Hooray! It’s National Doughnut Week! We’ve pulled together 8 of the most mouth-watering recipes we could find for a naughty treat. There are also some fairly healthy recipes in here too. Enjoy!

Doughnuts by BBC Food

Makes 12

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 150ml/5¼fl oz milk, warmed
  • 225g/8oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 50g/2oz butter, melted
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • 300ml/10½fl oz vegetable oil, for deep-frying
  • jam of your choice

Method

  1. Mix the yeast with half a teaspoon of the sugar and two tablespoons of the warm milk. Place in a warm place to rest for 15 minutes, or until frothy.
  2. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Stir in one tablespoon of the sugar.
  3. Make a well in the flour and pour in the yeast mix, the rest of the milk, the melted butter and the egg. Mix to make a dough and then knead, cover the bowl and leave to stand for 45 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  4. On a floured work surface, knead the dough for five minutes, then divide into 12 balls and place in a warm place for 30 minutes, or until they have doubled in size.
  5. Heat the oil in a deep pan until it reaches 190C/375F, or a cube of bread dropped in sizzles and turns golden in 30 seconds. (CAUTION: hot oil can be dangerous. Do not leave unattended.)
  6. Gently lower the dough balls one at a time into the hot oil, in batches of two or three, and fry for 3-5 minutes or until golden-brown, and then carefully turn over. Remove from the hot oil with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.
  7. Roll the hot doughnuts in the remaining sugar. Make a small slit in the doughnut with the tip of a knife, and fill with a teaspoon of jam. Serve.

Jam Doughnuts

Mini Jam Doughnuts by Nigella

Makes 25

Ingredients

  • 125 ml milk
  • 15 grams unsalted butter
  • 250 grams bread flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons easy-blend yeast
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 225 grams caster sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jam
  • vegetable oil for frying (at least two big bottles)

Method

  1. Warm the milk and butter together in a saucepan, taking it off the heat when the butter is melting. Put the flour, yeast, salt and 25g / 2 tablespoons of the sugar in a bowl. Beat the egg into the warmed milk and butter and pour this into your bowl of dry ingredients, mixing with a wooden spoon. Either using your hands, or the dough-hook of a freestanding mixer, knead the dough until it is smooth and silky. If you’re doing this by hand, it’ll probably take about 10 minutes, but it’s beautiful to do, the feeling so glorious as the dough comes alive under your hands.
  2. Pat the satiny dough into a round ball and put into a buttered bowl, cover in clingfilm and leave to rise somewhere warm; it should double in size, and this could take 1-2 hours.
  3. Punch the dough down, and knead again to make the dough smooth. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a 2cm / 1 inch thickness, and cut out circles with a 4cm / 1½ inch round cutter. You can re-roll the dough to make more circles.
  4. Make the dough circles into flatter rounds in your hands and then put an 1/8 teaspoon jam in the centre and fold in half, like a pasty or an agnolotto, pinching the edges before rolling it in your hands to turn it back into a round doughnut. Sit the doughnuts on a baking sheet as you make them, flattening them down slightly, so that you have stout little bulging discs in front of you.
  5. Meanwhile, heat the oil to 190°C / 375°F in a deep-fat fryer, and then cook the mini doughnuts roughly six at a time for about 5 minutes in total, flipping them over halfway through cooking so that they brown evenly on all sides. If you’re not using a deep-fat fryer but just a pan filled with hot oil, watch the oil doesn’t overheat, as it’ll make the little doughnuts darken too quickly.
  6. Put the remaining sugar into a shallow bowl and as the doughnuts come out of the fryer, dredge them in the sugar, rolling them around to get an even coating.

Spiced Doughnuts by Jamie Oliver

Makes 24

Ingredients

  • 140 ml milk, warmed
  • 1tbsp dried yeast
  • 475g strong plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2tsp mixed spice
  • 90g caster sugar
  • 90g butter, softened
  • 2 free-range eggs, beaten
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Vegetable oil, for frying and greasing

Baked Chocolate Doughnuts from Live Well Bake Often

Serves 8

Ingredients

  • Chocolate Donuts
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • â…› teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Chocolate Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk, or as needed

Method

To make the donuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a donut pan well with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the buttermilk, sugar, egg, butter, and vanilla until well combined.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Spoon the batter into the donut cavities making sure to only fill them about â…” – ¾ of the way full.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the donut comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes in the pan. Remove donuts from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To make the glaze

  1. In a separate bowl, mix together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, and milk. If the glaze is too thick, slowly add one tablespoon of milk at a time until it has reached your desired consistency.
  2. Dip the tops of the donuts into the glaze and transfer back to the wire rack to cool and allow the glaze to harden. Top with sprinkles if desired.

Yeast Free Cake Doughnuts from Yummy Tummy

Makes 12-15

Ingredients

  • All Purpose Flour / Maida – 2 cups
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Baking Powder – 2 tsp
  • Powdered Sugar – 1/2 cup ( I used icing sugar)
  • Milk – 1/2 cup
  • Egg – 1
  • Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp
  • Melted Butter – 1 tblspn
  • Oil for Deep frying

For Vanilla Glaze:

  • Icing Sugar / Confectioners Sugar – 1 cup
  • Milk – 2 tblspn or as needed
  • Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp

Method:

  1. Take flour, salt, baking powder in a bowl and mix well. Set aside.
  2. Take egg, sugar, milk, melted butter, vanilla in a bowl and whisk using a fork.
  3. Now add the flour in and mix well using the fork. Knead to a soft dough.
  4. Take the dough onto a rolling board and roll it out. Cut doughnut shape using doughnut cutter or a cup and a small bottle cap. Take the scraps and roll it again and repeat the same, do this till the entire batch of dough is used up.
  5. Heat oil for deep frying. Drop doughnuts in and fry till golden on both sides.
  6. Remove it to a plate and set aside.
  7. Make glaze by mixing all the ingredients to a little semi thick consistency. Dip doughnuts in and coat on both sides. Arrange it in a cooling rack so the glaze sets and harden.
  8. Remove it and serve.

