Jam doughnut donut muffins, actually taste like the realish thing

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* A chain of Muffin shops have started selling these, make your own, you get more!

I just hate deep frying at home and really wanted something doughnut like, not the bread type baked ones (which I also love) but the jam filled and sugar laden variety. It has taken a few goes and tweaking of the final recipe that made me happy and here I am with something that is not a doughnut but tastes rather like one.

The recipe I based mine on was on the Australian site, Taste. This recipe calls for buttermilk, to me, if you don’t normally have it in the cupboard, don’t use it. Adding vinegar or lemon to room temperature milk makes a cheap alternative. If you have it, use it.

I made 12 smaller doughnuts, just the right size.

I have also filled with Nutella which worked well, Lemon curd may be the next filling.

Jam Donut Muffins, Muffinmum.com

  • Servings: 12
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2 cups self-raising flour (or 2 cups of plain flour, 3 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp baking soda)

2/3 cup caster sugar

pinch of salt

1/3 cup canola oil

1 large egg beaten

175ml buttermilk/ milk (if using milk, bring to room temperature – 45 odd seconds in microwave will do, add 3/4  tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice, leave to stand for 5 minutes and stir)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Jam/ Nutella for filling

100g unsalted butter, melted

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon and  3/4 cup sugar mixed

Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a 12 hole tin (or 6 if you want huge ones)

Sift the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt)

Add beaten egg, oil and vanilla extract to buttermilk/milk mix

Stir until just combined- mix should be dough like and fairly stiff

Put a dessert spoon into each hole (for 12), you will need about 1/3 of the mix left over

Put around 2/3 tsp of your decided filling in the centre of each

With the remaining mix, add a small amount of milk until the batter is thinner and drops off a spoon easier, this means it is less fussy to put on top of the filling.

Cover each hole with the runnier dough

Bake for 20 minutes, until light brown

Remove from tin and place on a rack

When you can handle them (I have chef hands) dip into the melted butter, getting it all over the outside

Then dip in the mix of white sugar and cinnamon

Two types of donut or doughnuts?

I am finding it hard but, I have decided to adopt the American spelling of the word donut.

I have also decided to blog two separate posts on one page. All these changes, I don’t know what is coming over me?

The first donut type thing was a flash of inspiration last night and a way to use my very cute new tin. As I have a tub of 5 minute bread dough in the fridge I thought I would see how close to baked donuts I could get without really doing much at all. My not much at all involved a bit of melting and some stirring. I wouldn’t call these classic donuts but more a cross between the American pretzel and a baked donut. They were good.
I melted about 15 grms of butter and mixed enough cinnamon and sugar to make me happy.  
Grabbed a handful of dough, kneaded into it-2 teaspoons of the sugar and cinnamon mix and the melted butter.
When it was mixed through I divided the dough into 6, kneaded each into a little ball, and then put my finger through the ball to make a hole.
I dipped each ball into the sugar cinnamon mix and put into the greased mini bundt tin.
I left them to rise for about an hour.
I stuck them in the oven on around 200c
When they appeared cooked I took them out of the oven and dipped them in the remaining sugar cinnamon mix.
I then ate 2.
The next recipe, a bit of a cop out here, the photo of the recipe. If you can’t read it let me know and I will type it up. We were not overly impressed with the results, a lot more bread than baked donut. More like a home-made iced bun from the UK. 
We were impressed with the laughter that went into making them. Miss Muffin had a friend to stay and they enjoyed making these, letting them rest, eating Wholly pizza and then coming home to bake and decorate. If you thought that only 8 year old boys have filthy minds, you were wrong. The completed donut woman in the picture is me, I have decided not to be insulted.