Sea Salt Caramel Truffle Brioche Doughnuts

Sea Salt Caramel Truffle Brioche DoughnutsSea Salt Caramel Truffle Brioche Doughnuts

“Come back. Even as a shadow,
even as a dream.” – Euripides, Herakles

If you’re a close reader of my blog, you’ll know that I sometimes get fixated on certain things. And my latest obsession returns back to brioche. We seem to have a bit of a love/hate relationship – brioche and I, but lately I’ve been making, baking and thus “testing” it quite a bit.

Sea Salt Caramel Truffle Brioche Doughnuts

This recipe was actually inspired by a half-batch of brioche dough I had left-over from an article written for eHow. I wanted to put the remaining dough to good use, and some sort of indulgent dough based treat seemed the right fit. So I guess you could say I created this recipe out of spontaneous necessity, but arguably, it’s become one of my personal favourites.

Sea Salt Caramel Truffle Brioche Doughnuts

So, it’s time for another brioche based recipe. It’s been quite busy here in my kitchen of late so keep checking back because I have some more exciting new posts, announcements and collaborations in the mix, but for now let’ s talk about doughnuts.

Sea Salt Caramel Truffle Brioche DoughnutsSea Salt Caramel Truffle Brioche Doughnuts

Doughnuts are universally loved for a lot of reasons, but my number one favourite thing about them is that they bring back such fond, nostalgic memories. I have clear memories of being rewarded often with hot cinnamon sugared doughnuts as a child. And thanks to my youth, (Donut King) cinnamon doughnuts will forever be my favourite kind of indulgent treat.  Every-time I see someone dip their fingers into an oil-greased bright pink paper bag, it brings a reminiscent smile to my face.

Sea Salt Caramel Truffle Brioche Doughnuts

As a sensible “adult”, I’m usually able resist the delicious temptation of a doughnut but sometimes even the strongest have their breaking points. This is the type of recipe that encourages a moment to relax, indulge and rest…we both deserve a break and comforting treat and these Sea Salt Caramel Truffle Brioche Doughnuts are a very easy sell.

Sea Salt Caramel Truffle Brioche DoughnutsSea Salt Caramel Truffle Brioche Doughnuts

A velvety brioche dough is wrapped around a single sea salt caramel Lindor dark chocolate truffle. The little truffle “doughnuts” are then left to rise until the brioche is pillowy, puffed and encases the whole chocolate truffle entirely. The doughnuts are fried until browned and inflated then quickly tossed in a rich chocolate sugar to finish. The result is a crispy, golden and buttery brioche doughnut filled with a hot and molten sea salt caramel chocolate truffle center.

Sea Salt Caramel Truffle Brioche Doughnuts

These Sea Salt Caramel Brioche Doughnuts tasted so good, that I didn’t even mind that everything in my kitchen was covered with a light slick of oil afterwards. If you too are feeling for a little indulgent reward I recommend you whip up a batch of these Sea Salt Caramel Truffle Brioche Doughnuts. Just treat yourself…they are worth every ounce of effort.

Sea Salt Caramel Truffle Brioche Doughnuts Sea Salt Caramel Truffle Brioche Doughnuts