Strawberry Frosted Donuts from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 Tbsp Chobani 0% Vanilla Greek Yogurt (or plain or strawberry)
  • 2 Tbsp milk (I used vanilla almond milk)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Strawberry Frosting

  • 3-4 strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp strawberry jam
  • 1 – 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • red sprinkles, optional
  1. For donuts: Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Spray donut pan (or muffin pan) with non-stick spray. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and baking powder. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, milk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter. Slowly mix wet ingredients into dry- just until fully combined. Do NOT overmix.
  2. Use a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip (or a Ziploc bag with a corner cut off) to pipe the batter into a 6-donut pan. Fill the donut cavities about 2/3 full.  Bake 8 to 11 minutes until donuts are set and golden brown. They will spring back when touched. Mine took exactly 10 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool slightly before removing from pan, about 5 minutes. Dip donuts into strawberry frosting 1-3 times, depending on how thick you’d like them frosted. Top with sprinkles.
  4. For frosting: Slice strawberries and puree with 1 Tbsp strawberry jam. Slowly stir in 1 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar, adding more until you reached the desired consistency and coloring.  I wanted thick frosting, so I added 2 cups. Donuts are best served immediately. Leftovers keep well covered tightly at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Ring Doughnuts from Tesco Real Food

Serves 12

Ingredients

  • 200g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • pinch fine salt
  • 15g caster sugar
  • 7g dried fast action yeast
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 100ml whole milk
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 medium free-range egg, beaten
  • sunflower or groundnut oil for deep-frying, plus extra for greasing the bowl
  • 50g caster sugar (to mix the cinnamon with)
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon

Method

  1. Sift the flour into a large bowl, add the salt, sugar and yeast and mix together. Place the butter, milk and vanilla extract together into a small pan and warm over a very gentle heat until the butter has melted and the milk is just warm but not boiling (you should be able to put your finger in it without burning it).
  2. Stir in the egg. Make a well in the middle of the dry mix and gradually add the milk mixture and stir with a wooden spoon to form a rough dough. Tip out onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes adding more flour as necessary or until the dough is not sticky and slightly springy to touch. Place back into a clean, lightly oiled bowl, cover with a piece of greased cling film and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 ½ hours or until doubled in volume.
  3. Punch down the dough with your fist, knead lightly then divide into 12 equal pieces. Roll them between your palms to form balls and then place on baking sheets well spaced apart. Cover with a piece of greased cling film and leave to rise again 45 minutes (check time) or until doubled in size. (This will make the doughnuts light and fluffy once cooked).
  4. Roll over the top of the doughnuts to make them approx. 3cm in height – otherwise they will be huge! – and then using a lightly oiled 4cm pastry cutter, stamp out the middle of each doughnut and set aside. You can use these to make mini jam doughnuts later.
  5. Pour the oil into a large saucepan to the depth of 10cm and heat to 180-190°C or when a small piece of dough dropped into it sizzles immediately and floats to the surface. Carefully lower 2 or 3 doughnuts at a time on a slotted spoon and fry for 30 seconds on each side or until golden brown.
  6. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper then roll in the cinnamon sugar to coat. Keep warm in a low oven. Repeat while you fry the rest of the doughnuts and then serve warm.

Ring Doughnuts

Strawberry Jam Doughnuts from Great British Chefs

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 tsp dried yeast
  • 225ml of milk, warm
  • 250g of caster sugar
  • 450g of strong bread flour, white
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 25g of butter, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1000ml of vegetable oil, for frying
  • 360g of strawberry jam, for filling

Method

  1. To activate the yeast, combine with slightly warm milk and 50g of the sugar and bring to 38°C (body temperature). Leave in a warm place until it begins to foam
  2. Mix the flour, salt, egg and vanilla in a food mixer with a dough hook attachment
  3. Once the yeast mixture has begun to foam, pour into the flour mix and continue to mix until a soft dough forms
  4. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes to strengthen the dough
  5. Place the dough in a large plastic container. Spread the thinly sliced butter over the top. Cover the container with a damp tea towel and leave somewhere warm to prove – until doubled in size
  6. Knock back the dough and ensure the butter is evenly mixed in
  7. Separate into doughnut-shaped balls, approximately 20g each, and knead again until smooth and round
  8. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Spread the uncooked doughnuts out on the tray, leaving plenty of room for them to prove. Cover loosely with greased cling film and leave somewhere warm to prove again
  9. Heat a deep fat fryer to 190°C. Once the balls have doubled in size, carefully place them, one by one, into the fryer
  10. Once the underside is golden brown, use a slotted spoon to gently turn over. Continue to fry until evenly coloured
  11. Remove the doughnuts from the oil, shake off any excess. Roll the doughnuts in caster sugar until evenly coated. Leave to cool on a wire rack
  12. Once cool, make an incision in the side of each doughnut and pipe in a small amount of strawberry jam and serve

 

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