One of the most popular pastries in the world is the donut. The popularity of fast-food restaurants like Donkin Donuts has spread throughout the world.
However, the truth is that donuts predate the American businesses that made them popular by a very long way.
In addition to sharing some interesting facts about this well-liked treat, we’ll show you how to prepare a doughnut filled with cream cheese in this post.
This is a fantastic choice because cream cheese is a versatile component that can be altered to suit the flavor of the doughnut. It gives the donut harmony and freshness, and you can choose to make it into a sweet or savory filling or glaze.
What is the history of donuts?
It’s difficult to determine the exact origin of donuts, but it’s known that the ancient Greeks loved a dough that was very similar to a donut.
They preferred baking in an oven to frying, not knowing that with a frying pan and wheat flour dough you’ve many options.
The Romans took it a step further by taking a piece of dough in their hand, closing their palm over it, and dropping it into a pot of boiling water or a pan of extremely hot oil.
On special occasions, they also made globulus, a kind of doughnut, which they ate warm with honey. They were also served with wine.
It’s believed that the doughnut as we know it today was invented by the Dutch in the sixteenth century.
In Holland, it was called “oilykoek”. It was made from sweet dough and then deep-fried.
The doughnut was introduced to the United States in the early seventeenth century when the English colonists called it “doughnut” or “nut paste”. There it spread quickly
Cream Cheese Donut Recipe
This doughnut will be made in two different versions. You can prepare it the traditional way, with the cream cheese filling inside the donut and without a hole in the middle.
Alternately, we can create it with a hole in the center, giving our doughnut the shape of a ring, and glaze it with cream cheese.
- All-purpose flour (315 g)
- Salt (2 g)
- Sugar (30 g)
- Active dry yeast (5 g)
- Warm milk (180 ml)
- Sunflower oil or 6 melted butter tsp (30 ml)
- Egg (1 medium size)
Recipe for 8 to 10 donuts.
- 2 spoons of cream cheese
- Sugar (60 g)
- 1 lemon or 2 tbsp (Juice)
- Different kinds of Chopped Nuts (Optional)
The dough will be made first, and after it is, it needs to rest for 30 minutes. The cream cheese filling will be made at that time and put aside until the donuts are fried and ready to consume.
- Put the flour, a pinch of salt, and the sugar in a large bowl and mix.
- Pour the milk into another bowl and add the yeast. A secret for yeast to activate faster and better is to dilute it in fresh milk with a pinch of sugar. The sugar helps the yeast do its fermentation job faster and more effectively.
- Add the milk with the yeast to the bowl of flour. We also add the other wet ingredients such as oil and egg. Beat the eggs in a small bowl beforehand.
- Mix all the ingredients for 5 minutes on a floured surface until a uniform dough begins to form.
- Knead the dough, but this time with your hands and leave the spatula or spoon aside.
- Work it for at least 5 or 10 minutes, until you see that it has a good consistency and elasticity.
- Add a little more flour if it is very sticky, but the longer you work it, the more uniform it will become, and little by little it will come off your hands.
- Rest the dough for an hour after having achieved that it is elastic and uniform, that is to say without lumps of flour or any other ingredient. The smoother it is, the better.
- Squeeze the juice from one lemon and put it in a bowl along with the cream cheese and sugar.
- Start stirring until the sugar dissolves completely. An easier way to make the filling is to use powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar as it will be easier for it to dissolve.
- Grate the skin of the lemon you used and add it to the mixture.
- Try if it is at the right point of sweetness with the citrus touch of lemon. You can add more sugar if you see that it is not at the desired sweet point or add more cream if the filling is too liquid.
- Decide if you are going to make donuts with a hole in the center or if they are going to be like bombs filled with cream. Depending on that you will know what to do with the chopped nuts.
- Mix the nuts with the cream if you have decided to make them stuffed. But if you want to decorate them on top, then reserve the chopped walnuts until the decoration stage.
Cream Cheese Donut Preparation
- Degas the dough after letting it rest for a full hour. Thanks to the rest, the dough is no longer sticky.
- Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until it is one or two centimeters thick. Make sure it’s not too strong or the dough will break.
- Repeat the flattening and stretching motion on both sides of the dough. If the dough sticks again, flour the work surface after each turn.
- Cut dough into portions with a pasta cutter ring or a glass. Knead the scraps, flatten them, and cut them again until all of the dough is gone.
- Decide whether you want them to be completely round, like stuffed bombs, or in the shape of a ring, with donut holes. The way you fill them will change depending on how you choose.
- Place the dough portions on a tray lined with a baking sheet or parchment paper. Once all of the dough has been cut, cover the donuts with a clean cloth or plastic wrap and set them aside for 30 minutes.
- Heat a large amount of oil in a pot. Remember that there must be plenty of oil. Calculate that the donuts can float in the oil and not touch the bottom of the pot. If they come into contact with the bottom of the pot, their cooking will be subpar and they may burn.
- Reduce the temperature of the stove to medium heat before adding the donuts to avoid them being undercooked in the center. The center of the donut will not be a problem if you chose the ring option.
- Place the donuts in the pot of oil, being careful not to overcook them. Because the oil has already been heated, proceed with caution and do not leave the donuts to cook for an extended period.
- Brown both sides of the donuts evenly. Remove them with a metal strainer once they have turned a nice golden brown.
- Allow the donuts to rest on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb any excess fat.
- Fill the donuts with the previously prepared glaze. Make a pastry bag out of a plastic bag and cut only the tip so that the cream cheese graze comes out there.
- Make a deep cut down the center of one side of the donut with a bread knife.
- Enlarge the hole with Chinese chopsticks to allow the cream to enter.
- Fill each cream puff with caution. To finish, sprinkle powdered sugar on both sides of the donut.
- Spread the cream cheese on top of the donut if you decided to make it in the form of rings. Help yourself with a pastry palette so that the cream is uniform on all sides.
- Sprinkle the pieces of nuts that you cut previously as a final touch.
Ideas and Variations
Donuts are delicious and entertaining to eat, but one of their best-kept secrets is that they are extremely adaptable and can be customized in any way you want.
A simple ingredient can completely change the flavor or texture of a recipe, so here are some tips to help you improve it or adapt it to your personal preferences.
- You can use cream cheese as a base for any flavor of cream. This time we made it with lemon, but it can have an orange variation or you can make it with blueberries and strawberries. You decide the flavor. You just have to change the lemon for the fruit flavor you prefer.
- Instead of powdered sugar, a mixture of sugar and cinnamon can be used. You can also use brown sugar instead of white sugar, which goes much better with cinnamon.
- Replace the chopped walnuts with any other toppings you prefer. However, make sure that whatever you choose adds texture to the donut. So anything crunchy will suffice. Ground vanilla cookies or finely chopped peanuts are both good options.
We hope you found this article useful. As you may have noticed, making homemade donuts is a very simple and delicious snack, and the decorating options are endless. Make your recipes using this recipe as a foundation and tell us about your experiences making them.