Lucy’s Rhubarb-Cream-Filled Brioche Doughnuts

Rhubarb adds a hint of tartness to this brioche doughnut’s creamy center.

For the brioche dough:


  • 4 cups bread flour (divide into 1 ½ cups and 3 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons or 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 gallon vegetable oil for frying


  1. Mix together in a medium-size bowl with a wooden spoon 1 ½ cups bread flour, sugar, salt, yeast, and eggs until all the flour is mixed in.
  2. Flour your work surface using the extra 3 cups of flour, a half cup at a time.
  3. Pour the dough on to the floured surface, dust the top with another ½ cup flour and begin to knead. The dough is going to be very sticky. Knead it until all the flour on the surface is gone, then add another ½ cup, until you have used 2 cups.

    Your dough will still be sticky, but workable. Now take the diced butter and put it into the middle of the dough, and begin kneading again. Continue to add flour as you knead it, kneading until all the pieces of butter are gone.

  4. Form into a ball. Put the dough into a clean bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and up to 3 days. Roll out the dough to ½ inch thick. Then with a 2-inch ring mold, punch out the doughnuts. Do not cut holes in these, as they will be filled.

For the rhubarb cream:


  • 2 pounds rhubarb stalks, washed and rough-chopped
  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup frozen cranberries (*optional, for color only)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 sheets gelatin, bloomed in cold water
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Powdered sugar for tossing finished doughnuts


  1. Preheat your oven to 325 F.
  2. In a tall baking dish (such as a brownie or cake pan) place the rhubarb, vanilla bean, and ¼ sugar.
  3. Cover with aluminum foil and roast in for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes until the rhubarb is soft. Remove the vanilla bean and puree in a food processor until the rhubarb is smooth. Put aside.
  4. In a stainless steel pot, bring heavy cream and ½ cup sugar to a scald. Remove from the heat and add your bloomed gelatin, buttermilk and salt. Stir until the gelatin is melted. Add the rhubarb puree and strain. Let set in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and up to 3 days.


  1. Pre-heat the oil in a Dutch oven or large pot to 365 F.
  2. Gently place the doughnuts in, three to four at a time, cooking for 2 minutes on each side. Remove from the oil and place on paper towels. Let cool for 30 minutes.
  3. Poke holes in one side of each doughnut. Mix up the rhubarb cream, and place in a piping back. Pipe the cream into the doughnuts through the hole you made, then toss the doughnuts in powdered sugar.