- 500g strong white bread flour
- 60g golden caster sugar
- 15g fresh yeast, crumbled
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- 4 eggs
- ½ lemon, zested
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- 2 tsp fine sea salt
- 125g softened unsalted butter
- about 2 litres sunflower oil, for deep-frying
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- caster sugar, for tossing
- 300g jam for filling
Put 150g water and all the dough ingredients, apart from the butter, into the bowl of a mixer with a beater paddle. Mix on a medium speed for 8 mins or until the dough starts coming away from the sides and forms a ball. Turn off the mixer and let the dough rest for 1 min.
Start the mixer up again on a medium speed and slowly add the butter to the dough – about 25g at a time. Once it's all incorporated, mix on high speed for 5 mins until the dough is glossy, smooth and very elastic when pulled.
Cover the bowl with cling film or a clean tea towel and leave to prove until it's doubled in size. Knock back the dough in the bowl briefly, then re-cover and put in the fridge to chill overnight.
The next day, take the dough out of the fridge and cut it into 50g pieces (you should get about 20).
Roll the dough pieces into smooth, tight buns and place them on a floured baking tray, leaving plenty of room between them, as you don’t want them to stick together while they prove.
Cover loosely with cling film and leave for 4 hrs or until doubled in size. Fill your deep-fat fryer or heavy-based saucepan halfway with oil. Heat the oil to 180C. Read our guide on how to deep-fry safely for more essential information.
When the oil is heated, carefully slide the doughnuts from the tray using a floured pastry scraper. Taking care not to deflate them, put them into the oil. Do 2-3 per batch, depending on the size of your fryer or pan.
Fry for 2 mins each side until golden brown – they puff up and float, so you may need to gently push them down after about 1 min to help them colour evenly.
Remove the doughnuts from the fryer and place them on kitchen paper.
Toss the doughnuts in a bowl of caster sugar while still warm. Repeat the steps until all the doughnuts are fried, but keep checking the oil temperature is correct – if it's too high, they will burn and be raw in the middle; if it's too low, the oil will be absorbed into the doughnuts and they will become greasy. Set aside to cool before filling.
To fill the doughnuts, make a hole with a small knife in the crease of each one, anywhere around the white line between the fried top and bottom.
Fill a piping bag with jam and pipe into the doughnut until nicely swollen – about 1 tbsp per doughnut. After filling, the doughnuts are best eaten straight away, but will keep in an airtight tin.
Accurate measuringAlways weigh the water – it’s a lot more accurate than using a measuring jug.
Deep-fryingA deep-fat fryer is a lot safer than a pan of hot oil, but please be careful either way! If you don’t have a deep-fat fryer (which will have an integral thermometer), you will need a good digital thermometer to check the oil temperature. Check our guide on how to deep fry safely.