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Zootopia’s ‘The Big Donut’


Yields one 9 inch donut

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • ¾ cup warm milk
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Pink royal icing in a decorating bag fitted with a #3 tip
  • Vegan sprinkles
  • Bench flour
Ganache
  • 2 cups chopped chocolate
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
Equipment
  • Large bowl
  • 9 inch cake ring
  • Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Paper towel
  • Large measuring cup
  • Rubber spatula
  • Whisk
  • Pastry brush
  • Drying rack
  • Large frying pot
  • Candy thermometer
  • Pan spray

Let’s get started!

  1. In a small bowl, combine warm milk, yeast and sugar. Allow to sit for 10 minutes to activate.
  2. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and then mix in egg yolks, butter and almond extract.
  3. Mix in half of flour and then salt. Add the other half of the flour and then knead for a few minutes.
  4. Place dough into a greased bowl and allow it to sit until it has doubled in size.
  5. Place rested dough onto a floured surface and form it into a large circle.
  6. Use a large cake ring to cut the dough into a circle. Use a smaller cookie cutter to hollow out the center and then cover with a towel to proof.
  7. Heat oil to 350ºF and preheat oven to 350ºF.
  8. When the donut has set for about 10 to 15 minutes, place it into the hot oil.
  9. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes and then flip once the edges are golden brown. Fry for another minute or two.
  10. Remove from oil and place onto a paper towel-lined cookie sheet to drain.
  11. Move donut to a clean cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes.
  12. Remove the donut from the oven and cool completely before decorating.
Ganache
  1. Chop chocolate into small pieces and place into a medium bowl.
  2. Heat cream in a small pot and bring to a scald.
  3. Pour hot cream over chopped chocolate and then add corn syrup.
  4. Allow the mixture to set for 3 minutes and then stir to melt the chocolate until smooth and shiny.
  5. Place donut onto a cookie sheet with a drying rack and pour the ganache over it immediately. Refrigerate before decorating.

Time to decorate!

  1. Carefully place rainbow jimmies onto the donut and then use pink royal icing to pipe “The Big Donut” on top.
  2. TaDa! This larger than life donut will roll right through Zootopia and into your mouth!