Blueberry Cottage Cheese Churro Flavored Doughnuts
FOR THE DOUGH
- 2 cups Hood® Cottage Cheese with Blueberry
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour plus extra for rolling
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 quart Canola oil, for frying
FOR THE TOPPING
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
Preheat oven to 350F.
Make the dough: In a large bowl, mix the cottage cheese with the egg, milk, butter and vanilla. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the cottage cheese mixture. Stir to combine. Do not over mix. Let rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.
Bake: Turn the dough onto a flat, floured surface and roll to about ¾ inch thick. Using a floured round cookie cutter or a drinking glass 2 ½ inches in diameter, cut the doughnut rounds and arrange in a single layer on a floured baking sheet. You should yield 14-16 rounds. Note: You can gently re-roll scraps to maximize dough. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
Get ready: Pour the oil into a heavy-bottomed pot. Heat the oil to 350F over medium heat. Prepare a baking sheet fitted with a kitchen towel and a slotted spoon.
Fry: Use a slotted spoon to gently drop half of the doughnuts into the oil. Cook on the first side, 4 minutes, until golden brown. Turn them gently on the second side with the slotted spoon and cook another 3-4 minutes. Do not rush this. They may look cooked on the outside but need that full time to cook inside. Remove from the oil and lay them out on the kitchen towel to cool. Bring the oil back up to 350F and repeat with the remaining half of the doughnuts.
Fill the doughnuts: Fill a plastic sandwich bag with the remaining cottage cheese. Cut a hole in one corner of the bag. Use a paring knife to hollow a small hole in the side of each doughnut. Put the end of the plastic bag and inject about 2 teaspoons cottage cheese into each doughnut.
Roll: In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, pumpkin pie spice. Roll the doughnuts in the sugar.