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Blackberry Jam Doughnuts with Cinnamon Custard by Shane Smith

Serves: 11Chef: Shane SmithCategory: CakesRecipe Course: DessertMachine: MixerTotal time (min.): 180
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Nothing says autumn more than delicious blackberries! These warm sugary homemade doughnuts are filled with delightful blackberry jam and served with earthy-sweet cinnamon custard. Once you try homemade doughnuts, you will never look back! These are the perfect autumnal dessert to celebrate the best flavours the season has to offer!


For the dough:

For the cinnamon custard:

To finish:



For the dough:

  1. Add the yeast into the lukewarm milk for the doughnut dough and set it aside for 5 minutes.
  2. Place the flour, sugar, salt and eggs into the bowl of your Kenwood stand mixer and add the milk and yeast.
  3. Using the dough hook attachment, mix for 5 minutes until the dough comes together.
  4. To this, add the butter and mix for a further 6-8 minutes until the dough is smooth and shiny. You may need to scrape the bowl down during mixing.
  5. Place this sticky dough into a greased bowl, cover with cling film and pop into the fridge overnight.
  6. The following day, take the dough out and dive into 11 x 45g rolls and on a lightly floured work surface, roll into neat balls.
  7. Place these dough balls onto a lined tray and cover them with a kitchen cloth and allow them to prove until almost double in size. As these are fridge cold and depending on the warmth of your kitchen, this may take 2 hours.

For the custard:

  1. Place the cream, milk and vanilla into a medium-sized saucepan and heat gently and remove from the heat.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks, cornflour, caster sugar and cinnamon for 2 minutes until creamy.
  3. Add a small amount of the warm milk to the egg mix and stir.
  4. Once blended, add the remaining milk and mix well.
  5. Place this mix back into a clean saucepan and over a gentle heat stirring continuously with a spatula until it begins to thicken. Never bring this mixture to a boil, as it will curdle.
  6. Once thick, remove and keep at room temperature until needed or pop a layer of cling film directly on top to stop a skin from forming and chill until needed.
  7. Please remember this custard contains fresh eggs, so it cannot be reheated.

To cook the doughnuts:

  1. Preheat your deep fryer to 170C and carefully add the doughnuts, do not overfill as the temperature of the oil will drop, and the doughnuts will be greasy.
  2. They will take up to 40 seconds to cook on each side, and once cooked, remove and toss in the caster sugar.
  3. Once cold, fill a small piping bag with blackberry jam and fill up the doughnuts, then simply dunk in your cinnamon custard and enjoy.