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Jam Doughnuts

Introduction & method

Who doesn't love a doughnut (apart from doctors, dentists, nutritionists)? These doughnuts are filled with jam and, well, too sweet for me! But fun to make nevertheless.

Jam Doughnuts Recipe

Make the Dough

Your butter needs to be cool enought to cut into small chunks. Put the flour into a bowl (if you are using a stand mixer for the kneading, use the mixer bowl), add the chunks of butter and rub them into the flour. You should end up with a mixture that looks like fine breadcrumbs. Now stir in the yeast and 1 tbsp of the sugar. Heat the milk for 30 seconds in a microwave, beat in the egg, and stir the liquid into the flour. Now use your stand mixer's dough hook on low speed to mix/knead the dough. After a few minutes it will become smooth and silky. If you are kneading by hand, tip some flour out onto your worktop and knead for about 10 minutes. Place the ball of dough into a lightly-oiled bowl, cover with plastic film, and leave in a warm place to rise until it is doubled in volume, about 1-2 hours.

Knock Back, Form Balls

Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper or a silicone mat. Tip your ball of dough out onto the floured worktop, knock the air out of it, and divide into 12 equal-sized pieces. Roll the pieces of dough into balls and place them on the baking sheet. Cover with a clean tea towel, and leave in a warm place to double in size.

Fry the Doughnuts

Heat 50-75mm (2-3 inches) of oil in a deep pan to 180°C (356°F). Place the dough balls in, 2 or 3 at a time and fry them for 30 seconds each side. Remove and drain on kitchen paper. While still warm, roll the donuts in the remaining sugar.

Fill the Doughnuts

This is where it gets tricky. The idea is to get a generous blob of jam in the middle of each doughnut. I use a food injector/syringe, so the jam needs to be pretty smooth and not have any annoying lumps of actual fruit in it. The best way to do this is buy the cheapest jam you can find. If it still has lumps in it, mash/strain until they're gone. It helps with the flow if you microwave the jam for 30 seconds. Fill your syringe, grab a donut and plunge the injector in down towards the bottom. Squeeze the syringe and pull it out as you do so. Be careful not to try to overfill the doughnut - it can easily burst and there'll be jam everywhere.

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Ingredients & Info

 200 grams strong white bread flour
 50 grams unsalted butter, cold
 1 tsp active dried yeast
 1 tbsp caster (powdered) sugar
 1 egg
 100 ml milk
 3 tbsp caster (powdered) sugar
 100 grams bitless strawberry jam


Oil for frying.

US Customary/Imperial

Makes 12 
Prep time: 20 minutes.
Proving time: 2 hours.
Cooking time: 5 minutes.
Total time: 2 hours 25 minutes.