Fluffy Donuts (Strawberry Jam)

Revel in the goodness of soft, fluffy, and sweet Fluffy Donuts with rich and yummy strawberry jam inside!

Out of all the dessert recipes I have cooked for my kids, these donuts are definitely on top of their favorites. They always love how tender it is on the outside and how gooey and smooth it is on the inside.

Every bite of these donuts absolutely feels heavenly and satisfying. Once you realize how easy it is to make, you’ll enjoy cooking it for snacks and desserts on weekends and celebrations.

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The classic fluffy donuts are delicious on their own but wait until you taste them with the creamy and thick strawberry jam inside. I’m sure you and your family will love these donuts as much as we do!

How to Make Fluffy Donuts 

From now on, you won’t need to buy donuts because you can make the best and tastiest Fluffy Donuts at home. Don’t stop at the donuts, and fill it up with some homemade strawberry jam, too.

It’s easy, quick, and incredibly delicious – everything you’re looking for in Fluffy Donuts!

Ingredients

What ingredients do you need to make Fluffy Donuts?

Strawberry Jam

Making strawberry jam couldn’t be simpler!

Strawberries

Indeed, strawberries are game-changers in making jam.

There are many donut fillings you can make, but strawberries are some of the best fruits to use. The strawberries have a sweet, fruity, and tarty flavor to bring out the best in the donuts.

Moreover, these fruits have a vibrant red color that will make the dessert appealing and colorful. These berries can also add a floral and saccharine aroma to the filling. In fact, you can do so many other recipes with these fruits.

Health Benefits of Strawberries

  • Strawberries are effective in reducing inflammation and the risk of diabetes and other diseases.
  • According to Healthline, strawberries are good for heart health and cancer prevention.
  • They can also boost immunity, brain function, and gut health.

Once you turn them into jam, they’ll turn into a rich, sweet, and smooth texture. I love using strawberries for Strawberry Ice Cream Bars, Strawberry Banana Milkshake, and Banana Strawberry Milkshake Popsicles.

Sugar

Enrich the flavor of the strawberries with some sugar. Once you cook it with the berries, the sugar will give the jam a smooth and thick consistency. It can also give the jam a caramelized quality.

It tones down any sourness of the strawberries for the right level of sweetness. The sugar can also make the strawberry jam last longer.

Lemon juice

Tasting Table suggests cooking the jam with lemon juice to give it a jam-like consistency. The lemon juice will also intensify the acidity of the strawberries for better flavor.

Additionally, it can keep the strawberries fresh for long-term use of the jam. I suggest using fresh lemon juice, but you can also try bottled lemon juice.

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Donuts

Now, let’s talk about everything you will need for the donuts.

Plain flour

Making fluffy donuts starts with something as simple as plain flour.

When it comes to puff pastry, you need to use plain flour as the base for the dough. The gluten from the flour will make the donuts fluffy, light, and airy inside. With flour, you can shape the donuts however you want.

It will also evenly distribute the ingredients for well-formed and seasoned donuts. You can also use plain flour for baked goods or deep-fried food to get the right texture every time.

I can guarantee you that your donuts will have the best quality with flour. It’s always on my grocery list because I also use it to cook Chin Chin, Nigerian Egg Rolls, and Sausage Rolls!

Skimmed milk powder

Give your donuts a sweet and milky flavor with skimmed milk powder. The powder can also help with the golden brown color of the donuts. It can even improve the crust of the donuts for a slight crispiness.

Using skimmed milk powder certainly makes a difference in desserts like donuts. I also use it for other puff pastry recipes such as Coconut Buns, Coconut Chin Chin, and Egg Rolls!

Sugar

Your donuts will surely have an enriched flavor once you add the sugar. Not only does it add sweetness, but it also gives the dessert a perfectly textured and colored crust.

Aside from adding it to the dough, you will also need sugar to garnish the donuts. I especially love using powdered sugar to improve the texture of the dish.

Yeast

Achieve the fluffiest donuts by adding yeast to your dough. It’s a powerful leavening agent that will react with the flour to expand the donuts as it cooks. Yeast will allow the dough to rise to put the “fluff” in fluffy donuts.

Dry yeast creates an airy and velvety appearance and texture in the donut. You can also use it for Puff Puff, Air Fryer Bread, and Pizza Margherita.

Butter 

It won’t be the best donut recipe without butter. The butter will give the donuts a smooth and glazed touch that you will surely love. You will need the flavor to escalate the flavor, texture, and overall quality.

Moreover, it can give the donuts a fragrant aroma and rich flavor that will keep you wanting more.

Egg 

Along with yeast, use egg as a leavening agent for airy and puffy donuts. The egg can also help give the dish light and soft crumbs once you cut it into the pastry. Both the egg white and yolk are great for flavor and texture.

It will also be the wet ingredient to bind everything together for a well-formed dough. There are also egg substitutes that you can always use as alternatives.

Seasoning

Adding sugar to the dough will not be enough, so season it with salt and nutmeg for an even better flavor. These condiments can balance the diverse palette of the donuts. 

