So unlike many recipes on this site, this wasn’t a recipe we made, but something I wanted to try and share to see if making doughnuts just like the ones at the seaside, was as ‘foolproof’ as this recipe states. A novice baker shared this recipe on the Facebook group, Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK and over 5,000 likes later, I am intrigued. The writer claims they “taste ‘just like the ones at the fairground”.
The recipe is below, and I will share how successful/ ‘foolproof’ it is below!
- 250g Plain Flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon of Salt
- 70g of Cold Unsalted Butter
- 1 teaspoon of Baking Powder
- 170ml of Milk
- Caster sugar to finish
- Mix your flour, salt, butter and baking powder together until it forms a texture similar to breadcrumbs.
- Next, slowly add the milk, bit by bit. You may not need the entire amount, but this should form a dough.
- Once your dough feels firm, pop it in the fridge for an hour.
- After the hour, roll the dough to about 1cm thickness, and form a doughnut shape. This can be achieved by using circular cookie cutters – a large one for the outer circle and a small one for the centre.
- The writer revealed she used an electric cooker on a medium temp to fry the doughnuts, frying each side for about one minute at a time, then flipping until it is golden brown. I fried mine in a similar sense with sunflower oil, but canola oil is highly recommended for its mild flavour and high smoke point.
- To finish off, coat each of the doughnuts with caster sugar. You may like to add a hint of cinnamon too if this is a flavour you crave!
Ok so… I can confirm it is foolproof, and they really do taste like ones straight from the seaside or festivals! The only thing I’d say is, they took me longer to fry than a minute on both sides, but they certainly grow in size and they’re a new firm family favourite.