Cinnamon and cardamom are two of the most popular spices in Persian cooking. These flavors, combined with sweet doughnut batter and a rosewater glaze, make these Cardamom Donuts a delicious treat to enjoy on any day. The pistachios sprinkled over top add an extra layer of flavor that complement this dish beautifully!
Don’t wait another minute to try these yummy Cardamom Donuts for yourself!
Before we get started, let’s get all of our ingredients together! We’ll need a bowl with oil and sugar mixed in it to grease the pan.
-½ cup vegetable or canola oil
-¼ cup butter
-About ¾ cups white sugar
-½ teaspoon cardamom powder
-Slightly more than ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (we want this mixture spicy!)
-A pinch of salt for mixing into doughnuts batter later on – you’ll find that using salted butter will make your donuts taste even better! And we’re not done yet!!! Let’s get some flour ready too… hmmm … what else? Oh yeah, eggs. Just two. You do know how to crack an egg, right?
So we have our oil and sugar mixed together in a bowl. Now let’s mix some of the dry ingredients into it. Add eggs to the mixture – two good sized eggs should be enough for this recipe! And now time for the flour. Let’s put about four cups of white all-purpose flour into that mixing bowl too … maybe two tablespoons of ground cardamom as well (or more if you want those donuts really spicy). What else can we add to make these Cardamom Donuts warm them up even further?! Yes, vanilla extract! We’ll need one teaspoonful or so and then proceed with salt, baking powder and bicarbonate soda before finally adding just under half a cup of milk.
Why should you try this recipe?
These Cardamom Donuts with Rosewater Glaze & Pistachios are the perfect way to add some fresh flavors to your morning. Start by making a rose water glaze, which is flavored with cardamom and sugar. Once it’s cooled down, dip these donuts in the glaze for an extra treat! Finish this recipe off by topping them with crushed pistachio nuts for more flavor and crunch!
The most important step of this recipe is not only how you make this doughnut batter but also letting them rise overnight before frying them up in hot oil. This will give each one enough time to create those fluffy donut holes that we all know and love (and crave). Of course there’s always the option to eat these after letting them rise for just a few hours, but you’ll be missing out on that full flavor.
Tips on making this meal more delicious:
-The donuts are best eaten warm, as they will have more flavor and texture. If you want to bake them in advance, just reheat before serving.
-Bake the doughnuts for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit until risen and golden brown. Make sure not to overcook or your baked goods may be dryer than desired! The cooking time can range from 15-25 minutes depending on how big your pieces of dough are.
*Tip: Glaze with a little bit of water when brushing it onto the cooked surface so that it does not get too sticky.* *A donut pan is needed for this recipe but if one is unavailable, feel free to use a muffin tin instead. The donuts will be thicker, but the same technique can still be applied.*
How can you make the most of this recipe?
-Use a pastry bag and piping tip to drizzle the glaze on top of each donut. You can also use a spoon or spatula to do this, but it will take more time because you have to be careful not to let any red liquid drip onto your fingers as they touch the white glazed surface. -If you want them extra sweet, add some raw sugar crystals into the iced water before soaking the raisins for garnish so that when they are dried out again in preparation for frying, there is extra sweetness floating around inside their little pores!
What to serve with this plate?
* iced coffee, cold brew or a cup of chai tea.
* an assortment of nut butters: roasted almond butter, cashew butter and tahini for spreading on the donuts.
* fresh fruit such as grapes, figs or berries to serve alongside the donut plate as a dessert option.
* cardamom-infused chocolate cocoa powder for dusting over the top of each finished dish before serving (optional).