Sea Salt Caramel Brioche Doughnuts
Serves: 30
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • .25 ounce / 7 gram instant dried yeast sachet
  • 10.5 ounce / 300 grams all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons superfine (caster) sugar
  • 2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3.5 ounce / 100 grams unsalted butter, very soft at room temperature, cut into ½ inch / 1.2 centimeter cubes
  • 1 tablespoon Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 30 sea salt caramel filled Lindor truffles
  • Neutral oil, for deep-frying
  1. In a small saucepan set over low heat, slightly warm the milk until it is lukewarm in temperature. Add in the yeast and whisk to combine. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, 1 tbsp. of sugar and 1 tsp. of sea salt.
  3. Add in the yeast mixture followed by the eggs and mix on a low speed until the dough begins to come together, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Increase the speed to medium-high and work the dough until it is very smooth, 4 to 5 more minutes.
  5. Reduce the mixer speed to low then slowly add in the butter, a little at a time, over the course of 3 to 4 minutes – pausing half-way to scrape down the back of the bowl and hook. When the butter begins to blend in, increase the mixer speed to medium-high to fully incorporate and bring the dough together, 4 to 6 minutes longer.
  6. Form the dough into a ball and transfer it into a lightly greased bowl. Cover with a damp tea towel or plastic wrap and let it rise up in a warm spot for 2 hours or until doubled in size.
  7. Once risen, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and lightly dust the top with flour.
  8. Roll the dough out until it is ½ inch / 1.3 centimetres in thickness.
  9. Using a biscuit cutter, or glass as a measure, cut out 2 ½ inch / 6. 3 centimeter circles, re-rolling and cutting until all the dough has been used up.
  10. Gently press a truffle into the center of each circle, and wrap the dough tightly around it, pinching the seams to enclose.
  11. Set the doughnuts on two lined baking trays, cover them with a damp tea towel and let the doughnuts rise again for up to an hour or until puffed.
  12. Meanwhile, make the chocolate sugar coating by mixing 5 tbsp. of the caster sugar with the dutch processed cocoa powder and 1 tsp. of sea salt. Set aside until needed.
  13. When ready to fry, heat about 2 inches / 5 centimetres of the oil in a heavy based saucepan until it reaches 350 F / 180 C.
  14. Fry the doughnuts in batches, about 3-4 at a time, rolling them around with a slotted spoon to help them colour evenly, until golden brown all over, roughly 3-4 minutes.
  15. Immediately remove and roll the fried doughnuts in the chocolate sugar mixture to coat them evenly then set them on paper towels to drain away any excess oil.
  16. Repeat with remaining doughnuts and serve. They’re optimal eaten warm while their insides are still molten, though you can store them, covered at room temperature.



  • Reply Shannon May 7, 2016 at 1:49 am

    These look insanely delicious! They would be perfect for Mother’s Day!

  • Reply Nagi@RecipeTinEats March 23, 2016 at 12:50 am

    These are so adorable! I haven’t thought of making salted caramel into doughnuts but you have just proved to me that it could be amazing! YUM!

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  • Reply Julie | Small Green Kitchen September 5, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    These are gorgeous, Thalia! GENIUS idea to wrap the brioche dough around a dark chocolate truffle. <3

  • Reply Jared Graves September 1, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Amazing recipe! I want to make this yesterday. Salted caramel is such a nice combination, I would never have thought to put them into donuts.

    Great job!

  • Reply Denise Browning@From Brazil To You August 28, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    What a great idea to combine doughnuts with a Lindor truffle (a very fave of mine)… It looks like a match made in heaven!

  • Reply Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness August 24, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    You’re killing me with these photos… I’m drooling over here! Would you believe that I’ve NEVER made doughnuts at home? I actually have it on my before 30 bucket list to do!

  • Reply Amanda August 23, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Omgosh. I have a bag of those truffles sittin on my fridge waiting for me to decide what to do with them! You now solved that problem

  • Reply Natalie Tamara August 13, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Wowwww, these look insanely good! Lindor are one of my favourite chocolates anyway, but coating them in doughnut? Sounds like heaven!

  • Reply Love August 13, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Oh my these look so mouthwatering, pinning it to make it later! You are so amazing at what you do Thalia!

  • Reply FoodGeekGraze August 13, 2015 at 5:50 am

    as you know, thalia, i am slowly cooking my way thru your blog. this recipe… ohhhh, man… i am speechless. you are wicked. i am making this immediately!

    • Reply thalia August 13, 2015 at 6:48 am

      love always hearing your feedback! Xx

  • Reply Sarah August 13, 2015 at 5:32 am

    These look amazing! I can just taste the melted chocolate in my mouth. Excuse me while I go daydream about these.

