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Holey Yum: Donut Pies

Donut Pies!

Donuts play nice, don't they? They're so open to collaboration. There's donut bread pudding. Donut burgers. Donut muffins. Donut soup.

And now, Donut Pie. Don't be fooled by the photo at the top: these are no typical donuts. They're in fact little morsels of pie crust, with filling rolled inside of them and then fried. While they're certainly not health food, they certainly are delicious: crispy, not too-sweet, easy to make, and completely open to improvisation with flavor. Here's how we made them:

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Donut Pies
  1. First, choose your favorite pie crust recipe (we used this one). We made the equivalent of a single pie crust, and the yield was about 15 mini Donut Pies.
  2. Next, decide what your filling would be. For our filling, we mixed one ripe banana, a small amount (1/4 cup, adding more to desired thickness) of heavy whipping cream, and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and two pinches of cinnamon. We mashed it until it was incorporated, but still a little bit lumpy. You can fill them with just about anything you'd use in a pie though. Let your filling sit to the side.
  3. Roll out your pie crust, and then score into strips. The strips should be about 2.5 inches wide, but as long or as short as you'd like. The length will determine how large the donut's circumfrence will be, so if you like mini donuts, keep them shorter.
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  5. Lengthwise, spoon a small amount of filling in each strip. Be sure to leave a small gap of space at the top and bottom of the strip.
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  7. Fold the crust over the filling lengthwise, so that you have a long, narrow, filled "log" of pie crust with filling inside.
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  9. Form into a circle.
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  11. Since we don't have a deep fryer, we then filled a frying pan on  with about 2 cups of canola oil, set to high heat, and once hot gently placed the donuts several at a time into the fryer, frying each side about 3-4 minutes or until golden.
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  13. Gently remove from frying pan and place on paper towels to blot excess oil.
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  15. Garnish as desired: with additional fruit topping (as above), whipped cream, ice cream, or for a more donutty look, chocolate icing (as seen on the chocolate topped ones) and sprinkles or swirls. Yum.
Donut Pies

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Reader Comments (47)

um...yum...that seems to be the only thing i can think of saying here.

February 21 | Unregistered Commentercindy*

Whew! There is nothing I love more, okay well almost nothing, than beautiful food. And that is some beautiful food!


oh my... I believe you have combined all my favorites in to one glorious creation...

February 21 | Unregistered CommenterEmpress L

Oh wow! What a great idea. Donut pies...genius.

February 21 | Unregistered CommenterPeabody

There must be something in the air, I've been talking about funnel cake for two posts. Funny how they don't seem to be plentiful in California.
Thanks for talking about not having a deep fryer and how you made them in the pan.

February 22 | Unregistered CommenterJeanna

Those are mesmerizing. Fried dough, frosted, with fruit inside, the endless flavor possibilities...YUM!

February 22 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie

You are a bad girl for tempting us this way.

February 22 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia

wow, those are making me drool.

February 22 | Unregistered CommenterHayley

I have been trying to eat healthier (and haven't had Dunkins in, like, forever), but this could make me fall off the wagon. If I trick myself into thinking they're mini-pies, I can justify it. : )

February 23 | Unregistered Commentermegbmd

Umm, are you kidding me?! That's a gloriously welcomed heart attack on a plate.

February 24 | Unregistered CommenterMy First Kitchen

I think I am in love.

February 24 | Unregistered CommenterEsi

Oh wow. Words cannot describe how amazing these look and sound. Must make them.

February 24 | Unregistered Commentereatme_delicious

Out of control! Those look sinfully delicious.

Jennifer: Oh man, I hope he enjoys them!

Steph: I never knew either til last week! It was a fun experiment!

Bittersweetblog: And totally easy to veganize!

Jamie: Ha! Thanks!

Curly Glamour: Probably!

Sophie: If you have a gluten free pie crust then I think you'd be fine!

Jaimee: ha! You said it.

Not another: Thanks! They are kind of lovely!

Empress L: Yup, a decadent holey matrimony of deliciousness.

Peabody: Thanks! We enjoyed them.

Jeanna: Mmmm, funnel cake. It's been a long time since I've indulged! As for not having a deep fryer, Yeah, it was kind of improvised but seemed to work! I think you just have to keep a watchful eye on it so you don't burn down the house!

Maggie: Yup--it's endless, the possibilities!

Cynthia: oh yes. True!

Hayley: Drool away, baby!

Meg: Oh no! Sorry...they ARE small though...

My first: HA! Gloriously welcome, indeed.

Esi: Me too!

Eat me delicious: Yes, give em a try!

Alisa: They are.

February 25 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

Just saw this post on Baking Bites. I was wondering how I missed it. It's so incredible! Then, I realized you are not in my feed reader. For shame! That is being remedied this instant!

February 25 | Unregistered CommenterStef

Oh heaven! They look so good! Hmm...I might have to sneak this in somehow, since I'm on my annual diet, but oh how yummy!!

February 26 | Unregistered Commenterangelabarton

........Only CakeSpy!

And this is why I love you!

Whoooooa. Seriously, WHOA.

I just IMed this blog entry to my best friend with this note: can we make these and have a before-the-wedding-bakeathon? Seriously, I'm a spazz. Baking is calming. Therefore we should bake up a storm before my wedding!

March 11 | Unregistered Commenterviolarulz

It's a good thing I'm already halfway through my hot chocolate, or else I'd be craving these something fierce.

Is this the idea you got from misreading something? Wow, you are a genius!

March 12 | Unregistered CommenterTea

I'm a little late in the game here, but you found my weakness!!! Pie. Donuts. I'm so making these. And I posted a link on my edible crafts column at craft gossip. (ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com) thanks for sharing! meaghan (chic cookies/the decorated cookie)

March 14 | Unregistered CommenterChic Cookies

Stef: Thanks!! Glad you enjoyed!

Angelabarton: Thanks! And make small ones--they can't be missed!

How to Eat a Cupcake: Aw, you're sweet!

Melisser: Ha!! They're pretty over the top, huh?

Violarulz: Ha!! Yes, there is something zen about baking--hopefully you got to make them!

Tea: You make me laugh! I got the idea thinking about hand pies, which are sometimes fried--then that got me thinking about combining them with another favorite fried treat, the doughnut!! Hence the donut pie was born.

Chic cookies: Glad you enjoyed!! Thank you so much for the EdibleCrafts feature--what an awesome site! Thank you!

March 20 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

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