Everybody loves a snack of a drink with a donut. Having homemade donuts is even better. Being able to add the filling of your choice makes them ideal. Filling them with jam, custard, lemon curd and chocolate to name but a few.
- Using the bowl of a food blender, add the milk and the yeast together and slowly mix.
- Crack in the 2 free range eggs into the bowl and mix again.
- Carefully pour the flour, sugar and ½tsp of fine sea salt into the bowl and thoroughly mix for about 5 minutes until fully combined.
- Whilst the food mixer in still running add a little of the butter and leave to be mixed.
- Keep doing this until all of the butter has been incorporated.
- In a clean large non metallic bowl, oil the sides with the flavour free oil (rapeseed etc.)
- Pour the dough mixture into the oiled bowl and cover with a clean tea towel/cloth. Put to one side in a warm area and allow to prove for ideally 2 hours. It should double in size.
- Lightly flour your worksurface so the dough doesn't stick.
- Transfer the dough onto the floured surface and divide into 12 portions. Roll each one into a tight ball and place onto a lightly dusted tray. Leave space between each one as they will grow.
- When all have been rolled, cover with a cloth and allow to prove again until doubled in size.
- In a wide deep sided pan add about a third deep of oil and heat to 180C. Alternatively you can use a deep fat fryer but I would recommended using fresh oil.
- Place a few pieces of kitchen paper on a large plate to help drain any excess oil.
- In a separate bowl combine the cinnamon and caster sugar and mix together.
- Cook the doughnuts, in batches using either the deep pan or dee fat fryer. Cook for 1-2 minutes each side. Flip when it has a lovely golden colour.
- Carefully remove the donuts with a slotted spoon and place on the kitchen paper to drain.
- When slightly cooled but still warm, roll the donuts in the cinnamon and sugar mixture and place on a wire rack to finish cooling.
- Finally pour the seedless jam into a bowl and whisk to thin it out. When thin, pour into a piping bag with a a fine nozzle.
- Use a skewer or ice pick to make a small hole in the donut but dont go all the way through.
- Gently push the nozzle into the hole and pipe some jam in. This will be trial and error but as to how much to enjoy.