Pomegranate Glazed Donuts

Pomegranate glazed donutsCan you tell I love donuts? Over the last couple of years I’ve made donuts in lots of different flavors and variations including carrot cake, creme brulee, green tea, grapefruit, Homer Simpson style and donuts made from canned biscuits. But it’s never enough. I just LOVE donuts. I really wanted to create something seasonal. So…

Pomegrante doughnuts I decided to try making a pomegranate glazed donut. And it was awesome. Full disclosure: I ate three of these after snapping a few photos. Three donuts is too many. The donut recipe itself is a good basic recipe for yeasted donuts similar to these. The glaze is where the pomegranate magic happens. But first, a short lesson in harvesting pomegranate seeds.

How to remove pomegrante seedsI learned this trick from my dad. Cut a pomegranate in half. Place the half cut side down in warm water. Gently loosen the seeds from the shell and white, uh, membrane(?) of the fruit. The seeds will sit on the bottom of the bowl while the membranes will float to the top so you can easily skim them off. Keep going, until you’ve removed all the pomegranate seeds. You only need one pomegranate for this recipe, but I like to do a few at once if I’m going to the trouble. You can add pomegranate seeds to your morning yogurt or cereal, use it to top cakes or ice cream, or even add to an adventurous stir fry. Wow, this just turned this into a pomegranate seed commercial. I’m just saying, they’re good y’all!

How to de seed a pomegranteReserve the seeds and also save at least 1/2 cup of the pomegranate water. We are going to use this to make the glaze. I squeezed a few more seeds into the water so it had extra pomegranate juice. Plus it’s pretty, such a deep red.

How to make yeasted doughnutsBasic Yeasted Donuts, makes about two dozen.

2/3 cup warm water
4 1/2 teaspoons (two packets) active dry yeast
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup whole milk
2/3 cup sugar + a pinch
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 to 4 1/4 cups flour
oil for frying (I used vegetable, you can also use shortening)

In a small bowl combine the warm water with a pinch of sugar, stir to combine. Pour in the yeast, stir and allow to sit and activate for at least 5 minutes. The yeast should bubble/foam. That’s how you know it’s working. If your yeast does not activate discard and start over with new yeast.

In the bowl of your stand mixer add the sugar, eggs, salt and vanilla extract. Stir to combine. In a small pot over low heat melt the butter with the milk. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour a few tablespoons of the warm milk mixture into the egg mixture and stir. This will temper the eggs. Now pour the rest of the milk mixture into the bowl. Add in the yeast water and 2 cups flour. With the dough hook attachment start your mixer. Once most of the dough has been incorporated stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the remaining 2 cups flour and mix to combine. The dough should form a ball but will be quite sticky. If the dough doesn’t seem to be sticking together add in another 1/4 cup flour. Place in a slightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise in a warm spot for 1 hour. I often will turn my oven on low for a few minutes, turn it off and then let dough rise in the oven. I don’t know about you, but my house is a bit chilly this time of year and yeast needs a warm environment in order to do their business.

Roll the dough out on a slightly floured surface. Use a 3-inch biscuit cutter to cut out donuts. Each should be 1/2-inch thick. I used the open side of a pastry tip for the holes, as I wanted extra small holes so the seeds would have more space to be once once they donuts were done. Place the cut donuts on a baking sheet covered with wax paper and a little flour, cover, and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.

How to make doughnutsAfter the second rise you can fill a large, heavy duty pot with 2-3 inches of oil. Heat to around 350°F. I like to use a candy thermometer to monitor my oil but it’s not totally necessary. You can simply test oil with a scrap piece of dough before cooking.

Once the oil is ready place a few donuts in the oil. After about 30 seconds flip each donut. After flipping let them cook another 30-40 seconds. Then remove to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up any excess oil.

Pomegrante glazeFor the glaze whisk together 1/2 cup pomegranate water, 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. I added in some pomegranate seeds as well. Dip the warm donuts in the glaze. Then top with a few pomegranate seeds so they will stick to the surface.

