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Tart Cherry Donut Holes

Tart Cherry Donut Holes

Posted by Country Ovens, Ltd. | Cherry De-Lite on May 13th 2022


For the Glaze

  • 2 and ½ cups icing/confectioner's/powdered sugar , sieved
  • ¼ cup to ⅓ cup half-and-half or heavy cream

For the Doughnuts

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 30 Cherry De-Lite dried cherries very finely chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk , room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons Cherry De-Lite Syrup
  • ¼ cup melted butter cooled to room temperature
  • cups oil for frying , amount will depend on the size of your saucepan - but likely 4-5


  • First make the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar and cream. Set aside.
  • To make the doughnut batter whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the chopped cherries. In a separate bowl whisk the egg, then add in the buttermilk and cherry syrup and continue whisking. Pour the pink milk mixture into the flour mixture and fold together using a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Finally stir in the melted butter.
  • Place paper towels on a flat surface, such as a cookie tray. Clamp a deep-fry thermometer to the side of a heavy bottom saucepan or Dutch oven. Heat at least 2 inches of oil in the bottom of the pan until it reaches 350F degrees. There should be at least 2 inches between the top of the oil and the top of the pot. Fry the doughnuts by carefully dropping spoonfuls (about 1-2 teaspoons in size) into the hot oil, doing about 4-5 doughnut holes at a time. Fry for about 2 minutes, using a fork or spoon to turn the doughnuts over. Remove the doughnuts from the hot oil using a slotted spoon and place on the paper towel to cool. Break your first doughnut in half to ensure they're cooked throughout, and adjust your fry time accordingly.
  • Allow the oil to come back to 350F degrees, and repeat the process with the rest of the batter.
  • Once the doughnut holes have cooled slightly, dip them in the glaze and then set the doughnut holes on a wire rack to dry.
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