I am off the ice cream for a moment to celebrate the amazingness that is National Doughnut Day! Last year, I was a day late, but made these amazing, super fancy fig cheesecake filled doughnuts with a hibiscus glaze. I am drooling just thinking about those doughnuts. This year, I am bringing you a new favorite: brioche doughnuts with chamomile and lemon glaze.
Since I first posted my recipe for Brioche, I’ve been making brioche every chance I get. Besides insane amounts of ice cream in my freezer, I also have a nice collection of unsalted butter just so that I can make my brioche at any time. A lot of my favorite doughnut shops make their own brioche doughnuts and I really couldn’t see why I couldn’t make some at home for whenever I have a craving. Oh my gosh, fried brioche is the bomb dot com. So buttery and incredibly light in texture. You get that slight crunch from the crisp outside and then it just melts in your mouth. Gaaaaaaaaaah! This is the doughnut that makes people moan involuntarily (and a little inappropriately).
The chamomile and lemon glaze helps to balance out the brioche doughnut by adding more depth from the chamomile and zing from the lemon. I found chamomile powder at my local Hispanic market, but you can easily make your own with food-grade dried chamomile. Just be sure to crush the flowers until they are a fine powder.