Pomegrante doughnuts Serve immediately. These are best the day they are made. I really love the little burst of pomegranate juice with each bite of warm, puffy donut. Like I said, I ate way too many of these. Be sure you have loved ones around to share with if you make these. Maybe for Christmas morning? Enjoy! xo. Emma

Pomegranate Glazed Donuts

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons two packets active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar + a pinch
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 to 4 1/4 cups flour
  • oil for frying I used vegetable, you can also use shortening

1/2 cup pomegranate water, 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine the warm water with a pinch of sugar, stir to combine. Pour in the yeast, stir and allow to sit and activate for at least 5 minutes. The yeast should bubble/foam. That's how you know it's working. If your yeast does not activate discard and start over with new yeast.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer add the sugar, eggs, salt and vanilla extract. Stir to combine. In a small pot over low heat melt the butter with the milk. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour a few tablespoons of the warm milk mixture into the egg mixture and stir. This will temper the eggs. Now pour the rest of the milk mixture into the bowl. Add in the yeast water and 2 cups flour. With the dough hook attachment start your mixer. Once most of the dough has been incorporated stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the remaining 2 cups flour and mix to combine. The dough should form a ball but will be quite sticky. If the dough doesn't seem to be sticking together add in another 1/4 cup flour. Place in a slightly oiled bowl, cover and allow to rise in a warm spot for 1 hour. I often will turn my oven on low for a few minutes, turn it off and then let dough rise in the oven. I don't know about you, but my house is a bit chilly this time of year and yeast needs a warm environment in order to do their business.
  3. Roll the dough out on a slightly floured surface. Use a 3-inch biscuit cutter to cut out donuts. Each should be 1/2-inch thick. I used the open side of a pastry tip for the holes, as I wanted extra small holes so the seeds would have more space to be once once they donuts were done. Place the cut donuts on a baking sheet covered with wax paper and a little flour, cover, and allow to rise for another 30 minutes.
  4. After the second rise you can fill a large, heavy duty pot with 2-3 inches of oil. Heat to around 350°F. I like to use a candy thermometer to monitor my oil but it's not totally necessary. You can simply test oil with a scrap piece of dough before cooking.
  5. Once the oil is ready place a few donuts in the oil. After about 30 seconds flip each donut. After flipping let them cook another 30-40 seconds. Then remove to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up any excess oil.
  6. For the glaze whisk together 1/2 cup pomegranate water, 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. I added in some pomegranate seeds as well. Dip the warm donuts in the glaze. Then top with a few pomegranate seeds so they will stick to the surface.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman

  • Oh! Pomegranates and doughnuts, two of my favourite things. You’ve just made my day, thank you!

  • These look like a literal dream come true! Thinking about making them for New Years morning.
    Allison
    www.alliray.com

  • I love you- but you’re doing your pomegranate wrong! I made an instructional video for my site, it’s here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201885078861626

  • So sad my dough was so sticky I couldn’t even cut it 🙁 not sure what went wrong.

  • I hate to admit this but my mouth literally watered when I saw them…. definitely making them very soon! Thanks for the beautiful recipe!

  • wow they look fantastic! <3
    and your recipe description is so detailed that I immediately want to reproduce them! 😉
    Great job 🙂

  • I agree with another comment — not a fan of the seed, but love the taste of pomegranate. And I could do these with a healthy dark chocolate drizzled over the top.

  • Yum! My husband loves both donuts AND pomegranates (he even made a youtube video about de-seeding them), so I’m definitely going to try this one. Thanks!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqwwsEcVXU0

  • Delicious. I love pomegranates but getting the seeds always feels like a long process. I was happy when POM started selling the cups of seeds.

  • WOW. Making these asap. LOVE pomegranates, though I don’t use it enough in recipes.

  • Love! The pomegranate fruit looks like little Christmas ruby’s on the donuts. Yum <3 xoxo https://www.etsy.com/shop/CrownofCreationShop

  • These look incredible! I can’t wait to try!
    xx Chloe
    http://topknotsandpolkadots.wordpress.com

  • I just had my first pomegranate yesterday. It was delicious. I had no idea how to get the seeds out, so I did a little internet searching and found this easy, clean method with no water needed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iHbSzM63Hs

    I will be trying Elizabeth’s method next. I am hooked on pomegranates now!

    Cheers!
    Rebecca Jean
    http://midnightmaniac.com

  • I’ve never made donuts like this. I will have to try this recipe. We have been having donut adventures at our house too.

    Vintagehoneybee.blogspot.com

  • yum. i am always looking for a good donut recipe. the boys love them and i hate buying them! ha.