Sunflower oil

Frying donuts can take time, so use sunflower oil or other oils with high smoke points to fry them. The oil will surely help give the donuts a crispy yet soft texture while bringing out the sweet flavors.

jam

Even the ingredients sound easy enough, right? Well, it’s about to be fun because we’re going to be the ultimate indulgent dessert, Fluffy Donuts with Strawberry Jam! 

Directions

Come and make strawberry jam and donuts with me!

Strawberry jam

  1. In a frying pan, mix chopped strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice.
  2. Mix them with a spatula until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Then, let the mixture stand for an hour.
  4. Once you notice juices coming out, turn on the heat of the stove. 
  5. Cook the jam on medium-low fire for about 30 minutes or until it thickens.
  6. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  7. Use a masher to achieve a smooth and thick consistency.
  8. Pour this into a glass jar or container and set it aside. 

Quick Tip!

In an article in The Recipe Critic, strawberry jam is best refrigerated or frozen. Store the jam in a container for up to a month in the fridge or for several weeks in the freezer. 

Fluffy Donuts

  1. Mix plain flour, dried skimmed milk, sugar, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Add yeast and stir with a spatula.
  3. Then, add the egg and water.
  4. Mash them together using your hands until they form a dough. 
  5. Add butter and knead for ten minutes or until smooth.
  6. On a clean surface or silicone mat, slightly flatten the dough.
  7. Cut it into 12 pieces using a dough cutter.
  8. Roll each dough piece into small tight buns.
  9. Place them on a lined tray and lightly coat them in flour. 
  10. Use a dough scraper or rolling pin to flatten the dough buns.
  11. Place them back on the lined tray and cover them with cling film and a kitchen towel.
  12. Leave for an hour or until the dough doubles in size.

Deep frying time!

  1. In a pan, pour sunflower oil and allow it to heat.
  2. Cook the donuts in a pan in batches.
  3. Flip and fry until golden on both sides.
  4. Once cooked on both sides, place them on a lined plate.
  5. In a bowl, put sugar, and toss the donuts to coat them.
  6. Place them back on the lined tray.
  7. Fill a piping bag with strawberry jam.
  8. Make a hole in the donuts using a skewer or knife.
  9. Pipe the jam into the doughnut.
  10. Once done, serve the donuts for snacks or desserts!
Donuts

Wasn’t that the easiest donut recipe you have tried? Just imagine biting into the perfectly cooked and seasoned donut and the rich strawberry jam bursting with tremendous flavor and texture!

Tips

Strawberries

Buying strawberries
  • According to Ohio State University Extension, strawberries must be bright red with firm yet plump flesh. 
  • The caps should also be fresh and green in color.
  • Small to medium-sized strawberries are usually sweeter and juicier than larger ones. 
Storing strawberries
  • Strawberries will keep well for up to two days at room temperature.
  • Refrigerating them unwashed can further keep them fresh for up to a week.
  • Strawberries should only be washed or rinsed when you’re about to use them.
  • They can also be frozen in freezer bags to last up to weeks.
Homemade jam donut

Storing dough with yeast

At room temperature, the shelf life of yeasted dough depends on the amount of yeast you use and the temperature of the room. The more yeast you use, the faster it will rise. But, the colder the temperature, the slower it will leaven. 

Quick Tips!

Leavening can take up to 12 hours. You can also refrigerate it in a container to last up to five days. 

To freeze, flatten the dough first before wrapping it in plastic wrap and storing it in a container. The frozen yeasted dough can last up to several weeks. 

Fluffy Donuts Variations

One of the best things about this recipe is that you can customize the filling! Aside from strawberry jam, you can use chocolate, vanilla, and other fruit jams. You can make the fluffy donut alone and pair it with ice cream or dips. 

Aside from plain flour with yeast, you can also use flour with baking powder or self-raising flour. Meanwhile, the butter can be substituted with vegan margarine for a similar effect.

Instead of powdered milk, soy milk or almond milk can also be a good alternative. There are always alternatives you can try, especially for the dough you will need for the donuts.

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Alternative Ways to Cook Fluffy Donuts

Air fryer
  1. Grease the air fryer basket with oil or butter.
  2. Cook the dough at 220°C for about four minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Then, flip it over to the other side for even browning.
  4. Cook them in batches.
Oven
  1. Line the baking tray and distribute the dough.
  2. Preheat the oven and bake the donut at 180°C for 13 minutes.
  3. Once golden brown, rotate it to bake the other side as well.
  • Piping bag: Fill the donuts with the jam using a piping bag. 
  • Dough cutter & scraper: Utilize this to flatten and cut the dough into pieces. 
  • Spatula: Combine the ingredients using a spatula
  • Frying pan: Cook the strawberry jam and donuts in a pan.
  • Glass jar: Store the strawberry jam in airtight glass jars. 
  • Glass bowl: Prepare the ingredients in bowls.
  • Palette knife: Make a hole in the donut for the filling. 
  • Masher: Puree the strawberry jam with a masher.
  • Silicone mat: You can knead the dough on a silicone mat.
  • Rolling pin: Roll out the dough with a rolling pin.
  • Cling film: Cover the dough with cling film to leaven.
  • Kitchen towel: Place it over the cling film to give the dough more rise.
  • Skewer: Poke a hole in the donut for the filling.

