Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Mini jam doughnuts

Winter = Cooking! Crikey, that is what it really feels like at the moment. I have this overwhelming desire to cook a myriad of things right now and I blame the cold weather!!!! Today's offering started off from that misery one experiences when it is cold, raining and dark outside, where the only solace to be found is in the pages of a cookbook. This time is was Feast: Food that celebrates life and these little darlings jumped out and said MAKE ME, so I obeyed! I have always wanted to try making my own doughnuts and it seemed like something fun to do with the kids, that of course I knew would be great to scoff afterwards! Hell, we all needed the distraction!
I let the bread machine do the kneading (as I usually do- but the kids always enjoy the measuring part!) and actually found that this needed extra flour- but it could just have been all the moisture in the air (it feels like it has rained for months now!). We then shaped these, and fried them in the oil before dredging them in cinnamon and sugar. They were lovely and went down a treat!
They are really quite simple to make and the yeasty hit that you get when you bite into them is well worth the effort! I didn't bother with putting the jam in, doing that with kids would have totally ruined the experience, so we served jam on the side. I reckon though that it might be worth having a go at 'syringing' the jam in afterwards, that I think the kids would definitely enjoy!

Mini Jam Doughnuts (From Nigella’s Feast)

125ml milk
15g unsalted butter
250g bread flour
1/2 packet (1 1/2 teaspoons) easy blend or instant yeast
1/4 teaspoon salt

225g caster sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons strawberry jam
vegetable oil for deep-frying

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 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 it with a wooden spoon.

Either using your hands, or a dough-hook of a freestanding mixer, knead the dough until it is smooth and silky (don't worry, it will get to that stage eventually), if you're doing this by hand (which is a better option), it'll probably take about 10 minutes.

Pat the dough into a round ball and put into a buttered bowl, covered in clingfilm and leave to rise somewhere warm, it should double in size and this could take 1-2 hours.
When it gets to that stage, punch the dough down and kneed again to make the dough smooth. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to a 2cm thickness and cut out circles with a 4cm round cutter. You can re-roll the dough to make more circles.

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 and carefully roll it back into a a round ball shape. Sit the doughnuts on a baking sheet as you make the rest.

If you decided not to use any sort of filling, just shaped the dough into small sized balls and place them on a baking sheet.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a deep fat fryer or a wok 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. Make sure to use a lower heat setting and watch the oil so that it doesn't overheat, this is important as it'll make the little doughnuts darken to quickly.
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 and even coating


Nickki said...

They look so delicious! There's just something about the cold weather that makes me want to cook up a storm too. I have wanted to try these donuts for a long time now. I'm just frightened I'd eat far too many and make myself ill ;)

Coby said...

I seriously AM willing to burn my tongue, lips and chin on these!!!

Anonymous said...

These look wonderful! I love making doughnuts and I'll have to try a jam-filled version soon!

Beth (jamandcream) said...

Ive just found your site. I see you like Rick Stein. Im lucky enough to live in Cornall, only 30 miles from Padstow where his restaurant is!! Its definitly worth a visit!! Loving the doughnuts - never tried making them before

Rosie said...

Oh YES homemade Jam Doughnuts such joy!! They look wonderful Linda :)

Rosie x

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Linda they look great,I have looked at this recipe many times but I'm a little frightened of it. I agree though,a great way to spend a cold afternoon with the children.

Deb said...

Donuts are such comfort food. Yum! And homemade are sooo much nicer than bought ones.

Thinking About Food said...

Nice to see you here Beth, I seriously envy you for being down the road from Ricks! One day we will get there!

Rhyleysgranny said...

Oh these look so tempting. I have never made dough nuts but I do love them. All warm and sugary. Oh where is that little drool emoticon when you want him:)