Orange flower doughnuts

Orange flower doughnuts

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From
A Month in Marrakesh
Serves
4
Photographer
David Loftus

You’ll often find someone making sfenj (doughnuts), at Moroccan street stalls. Stallholders use oiled hands to pinch off lumps of dough, deftly making a hole in the middle of it by squeezing it between thumb and forefinger before plunging it into hot oil until golden brown. It’s quite a tricky process till you get the knack and, frankly, just as easy to make hole-less doughnuts in the Greek and Italian style.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
4 tablespoons warm water
10g dry yeast
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
500g plain flour
generous pinch sea salt
1 tablespoon orange flower water
250ml cold water
vegetable oil, for frying

To serve

Quantity Ingredient
Hibiscus syrup, for drizzling
or clear runny honey, for drizzling

Method

  1. Place the warm water in a bowl with the yeast and sugar, mix well, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for about 45 minutes, until mixture forms bubbles on surface and has increased in volume.
  2. Place the flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, add the yeast mixture, orange flower water and water (add more if needed) and knead into a smooth elastic dough, folding the dough vigorously in from the sides as you knead. Keep kneading and punching the dough for about 15–20 minutes, adding a little extra water from time to time, until the dough is spongy, soft and sticks to your hands.
  3. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a cloth and leave to rest in a warm place for 2–3 hours, until the dough has doubled in volume.
  4. Fill a large, deep saucepan or deep fryer one-third full with vegetable oil and heat to 200°C. Very carefully fry egg-sized pieces of dough in batches, turning and making sure they are not overcrowded, until they swell in size, turn golden-brown and become crisp – about 3–5 minutes.
  5. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain on kitchen paper, then transfer to a large plate and serve drizzled with hibiscus syrup or honey.
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Morocco
Moroccan
Marrakesh
Africa
African
North African
Month
A Month in Marrakesh
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