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Cardamom Donuts With Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Fancy cardamom and cinnamon spiced donuts, served with vanilla bean ice cream.
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Servings: 12
Skill level: Beginner

What you need

For the Donuts

2 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp Cardamom
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 Egg
1/2 cup Milk
1/4 cup Heavy Cream
6 tbsp Melted Butter
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 cups Canola Oil

For the Topping

1/2 tsp Cardamom
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar

Served on the side

How to prepare


  1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugars, and spices in a bowl and whisk.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine milk, cream, melted butter, eggs, and extracts and blend.
  3. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture until the dough comes together (more flour should be added if dough is too wet). Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let sit for 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. Place dough on floured surface and roll out to 1/2" thick. Lightly flour 2-1/2" round cookie cutter. Cut out round circles and set aside. Re-roll the scraps of dough to 1/2" thick and cut circles. Poke a hole in the center of each donut
  5. Fill a deep heavy pot with oil and turn on to high heat until oil reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Line a baking pan with paper towels and set aside. Fry 3 to 4 donuts at a time. Turn the donuts until brown on each side. When brown, transfer donuts to lined baking pan. Let cool.
  7. Dust donuts with cardamom powdered sugar mixture.
  8. To serve, place one donut on a plate with one scoop of ice cream, then top with a drizzle of honey.


Add Extra Kick to Your Donuts

For an extra spicy donut, double the amount of cardamom that you add to your donut batter and toss in a teaspoon of nutmeg along with it.