Glorious Doughnuts! Blackberry & White Chocolate Long Johns








Blackberry & White Chocolate Long Johns

Ingredients:
2/3 cup warm (not hot) buttermilk
1 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Oil, for frying

Seedless blackberry preserves-Around 1/2 cup

6 ounces white chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions:
Place the warm buttermilk in the bowl of an electric mixer. Stir in the yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar, and set aside for eight minutes. Add the additional sugar, butter, egg, flour, and salt. With the dough hook attachment of your mixer, beat the dough on low, until just combined. Increase mixer speed to medium, and beat for 8 minutes. This is where you are going to need to make adjustments - if your dough is overly sticky, add flour a few tablespoons at a time. (I did) You want the dough to pull away from the sides of the mixing bowl and eventually become supple and smooth.

Turn dough out onto a floured countertop, knead a few times, and shape into a ball.
Transfer the dough to a buttered (or oiled) bowl, cover, put in a warm place, and let rise for an hour or until the dough has roughly doubled in size.

Punch down the dough and roll out 1/2-inch thick on your floured countertop. Using a sharp knife, being careful not to knick your countertop, cut dough into rectangles. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise for another 45 minutes. I actually let it rise for several hours, which made these even fluffier.

Heat a large saucepan of oil (you don't need a whole lot-maybe 2-3 inches high) over medium low to medium heat. When hot, fry 2 long johns at a time, flipping after about 30 seconds. Adjust heat as needed.
Drain doughnuts on paper towels on wire racks.

*If you want to bake your doughnuts, brush a little melted butter on them, and bake in a 375 degree oven until the bottoms are just golden, 8 to 10 minutes; cool on a wire rack.

Place blackberry preserves into a piping bag. Stick a wooden skewer through each long john, and wiggle a bit, to form a tunnel. Pipe blackberry preserves into long johns. (I had a little trouble with this. I could only get the preserves halfway through the long john. I don't know what the solution to this is, though.)

To make the white chocolate ganache, place white chocolate chips in a small bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan, over medium heat, until hot, but not boiling. Pour cream over chocolate, and stir until mixture is starting to melt and come together. Place bowl in the microwave, and microwave at 10 second intervals, stirring each time, until white chocolate is melted.
Dip, spread, or pipe ganache onto doughnuts.

Yield: 1 dozen

50 comments:

  1. i tend to avoid doughnuts as well, but to tell you the truth, these look and sound irresistible! nicely done!

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  2. A Long John donut in the winter?- Gotta love it!

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  3. When I was in the States I had a Krispy Kreme doughnut once. They were here in Canada for a brief time but they can't compete with the mega chain Tim Horton's. You're killing me with your blackberry and ganache doughnuts...at least I'd go with a smile on my face :D

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  4. I do not eat as many donuts as I used to but who can resist homemade ones with blackberry filling?

    Where do I line up?

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  5. My goodness, Emiline... I already love doughnuts, but with white chocolate and blackberries I can't resist!

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  6. Great job on the donuts, even if the first batch made you want to walk very quickly away from the project. I never go out of my way to buy donuts either, but I do like them every so often if I close my eyes to the grease. :)

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  7. i think im in love again... this donut of yours looks absolutely delicious and beautiful!!! yummy!! i will try this recipe of yours :-)

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  8. Now these are doughnuts!! I would eat one of these right now - even after stuffing myself with doughnuts all weekend!

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  9. Yummo. I didnt have the energy to make a filled dougnut. In hindsight I wish I had after looking at yours!.

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  10. Yikes, what a hassle! But I bet those are goooood. Hey, you should try a maple bar with bacon on it sometime. They are robot Jesus.

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  11. I'm absolutely drooling! These look fantastic. I've always wanted to make doughnuts but have never been brave enough.

    Sigh. I haven't baked for awhile, but am planning on busting out a few dozen Valentine's Day cookies on Wednesday night (absolutely the best holiday for baked goods in my opinions - it's hard to make little pink hearts look bad!).

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  12. I'm not a donut's fan, but yours look incredible, mmmmm so yummy!!! Good you kept on trying... pictures are great also!

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  13. Now THAT'S a doughnut that would banish all guilt! Wonderful!
    Blackberry...who knew???
    Em, I'm sorry your didn't get the trip to Napa, but someday! Lots of good things came to you because of this contest, so it's a positive thing! Yea! You're a wonderful sweet treat, both in action and result!

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  14. Lovely! A great addition to the event :)

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  15. These look and sound delicious!!! Gotta love a white chocolate and berry long john.

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  16. Oh my goodness! These look so good!

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  17. I made Heidi Swanson's baked donuts too, but I wish I had fried them! They were good, but not a real donut.

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  18. Your doughnuts look good! It's so funny that we both baked and fried some of the doughnuts!

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  19. Your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. You're really getting good with that camera, girl. Looks like a great doughnut. Way to go.

