Brioche Doughnuts with Orange Glaze & Holes with Cinnamon Sugar

Orange Glazed Brioche Doughnuts

I feel so lucky to live in DC, and that within the last year we’ve had a plethora of establishments that specialize in doughnuts. My favorite so far is Astro Doughnuts.

As much as I love stopping by for a doughnut, sometimes I want to make them for breakfast or brunch, and really don’t want to stand in line only to find out that they are sold out. Plus, very few places make rich brioche doughnuts like these.

It requires a bit of planning, but it is a really easy process. They are delicious with orange glaze, spiked with a bit of Grand Marnier. But you can always use only orange juice for all the liquid in the glaze. I roll the holes in cinnamon sugar. Both are great with a steaming cup of coffee.

Brioche Doughnuts

4 teaspoons active dry yeast
½ cup whole milk, warm to the touch
¼ cup sugar
½ cup AP flour

3 cups AP flour
1 ¼ teaspoon salt
4 eggs, at room temperature
8 ounces unsalted butter, at room temperature
Canola oil for greasing bowl, and for frying the doughnuts

1. Make sponge: Place ingredients for the sponge in the bowl of your stand mixer, and stir until blended. Let the mixture stand, covered, for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, the sponge should be bubbly and ready.
2. Fit your mixer with the paddle attachment. Add the flour and salt to the sponge. Start the mixer on low-speed. Add eggs, one by one, until incorporated. Turn mixer off and let rest for 5 minutes to allow the dough to absorb the liquid and for the gluten to relax.
4. Knead dough on medium speed for 5 minutes in the mixer. Scrape down the dough as needed. You may need to hold down the mixer from time to time.
5. On medium speed, add the butter a few pieces at a time. Let each addition of butter incorporate before adding more. Knead the dough for about 7-10 minutes or until you get a dough that is smooth and uniform in texture.
3. Rise: Place about 2 teaspoons of canola oil in a large bowl. Put dough in oiled bow and turn over so that all the dough is coated with oil. Cover and let rise at room temperature until doubled in volume. About 2 hours.
4. Deflate dough by punching it down in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in refrigerator overnight, to develop flavor.
5. Remove the dough out of the refrigerator. Roll out the dough until it is about ¾ inch to 1 inch in thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out doughnuts to desired shapes. I use a 3 inch cutter for the doughnuts and a 1 inch cutter for the holes. You can re-roll the scraps and cut out more doughnuts. Any imperfections will be hidden by the glaze. Place doughnuts on a parchment lined cookie sheet and let rise for 30 to 60 minutes.

Just cut doughnuts

6. Heat canola oil in a pot, to 350°F. Fry doughnuts a few at a time, until golden brown on both sides. Make the glaze while doughnuts are frying. Drain doughnuts on paper towels. And let cool for about 15 minutes before glazing.

Doughnuts Frying

7. Dip the top of each doughnut in the glaze and let sit on a rack. Roll holes in cinnamon sugar. Makes about 12 doughnuts, depending on how big you make them.

Golden Brown Doughnuts Ready to be Glazed

Brioche Doughnuts Dripping with Orange Glaze
Brioche Doughnuts

Brioche Doughnut Holes Rolled in Cinnamon Sugar
Cinnamon Sugar Holes 1

Author: onevanillabean

I have loved cooking and baking since I was 5 years old. It was the one activity that I would share with all my extended family. Like most people, I love traveling. I love visiting the markets, exploring unknown ingredients, and bringing them back home with me for inspiration. I find that recipes with simple and pure ingredients yield the best results.

7 thoughts

  1. On my goodness Brioche doughnuts! How irresistible! I especially like to addition of orange!

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  3. Wow Cecilia ~ those look incredible. I have yet to get to Astro Doughnuts ~ my son keeps lobbying. And I have yet to tackle brioche dough. After reading your recipe, I’m game. Sounds like it takes a little time but is well worth the effort. I haven’t tried brioche doughnuts before, but we finally got our hands on some cronuts ~ in northern Michigan, where we did not have to wait in line, I’m happy to say. They were better than I expected. But probably not as good as these!

    1. Thanks Domenica! Astro Doughnuts is fantastic. Definitely worth the trip. These brioche doughnuts are really delicious, and you can double the recipe and bake a loaf of brioche! I wish we had a cronut place here in DC!

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