Oct 24, 2016

Classic Jelly-Filled Yeast Doughnuts

Prep Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
I love doughnuts that are sweet without being sickly sweet, and this recipe uses less sugar for the dough since it will later be rolled in sugar and filled with jam.

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My current favorite doughnuts in Los Angeles are from Sidecar, as I frequent their location in Santa Monica almost weekly. It’s more of a fancy doughnut place, not your usual “hole-in-the-wall” shop. You may have to pay up to $4 a doughnut but they are worth the price for all the delicious flavors — and they are usually served still warm.

My boyfriend Aaron and I try to eat fairly healthy (at least for breakfast) during the week. Then on the weekends, we treat ourselves. Sunday is usually our day for doughnuts and I realized that it was something I really looked forward to when I woke up one morning, blinked my eyes awake and smiled, thinking “oh hell yeah, it’s doughnut day”. That was when I knew I had better cut back – at least slightly.

Classic Jelly-Filled Yeast Doughnuts

About These Doughnuts

I love doughnuts that are sweet without being sickly sweet, and this recipe uses less sugar for the dough since it will later be rolled in sugar and filled with jam. The doughnuts pictured have been filled with a combination of strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and grape jam as well as lemon curd.

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Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Yeast – Active dry yeast leavens the dough to create a tangy, airy doughnut. Active dry yeast is activated in the warmed milk until it blooms.
  • Milk – When cooking I always use whole milk. The name doesn’t refer to its fat content – it refers to the fact that it’s the way it comes from the cow before processing. It has much more flavor than reduced fat varieties.
  • All-purpose flour – I buy unbleached all-purpose flour for this recipe. While bleached provides a softer powdery flour, unbleached gives more structure to baked goods. It sits moderately on the protein scale. It can be used in most recipes.

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How to Make Jelly-Filled Yeasted Doughnuts

  1. Warm the milk. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, heat the milk until warm, about 90ºF (too hot and it will kill the yeast).
  2. Bloom the yeast. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, stir together the yeast and milk and let sit until the mixture is foamy, about 10 minutes.
  3. Make the dough. Add the eggs, butter, ¼ cup of the sugar and salt into the yeast mixture and beat until well combined. Slowly add the flour until completely combined and the dough pulls away from the sides of the mixer. If needed add additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time.
  4. Let the dough rise. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Grease a large bowl with vegetable oil cooking spray then add the dough and cover. Let rise in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  5. Cut the doughnuts. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out to a ½” thick rectangle. Cut out doughnuts using a 3″ circle cookie-cutter (or use a drinking glass). You may have to knead and roll out the dough again.
  6. Let rise again. Put the doughnuts on a floured baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Let the doughnuts rise in a warm place.
  7. Heat oil for frying. Add enough vegetable oil to a heavy-bottomed saucepan or deep-fryer so that it is at least 2″ deep. Heat the oil to 375ºF. Line cooling racks with paper towels for draining.
  8. Fry the doughnuts. Working with a few doughnuts at a time, add the dough to the oil and fry until golden brown on both sides.
  9. Toss the doughnuts in sugar. Remove and drain on the cooling rack. Add the remaining granulated sugar to a medium shallow bowl. Roll the doughnuts in the sugar then return to the cooling rack. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  10. Fill the doughnuts. Fill the pastry bag fitted with small circle tip with jam of choice. Working one doughnut at a time, use a chopstick to poke a hole in the side of the doughnut and gently move it side to side, being careful not to widen the hole. Insert the tip into the side of the doughnut and jam in the side.
  11. Serve. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Doughnut Filling Ideas

  • Strawberry jam
  • Strawberry rhubarb jam
  • Raspberry jam
  • Blackberry jam
  • Lemon curd
  • Passionfruit curd
  • Raspberry habanero jam from my cookbook Share + Savor (pg. 15)
  • Coconut cream
  • Vanilla cream
  • Chocolate cream
  • Fig jam
  • Apple butter

Make your favorite jelly doughnuts at home. Sweet yeast doughnut dough fried and filled with your favorite jelly and jams.

Classic Jelly-Filled Doughnuts

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Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Serves 1 dozen

Equipment:

  • Chopsticks
  • Pastry bag with circle tip, for filling

Ingredients:

  • cups whole milk
  • teaspoons one package active dry yeast
  • 2 eggs
  • 8 tablespoons (½ cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for rolling out dough
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray, as needed
  • Vegetable oil, as needed, for frying
  • 2 cups seedless jam of choice, for filling

Instructions:

  • In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, heat the milk until warm, about 90ºF (32.2ºC) – too hot and it will kill the yeast.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, stir together the yeast and milk and let sit until the mixture is foamy, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the eggs, butter, ¼ cup of the sugar and salt into the yeast mixture and beat until well combined. Slowly add the flour until completely combined and the dough pulls away from the sides of the mixer. If needed add additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Grease a large bowl with vegetable oil cooking spray then add the dough and cover. Let rise in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out to a ½-inch thick rectangle. Cut out doughnuts using a 3-inch circle cookie-cutter (or use a drinking glass). You may have to knead and roll out the dough again.
  • Put the doughnuts on a floured baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until the doughnuts are slightly puffed up, about 45 minutes.
  • Add enough vegetable oil to a heavy-bottomed saucepan or deep-fryer so that it is at least 2-inches deep. Heat the oil to 375ºF (190ºC). Line cooling racks with paper towels for draining.
  • Working with a few doughnuts at a time, add the dough to the oil and fry until golden brown on both sides, about 1 minute each side.
  • Remove and drain on the cooling rack. Add the remaining granulated sugar to a medium shallow bowl. Roll the doughnuts in the sugar then return to the cooling rack. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Fill the pastry bag fitted with small circle tip with jam of choice. Working one doughnut at a time, use a chopstick to poke a hole in the side of the doughnut and gently move it side to side, being careful not to widen the hole.
  • Insert the tip about ½-inch deep into the side of the doughnut and pipe about 2 tablespoons of jam in the side.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

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    • Yes, that’s correct! Sorry, when I reformatted the site, some of the parentheses got removed! I fixed it on the instructions. Thanks Anna!

  1. I made these donuts over the winter one day that I was bored, and OMG they were amazing. I am getting ready to make a triple batch tonight to bring to my nephews house warming party, I chose these because my brother in law still talks about these donuts every time I see him! It’s a real winner !