55 g unsalted butter (room temp)
  • 2 L of canola oil

for the donut glaze

  • 2 tbsps. milk
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

for the marshmallow fluff

  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup raw honey
  • 3 egg whites (room temp)
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

for the other toppings 

  • 14oz. graham crackers (crushed).
  • 4oz. chocolate of your choice, melted (I used Ghirardelli’s dark chocolate).
  • Ghirardelli sea salt caramel squares.
  • Flakey sea salt

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DIRECTIONS

for the brioche donuts

  • Butter a large bowl and set aside.
  • Place the flour and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook and mix for about 15 seconds to distribute the yeast evenly.
  • Add all of the remaining dough ingredients except for the butter and mix on low speed for 4 minutes.
  • Add the butter a few pieces at a time, incorporating after each addition before adding the next.
  • Stop and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and push the dough off the hook. Mix for a total of 30 minutes on low speed.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface.
  • Fold the left side over to the right, the right over to the left, then the top to the bottom and the bottom to the top so you have a “package” with the seam at the top.
  • Place the dough seam-side down in the prepared bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let it ferment for 1 hour.
  • Repeat the folding process, place it back in the bowl, cover, and refrigerate OVERNIGHT.
  • Lightly flour your work surface and roll out the dough to an 11 inch wide circle.
  • Using a 3.5 inch circle cutter, cut out 8 rounds of dough & a 1 inch circle cutter for the centers. Carefully transfer them to a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Using the 1 inch wide circle cutter,  get as many mini doughnut holes as you can out of the scraps.
  • Place a piece of plastic wrap loosely over the doughnuts and place in a warm, humid place to proof for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Near the end of proofing, pour the canola oil into a heavy bottomed saucepan or pot, making sure there is at least 3 inches of oil in the pot & heat the oil to 175°C.
  • Once the donuts are proofed, remove the plastic wrap and place them near your pot of oil. Have a cooling rack on a sheet pan next to your oil.
  • Gently pick up one doughnut and carefully place it in the oil, making sure not to splash oil on yourself. Fry the dough for 2 minutes, then flip it and fry on the other side for 1 minute, until the doughnut is a golden brown color.
  • Remove from the oil and place on the cooling rack. Let it cool for 10mins before glazing them, as they are pippin hot.

for the glaze 

  • In a small bowl, combine the sugar and milk, then mix till there are no lumps.
  • Once you can handle the donuts, while they are still relatively warm, dip them in the glaze and let them cool completely.

for the marshmallow fluff

  • In a saucepan, stir together the water, sugar, & honey.
  • Place a candy thermometer in, and heat on medium to high heat. DO NOT stir anymore, as crystals will begin to form.
  • Meanwhile, in a stand mixer, pour in the eggs whites & cream of tartar.
  • When the syrup is ~225°F, whip the egg whites to soft peaks.
  • As the syrup gets hotter, to 240°F, take it off the heat and pour it in a STEADY stream into the egg whites and it continues to whip.
  • You want to be very careful as the syrup is extremely hot. Try to pour the syrup in between the bowl and egg whites, so nothing splashes back.
  • Once all the syrup is poured in, whip on high till the mixture is glossy.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and whip till it’s cooled.
  • Whatever is not used can be stored in an airtight container for 2 weeks at room temp.

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ASSEMBLY

  • Cut the brioche donuts in half.
  • On the bottom half, layer on the melted chocolate & graham cracker crumbs.
  • Spoon on the marshmallow fluff, however much you desire.
  • Using a blow torch, carefully toast the fluff till golden brown.
  • Top with a Ghirardelli sea salt dark chocolate square and the top half of the donut.
  • ENJOY!

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