Hot sugared doughnuts

Hot sugared doughnuts

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 15 mins

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Makes 20 small doughnuts

Sweet picnic-friendly treats that will be gobbled up in seconds by kids and adults alike

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per doughnut

  • kcal135
  • fat7g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre0g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.21g
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  • 250g plain flour
  • ½ x 7g sachet fast-action dried yeast
  • 50g golden caster sugar, plus 50g/2oz extra
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 150ml milk, warmed



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

  • 50g butter, melted, plus 50g/2oz vegetable or sunflower oil, for shaping



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 370g jar raspberry jam



    A member of the rose family, raspberries have a wonderfully intense, sweet taste, and many…


  1. Put the flour, yeast, sugar and 1⁄2 tsp salt into a large bowl, mix, then make a well in the middle. Beat the egg yolks, milk and melted butter together, tip into the well, then bring together with a cutlery knife. The dough will seem wet and rough. Leave to stand for 10 mins, after which it will have firmed a little.

  2. Oil the work surface and your hands, then tip out the dough and knead for about 5 mins until it looks smoother and feels springy. Keep oiling your hands if the dough sticks. Let it rise in an oiled, covered bowl in a warm place for about 2 hrs or until doubled in size.

  3. Give the dough another quick knead, then shape into walnut-size balls and place on baking sheets, well spaced. Cover again, then leave to rise for 30 mins-1 hr until risen and the dough no longer springs back when you prod it. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5.

  4. Bake for 12-15 mins until risen and dark golden. Can be frozen at this stage for up to 1 month. Defrost, then reheat for few mins in the oven. Melt 50g butter in a pan and put 50g sugar into a large bowl. Let the doughnuts cool for a few mins, then brush with butter and roll in sugar. Spoon a few tbsp jam into a piping bag with a 5mm nozzle. Poke a hole in each doughnut, then push in the nozzle and squeeze in a little jam. Best served warm.

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Emma Henwood's picture
Emma Henwood
18th May, 2020
Similar to everyone else the recipe was far too wet and not “doughy”. However we baked them like Yorkshire puddings - tiny bit of hot oil in a cupcake tray - and they tasted like doughnuts! They were a bit flat still but rose more than the batch I did following the recipe exactly.
4th Apr, 2016
Just made these for the second time and both times they rose really well, I used my mixer with a dough hook, I didn't knead them by hand at all, first time I filled them with Dulce de Leche which was delicious, this time I used jam which is equally as delicious. The coating of these doughnuts is quite a messy job but well worth the effort !!!!!!
24th Aug, 2014
My "doughnuts" turned out more like sweet bready type things but I don't know if that's because I couldn't knead it very well because my dough was super wet! Don't taste bad but tey are definitely NOT doughnuts!
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29th May, 2014
This is a great recipe to make on a rainy day. You can serve them hot or cold! Just lovely!
24th Oct, 2013
I tried this substituting gluten free plain flour and like everyone else found it to be extremely wet. Sifted in more flour and had to use loads of oil to stop it all sticking. They came out like thick biscuits, not balls at all but I did manage to form a ring which held together. Will hopefully use it for tying onto string at Halloween. Make sure your balls are no bigger than walnuts perhaps might help. Consistency in the middle is a bit like a dough nut.
26th Sep, 2012
wow fab recipe made them today and they're all gone :) did read others comments first so made a few changes; only used one egg yolk did the kneading proccess with flour then just a slight rub of oil over the doughnuts before I left them to prove. Will make again tomorrow as they were that nice, and so much healthier than normal ones.
17th Apr, 2012
I really enjoyed these. When I took them out of the oven they looked a bit like bread rolls, but after sugaring them and filling with jam, they were much more like doughnuts. Will definitely make these again.
14th Feb, 2012
I've just tried a very similar recipe to this from the new edition of olive (march 2012) and I can honestly say the are well worth the effort. I didn't use oil when kneading and yes it was sticky but bearable. My problem was putting jam inside them, my piping bag got clogged with pieces of fruit and exploded!!! My kitchen now looks like a scene from psycho!!
2nd Nov, 2010
Mine didn't rise much, and they didn't look like doughnuts at all - quite flat really! Perhaps not enough yeast but even so, I won't be making these again. Too messy for the effort too.
30th Sep, 2010
I've got to be honest... these look like doughnuts, but I'm afraid they just taste like sweet bread. I think frying them would give them the real crispy taste that I was looking for, baking just doesn't work (healthier though it is!).


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