Jam doughnuts

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This is the ultimate in family favourites, everyone loves a jam doughnut and if they don’t, why not fill them with chocolate spread instead! The steps below walk you through making the dough and filling with shop bought jam. If you're feeling adventurous and have the time, we have a Strawberry Jam recipe which is ready in under half an hour. Our jam doughnuts are made in the traditional way by deep frying. If you have a deep fat fryer it might be easier to use that rather than a saucepan and vegetable oil. Either way, please be careful when frying these doughnuts, the oil will be hot! For some helpful tips on making the dough and frying, watch our classic jam doughnut video below.


  1. Place all the dough into a large bowl, mix and then knead for 10 minutes (or knead for 5 minutes in a machine with a dough hook attached).

  2. Cut the dough into 8 and shape into balls. Leave to prove until double in size on a greased tray.

  3. Heat the oil in a pan to a medium heat (140°C) and deep fry the donuts until golden brown, drain and toss in sugar.

  4. When cool, place the jam in a piping bag. Make a small hole in the side of each doughnut, fill with jam then coat in caster sugar and serve.

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  1. 5 star rating

    Have to totally disagree with the last two comments, you’s can’t know your way around a kitchen if you can’t make these, have never baked bread or made doughnuts in my life & am now a complete wizz, it Is through using the recipes on this website & you don’t necessarily have to use Allinson make of flour, have used shop brand bread flour as well but each time these doughnuts come out luuuuvvveeelly!! Are a real hit with everyone to the point where I’m making batches of doughnuts for the kids & hubby to take into work!! Talk about how to get the jam in the doughnut, have had a lot of fun only downside is everyone’s put on a few pounds in weight ☺️

  2. 5 star rating

    I don’t leave many reviews but I and my family love these donuts. When I make them I always prove twice once in a bowl for about an hour and the second roll into about 8 balls putting each one onto a square of grease proof paper to prove again, when ready to fry just pick up the paper without touching the dough and pop it carefully into the fryer (remember it’s hot!) and take the paper out with tongs and there you have it perfectly round donuts.

  3. 1 star rating

    I agree with the last review. This dough is so wet u can't do anything with it! I'm quite a good baker and have used other recipe's for donuts in the past that have been fine. I wouldn't use this one again

  4. 1 star rating

    I’m not really the kind of person to leave a bad review. It’s either a good review or none at all however I feel this needs to be said.

    I tried the recipe twice, once in a stand mixer and once by hand. Admittedly my mixer wasn’t the best however it shouldn’t have blown the motor out. After a melt down, clean up etc I was ready to try again. So I did, by hand and like the lady a few reviews above I ended up with a sticky mess all over the worn tops even using some flour to dust the work tops as she was informed by an admin. Cleaning took a good while and a few lost tea towels.

    So I called my friend, walked round there with the ingredients and we called in the big guns, her precision scales and a Kitchenaid mixer. Nope, still no donuts and 2 unhappy people and another clean up.

    So I tried another recipe instead, chocolate cupcakes! Can’t go wrong right? Wrong. So I surfed few a recipes on this blog. They all require the same brand ingredient depending on the ingredient.

    I know my way around a kitchen, I’d consider myself an intermediate baker. My friend with the kitchen aid a professional. This blog is nothing but brand promotion and the recipes are less than desirable.

  5. 5 star rating

    Great recipe, my family love me baking these! However I do add more flour every time to make it easier to handle as the dough is too wet. Thanks for this recipe !!

  6. 4 star rating

    The salt wasn't mentioned in the video, do i add it to the dry ingredients?
    Hi there, yes you should add the salt with the dry ingredients at instruction step 1. Sorry for any confusion. Happy baking :)

  7. 1 star rating

    Once mine had doubled in size, they shrivelled as I picked them up and didnt stay round at all. They were a mess. I wondered if you should proof a second time?

  8. 1 star rating

    Didn't work for me, I followed the recipe and the video but all I got was a very sticky dough that stuck to my hands and work surface. I had to knead it vertically to avoid losing more dough to the work surface. After 10 minutes kneading there was no way I could divide it equally and even less possible to roll it into balls. My first bake that ended up in the bin.

    I notice the yeast amount is expressed differently in the video from the recipe but I can't believe that that made the difference. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    Sorry to hear that your doughnuts were not a success. The sweet dough is a very wet dough and is quite hard to handle. I had a look at the video and can see that it is not the easiest dough to knead!
    It would be easier putting this type of dough onto a dough hook on a machine to let the machine do the work. If this is not an option I would lightly flour the surface and your hands to make the dough easier to knead and handle. I would also make sure that if you are kneading by hand that you make sure you knead for at least 10 minutes as the more you knead the dough the dough will become more smooth and less wet.
    Hope this helps and your next set of doughnuts are a success.
    Happy Baking!

  9. 5 star rating

    So easy to understand

  10. 5 star rating

    fantastic recipe made tons of them now

  11. 5 star rating

    Such a quick and easy recipe and the doughnuts taste so much better than bought ones!

  12. 5 star rating

    Yum 😋

  13. 5 star rating

    Amazing 😉

  14. 5 star rating

    Have made these a lot so quick easy and 😋 delicious

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