Peanut M&M doughnuts – Willey’s Weekly Bake 144

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This is what I am calling my ultimate birthday bake, these donuts are just about everything I love! For anyone that knows me well I love anything peanut and peanut butter, peanut m&m’s you name it, I love it. My house mates and I are obsessed with the doughnuts from planet doughnut in Shrewsbury so I decided to make these after having a craving! These are quite complex and require quite a lot of steps but are worth the effort!

Ingredients for dough 

  • 600g Strong white bread flour
  • 40g Butter
  • 40g Caster sugar
  • 14g Fast action dried yeast
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 150ml Milk
  • 80ml Water (May need more depends on size of eggs)

Ingredients for peanut butter filling 

  • 150g Cream cheese
  • 80g Peanut butter
  • 80g Icing sugar
  • Drop of vanilla bean paste

Ingredients for topping 

  • 150g of Milk chocolate
  • 1 share bag of M&M’s

 

Method for the doughnuts 

  1. Add all the dry ingredients to a bowl. Ensuring that the salt and yeast are placed on opposite sides.IMG_2927
  2. Add the butter in small pieces.
  3. Warm the milk slightly and add to the flour mix, along with 3/4 of the water and the eggs and mix using a wooden spoon until it comes together.IMG_2928
  4. Add more of the water if required.
  5. Tip onto a floured work surface and knead for 5-10 minutes until a soft, smooth dough.IMG_2929
  6. Leave the dough to rise at room temperature in a covered bowel until doubled in size. This should take about 1.5 hours.IMG_2930
  7. Once doubled in size flatted or roll out gently onto a floured surface.
  8. Using cutters cut cut out as many circles that fit onto your piece dough I used an 8.5cm cutter for the outside ring and a cap from a spice jar to cut out the middle.IMG_2931
  9. Place the doughnuts onto baking trays ensuring there is enough room for them to rise. It should make between 10-12 doughnuts.
  10. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise again for 1.5 hours.
  11. Heat 1 litre of vegetable oil in the pan on a medium to high heat. Test with a little left over dough or bread it should take 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side to cook. When the test picks are placed in the oil they should sizzle and bubble.IMG_2932
  12. Place two doughnuts in at a time and play close attention when cooking. IMG_2956
  13. Place the cook doughnuts onto of a wire rack covered in kitchen roll to soak up the excess oil.IMG_2957

Method for the filling. 

  1. Whisk the cream cheese and vanilla bean paste until smooth.
  2. Add the peanut butter and whisk again.
  3. Sift in the icing sugar and beat until fully mixed.IMG_2936

Method for topping

  1. Melt the chocolate in a ban maire once the doughnuts are fully cooled.IMG_2937
  2. In the sealed packet of M&M’s using a heavy saucepan or rolling pin bash the packet so some of the M&M’s break up.

Method for construction 

  1. Dip the doughnuts into the bowl of melted chocolate, do this with all doughnuts.
  2. Scoop the filling into a pipping bag and the end quite large to ensure any pieces of peanut do not get stuck.
  3. Pipe the filling in a spiral into the centre of each doughnut.IMG_2940
  4. Once the chocolate has set a little add the M&M’s to the top using the whole ones first then filling in with crushed ones.

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