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DONUTS are a very popular traditional sweet in Morocco. In all old cities, you can find a donuts store next to each old school.
Thanks to this, I do have a culinary love story with donuts. It reminds me of my sweet memories of the high school, where I was eating donuts every day, made by Haj Mohamed, old men who prepared the most delicious donuts I have ever eat in my life.
In Morocco, there is a historical statement that reflects the importance of donuts for Moroccans: “The donuts bakers are worth as much as kings”. I believe now you understand why this is a popular dish in Morocco.
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Moroccan DONUTS: EASY and DELICIOUS
Prepare a DELICIOUS Moroccan chocolate Donuts
For this chocolate donuts recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
- 2 eggs
- 500g of white floor
- 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
- 50g of butter
- 1 tablespoon of baker’s yeast
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder (7g)
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar or vanilla extract
- 1 lemon zest
- A pinch of salt
- 2 glasses of warm milk (250ml)
- oil for frying
- Chocolate or jam to stuff donuts.
- 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar for decoration (optional)
- If you have a Bread maker, you can use it by following its instructions.
- As I don’t have it, I have used a blender where you need to mix perfectly all ingredients except the flour, butter, and baking powder.
- When mixed, pour the mix in a large saucepan, then add the flour and the baking powder.
- Knead a little, add the butter little by little, then knead by hand or in a pastry robot.
- The dough should be very soft. Cover it and let rest for about 20 minutes until doubled in volume.
- Poor the leavened dough onto a lightly floured work surface.
- Flatten the dough with a roller to a thickness of 1 centimeter.
- Using a cookie or pizza cutters, cut out circles of around 10 to 12 centimeters. Keep the circles as they are or cut an inner circle of 2 centimeters in the center of each.
- Form a ball with the rest of the dough, then spread it out and form new circles till there is no more dough.
- Cover your donuts and let them rise for about 40 minutes until they double in volume.
- Pour the oil into a frying pan on high heat, then reduce it to medium heat and start dipping the donuts in the oil.
- They will start quickly to swell, brown them from both sides for about 3 minutes.
- Drain on paper towels. Let them cool a bit until serving time.
Dress up your chocolate donuts
There are several sauces you can use to fill your donuts: honey, fruits jam, applesauce, chocolate, or any flavored custard.
This time I have decided to use chocolate. You have to melt chocolate with a bit of cream, put the mix in a pastry bag, then using a sharp knife, make a very small hole on the side of each donut. Insert the pastry bag into the slot and press carefully to stuff the donuts.
Garnish with some powdered sugar before serving.
As I have already mentioned above, these donuts are among the most famous traditional Morrocan sweets. Moroccans serve it with Moroccan mint tea and they top it usually with honey, sugar, or apricots jam. I love it with fig jam.
In Moroccan old medinas, you will observe many humble stores where old men are preparing authentic Moroccan donuts. You can not resist the smell of vanilla coming from these stores.
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