Harry Potter Donuts

These combine two things I love - Harry Potter and Donuts! If you're a Harry Potter fan - check these out: Hagrid's 'Happee Birthdae Harry' cake donut, Golden Snitch donut, Deathly Hallows donut, Hedwig donut and Bertie Bott's donuts. 

Makes 6-7 donuts

 

Things you'll need

Donuts
  • 1 envelope (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm milk
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • Seeds of 1/2 a vanilla bean
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil, for coating the bowl and dough
  • About 8 cups vegetable oil, for deep-frying
Decorations
  • Donut glaze: white, black, pink, green
  • Edible gold stars
  • Edible gold pearls
  • Fondant
  • Leaf cutter
  • Edible gold dust
  • Lemon extract
  • Royal icing: white, green, brown, black
  • Jellybeans
  • Mini Oreos
  • M&Ms

Let's get started!

Make the Donuts:

  1. In a bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the yeast, warm milk and granulated sugar. Set aside until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the vanilla seeds, almond extract, egg yolks and butter.
  3. Stir 1/2 cup of the flour into the yeast mixture until a thick paste forms. 
  4. On a low speed, beat in the salt and the remaining flour, 1/4 cup at a time. Mix until the dough is soft and pulls away from the sides of the bowl (you may not need to use all the flour), 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. On a slightly floured surface, knead the dough for 1 minute. Form the dough into a large ball. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour as needed.
  6. Grease a large bowl with the oil and add the dough. Roll the dough in the oil to completely coat. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and let rest at room temperature until doubled in size, 1 to 2 hours.
  7. Pour about 4 inches of vegetable oil into a large heavy bottomed pot fitted with a candy thermometer. Heat the oil to 350F over medium heat. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  8. On a lightly floured surface, flatten the dough to 1/2 inch thick.
  9. Using the different cutters, cut out one triangle, two donuts with holes, one 3.5" circle and one 4" circle. Place on the baking sheet.
  10. For the Golden Snitch, take a tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball tightly. Place on the baking sheet. 
  11. Cover with a clean cloth so a skin does not form and let rest for 10-15 minutes. 
  12. Fry the donuts, a few at a time, until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove with a slotted spoon and let drain on paper towels. Cool completely.

Golden Snitch Donuts:

  1. Take the small bball and a donut with a hole. Using the white glaze, drizzle on top of the donuts. Let set slightly, about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle the gold stars and edible gold pearls on top. Let the icing set.
  3. Roll out the fondant thinly. Use the leaf cutter and cut out some leaf shapes.
  4. Use a knife to split in half and add line details on each "wing".
  5. Mix together the edible gold dust and a few drops of lemon extract.
  6. Using a brush, paint the wings and the donut ball with gold paint.
  7. Place the golden donut ball in the center of the donut. Attach the wings using some royal icing.

Bertie Bott's Donut:

  1. Take the other donut with a hole, drizzle the green glaze on top of the donut. Let set slightly, about 5-10 minutes.
  2. Use the white royal icing to drizzle some lines on top.
  3. Decorate with Bertie Bott's jellybeans on top.

Hagrid's 'Happee Birthdae Harry' Cake Donuts:

  1. Take the 4" circle donut and drizzle the pink glaze on top. Let it set slightly, about 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Using a knife or skewer, draw a line in the center and on the bottom. 
  3. Decorate using the green royal icing fitted with a #2 piping top to write "Happee Birthdae Harry" on top.

Hedwig Donuts:

  1. Take the 3.5" donut, make two small holes on the top of the donut.
  2. Squeeze a small amount of royal icing inside the holes and place the two white jellybeans halfway in. Let it set.
  3. Use the white glaze to drizzle on top. 
  4. For the eyes, take two Mini Oreos and use the cookie with the cream still on top and place on top of donut for eyes.
  5. Add two brown M&Ms for pupils on eyes.
  6. Cut and orange M&M in half and attach in the center for the beak.
  7. Using the brown royal icing, add small "V" details on the chest and feet.
  8. Add two long vertical lines on each side of the owl for wings.

Deathly Hallows Donut:

  1. Take the triangle donut and drizzle the blake glaze on top. Let is set about 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Using the white royal icing fitted with a #3 tip, draw a triangle on top.
  3. Add a circle inside the triangle, then pipe a vertical line in the center.

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Written By Rosanna Pansino

Rosanna Pansino Merch