A day in December Max and I will always remember is donut day. With Hanukkah on the minds of my friends who celebrate. Max and I thought jelly doughnuts would be great addition to our recipe post. I have to say this was one of the best times I have ever had making doughnuts. I went with a no yeast recipe because yeast doughnuts can be a little difficult for the inexperienced chef and tend to be time consuming. Time is of the essence.
It all came down to the jelly in the end. The doughnuts are very crispy with a super soft inside that almost resembles the flavor of a funnel cake. As Max and I walked thru our local grocery store we must have looked at 10 different jams and jellies. An hour later we figure out that wild blueberry and wild berry jam mixed together would be the bee’s knees! Trust and believe!
Max and I had so much fun that we made up songs, there was dancing, lots of funny moments and
dreidels of course. I really felt as if we had invoked the spirit of the holiday. Friends stopped over to say happy Hanukkah, have a doughnuts and we would say “you gotta try that jam with it”. Seriously the jam pulled together the whole dish. Another vital ingredient that I think made a difference was the duck egg. It made a rich doughnut that left your mouth craving more. When in doubt always go with the duck egg.
After all of the fun and games I came down off my sugar rush of doughnuts with jelly. I realized the most important lesson of the holidays was friendship…and
DOUGHNUTS! These things were so easy. Try different jellies or chocolate sauce even. Make them for birthdays, brunches, BBQ’s or any event. These golden, heavenly eating and down right delicious balls of fried cake will shine in any event. Follow the recipe below and you’re sure to impress your friends and families anytime of the year. Happy Holidays everyone!!!
Go Nuts for Doughnuts
- 1 Cup Milk
- 1 Duck or Chicken Egg
- 1/4 Cup melted butter
- 2 Cups Flour
- 1/4 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ Teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ Cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Baking Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 5 Cups Peanut Oil
- 2 Cups of Wild Berry Jam (We Recommend Blending Different Jams Together)
- Heavy bottom pot
- Slotted spoon
- 2 Mixing bowls
- Frying/candy thermometer
- Mix your flour, salt, baking powder and sugar in a bowl.
- In another bowl mix egg, milk, and vanilla. Whisk the milk and egg and vanilla mixture until they are well incorporated.
- Make a well in the flour bowl and add the milk and egg mixture. Slowly with your wooden spoon combine the two mixing bowls until a dough forms DO NOT OVERMIX!
- Add your melted butter and mix until the a sticky dough forms and there are no longer traces of butter.
- Preheat your peanut to 350 degrees.
- Using a spoon carefully drop tablespoon amounts of batter into the oil and fry for 3 mins on each side. DO this in batches of 5 doughnuts at a time.
We plate this dish covered in powdered sugar and with a big bowl of mixed wild berry jam! It is so good. We must have ate 10 of these bad boys cover in the delicious jam. The batter also holds up for a day or two in the fridge so feel free to make the batter ahead of time so you are prepared for the holiday parties. Enjoy!!!
Go Nuts for Doughnuts
Frank will make you these donuts by the dozen. For more information and to order email Frank directly. Frank@HeavenlyEating.com