  • Reply Jake August 11, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Totally blown away by this recipe. Beautiful pictures to boot.

  • Reply Krystle August 10, 2015 at 3:04 am

    I love brioche and salted caramel so these are a win win, yummy!

  • Reply Mira August 9, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    How amazing! Brioche donuts with a truffle inside? These look delicious Thalia!

  • Reply Lynnette August 8, 2015 at 11:12 am

    You seriously have an amazing talent for cooking/baking and photographing food 🙂 Simply stunning and delicious 😀

  • Reply lindsay August 7, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    apparently we are fixated on the same things this week! dang, can we have a salted caramel party now?! YUM! PINNING

  • Reply Alissa August 7, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Seriously these look AMAZING!! I hardly ever try my hand at making brichoe but this warrants my consideration!!

  • Reply Stephanie @ Long Distance Baking August 7, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Oh wow…I would want to eat these all in one sitting! They look gorgeous. And I’m sure delicious!

  • Reply Stephanie @ Long Distance Baking August 7, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Oh wow…I would want to eat these all in one sitting! They are gorgeous!! And I’m sure delicious.

  • Reply Mike@TheIronYou August 7, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Is this for real? Truffles stuffed doughnuts?
    Thalia you outdid yourself once again: INCREDIBLE!

  • Reply Cady | Wild Heart of Life August 6, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    Mmm salted caramel and chocolate is my dream combo right now!

  • Reply Jessica | A Happy Food Dance August 6, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Brioche doughnuts – absolutely genius! And you could put salted caramel on sand and I would probably eat it 🙂 These look insanely decadent and delicious!

  • Reply Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks August 6, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    You put a truffle inside a doughnut and coated it in chocolate sugar?!?! OMG! I can’t wait to hear your upcoming exciting news and collaborations!

  • Reply Mary Frances August 6, 2015 at 3:28 pm Truffles within brioche doughnuts? Seriously amazing! And gorgeous to boot!

  • Reply Ruby August 6, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Yes please! These are out of this world x

  • Reply Jessie August 6, 2015 at 3:41 am

    These look so yum.. err sinfully deliciouso. I will try this recipe soon, am sure family will love it.
    Visiting back here.


  • Reply Alyssa @ My Sequined Life August 6, 2015 at 2:37 am

    What a treat these doughnuts are! I have a hard time shaking certain flavors or styles of baked goods. Being fixated on brioche sounds like a good problem to have!

  • Reply Shikha la mode August 6, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Okay so I SUCK at brioche – can you come over and teach me how to make this hehehe. But like really.

  • Reply amanda August 6, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Oh my word! These are AMAZING!!!

  • Reply Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 6, 2015 at 12:22 am

    absolute perfection, I love the truffle filing!

  • Reply felicia | Dish by Dish August 5, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    You’re ingenious Thalia! Your recipes and photos are bought beautiful & so intriguing! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply Aimee @twiggstudios August 5, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    Wow thalia these look and sound incredible. I haven’t tried the salted caramel Lindor yet I love the red original ones and the coconut ones so i sure i would love those too I will have to try your recipe xxx

  • Reply Stephanie August 5, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Beautiful!!! These brioche doughnuts are insane! Chocolate truffle and caramel, oh my!

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef August 5, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Thalia, talk about orgasmic! What a clever idea. Just the title of caramel, truffle, brioche and doughnuts is enough to get everyone’s attention.

  • Reply Rosa August 5, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Oh Thalia…These look sooooo good!!! I love the idea of mixing them up with truffles. This recipe ended up right away on my to-bake list ;)) And the pictures…mouthwatering as always 🙂

  • Reply Bec {Daisy and the Fox} August 5, 2015 at 10:09 am

    These are incredible!! actually everything amazing and delicious in a doughnut!!
    I. Can’t. Even.
    Your a genius!!
    keep up the amazing work gurllllll!!

