All doughnuts lovers, we bet you'll fall for these wonderfully violet ube donuts. And the good news is you won't need any nasty artificial colourants, just glorious purple yams or ube butter. They're soft and pillowy, not to mention incredibly tasty!
But first, what's ube exactly? Ube is a type of yam with a vibrant violet flesh, and thus also known as purple yam. This root vegetable is extremely common in the Philippines, where it's used to prepare ube halaya (purple yam spread) and many desserts, like cakes, ice cream, and pastries.
Starchy, colourful, and lightly sweet, ube is the perfect add-on to many sweet bakes and treats. So, after making ube butter spread from scratch, we thought, why not use it to make some stylish purple donuts? And oh my, they came out just too cute!
We started from the traditional yeasted donut recipe and swapped dairy butter with homemade ube spread. It's super easy to make — you'll just need fresh purple yams and coconut oil. But if you can't find yams or don't have time for the ube butter, don't worry! You can use ready-made ube spread, which you should be able to find online.
Our purple yam doughnuts are also 100% dairy-free and vegan because we didn't use eggs and cow's milk. And for a healthier spin, we even baked them in the oven instead of frying them. Still, if you prefer your doughnuts the classic way, we'll tell you how to fry them in the steps below.
No doughnut is complete without a glossy glaze! So, we coated ours with a cute purple icing made with ube butter and icing sugar. By the way, you can also use powdered, zero-sugar erythritol instead of sugar so that you can enjoy one of these beauties without worries.