Pillowy in the middle, crunchy sugar on the outside, absolutely stuffed full of jam – these easy doughnuts are miles better than anything you could buy
1. Tip the yeast into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the hook attachment, pour in the milk and mix gently. Crack in the eggs and mix again. Tip in the flour, sugar and ½tsp of fine sea salt, and mix for 5 minutes until combined. With the mixer running, add a small piece of butter, adding more once it has been incorporated. Repeat until all of the butter is used. Tip the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and leave to prove for 1-2 hours or until doubled in size.
2. Lightly knock back the dough, then tip out onto a lightly floured worksurface and divide into 12 pieces. Roll into tight balls and put onto baking-paper-lined trays dusted with flour, with a few centimetres gap between each. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to prove again until doubled in size.
3. Heat a deep, wide pan no more than a third full with oil to 180C or until a cube of bread browns in 30 seconds. In a large bowl, mix the ground cinnamon and 3 tbsp of caster sugar, and prepare a tray lined with kitchen paper. Cook the doughnuts, in batches, in the oil for 1-2 minutes on each side, flipping when they are deep golden, then carefully remove with a slotted spoon and drain on the kitchen paper. After 1-2 minutes, carefully toss lightly in the cinnamon-sugar mix, then cool completely on a wire rack.
4. Tip the jam into a bowl and beat well, then put into a piping bag with a nozzle. Make a small hole in the doughnut with a skewer, then push the nozzle into the middle of the doughnut and pipe a good amount of jam into each before serving. Kept in an airtight jar they will keep for one to two days.
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