    Bec {Daisy and the Fox}

  • Reply Meagan @ The F&B Department August 5, 2015 at 5:15 am

    A truffle stuffed inside a doughnut?! Thalia, you’re driving me crazy. This is such an indulgent, beautiful treat, and I would gladly risk an oil slicked kitchen for it! Thanks for sharing these gorgeously brilliant recipes!

  • Reply Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness August 4, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I definitely couldn’t resist these doughnuts! This looks so good!!

  • Reply Ben Maclain | Havocinthekitchen August 4, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Yeeees, we all deserve a break and some comfort food. I couldn’t agree more with you, Thalia! And these donuts sound so amazing and look so fabulous. Such an indulgence, indeed! Well done.

  • Reply Annie @ The Garlic Diaries August 4, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    These look SO mouthwatering Thalia! I am seriously drooling over here!

  • Reply Aimee / Wallflower Girl August 4, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Wow, this sounds incredible! And so appropriate for your blog name 😀

  • Reply Beverley @ sweaty&fit August 4, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    as usual your pictures are GORGEOUS. these look delicious. send some to Canada, PLEASEEE <3

  • Reply Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat August 4, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Wow! That filling looks amazing! They are making my mouth water! Pinning!

  • Reply Harriet Emily August 4, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Brioche doughnuts are incredible! These look so amazing Thalia, and I love the Lindor in the middle! <3

  • Reply Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bongth August 4, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    These brioche doughnuts are KILLER!!!! Absolutely delicious!!

  • Reply Sarah | Broma Bakery August 4, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Yes. Yes yes yes yes! You’re welcome to my house any time, Thalia 🙂

  • Reply Jen | Baked by an Introvert August 4, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    How clever to stuff these doughnuts with truffles. They look fabulously delicious!

  • Reply J @ A Hot Southern Mess August 4, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Oh my gosh! I am about to start drooling! This looks fabulous! It has all the ingredients of a perfect treat! I am sure that is what heaven looks like! Yummy!

  • Reply lisa @ garlicandzest August 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Thalia – you are very bad for my waistline!

  • Reply Audrey @ Unconventional Baker August 4, 2015 at 4:27 am

    You had me at the title. Best of everything doughnuts 🙂 Wow. These look fantastic!

  • Reply Sneha August 4, 2015 at 3:59 am

    Heyya.. Pretty sure I just gasped when I saw these photos. Stunning, and the combination of sea salt, caramel, truffle and brioche literally sounds like heaven., love the styling in the photos here. Just wonderful 🙂

  • Reply Beeta @ Mon Petit Four August 3, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    These look and sound so delicious. Brioche is one of my favorite types of viennoiserie. I love it’s fluffy interior. This doughnut version with the salted caramel and chocolate looks absolutely decadent! Admittedly, I don’t eat doughnuts very often, but these would be sooo worth the oily mess and calories. Just look at them, they’re stunning! I’m just worried I won’t be able to maintain any sort of self-control if I make these! 😉 Lovely, Thalia. And I can’t wait to see what else you’re baking up in the kitchen! XO

  • Reply Oana August 3, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Can’t beat brioche doughnuts! I make them quite often for my family, but never filled them with anything before, what a great idea!

  • Reply Kelly - Life Made Sweeter August 3, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    These look beautiful, Thalia! The flavors sound amazing! Love the truffle center!

  • Reply Sam @ SugarSpunRun August 3, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Pure brilliance and pure decadence. Thalia, I am so impressed, these look incredible!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 3, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Whoa!! These look so incredible! I mean, that filling?!?! AH!

  • Reply Traci | Vanilla And Bean August 3, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I can’t even imagine how over the top delicious and rich these doughnuts taste, Thalia! If brioche weren’t enough, there’s a truffle in there – oh my goodness! Keep getting fixated on the brioche, girl. I’m with ya! 😀

  • Reply Sabrina August 3, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    OMG! These are amazing!

  • Reply Shanna August 3, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Oh my goodness! YES! These look and sound absolutely amazing! AMAZING! I love brioche so much!

