Baked mincemeat doughnuts

Baked mincemeat doughnuts

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Prep: 2 hrs, 15 mins Cook: 12 mins

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Makes 12
Get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy the pure pleasure of baking these mincemeat filled doughnuts

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal149
  • fat3g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs30g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.06g
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  • 200g strong white bread flour
  • 1 rounded tbsp caster sugar
  • 25g butter, cut into small pieces



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 x 7g sachet easy-blend dried yeast



    Yeast is a living, single-cell organism. As the yeast grows, it converts its food (in the form…

  • 5 tbsp milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 1 egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 4 tbsp mincemeat

To coat

  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • 85g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…


  1. Tip the flour, sugar and a good pinch of salt into a large bowl. Add the butter and rub into the flour with your fingertips. Stir in the yeast.

  2. Warm the milk to hand hot. Make a well in the centre of the flour and add the milk and egg. Mix everything together to make a soft dough. Tip onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 mins until the dough is smooth, elastic and no longer sticky. Put the dough back in the bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave to rise for about 1 hr or until doubled in size.

  3. Knead the dough again briefly, then divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll out each piece to a 9cm round and put 1 tsp mincemeat in the centre. Gather up the edges of the dough to enclose the filling, pinching it well to seal. Shape into a ball between your hands and put on a baking sheet lined with baking paper, sealed side down, allowing space for the dough to rise. Cover with a tea towel and leave for about 30 mins. Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5.

  4. Bake the doughnuts for 10-12 mins until risen and golden. Mix the icing sugar with 2 tbsp cold water in a shallow bowl. Mix the caster sugar and cinnamon in another bowl. Roll each doughnut first in the sugar syrup, then into the caster sugar to coat all over. Leave to cool.

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Comments (16)

rebeccamottershead's picture

These were very tasty, but really didn't resemble a doughnut. They were more like Cornish Splits - which are a sweet bread usually served with cream and jam and/or strawberries. I will certainly make them again, but won't bother with cooking them with the jam inside, I will cut them afterwards and fill with jam and cream, which will taste just as good and far less fiddly.

satans_lil_sister's picture

I found them a bit fiddly and also prone to leakage. Tasted great though!

sameb73's picture

made these for the girls at work, tasty treat indeed!

ajctracey's picture

I made this with 200g Doves Gluten Free white bread flour, and a little extra milk. It worked a treat and my non-coeliac friends voted with their tastebuds and finished the lot.
Moderators, please put this recipe in the gluten-free section as it is a rare occasion when a bread-like recipe actually converts so easily!

scompeti's picture

These were superb and not difficult.

annies1's picture

Made a vegan version to take to a brunch. Half were jam and half were made using the Sandham Family Mincemeat recipe. Went down a treat. Instead of the egg used 1.5 heaped teaspoons of 'No Egg' mixed with 2 tablespoons of soya milk. Used soya milk and marg instead of the milk and butter. Made 12.

dawncopland's picture

Made with jam and tasted great. Brushed edges with a little water before sealing which helped them stick a bit better. Made 12, but will probably do 10 slightly bigger ones next time.

lib502's picture

These were lovely and really easy to make. I will definitely make them again but I will make them smaller (more bite size) and rather than roll them in the sugar - which got clumpy with the glaze after a while - I will use a sieve to dust the tops. Looking forward to trying this recipe with other fillings.

margaretpocock's picture

Made these today. They are delicious.I will try freezing them and see what happens when defrosted. I used rice milk and dairy free marg.(husband avoids both milk and butter) and the results are still great. I managed 12 easily and will definately be making them again with but with different fillings.

caz505bgf's picture

I've made these a few times, always with brilliant results. I've always managed 12 doughnuts out of the dough, they are small but a good few bites of yumminess and not too much damage on the caloireometer-bonus! I've tried them with mincemeat and with a couple of different types of jam and they always go down a storm. Agree with Nicola on them being a bit messy to secure all the filling inside but always well worth the effort (and the sticky fingers!)

lindajoan's picture

easy to cook &tastes wonderful

tranquilmmts's picture

Made these last night. Made half with Jam and half mincemeat. Turned out lovely. Will also try lemon curd next time. Yum

lostkat's picture

I made these using Nigella's Cranberry Studded Mincemeat and they were beautiful. Managed to get 12 out of the dough. They don't look very big, but are a perfect size once risen & baked. The sugar glaze & sugar/cinnamon coating gives a really lovely finish. Definitely making again!!

loon1471's picture

Can these be frozen? If so, do they defrost okay?

It looks like it's got the freezer icon at the top of the recipe, or at least that's what it looks like to me!

imicola's picture

They were quite easy to make, other than trying to get it all sealed up with the mincmeat inside...predictably mine oozed a bit in the oven! They were very tasty, and a big hit with my friends, but I think they really need to be eaten very fresh as they went a bit sticky and damp after a day or so. if i make them again, I'll probably try to brush on the sugar syrup then sprinkle the dry sugar over them to avoid them getting so damp over time. But I will definitely make them again (and with jam after Christmas!).

artyray's picture

Absolutely delicious. A fresh, soft doughnut is an absolute delight and these don't disappoint. In fact they are even better because you don't need to feel guilty about eating them since there is only 25g of fat in the whole recipe. I made these last week and they were a great success and were all gone within minutes... always the benchmark of success or failure in our household. Because they were so popular I then made a second batch using a good strawberry jam instead of the mincemeat and if anything they were even better. Both times I could only manage 8 doughnuts out of the mixture, but I didn't want to make them too tiny. These will definitely be made again.. and again... and again!

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