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Recipe courtesy of Maggie McKeown
Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Doughnut
1 hr 25 min
20 min
45 min
20 min
1 dozen doughnuts
1 hr 25 min
20 min
45 min
20 min
1 dozen doughnuts


Sour Cream Old-Fashioned Doughnut: 
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour, plus some for dusting
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • Canola oil, for frying
Vanilla Lime Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds extracted
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 cup thinly sliced strawberries
Whipped Cream:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Confectioners' sugar, for garnish


Special equipment: a doughnut cutter

For the doughnuts: Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg together in a bowl, then set aside.

Mix the sugar and shortening in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle on low speed for about 1 minute. Add the yolks, and continue to mix until the mixture is light in color, scraping down the sides of mixing bowl as it mixes. While set on a low speed, add the dry ingredients and then the sour cream and mix until well incorporated, the dough should be sticky. Transfer the dough to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap for at least 45 minutes and up to 1 day.

Heat the oil in a deep-fryer set to 325 degrees F.

Generously dust flour on a countertop and roll out the chilled dough to 1/2-inch thick. Using a doughnut cutter, cut out 12 doughnuts.

Place the doughnuts into the fryer a few at a time. The doughnuts will float to the top, but continue to fry until golden brown, flipping over halfway through to make sure even cooking on both sides, 1 minute 30 seconds. Remove from the fryer and place on paper towel to absorb excess oil. Set aside to cool.

For the simple syrup: Combine 1 cup water with the sugar and vanilla bean husk and seeds. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar dissolves, and then set aside to cool. Once cooled, add the lime zest and thinly sliced strawberries.

For the whipped cream: Whip the cream in chilled bowl until peaks begin to form. Add in the sugar and vanilla extract, and whip until you achieve desired texture.

To assemble, preheat a clean grill over high heat. Slice the doughnuts in half lengthwise, like a sandwich roll. Place the doughnuts on the hot grill to lightly caramelize the sugars in the doughnut, a few seconds, and then remove.

Top the doughnuts with a dollop of the whipped cream and a spoonful of strawberries with vanilla lime simple syrup. Finish the doughnuts with a dusting of confectioners' sugar.

Cook's Note

To create some interesting flavors, have fun with the simple syrup. Add tarragon, mint or rosemary!

This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional. It has not been tested for home use.


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