Delicious Doughnuts - Wonderful when wandering warm wellies

Posted by Simon Wood - The Welly Farmer on 19th Oct 2018

The Apprentice challenge to make doughnuts was a sticky affair. We spotted an article in The Express where Food Blogger Britt Box of ‘She Who Bakes’ gave some top tips on where things can go wrong:

Dough: If you don’t leave your dough to prove long enough, you get a flat, dense doughnut that doesn’t inflate when you fry.If you over prove it can lead to an oily and flat doughnut.

Fry or Bake: The oil needs to be at OPTIMUM temperature 180C /350F. Fry in too low a temperature and they soak up oil, burn and are raw in the middle. The doughnuts should float on the surface to fry for 1-2 minutes/side before puffing up and turning golden. Alternatively, why not BAKE in the oven. We love Britt’s recipe and shared it here: See more from her blog She Who Bakes

Prep: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10-12 minutes


  • 220g pumpkin
  • 350g plain flour
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 2 large free range eggs
  • 60g softened unsalted butte
  • 2tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda

Ingredients for the cinnamon glaze

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of water


  1. For the pumpkin purée - Cut off a section of pumpkin. De-seed, peel and cut into chunks.
  2. Boil for 20 minutes or until soft, whizz in a food processor or mash, then leave to cool.
  3. Make your doughnut dough: Mix together brown sugar and softened butter, then add eggs.
  4. Once mixed in, add in the flour, baking powder, salt, bicarbonate of soda and all the spices.
  5. Add in your pumpkin puree
  6. Mix on a high speed to create a wet dough.
  7. Add mix to doughnut pan or put the dough into a piping bag and pipe circles of the dough onto a lined baking tray.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes
  9. Once your doughnuts are cooled, make up the cinnamon glaze. Take 300g of icing sugar, 1tsp of cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of water and mix in a bowl.