Here we go again with another Vietnamese inspired recipe! And this time it’s a sweet one!
Introducing these super soft sesame “donuts”! What is so special about these is that they have a hollow inside, making it perfect to fill with chocolate spread, caramel sauce, or even a salty filling!
The ingredients and methods are pretty simple. You start by kneading a dough made of flour, almond milk, yeast, sugar, and baking powder. I also added a pinch of salt and vanilla extract for more flavor. If you plan on using these for a salty recipe, simply omit the vanilla.
Once your dough is smooth, cover with plastic film to touch and let it proof for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until it has doubled in size.
Next, divide your dough into 6 balls, roll into white sesame seeds and flatten using a rolling pin to make thin discs. The thinner your discs, the more hollow your donuts will be. You do not want them too thin though, I usually go for about 3-4 mm thick.
Finally, fry one at a time for a couple of minutes, flipping regularly. They will puff up and get a balloon shape!
Transfer to a plate lined with a kitchen paper towel to remove excess oil and enjoy warm!
These “donuts” are hollow inside, making them perfect for any type of filling, sweet or savory. To take them to the next level, I filled these donuts with my Smooth Vanilla Chocolate Spread. Food porn level reached.
Stay tuned for a savory version!
These donuts have it all, they are not-to-sweet, tender, fluffy, and are coated with crunchy toasted sesame seeds! Enjoy on their own, or fill with your favorite chocolate spread!
Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!
Bánh Tiêu (Vietnamese Donuts!)
- 1 and 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp almond milk at room temperature (or other plant-based milk)
- 2 and 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp dry yeast
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup white sesame seeds
- About 1 and 1/2 cup of oil for frying
- optional: Smooth Vanilla Chocolate Spread
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In a small bowl, combine 2 tbsp of almond milk, sugar, dry yeast, and vanilla extract. Once fully combined, transfer to the bowl of flour and add the rest of the almond milk and the vanilla extract.
- Knead for 5-7 minutes, or until the dough is smooth and just slightly sticky. If it's too sticky add one tablespoon of flour at a time. If it's too dry, add more almond milk.
- Cover the dough with plastic film to touch and proof in a warm place for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size.
- Deflate the dough and divide into 6 balls. Roll each ball into the white sesame seeds and then flatten into a 3-4 mm thick disc. Repeat with the remaining balls.
- Heat the oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, fry one disc at a time, flipping it using two wooden spatulas (or chopsticks) every 5-7 seconds. The disc will start to take a golden brown color and puff up like a balloon. Once golden brown, remove from the oil and transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper towel to remove excess oil. Repeat with the remaining discs.
- Enjoy warm as is, or make a cut to fill with chocolate spread or caramel sauce! These donuts are best served the same day but will keep for up to 2 days in an airtight container at room temperature.