Prep 25 mins
Cook 35 mins
I have always felt that doughnuts were something you bought at a bakery because they were just too labor-intensive to do otherwise. This recipe for Tunisian YoYos may well have changed my mind & I will be interested to know if other chefs feel as I do. The recipe was a little vague about times, saying “60 min plus rest time of 1 hr”. So my division of times is a bit of guesswork based on recipe directions & does not include the 1 hr rest time. Enjoy!
For the Dough
- 3 eggs
- 2 ounces vegetable oil
- 2 ounces orange juice
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated coconut (May use desiccated coconut)
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 9 ounces all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
- vegetable oil (for deep frying)
For the Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 cup honey
- Place eggs, oil, orange juice, 1 tbsp of coconut & sugar in a blender or food proc & process until smooth.
- Transfer the mixture to a lrg mixing bowl. Then sift in flour & baking soda. Knead to a soft dough (adding a sml amt of water if needed). Cover bowl & set aside to rest for 1 hour.
- Just before you are ready to cook the doughnuts, make the syrup by placing the sugar, water & lemon juice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil (while stirring) & cook until the sugar is dissolved.
- Reduce heat. Stir in the honey plus the remaining 1 tbsp of the coconut & simmer for 10 minutes. Keep warm.
- Heat a deep fat fryer to 350F (180C).
- Form the dough into balls about the size of a lrg walnut. Then flatten them slightly & punch a hole thru the center using your finger (which has been dipped in flour).
- Deep fry a few doughnuts at a time for about 4 min until golden brown on all sides. Drain on paper towels.
- Dip ea doughnut into the warm lemon-honey syrup & serve immediately.