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Shane Delia: Turkish-delight doughnuts

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for Turkish-delight doughnuts by Shane Delia from Maha restaurant in Melbourne.

By Shane Delia
  • Serves 24
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 25 mins cooking plus cooling, standing
Shane Delia: Turkish-delight doughnuts
Shane Delia: Turkish-delight doughnuts

"If you were ever to visit Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market with my wife, you'd know she is drawn to the jam-doughnut van like a woman to a shoe sale. The crisp exterior with that little bit of jam oozing out when you take the first bite is heaven. So I took an old Lebanese doughnut recipe, stuck a piece of Turkish delight in it and - voilà - a Maha signature."


  • 30 gm pine nuts (optional), to serve
  • For deep-frying: vegetable oil
  • 300 gm (2 cups) plain flour
  • 15 gm (about 2 sachets) dried yeast
  • 2 tsp caster sugar
  • 150 gm rose-flavoured Turkish delight, diced into 1cm-pieces
Rose syrup
  • 200 gm honey
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • ½ vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 50 ml rosewater


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 170C. Spread pine nuts on a small oven tray and roast, shaking occasionally, until golden (5-10 minutes). Cool, coarsely crush and set aside.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, for rose syrup, combine ingredients (except rosewater) in a saucepan and bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, add rosewater, set aside to cool.
  • 3
    Preheat oil in a deep-fryer or deep-sided saucepan to 170C. Combine flour, yeast, sugar and ½ tsp salt in a bowl, and gradually whisk in 350ml lukewarm water until combined and smooth, then stand in a warm place until swollen and foamy (15 minutes).
  • 4
    Working with one piece of Turkish delight at a time, coat and mould each piece in a tablespoonful of doughnut batter and deep-fry them, in batches, turning occasionally, until golden (4-6 minutes; be careful as hot oil may spit). Drain on absorbent paper, then transfer to a bowl. Drizzle with rose syrup and serve doughnuts hot, sprinkled with pine nuts, if desired.


Drink Suggestion: Fresh young pink moscato. Drink suggestion by Max Allen

  • Author: Shane Delia