Raspberry Jam Filled Donuts
Popular Sweet Snack
Donuts are a very popular sweet snack all over the world. As someone with a sweet tooth, I must admit that donuts are one of my favorite desserts of all time. Homemade donuts are probably my favorite treat to make because nothing compares to the smell of the freshly fried donuts. They are just divine. The other day, I got a request from my husband to make raspberry jam filled donuts because he loves the sweet and sour flavor of the jam.
Frying vs. Baking
Generally, there are two ways of making donuts. One method involves frying, and the other involves baking. I have used the baking method before, but I'm a little biased here because I love fried donuts more! I prefer the airy texture of fried donuts, whereas baked donuts can be a bit dense. Plus, it is so much fun to fry because I like seeing how they puff up from flat little pieces of dough into a perfectly round little donuts. I always get excited to fry donuts! By the way, I prefer using vegetable oil for frying.
Time-Consuming but Worth It
The dough itself is super simple to make—it is basically no different than making bread dough. I decided to make the dough using my hand from start to finish, but you can use a stand mixer, instead. If you have made a cake donut before, this traditional method is a bit time-consuming because you have to wait for the dough to rise, proof, and rest before frying. But, trust me; it might sound a little bit tedious, but you will be very happy with the result!
Raspberry Jam Filled Donut
Making raspberry jam filled donuts is very similar to making regular donuts. I always start with making the yeast mixture in a pitcher. First, it's important to make sure the yeast is good; if you use old yeast, it might not work for baking. Always use warm water or warm milk and add a tablespoon of sugar into the mixture. Usually, within 5 minutes, the mixture will begin to foam. For the filling, I used raspberry jam that I bought from the store, but if you have time to make your own, that would better.
Raspberry jam filled donuts are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee, or as an anytime snack during the day.
Now, let's look at the recipe.
Prep time: 1-2 and 1/2 hours (including resting and proofing time)
Total time: 1-3 hours
Serves: A dozen or more
For the yeast mixture:
- 1/2 cup lukewarm whole milk
- 1 teaspoon yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
For the dough:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 cup confectioners sugar for coating
For the filling:
- 1 cup raspberry jam
- Make the yeast mixture: In a pitcher, combine the warm milk with sugar and active dry yeast. Stir lightly, and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, or until it's foamy. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine the flour, butter, egg, salt, and sugar. Whisk the ingredients until they are combined.
- Add the yeast mixture into the flour mixture. Then, start combining the mixture using your hands.
- Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and continue kneading with your hands for another 10 minutes, or until it smooth. Add a tablespoon of flour if the dough is sticky on your hands.
- Transfer the dough into a greased bowl and cover with cling wrap. Let the dough rest for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
- Using a rolling pin, roll the dough to your preferred thickness. Shape the donuts using a donut cutter.
- Let it rest for 30 minutes before frying. Fry for about 3 minutes on each side or until it puffs and turns golden brown. Take the donuts out and place them on a paper towel to drain the excess oil.
- Using a drinking straw, pierce a small hole in the side of each doughnut.
- Place confectioners’ sugar and/or some cinnamon sugar, if desired, into a plate. Add donuts, a few at a time, and toss until coated evenly.
- Fill a piping bag or resealable plastic bag with the corner snipped off with jam. Squeeze a small bit of jam into each donut. (Go ahead and try one now, we know you can’t resist!)
- Enjoy the raspberry jam filled donuts while they are still warm with a cup of coffee or tea.
Photo Tutorial: Kneading, Shaping, Frying, Coating & FillingClick thumbnail to view full-size
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