  • Reply Olivia @ livforcake August 3, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    These look amazing!! I can imagine how good they were, still warm and gooey. Yum!

  • Reply Nicole - Coking for Keeps August 3, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Pretty sure I just gasped when I saw these photos. Stunning, and the combination of sea salt, caramel, truffle and brioche literally sounds like heavne.

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan August 3, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    These look insanely awesome! Dang girl! I think I would gladly eat all of them warm and right from the pan 🙂

  • Reply Mary Ann | the beach house kitchen August 3, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Thalia, these sound decadently delish! Love the chocolate sugar!

  • Reply June @ How to Philosophize with Cake August 3, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Those look fabulous! I don’t know what sounds better, the truffle filling or the fried brioche. Together I imagine they are wonderful 🙂

  • Reply Dasha @ Amazingly Tasty August 3, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Your recipes are getting better and better. You are incredible!

  • Reply Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect August 3, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Well this is genius! I love it, they look so tasty and I really adore brioche. What a great idea.

  • Reply August 3, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Love the sound of these Thalia! Inspiring as always. 🙂

  • Reply Adina August 3, 2015 at 6:37 am

    I was thinking the same as Kathrin above, I will probably put on weight just by looking at the pictures and imagining the taste… the power of thought… 🙂 They look amazing and the truffle inside is a killer.

  • Reply Claudia | The Brick Kitchen August 3, 2015 at 4:23 am

    Wow these are insane! You have totally outdone yourself – such a gorgeous set of photos and recipe! Can’t wait to hear about your new announcements/posts too 🙂

  • Reply Gerry @ Foodness Gracious August 3, 2015 at 4:17 am

    Amazing!! So weird that I’ve been thinking all day about my next post which is going to be…doughnuts 🙂 These are fantastic

  • Reply Tieghan August 3, 2015 at 3:24 am

    These are incredible!! 🙂

  • Reply mjskitchen August 3, 2015 at 2:45 am

    Every word in the title of this post has my mouthwatering. What a unique and awesome creation!

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High August 3, 2015 at 1:00 am

    These are so gorgeous, Thalia!!! I’m so excited to hear about your big news/see the future posts.

  • Reply Yvonne [Tried and Tasty] August 3, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Ohmyword, these look incredible! I’d love a bite of one RIGHT NOW!

  • Reply Noha @Matters of the Belly August 2, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Blown away. Thalia, you are incredible!! What a BOMB of a recipe!! And i love the styling in the photos here. Just wonderful! I often wish i could spend an afternoon baking with u xx maybe someday no?

  • Reply Lori - The Kitchen Whisperer August 2, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Once again Thalia you outdid yourself. I love that you too become fixated on things. I am the same way. Loving this recipe in a big way!

    Best Kitchen Wishes!

  • Reply Megan @ Pip and Ebby August 2, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    I agree with Kathryn. I feel like I may have gained weight just looking at these! They look soooo yummy. I love that they remind you of your childhood. I love food that does that!

  • Reply Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie August 2, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Oh my GOSH! These are insane! I need one (or 8) NOW!

  • Reply Abby August 2, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    These brioche doughnuts are gorgeous! LOVE that truffle center! <3

  • Reply Hannah | The Swirling Spoon August 2, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Even the name of these doughnuts is completely irresistable… let alone the pictures!

  • Reply Medha @ Whisk & Shout August 2, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    These look fabulous! Love the flavor combinations- so decadent!

  • Reply Kimberly August 2, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    I love that you mentioned that you can become fixated on specific things, I’m the same way. These doughnuts look sinfully good. They’ll be a perfect compliment to my morning iced coffee 🙂

  • Reply Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist August 2, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I hope you can’t gain weight from staring too long at photos of doughnuts! Oh my goodness! This looks incredible. Looking at your photos, I can practically taste these. Everything about this recipe screams, make me! But, as a sensible adult (yea, right) I will hold off on making these until I really need to indulge. So, tomorrow.
    Thanks for sharing another beautiful creation.

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