Irresistible Delight: Homemade Hot Jam Donuts

Is there anything more satisfying than biting into a warm, pillowy donut oozing with sweet, gooey jam? Hot jam donuts are a beloved treat enjoyed by people of all ages. Whether you have fond memories of devouring them at your local fair or you’re simply a fan of all things sweet, making hot jam donuts from scratch can be a fun and rewarding experience. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through a simple and foolproof recipe that will allow you to recreate these delectable treats in the comfort of your own kitchen.


  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons instant yeast
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup whole milk, warmed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  • Your favorite jam or preserves (such as raspberry, strawberry, or apricot)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, instant yeast, and salt. Mix well to ensure the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  2. Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the warmed milk, melted butter, and eggs. Stir until the mixture comes together to form a sticky dough.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5-7 minutes, until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. If the dough feels too sticky, you can add a little more flour as needed.
  4. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place for approximately 1 hour, or until it has doubled in size.
  5. Once the dough has risen, gently punch it down to release any air bubbles. Transfer it to a lightly floured surface and roll it out to a thickness of about ½ inch.
  6. Using a round cookie cutter or a drinking glass, cut out circles from the dough. Place a small teaspoon of jam or preserves in the center of each circle, then fold the dough over to form a half-moon shape. Pinch the edges firmly to seal the donuts.
  7. Place the sealed donuts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cover them with a kitchen towel. Allow them to rise for another 20-30 minutes.
  8. While the donuts are rising, heat vegetable oil in a deep pot or fryer to approximately 350°F (175°C).
  9. Carefully drop a few donuts at a time into the hot oil, cooking them for about 2-3 minutes per side until they turn golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the cooked donuts to a paper towel-lined plate to drain excess oil.
  10. Once the donuts have cooled slightly, dust them generously with powdered sugar. Serve them warm and enjoy!

Indulging in homemade hot jam donuts is a wonderful way to treat yourself and your loved ones. With a simple recipe like this, you can enjoy the heavenly combination of soft, fluffy dough and sweet, luscious jam whenever you desire. So, why not roll up your sleeves, put on an apron, and embark on a delicious culinary adventure in your own kitchen? Get ready to savour the taste of nostalgia and create lasting memories with each bite of these irresistible delights!

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