I made jam doughnuts! Finally! I’ve been wanting to make these for absolutely ages because I horrifically burnt them the last time I tried, but they did actually work today, with a stroke of luck. I think it’s because I’m back home for Christmas so have a working oven and a kitchen that does not resemble a bomb-site, as my university one does; it’s hard to get baking done during term time because of the kitchen situation and because I’m so busy, so I thought it would be nice to do some lengthy baking now that I’m here. I hope you try and make them for yourself, they were so ridiculously yummy (yes, I have had three this evening) – don’t worry if you make an arse of it the first time, dough is really tricky to get used to so just keep trying.
And don’t worry about not having a piping bag or anything, I just used a spoon to get the jam in, and I think they look better for being all messy and home-made!
500g of strong white flour
50g of caster sugar
40g of butter
130ml of water
- One jar of strawberry jam
- For the dough, place all ingredients (except the jam) into a large bowl holding back a quarter of the water.
- Stir with your hands until a dough is formed. Slowly add the remaining water and knead the dough in the bowl for four minutes.
- Tip dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead well for 10 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Place the dough into a clean bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave to rise for an hour.
- Tip the dough out onto a very lightly floured surface, and knock it back by kneading it a few times. Divide the dough into 10 equal portions and shape each portion into a ball. Place all balls onto a floured baking tray and allow to rise for an hour.
- Heat some oil in a deep pan to 180 degrees Celsius.
- Lower each doughnut into the fryer, cooking each side for about five minutes or until golden brown. Remove the doughnuts from the oil with a slotted spoon and immediately roll in caster sugar so that the hot fat makes the sugar stick to the sides.
- Set aside and leave to cool.
- When completely cool, using a small, sharp, knife make a cut into the side of the doughnut, reaching to the centre. Spoon some strawberry jam into a piping bag, or piping syringe. Pipe, or syringe, the jam generously inside.