Recipe courtesy of Heather Morris

Root Beer Float Doughnut

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 10 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 doughnuts
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Vegetable oil, for frying

250 grams all-purpose flour

75 grams granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 3/4 cup root beer

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

Maraschino cherries, for garnish

1 ounce unsalted butter


Special equipment:
a frying thermometer; a doughnut dropper; a pastry bag with a 1/3-inch round tip and star tip
  1. In a large Dutch oven, bring 3 inches oil to 375 degrees F. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the flour, granulated sugar, butter, baking powder, salt, allspice, cinnamon, cloves and ginger on low speed until the mixture looks like coarse sand, 3 minutes. 
  2. Whisk together the egg, vanilla and 3/4 cup root beer until combined well. Pour into the flour mixture and mix on low to thoroughly combine. Do not overmix or the doughnuts will be tough. Allow to rest, 10 minutes. 
  3. Transfer the dough to a doughnut dropper or a pastry bag fitted with a 1/3-inch round tip; a small ice cream scoop can also be used to make doughnut holes. Drop several doughnuts into the oil and cook until light golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining dough. 
  4. Heat the remaining 1 cup root beer in a small pan over high heat until reduced by half and set aside. Brush the tops of the cooled doughnuts with the root beer reduction. 
  5. Beat together the cream and confectioners' sugar with a mixer on high speed until medium-stiff peaks are formed. 
  6. Transfer the whipped cream to a (clean) pastry bag fitted with the star tip and pipe whipped cream onto the doughnuts. Top with maraschino cherries and serve immediately.