Gordon Ramsay's chocolate doughnuts

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Gordon Ramsay's chocolate doughnuts | Gordon Ramsay recipes
Gordon Ramsay's chocolate doughnuts | Gordon Ramsay recipes
  • Makes: 12

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  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

Learn how to make chocolate doughnuts at home with this easy Gordon Ramsay recipe. Made with a tasty malt dusting, these doughnuts also come with a naughty chocolate ganache filling


  • 50g caster sugar, plus 2–3 heaped tbsp for dusting
  • 150ml whole milk
  • 15g fresh yeast
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 320g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • 2–3 heaped tbsp malt powder, e.g. Ovaltine for dusting

For the filling

  • 250ml double cream
  • 2–4 tbsp runny honey, to taste
  • 250g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 60g unsalted cold butter, cubed

Gordon says: 'You’ll need fresh yeast for this recipe, which you can buy from the bread section of most supermarkets.'


  1. Heat the sugar and milk in a pan for about 5 minutes until the milk is warm and the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Crumble the yeast into a bowl, pour in half the warm milk, then mix and leave to one side. Place the remaining milk back on the heat and add the butter. Heat gently for about 3 minutes (be careful not to let the milk boil).
  3. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the egg yolks, yeasted milk and the hot milk. Mix together, drawing in the surrounding flour to make a dough.
  4. Tip the dough onto a floured work surface and knead with floured hands for a few minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. Dust with a little extra plain flour if the mix is too sticky. Place in a clean bowl dusted with flour. Cover with cling film to stop the dough forming a skin on top and leave to rise in a warm place for 1–1½ hours until doubled in size.
  5. Meanwhile, make the filling. Put the cream in a pan and mix in the honey to taste. Put the chocolate and butter into a bowl. When the cream is almost boiling, pour it over the chocolate mixture and stir until well mixed, smooth and glossy.
  6. When the dough has risen, knock it back by giving it a thump and knead lightly on a floured work surface. Roll out the dough with a floured rolling pin to a thickness of about 2cm and shape it into a rectangle. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 12 rectangular pillows, then place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and leave to rise again for 30–40 minutes until doubled in size. (This will make the doughnuts light and fluffy once cooked.)
  7. Combine the remaining sugar with the malt powder in a bowl and set aside. Put the oil in a deep-fat fryer and heat in a bowl to 170°C, or fill a large saucepan one third full with the vegetable oil and heat until a cube of bread dropped in it sizzles and turns golden brown in 30 seconds.
  8. Fry the doughnuts, in batches, for 3–4 minutes until evenly golden brown and cooked through. (You will need to moderate the heat between batches according to whether the doughnuts brown too quickly or too slowly.) Using a slotted spoon, remove the doughnuts from the hot oil and roll in the malt sugar to coat.
  9. To fill the doughnuts, spoon the warm chocolate filling into a piping bag fitted with a small plain nozzle. Make sure you pipe the chocolate filling while it’s still warm. If it cools down too much, it will set and be difficult to work with. Insert the nozzle into the doughnut and gently squeeze in the filling. Serve straight away.

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No grocery stores in my neighbourhood sell fresh yeast - if I were to use active dry yeast, how much should I use?


If you want to make changes to a world-famous chef's recipe, just add a little note to the change so that people know they aren't following Ramsay's recipe anymore, but rather the author's arbitrarily altered version of the recipe. You could write something like "(Gordon does it this way, but since I know better than Chef Ramsay, you should do it my way instead.)"


Very good recipe. Although I find it a bit bothersome that authors of celebrity chefs' recipes ALWAYS have to disagree with the celebrity chef and make changes to the recipe, like the author of this one did with the temperature of the chocolate filling. Gordon cools the filling before squeezing it into the donuts. Authors of recipes are free to write their recipes however they like, but when they are writing down other chefs' recipes, PLEASE don't disagree with the chef. Just write it down exactly as the chef does it. Otherwise, these aren't Gordon Ramsay donuts, they're just donuts. It's a minor detail in this case but just my two cents.


delicious, made these with vanilla custard feeling instead of chocolate and they are the best!

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