Family baking: Yummy Nutella donuts

Full of chocolatey Nutella spread, these donuts are a delicious treat at any time of the day. Perfect
for when you want to do a bit of family baking.


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Here’s what you need to make about 12 donuts

  • 300g all-purpose flour
  • 11g active dry yeast
  • 260g granulated sugar (60g for the donuts and 200g to decorate)
  • 5g vanilla sugar
  • 230ml whole milk
  • 75ml vegetable oil
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 500g Nutella
  • Bottle of vegetable oil for frying


My chocolatey Nutella donuts recipe

  • First, scald the milk by bringing it to just under a boil, and setting it aside to cool. This
    helps the yeast dissolve faster
  • Mix the flour, egg yolks, salt, vanilla sugar and 60g of sugar using an electric mixer with a
    dough hook to mix everything until combined into a dough
  • Once the milk is lukewarm, add the yeast and sugar and let it rest for a couple of
    minutes until frothy. Add the oil
  • Combine the milk with the flour and mix on a medium-high speed for about 5 to 10
    minutes until the dough is well kneaded. You should be able to stick your finger into the
    dough and see it bounce back up. If your dough is too sticky, add a tablespoon of flour
  • Form your dough into a ball, place it in a lightly oiled bowl and cover it with cling film.
    Let it rest for at least an hour until it doubles in size. If you have time, let the dough rise
    overnight in the fridge, as this makes the dough even tastier!
  • Punch the dough down with your fists, sprinkle your work surface with flour and roll out
    the dough until it’s 2cm thick
  • Use a round cookie cutter to cut out the dough and place your donuts on a tray with
    parchment paper. Cover the donuts with a kitchen towel and leave for an hour until they
    double in size. Use scissors to cut the parchment paper around the donuts so they sit on
    a single squared piece of paper. Prep a tray with kitchen towels on top
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a pan to about 190°C, then lower the heat. Start frying the
    donuts two or three at a time. Hold the donut on the parchment paper and lower it
    carefully into the oil; this helps it keep its shape. Fry on each side for about two minutes
    until golden brown
  • Place the cooked donuts on the kitchen towel to soak up the excess oil. When slightly cooled, poke a hole in the side of each doughnut and fill with Nutella. Dip in the remaining sugar to coat the tops

These donuts are most delicious when hot, but they’ll last in an airtight container for up to two

Making Nutella donuts: my top tips

  • Melting your Nutella in a water bath makes it easier to fill your piping bag
  • If you don’t have a piping bag, you can make one with a resealable freezer bag. Fill your bag
    with the Nutella, seal it up, and snip a corner of the bag off. Alternatively, you can spoon
    your Nutella into the donuts, but this will get messy!
  • If you’re a fan of traditional donuts, you can replace the Nutella with strawberry or
    raspberry jam. Alternatively, why not try some Biscoff spread for a modern twist on a


Hungry for more family baking ideas? Check out my dessert cookbook

Many people think that donuts are hard to make, but they’re surprisingly easy. The main thing to
remember is the time the recipe takes; there’s a lot of proofing to take into account!

I hope this recipe has inspired you to dig out the electric mixer and make some donuts. I’d love to
know how you get on!

If you’re looking for more delicious family baking ideas, you’ll find some fantastic recipes in my
cookbook, Sweet Love.


Keywords: Nutella, donuts

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