Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jam-Doughnut Muffins (Nigella Lawson)

When I was a student, my friends and I used to indulge in hot jam doughnuts from the food truck at Queen Victoria Market. It is really nice to enjoy freshly fried doughnuts with warm oozing jam while wandering around the busy market.

When Lena from Frozen wings suggested this recipe, Jam Doughnut Muffins from the book, How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson or here for Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and me to bake along, I had this instant vision...

... of me and a bowl of doughnut balls with oozing strawberry jam to indulge!

... not in a busy market but at home.
... on my lazy couch
... with TV or music on?
... without my husband and kid??? LOL!

Ohhhh! I think I like this vision... Keep dreaming, Zoe!

Well, eventually I did have a bowl of perfectly shaped doughnut balls to enjoy but...

Jam-Doughnut muffins (Nigella Lawson)
Good that this recipe uses these wholesome ingredients
Plus, making the batter is ready easy!
Instead of using a muffin tin, I'm baking mine with a cake pop tin.
See these oozing batter, I was hoping that the muffins will look ok.
phew! They look great!
So, I dunk them into melted butter.
... and coat them with sugar.
... but some has no jam inside!

Disappointed? Yes, I am. These doughnuts are perfectly fine for consumption but just not the type that I had in my vision.

If I use a muffin tin to bake these doughnuts, I reckon that they should be looking as good as these that I have seen at

After this disappointment, I was thinking of baking this recipe again using a muffin tin but decided not as I'm not exactly a raving fan of oven-baked doughnuts after all. Based on what I have baked at here and here, I have noticed that these oven-baked doughnuts are in their best only when they are freshly baked as they become stale and tough on the next day.

Oh well, nevermind... I shall eat these kosong (meaning empty in Malay) doughnut balls...

... on my lazy couch
... with the TV on
... without my husband and kid??? Well, you think?

Here's the recipe from the book, the book, How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson or here  (with my modification or notes in blue)

Make 12 mini donuts 
125ml milk
85ml corn or other vegetable oil, plus more for greasing (I used rice bran oil)
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I used vanilla paste)
200g self-raising flour (I used 200g all purpose flour + 2 tsp baking powder)
100g caster sugar (I used 50g only)
12 tsp strawberry jam (homemade, recipe is at here)
100g unsalted butter
150g granulated sugar (I used the caster ones)

1 incredibly well-greased or silicon 12-bun mini-muffin tin - 
I used cake pop tin and can make 14 donuts balls with this recipe.

Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5 or 160°C fan forced

With a fork (or a hand whisk), beat together the milk, oil, egg and vanilla extract or paste. Stir this into the flour and the 100g (or 50g) caster sugar to combine (just): the lumps don't matter and if you overbeat the muffins will be tough.

Spoon the mixture into each muffin or cake pop cup so that it's just under a third full. Then with a teaspoon add a dollop of strawberry jam - about the size of a fat broad bean - then top with more muffin mix so that the cases are just about full.

Put them in the preheated oven and cook for about 20 mins or until the tops feel springy and resistant and the muffins have puffed up into little toadstools.

Meanwhile, melt the butter slowly in a thick-bottomed pan, and lay the sugar out in a wide, shallow bowl. As soon as the muffins are ready, remove them from their moulds, dip them in the butter and roll them in the granulated (or caster) sugar. Eat warm.

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  1. I got visions of sugar plums dancing in my head when I saw the title to this post, Zoe! I am not disappointed in the least. Just think how many doughnuts you would be able to nibble at just seeking the ones that indeed did have jam inside. Oh what fun, lol…

    Thank you so much for jamming with us Zoe…I will keep dreaming:)

  2. Jam-Doughnut Muffins? Sounds interesting.. Got jam, got doughnuts, got muffins, all in one.. Whoa, bet they taste yummylicious !! They really look like they are fried, but they are actually baked, looks so so so good.. 12 pieces? No issues, I can have double, 24 !!

  3. Hi Zoe,
    Your little pop muffins looks like lava flowing out!
    These doughnut muffins are great when eaten still warm. I quite enjoyed these with a cup of my favourite tea. :)

  4. hi zoe, i thot posting date is tomorrow until i received the message from joyce! haha! my muffins turned out great and still tender the next day. i hv noticed the flour amt you hv used is more, not sure if that could be the, kosong also never mind, just like plain donuts ,,they are still nice to eat :D

  5. Oh no it didn't meet your expectations... it looked pretty promising though!

  6. Hi Zoe, cutie small little jam doughnuts ^-^!

  7. Your mini jam muffins look very sweet and nice! Indeed it look so much like doughnut balls which I used to buy at the bakery stalls. I love these muffins....with the jam filling inside...absolutely delicious!

  8. Hi Zoe,
    May I sit beside you on your lazy couch :D
    These little mini jam doughnut pops look cute but too bad it did not taste as you excepted. I don't mind though can send some to me :p

  9. This is so clever ! I have 2 similar trays so I should start trying..

  10. Even kosong ones will taste good when they're freshly baked :)

  11. So so so cute! I can't wait to bake these sugary lovelies for my boy's playdate this Saturday, hehe.

  12. Hi Zoe, I saw this pretty doughnut muffin from Lena's blog. Thought of giving a try. When is the last day? :D

  13. Zoe che bella anche questa ricetta. Complimenti

  14. Hi Zoe! I guess they are not like doughnuts eh? But I will try it soon just to satisfy my curiosity.

  15. These golden balls really look delicious!


  16. I like the look of your muffins, so nice and round! Mine muffins have too little jam inside so I coated them with lots of sugar to make up for it:P

  17. They look and sound amazing. Sharing this on my tsu page.

  18. Those look yummy. I love a jam doughnut though where I am from, we call them lekvar doughnuts. Still the same, and ever so yummy.

  19. This is a nice method of making muffins.....I really love these muffins... :)

  20. Hi Zoe,
    i always buy jam doughnuts when i was a student too...
    your little jam doughnuts did look cute, for me it is just the right size (not too big or small)

  21. Hi Zoe, I haven't baked these yet but if I do, it will to be given away. I'll made sure they're all eaten on the day they are baked. Sweet dreams.

  22. Zoe, these are cute and I like your baking pan, nice!

  23. Hi Zoe, these jam doughnut muffins are so incredible made in this creative baking pan, made just for that! I love the idea of muffins, and doughnuts at the same time...yumm!

  24. These look sooo fabulous! So that's how they're made! I love my doughnut bits fried though, I just love fried breads! :p

  25. I've never seen those little covers. How clever. These would be perfect for Hanukkah!

  26. Oh yum! Happy to follow u.. do visit my place & participate in my ongoing event Wedding Anniversary Cakes & Sweets

  27. Oh Zoe, these look so cute. Above all else, I am in love with your baking pan! ^.^

  28. Aaah Zoe, I am dying a little bit here, these little donuts are SO adorable!
    And I know that fear of the ooze, so glad yours still look perfect!

    Choc Chip Uru

  29. This sounds fabulous! I love the filling!

  30. Zoe, these little baked donut muffins look so cute...rounded...and filled with jam...
    Have a wonderful weekend :)

  31. Hi Zoe, I am so tempted to try this doughnut jam muffins after seeing Lena's, Jeannie's and yours. Not sure if I can find time to bake it and join your bake-along before I fly off for my 1.5 weeks of vacation Down Under in a few days time.

  32. This is way too cute! I love to have some!