Soft, pillowy baked doughnuts filled with a delicious vegan pastry cream and topped with a crunchy caramelised topping. These vegan crème brûlée doughnuts are delicious, easy to make and best of all, do not require any frying!
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Vegan Crème Brûlée Doughnuts
Crème Brûlée has been making a comeback recently. I’ve seen lots of different variations of it all over social media and I’m not complaining! There’s something about the light and silky smooth pastry cream topped with a thin, crisp layer of caramel which is irresistible. Combine the two together in a doughnut, and you have the best combination EVER! These vegan crème brûlée doughnuts are sure to be a hit for whoever you make them for, just make sure they have more than one… as they’ll be going back for seconds, trust me!
If you love these doughnuts, make sure to check out my Vegan Air Fryer Doughnuts here.
What is crème brûlée?
The answer is in the name – crème (a cream filling) and brûlée (torched caramel layer). It is also known as ‘burnt cream’ or ‘Trinity’ cream. A tasty dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a layer of hardened caramelised sugar. It’s rich and creamy and has a sweet yet tangy flavour. In my recipe, I have adapted the classic crème brûlée to make these fun and unique doughnuts. This recipe still contains elements from the original dessert, but made into a baked doughnut with a homemade pastry cream / vanilla custard along with a crisp caramelised coating on top. Yum!
Reasons why you’ll love these doughnuts:
- Vegan and cruelty-free
- Easy to make
- No frying required
- The doughnuts are baked
- Pastry cream is delicious
- Caramel layer hardens and cracks beautifully
- Fun for everyone to make
- Healthier than fried doughnuts
- Simple ingredients
Ingredients to make vegan crème brûlée doughnuts
- Caster sugar : Use a fine white caster sugar.
- Cornstarch / cornflour : Helps to thicken the pastry cream.
- Nutritional yeast : Allows the doughnuts to rise beautifully.
- Turmeric : Use a pinch of turmeric to give the pastry cream its creamy colour.
- Dairy-free milk : Soya milk works best for this recipe, but you can use almond, oat or cashew milk for example.
- Vanilla : Use vanilla extract or seeds from a vanilla pod.
- Vegan butter : Make sure to use a vegan block butter, such as Naturli Vegan Block or Flora Plant Butter.
- Active dry yeast : Helps to give the doughnuts a light and airy texture.
- Plain flour / all purpose flour : Use plain flour for this recipe, not self raising flour.
- Sunflower oil : Be sure to use a neutral flavoured oil, sunflower is best!
- Water : Mixed with sugar makes the perfect caramel topping. You can simply use tap water for this.
How to bake doughnuts
Did you know you can BAKE doughnuts! Yes, you heard correctly, and they taste great! This recipe uses an oven to perfectly bake the doughnuts, with no deep frying required! Im super excited to partner with Panasonic to bring you this scrumptious recipe!
The oven I used to bake these tasty little doughnuts is the Panasonic Combi Oven. I used two of the Panasonic 4 in 1 Combination Microwave Oven settings. Just a couple of the amazing and extensive variety of features this oven has to offer!
Baked doughnuts can be placed on the baking tray, glazed with some dairy-free milk and baked to perfection at 180 degrees celcius.
To help melt the butter and cook the pastry cream filling, I used the microwave setting. I love microwaves for melting chocolate, butter etc. It helps drastically speed up the process rather than melting on the hob which is time consuming and also creates more washing up!
I really love this addition to my kitchen. It’s a powerful machine with a ton of fun and exciting features which makes cooking and baking a breeze! It’s also portable so can be moved to any area you wish to bake from.
How to make Vegan Crème Brûlée Doughnuts
You won’t be able to tell these delightful doughnuts are baked! From their scrumptious airy and dough like texture to the cream filling and crisp caramel topping, they are the PERFECT baked doughnut! Find the full recipe, method and ingredients list in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.
Mix all of the doughnut ingredients together and allow to come together into a soft dough ball. Place into a lightly greased bowl and allow to prove in somewhere warm until doubled in size.
Turn out the dough on a floured surface, roll then chomp out the doughnuts using a medium sized round cookie cutter. Place back on a lined tray, prove again, brush with milk then bake until golden.
- Pastry cream
Whisk all of the ingredients together in a medium sized saucepan, allow the butter to melt. Once the cream has thickened, pour into a bowl, cover with clingfilm and allow to cool down. Once cool give it another whisk, transfer into a piping bag. Poke a hole in the side of the doughnuts and fill with the cream.
- Caramel topping
Add the water and sugar into a saucepan, simmer and allow it to turn amber in colour, Dip the tops of each doughnut in the caramel, allow any excess to drip off. The caramel will harden as it cools.
Tuck in and enjoy!
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