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  20. Those white chocolate covered long john doughnuts with blackberry filling look so good.

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  21. Also, I clicked your doughnutty star on Tastespotting.

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  22. I feel like you, a little nauseous when I think of them being deep fried. And I hate when the house smells like fried food.

    I do like doughnuts but they sit on my stomach like a brick.
    I would however take that risk with one of yours. Blackberry and white chocolate; YUM.

    They really do look extremely tempting. Ok I'll have one please...

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  23. Your doughnuts look awesome! I love the preserves dripping out. My very favorite filling is raspberry. Give me a raspberry bismark and I'm in heaven!

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  24. I also tend to avoid doughnuts but geez girl Looking at your beautiful pictures makes a prego girl crave one or three... Your photos are beautiful.

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  25. OMGoodness! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful and so are the doughnuts! I very rarely eat a doughnut but these, I would definitely try! Boy, when you toss your hat into the ring. . .you really go for it! Great post and Krispy Kreme has nothing on you =D
    Shandy@Pastry Heaven

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  26. OMGoodness! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful and so are the doughnuts! I very rarely eat a doughnut but these, I would definitely try! Boy, when you toss your hat into the ring. . .you really go for it! Great post and Krispy Kreme has nothing on you =D
    Shandy@Pastry Heaven

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  27. I've never had a blackberry donut before but I know I would love it! It's my current jelly of choice in the fridge right now. :)

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  28. Mmm excellent doughnut creation! I've been wanting to try Heidi's baked doughnut recipe for a while now. I'm not sure I can bring myself to fry them in oil yet though!

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  29. now THOSE are some gorgeous donuts - don't avoid 'em, enjoy 'em!! :0D

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  30. If you aren't a big fan of donuts, I'm sure I know someone who will help you eat them if you feel the need to make them again...

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  31. Make good use of these few precious minutes with electricity!

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  32. Yummy,
    I love doughnuts, have never made a good homemade one though. I should have tried this challenge to see if I could do it.

    Yours look beautiful. Great job!

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  33. I don't which is better - the pictures or the recipe. Blackberry preserves? YUM! I'm only sorry that you wasted all that dough on BAKING them. You gotta fry them. Can you send me some? NOW!

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  34. Thanks for the comments everyone!
    Our power was out for about 12 hours from the ice storm, so my rythym was thrown off.

    Heather- Maple bacon bar?

    Catherine- Thanks for the nice compliment.

    Sue- I got lucky on the pictures. You can have some if you want to. I've been eating them with ice cream. Donut a la mode.

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  35. YUMMY! I'm loving all these doughnut entries. It's on my long list of things I need to make one day!

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  36. mmm blackberry in doughnuts! I love a good jelly doughnut, and these are stunningly beautiful! =)

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  37. Emiline, you've been awarded!
    Please follow the link.

    http://recipespicbypic.blogspot.com/2008/02/nice-matters-award.html

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  38. I love doughnuts! I know I shouldn't eat them, and I know they're fried in oil, but that's what makes them so good. I have to stay away from this page or else my new year's resolution to lose 20 pounds will go out the window.

    I made my first attempts at doughnuts last year. I wanted to do Hanukah doughnuts for my husband. They were more like zeppole than doughnuts, but it was a long time since I had deep fried something, so I was pretty proud of myself for doing that. One day I'll get more ambitious.

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  39. I love doughnuts because they are like, the forbidden pastry. Fried cake...pleasure overload. These look simply lustful.

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  40. yum! fruit AND white chocolate? send me some! :)

    you've been tagged! :)
    http://good-eats-n-sweet-treats.blogspot.com/2008/02/memememememememememe.html

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  41. Waou. You rock girl!
    I never made doughnuts. I know what a shame huh?
    Actually i have a recipe for a baked doughnut. I'll give it a try one of this days. I love the name 'Long Johns' for a doughnut!
    Cool! :-)

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  42. Your donuts look great. It's irresistible. I'll stuff silly with that!
    Fruity

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  43. Thanks everyone! Love these comments.

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  44. These look fabulous! I love blackberry and you just never find it in enough stuff! Thanks for sharing!

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  45. You know, I wasn't the least bit tempted to join in the donut challenge. I don't deep fry.

    Then I saw your LONG JOHNS. Oh, you're killing me Emiline. I grew up with Long Johns -- unfilled ones, that is. You can't get Long Johns here. I'm too late for the challenge but I still may have to give them a try, er, fry.

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  46. Ummmmmm. I don't even like donuts or white chocolate and I'm pretty sure the drool damaged my keyboard.

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  47. Such a fantastic flavor combonation!
    Thanks for participating.

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  48. Those look d-r-e-a-m-y, I almost took a bite of my screen!

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  49. Making my way around all these douhgnuts and my hips also...They look wonderful! Beautiful color and right amount of temptation!

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