Make these delicious Thermomix jam donuts at home and surprise your crowd with something special. So simple to make and absolutely irresistible.
During carnival season in Germany, jam donuts are very popular and made in many houses over the festive days. We have a very strange tradition of celebrating carnival, which starts in November and finishes on Ash Wednesday in February with the beginning of lent. So obviously before that time we are scoffing our faces to have a reason to fast. Carnival basically means dressing up in all sorts of fancy dresses and screaming ‘Helau’ to everyone. There are some strange comedy shows, which we call carnival meetings, in which comedians who are also dressed up, perform their little act on stage and everyone laughs. I am not the biggest fan but I adore the food traditions in that time. Have you ever heard of carnival? Or do you have some funny traditions that are connected with amazing food? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you.
These Thermomix jam donuts are very simple and a perfect crowd pleaser. You can be adventurous with the filling. Raspberry jam is my personal favourite but I also adore custard, Nutella or even just a plain donut. The dough is a simple sweet yeast dough. The trick to evenly shaped donuts is patience. Once the dough has risen, you need to shape each donut into balls of equal weight. For that, simply put the lid on the Thermomix, place a bowl on top and use the scale function. They should all weigh 40g. I don’t like them when they are too big and find that this is the perfect mouth-size. After shaping, the donuts have to rest for another hour to double in size, relax and be ready for their baking. They key to getting the even colour is to make sure you have a thermometer in the hot oil and always keep it at 175-180°C.
If you don’t have a deep fat fryer, just place the oil in a large saucepan. You will get similar results but just need to be careful to watch the temperature closely.
Thermomix Jam donuts:
- 220ml whole milk
- 80g caster sugar
- 1 sachet dry active yeast (1 Tbsp)
- 80g butter
- 500g plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
Decoration and filling:
- 150g raspberry jam or any other jam you like
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 Kg vegetable oil for frying
- Add milk, sugar and yeast to the mixing bowl and warm up 2 Min. / 37°C / Speed 2.
- If you don’t have a Thermomix, place ingredients into a saucepan and warm up until it is lukewarm.
- Add butter in small chunks, flour, egg and salt (in this order!) and knead until smooth on setting 2 Min. / .
- If you don’t have a Thermomix, place the milk-yeast mixture in a large mixing bowl. Add the butter in small chunks, add flour, egg and salt (in this order!) and knead until smooth. This process might take up to 10 minutes depending on your flour consistency and butter temperature.
- Cover the dough and leave to rise for 1-2 hours until doubled in size. Once risen, take the dough out of the bowl and place it onto a floured surface.
- Divide the dough into equal pieces, weighing 40g. Form balls and place them on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and dusted with flour. Cover with a tea towel and leave to rise of another hour.
- Place the caster sugar on a large plate.
- Fill the raspberry jam in a piping bag fitted with a long nozzle or a syringe.
- Meanwhile, heat a deep fat fryer, filled with sunflower oil, or a large saucepan to 175-180°C.
- Take 2 doughnuts at the same time and place them with the top side down in the fryer. Cook for 2 minutes on each side, then remove with a slotted spoon and immediately coat in the sugar. Fill them with jam as desired.
- Repeat with the rest until you are done. Enjoy your Thermomix jam donuts warm!