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How to Serve Fluffy Donuts

In less than an hour, you can savor how delicious, soft, and light the Fluffy Donuts are!

I love serving donuts for snacks, desserts, or breakfast. You can pair it with other fruits to balance the sweetness. Alternatively, you can glaze it instead of piping in the strawberry jam

While you can eat it for breakfast, be sure to serve it with something healthy to get the nutrients you will need for the day. You can complete the meal with some fruits or side dishes.

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Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Donuts without filling can last up to two days at room temperature. On the other hand, piped donuts should be eaten within a few hours. 

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In the fridge: To refrigerate, put the fluffy donuts in plastic bags to last up to five days. 

To freeze: Freeze the strawberry jam and unfilled donuts separately. Use them within two months. 

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Frequently Asked Questions 

What are the fluffy donuts called?

Fluffy donuts can also be called “doughnuts” or other names in several countries. Sometimes, they are also called yeasted donuts, glazed donuts, or even Malasadas (in Portugal).

How do you keep donuts fluffy?

When storing fluffy donuts, it helps to wrap each donut in foil or plastic to seal in the moisture. Be sure that the containers you use are also airtight to prevent the donuts from becoming stale.

What are the airy donuts called?

Donuts that have an airy quality to them are likely made with yeast, hence, they are sometimes called “yeasted donuts.” The yeast is a leavening agent that makes the donuts fluffy and light on the inside.

Why is my doughnut not fluffy?

To make sure that the doughnut is fluffy, you need to prepare the dough properly. For instance, give the dough enough time to rise and leaven. Don’t over-knead the dough, too. Also, be gentle when handling the dough to keep it soft.

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Fluffy Donuts (VIDEO) 

5 from 1 vote
Craving for a sweet snack that is homemade? With this fluffy donut recipe, not only will you learn how to make them, but you’ll also make your own strawberry jam for filling!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American, Dutch
Calories 93kcal

Ingredients
 
 

For the strawberry jam

  • 600 g fresh strawberries
  • 400 g sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (or ½ fresh lemon)

For the Donuts

  • 250 g plain flour
  • 30 g skimmed milk powder (or 3 tbsp)
  • 30 g sugar (2 tbsp)
  • A pinch nutmeg (optional)
  • 2 g sea salt (or a pinch)
  • 3 ½ g yeast (or 1 tsp)
  • 35 g butter
  • 1 egg (medium-sized)
  • 85 ml water ( ⅓ cup)
  • Sunflower oil (for deep frying)

Instructions
 

For the strawberry jam

  • In a pan, pour sunflower oil and allow it to heat.
  • Cook the donuts in a pan in batches.
  • Flip and fry until golden on both sides.
  • Once cooked on both sides, place them on a lined plate.
  • In a bowl, put sugar, and toss the donuts to coat them.
  • Place them back on the lined tray.
  • Fill a piping bag with strawberry jam.
  • Make a hole in the donuts using a skewer or knife.
  • Pipe the jam into the doughnut.
  • Once done, serve the donuts for snacks or desserts!

For the donuts

  • Mix plain flour, dried skimmed milk, sugar, nutmeg, and salt in a bowl.
  • Add yeast and stir with a spatula.
  • Incorporate the egg and water.
  • Mash them together using your hands until they form a dough. 
  • Then, add butter and knead for ten minutes or until smooth.
  • On a clean surface or silicone mat, slightly flatten the dough.
  • Cut it into 12 pieces using a dough cutter.
  • Roll each dough piece into small tight buns.
  • Place them on a lined tray and lightly coat them in flour. 
  • Use a dough scraper or rolling pin to flatten the dough buns.
  • Place them back on the lined tray and cover them with cling film and a kitchen towel.
  • Leave for an hour or until the dough doubles in size.

Deep frying time

  • In a pan, pour sunflower oil and allow it to heat.
  • Cook the donuts in a pan in batches.
  • Flip and fry until golden on both sides.
  • Once cooked on both sides, place them on a lined plate.
  • In a bowl, put sugar, and toss the donuts to coat them.
  • Place them back on the lined tray.
  • Fill a piping bag with strawberry jam.
  • Make a hole in the donuts using a skewer or knife.
  • Pipe the jam into the doughnut.
  • Once done, serve the donuts for snacks or desserts!

Video

Notes

  • Always purchase quality strawberries to make the best jam.
  • Be cautious when working with the dough to achieve an airy texture.
  • Babies cannot have donuts but they can have strawberry puree instead.
  • You can use baking soda, baking powder, or a sourdough starter as an alternative to yeast powder. However, the dough may react differently, so it is still best to use yeast powder.
  • As an alternative to a piping bag, use a zip lock or plastic bag.
  • The spoiled strawberry jam will have mold and yeast growth. You will also smell an unpleasant odor that’s similar to alcohol. Throw it out immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 piece (of 12)Calories: 93kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 9mgPotassium: 31mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 25IUCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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