Mr. Food : Homemade Jelly Donut Holes

 

You’ve got to try our Homemade Jelly Donut Holes for a fun, and sometimes messy, treat that’s great all-year-round!  Wonder how we get the jelly in the middle? The secret is using a drinking straw to make space for that oh-so-sweet jelly filling! Top these with powdered or cinnamon sugar, and let the family get their fingers a little sticky! Just make sure to keep the napkins handy.

What You’ll Need

  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup raspberry jam
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3/4 cup cinnamon sugar (optional)

What to Do

  1. In a large deep skillet over medium heat, heat 1 inch of oil until hot but not smoking. (If you are using a kitchen thermometer, it should read about 350 degrees F.) Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix well. In a medium bowl, whisk milk, butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir milk mixture into flour mixture until smooth.
  2. Using a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon, place batter into oil, making sure not to crowd the pan.  Cook 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown; turn the donuts over and continue to cook another 2 minutes or until golden. Remove to a paper towel-lined platter; let cool. Repeat until all batter is used.
  3. Using a drinking straw, pierce a small hole in the side of each doughnut. 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!)
  4. Place confectioners’ sugar and/or some cinnamon sugar, if desired, into a medium bowl. Add donuts a few at a time and toss until coated evenly.