  • Those look super yummy! Thanks for the trick with scooping out the pomegranate seeds…I always wind up with stained hands and clothes.

    http://poshpurpose.blogspot.com

  • Wow, never thought about backing my own donuts…. cool thanks for the recipe and best pom advice

  • what a gorgeous idea! pomegranate is such a delicious and unique flavour, and i love a glazed donut!
    xx

  • They looks like small rubies – perfect for the girly birthday party;)

  • OMG! These look amazing & I’m a huge fan of Pomegranate, although I must admit I cheat & buy ready prepared & add to my brekkie!
    Happy Tuesday xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

  • It looks gorgeous, I love pommegranate!
    http://evaetsandra.com/la-grenade-un-fruit-et-trois-possibilites/
    I made some pommegranate’s recipes as well! Take a look if yo want!

  • If you are looking for something “kind-of-similair” to donuts, try
    “deep fried apples”, “rolled in cinnamon-sugar, served with vanilla creme. To die for…
    Its a traditional swiss recipe, we call it here “Apfelchüechli” or “Apfelküchlein”
    Its basically a dought out of beer (around the apple 😉 ) & then deep fried it.

    http://www.chefkoch.de/rezepte/1025988703940/Apfelchueechli.html

    Have you all a great day!

  • I clicked the second I saw ‘pomegranate’ (which I love) and was even more excited once I realized these were donuts – two favourites in one post! Thanks for the post, I cannot wait to try this recipe out.

    Sarah
    http://www.sweetspontaneity.com/

  • LORD HAVE MERCY BECAUSE THOSE JEANS ARE NEVER GOING TO FIT ME NOW!

    promisesofcoffee.com

  • These look so. good. I love donuts in general, but just imagining that delicious pomegranate flavor along with the fluffy, chewy texture of a donut is making my mouth water!

    xoxo
    Taylor

    www.welcomehometaylor.com

  • These look as if they could almost be good for you. Yes, that it defo what I’ll be telling myself when I scarf the entire plate 😉

    Love Vicky
    http://aroundandaroundandupsidedown.blogspot.co.uk/

  • These look delicious! I love donuts but I’m so intimidated by the idea of making them myself.

  • Just before seeing your post I had a sugar craving and your picture is not helping at all. They just look sooo good!

  • The last time I attempted to make donuts, they failed horribly. These looks so good it makes me want to try again. I love pomegranates too!

    Whimsical Allure

  • These look delicious, as usual and perfect for Christmas morning with coffee 🙂
    Jessica
    the way to my Hart

  • I used to get the pomegranate seeds out like you guys described until I found this video! It’s the best trick ever!! I will forever de-seed my pomegranates this way 🙂 Hope it helps save y’all some time too so you can eat more donuts 😉

    http://lifehacker.com/5895852/deseed-a-pomegranate-in-10-seconds-using-a-wooden-spoon

  • I’m not a fan of pomegranate seeds but I LOVE the taste, what a great way to use it 🙂

    http://wednesdayswewearblack.blogspot.com

  • I’m not a huge fan of pomegranate seeds but these do look scrummy!

    Lulu xx

    http://luluslittlewonderland.blogspot.com

  • Cut the pomegranate in the bowl of water too, no splatter to stain anything, and less clean up! 🙂 best. Fruit. Ever. Love this!

  • Amaaaazing!!! These look/sound incredible. Great tip for getting the seeds out of the pomegranate too!!

    Bailey
    http://akabailey.blogspot.com

  • “I ate three of these after snapping a few photos. Three donuts is too many.” Been there, done that. What is it about donuts that makes them SO addicting?! You girls are always coming up with creative recipes, and I love how this one has a special seasonal spin on it.

    M.

  • “Three donuts is too many.” Been there, done that and I know how you feel! These really do look dang good, and I love how they’re seasonal! You girls are always so creative with your donut recipes – they keep me coming back for more! 🙂

  • These look amazing! What a marvelous treat for the holidays! Donuts are always a MUST! 🙂

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

  • These donuts look SO good and are right up my alley! I would’ve never have put this combo together myself, but it sounds both delightful and delectable!

  • I would have never thought of glazing donuts with pomegranate, such a great idea! These donuts look soooooo delicious…

  • They look absolutely delicious! I have never made donuts before, but I think I will have to give it a go sometime.

    http://sincerelylara.com

  • You know Leslie I’m actually not sure. Does gluten-free flour rise? I’ve never used gluten-free flour before so I’m not really sure if you could substitute it here.
    -Emma

  • Oh my! This looks so yummy! Must try it out! 🙂

    ANDREA VYTLACILOVA blog

  • These look so yummy! Emma, do you think I could sub in gluten-free flour for the ap flour here? Would it turn out the same way?

  • we’re about to be snowed in here so I think it might be a good time to make some doughnuts!

  • OH YAY! Your donut recipes are my favorite! I can NOT wait to try these 🙂

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