Spiced doughnuts

Makes 24

  • 140 ml milk, warmed

  • 1 tbsp dried yeast

  • 475 g strong plain flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 2 tsp mixed spice

  • 90 g caster sugar

  • 90 g butter, softened

  • 2 free-range eggs, beaten

  • Zest of 1 orange

  • Vegetable oil, for frying and greasing

  • Ideas for decorating

  • Melted chocolate, (white, milk or dark)

  • Freeze-dried berries, roughly chopped

  • Caster sugar

  • 250 g icing sugar, sieved

Recipe by Georgina Hayden



1. In a bowl, dissolve the yeast in the milk with 2 tablespoons of warm water. Whisk together, then leave for 15 minutes, or until frothy.



2. Sift the flour, mixed spice and 1 teaspoon of salt into a separate bowl. Tip 150g of it into another bowl, along with 1 tablespoon each of the sugar and the yeast liquid. Mix to a smooth paste and leave to rise for 15 minutes.



3. When the batter has risen, slowly incorporate small pieces of the butter. Once it is all mixed in, stir in the eggs and orange zest to combine. Add the rest of the flour and caster sugar and mix well.



4. Once all the flour is combined, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead vigorously for 20 minutes until smooth and no longer sticky (you may prefer to do this in a free-standing mixer with a dough hook, if you have one). Form into a ball, place in a lightly oiled bowl and leave to rise for 1–1½ hours, until doubled in size.



5. Transfer to a floured surface and knock back the dough by kneading lightly. Divide into 4 and roll each piece into a long sausage. Cut each one in half, then each half into thirds, to give you 24 pieces.



6. Roll each piece into a ball and pierce a hole in the middle with your thumb. Pop them on a tray lined with greaseproof paper and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.



7. Fill a deep saucepan two-thirds full with vegetable oil and place over a medium heat, until it reaches 160C (if you don't have a thermometer, drop in a piece of bread – when it sizzles and turns brown the oil is ready). Stretch the doughnuts back into a ring, then fry them, in batches, for 1 minute on each side, or until golden. Then leave to drain on kitchen paper.



8. To decorate your doughnuts, roll them in caster sugar, drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle with freeze-dried berries, or make a glaze by whisking a little water into the icing sugar, then brush this over your doughnuts.



Nutritional information per doughnut

Nutritional Information

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Recipe by Georgina Hayden

1. In a bowl, dissolve the yeast in the milk with 2 tablespoons of warm water. Whisk together, then leave for 15 minutes, or until frothy.

2. Sift the flour, mixed spice and 1 teaspoon of salt into a separate bowl. Tip 150g of it into another bowl, along with 1 tablespoon each of the sugar and the yeast liquid. Mix to a smooth paste and leave to rise for 15 minutes.

3. When the batter has risen, slowly incorporate small pieces of the butter. Once it is all mixed in, stir in the eggs and orange zest to combine. Add the rest of the flour and caster sugar and mix well.

4. Once all the flour is combined, turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead vigorously for 20 minutes until smooth and no longer sticky (you may prefer to do this in a free-standing mixer with a dough hook, if you have one). Form into a ball, place in a lightly oiled bowl and leave to rise for 1–1½ hours, until doubled in size.

5. Transfer to a floured surface and knock back the dough by kneading lightly. Divide into 4 and roll each piece into a long sausage. Cut each one in half, then each half into thirds, to give you 24 pieces.

6. Roll each piece into a ball and pierce a hole in the middle with your thumb. Pop them on a tray lined with greaseproof paper and leave to rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

7. Fill a deep saucepan two-thirds full with vegetable oil and place over a medium heat, until it reaches 160C (if you don't have a thermometer, drop in a piece of bread – when it sizzles and turns brown the oil is ready). Stretch the doughnuts back into a ring, then fry them, in batches, for 1 minute on each side, or until golden. Then leave to drain on kitchen paper.

8. To decorate your doughnuts, roll them in caster sugar, drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle with freeze-dried berries, or make a glaze by whisking a little water into the icing sugar, then brush this over your doughnuts.

Nutritional information per doughnut

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 155
    8%
  • Carbs 19.7g
    8%
  • Sugar 4.6g 5%
  • Fat 7.9g 11%
  • Saturates 2.6g 13%
  • Protein 2.8g 6%
Of an adult's reference intake

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