May 302011

Nope, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on ya.

This is, indeed a doughnut with purple-ish hue.

How, you may ask.

Clearly, if you know me well.. you’ll know food coloring isn’t the answer. ;)

Yup… That’s right!

It’s purple sweet potato (AGAIN!). :P

So how is this different than the kuih keria i made previously?

I’d say, VERY.

For start, this is the kind of doughnut which you can find almost everywhere at shops/cafes/bakeries that sell doughnuts. You know, the yeasty type — soft and fluffy that comes with assorted toppings.

Secondly, even though sweet potato is used here, it doesn’t taste of it at all. Not even subtly. What it does is, it merely lends its colour to fancify the doughnut aesthetically. Of course, as some of us may have known, sweet potato is also crucial to add more bite to the doughnut’s texture and as well as a natural softener agent.

If you are anything like me who dislike your doughnut overly soft — almost cloud-like, adding sweet potato (though unheard of — i came up with this meself. hahaa!), pumpkin or potato is a must!

To be honest, this is my very first time making these wicked wheels-like snack, so… funny and strange shapes are part of the parcel that came with it. *grin*. Longish, lopsided, senget, oval ….. you name it, i might just be able to find it for you from the stack. Errrmm, actually, you can check it out yourself from the photos. You don’t even need to squint your eyes or stare hard because it’s so darn obvious. Lol!

As much as i love these heavenly doughnuts, trust me, i really do dig doughnuts, i shan’t make them again.

Mainly because to me, doughnuts and bestie are 1.

Whenever i think of bestie + her specialty (food), i’d think of her doughnuts. So, for now… this will be my first and last attempt. If i ever do have cravings for doughnuts, all i need to do is to pick up the phone and dial!

Yes, i’m quite blessed like that. *wink*

Chocolate Sweet Potato Doughnut with Almond Bits

(inspired from famous cuisine no.64)

250g bread flour
10g custard powder
1/2 tsp salt
15g caster sugar
125ml cold water
4g instant yeast
50g sweet potato (steamed, mashed)
20g butter

melted chocolate
almond bits, toasted


1. Combine bread flour, custard powder, salt, caster sugar, cold water, instant yeast and sweet potato puree in a mixer. Beat until a dough is formed. Add in butter, continue beating until a smooth dough is formed.
2. Leave dough in a warm place to proof for 40 minutes.

3. Roll out the dough and use cutter to cut out ring shapes. Leave to proof for 35 minutes.

4. Deep fry the proofed dough in hot oil until golden brown.
5. Coat the doughnuts with melted chocolate and sprinkle with almond bits. Serve immediately.


I’m submitting this to Aspiring Bakers #7 — Chocolate Delight hosted by DG from Tasted & Tested.

if you worry about the doughnut’s texture after adding these natural softener agent, do check out the texture here. photo usually says a thousand words!

Very OT + rant – There is so much to do everyday! Needless to say, i have been running around very much like a headless chicken lately. Just when i thought that i might be free-er after the exam. :(

And it seems like i’m the only one out here complaining about being busy. But then, not many bloggers have got 3 uber active young boys….. and… school holiday has just commenced!

* recipe featured at Yummly!

  111 Responses to “Chocolate Doughnut with Almond Bits”

  1. Oh dear, even those raw doughnut doughs are so pretty. Don’t worry about the temporary lost of mojo. Happens to all of us. At least you shared this post!

  2. OMG, these look super gorgeous. I lvoe the colour of your dough. Really cool! Bookmark this to try it one of this day. Thanks for sharing. Hope you’re having a lovely evening.

  3. What a unique colour of doughnuts! Malvellous …. look soft, fluffy & delicious…

  4. Wow!!! THe doughnuts look super fluffy!!!! And i can eat at least 3 of these. Must try must try :) As usual you are always good with bread making.

  5. Mmmm, almond bits. Gorgeously sticky and beautifully bitten!

  6. i’m not a fan of doughnuts but these are so preeettyy!!! puffy fluffy..^^

  7. What fabulousness… I need to get my hands on some purple yam!

  8. These look delicious! Still so fluffy even with sweet potatoes added! I must try this as soon as I get some sweet potatoes!

  9. love the idea of purple donut, with natural food colouring. So pretty :)

  10. pickyin : *melts* sweet-nya your words. hahahaa!

    kristy : thank you! do let me know how it turns out for u ok? u have a wonderful day too :)

    DG + john + swee san + elle + noobcook : thank you! :D

    ellena : 3 ah?? aiyak… i forgot how many i ate! u should give bread making a try as well my friend.

    jeannie : purple sweet potatoes are still in season. do get them soon!

  11. wow this looks just too darn sexy!

  12. Looks super delicious! I want!

  13. Oo, those are GORGEOUS. Gorgeous, gorgeous photographs! Love the soft violet hue of the doughnuts, and your use of light and your styling is impeccable.

  14. What a great looking blog! I look forward to checking out the rest of it..

  15. Seems that Mommy gets busier during the school hols?!

    Nice to have purple-hued donuts! :P

  16. Hail the Purple Imo Queen! Is there anything you can’t work this purple wonder into? :) so pretty! I have to try this one day to wow people!

  17. angie + mycookinghut : thanks ladies! xx

    joyti : thank you! so very generous with your compliments.. i’m flattered. :)

    foodness gracious : a warm welcome to you and why, thank you!

    tigerfish : yeahhhhhh lorrrr.. school hols = madness in the house!

    shirley : *smile* it was truly a coincidence my dear… not quite planned at all! yes, do give this a try.. it’s rather delish!

  18. I love all of the interesting recipes you keep posting, I wish I could make stuff like this! Well done, and beautifully photographed :)

  19. A-ha… someone got the “purple’ Bug… looks nice and sexy ;)

  20. Photography looks amazing as usual cherie! And I totally dig the idea of adding sweet potato not only for the lovely lilac color but for a softer donut – I LOVE cloud-like textures! :D Will be trying this soon for sure!

  21. pudding : u ARE already making ‘stuff like this’, hon!

    lisa : lol! already got over it :P

    janine : thanks, love! let me know how u like it alrighty?

  22. These are so pretty! I have got a weakness for doughnuts, and now they’re purple?!! You’ve got me interested…..

  23. Do you know if these can be baked instead of deep fried? What oil did you use to fry them ?

  24. Hi, I’ve been making doughtnuts for a long while now and I’ve never thought (although I wanted to consider) adding anything like sweet potato to the dough. This is phenomal, I love purple sweet potatoes! You made my day!

  25. Ana : i used vegetable oil. For baking? Hmmm.. i’m not sure but what i know is the texture wouldn’t be the same. Good luck!

    Cath : awww… thank you for your generous compliment. You made my day! xx

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