Cinnamon Doughnut Holes (Mini Doughnuts)
Cinnamon Doughnut Holes are the most delicious, bite sized morsels of deep fried goodness. Find out how you can make them by scrolling down to the recipe below.
I will never be skinny. I’ve tried it a few times and I just can’t keep up the healthy eating and exercising for very long before I see something deep fried or coated in sugar and I cave. I do try to live by the mantra “everything in moderation” but that includes moderation right?!
Another reason why I’m not skinny is that I own not one, but two deep fat fryers. The first is your regular purpose built long, rectangular deep fat fryer which is perfect for whipping up home made fish and chips. The second is my Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO which doubles up as a small fryer. How clever is that?
Want to find out more about the Optimum Pressure Cooker PRO? Read my review here.
Deep fat fried goodness
When I shared my first fried doughnut recipe (Vanilla Bean Custard Doughnuts) I touched on how fried doughnuts were falling out of fashion. But since then it seems the traditional fried doughnut is having a bit of a revival with the likes of Crosstown Doughnuts becoming must eats for anyone visiting the capital. If you’ve not been instagrammed devouring a Crosstown Doughnut are you even a London foodie?!
These miniature Cinnamon Doughnut Holes are the perfect introduction to making fresh fried doughnuts at home. They take less time to cook than a regular doughnut, can be made in a smaller fryer (or even a pan) and don’t require too many ingredients. They really are ideal for doughnut beginners.
What’s a doughnut hole anyway?
The idea behind doughnut holes is that they are the centre cut out of regular ring doughnuts. So that they don’t go to waste they are fried and coated in sugar to make miniature doughnuts.
But I have a confession, I didn’t make ring doughnuts at the same time as making these. I took my regular doughnut dough and rolled the balls smaller than usual (just smaller than a golf ball).
By making miniature doughnuts there are more to go around – something which I’m sure Jon’s colleagues were grateful for! These are great for parties or a dessert where the diners around the table can help themselves before dipping into a fondue or chocolate sauce. I like to serve mine with melted Nutella – and I’m sure you will too!
You can deep fry using a regular sauce pan an the lovely Becca at Amuse Your Buche has a handy guide if you’re brave enough to try it. If, like me, you’re not that brave then I’d recommend in investing in a deep fat fryer. You can read my guide to buying one here. You can also find links to deep fat fryers on Amazon below the recipe.
Cinnamon Doughnut Holes (Mini Doughnuts)
For the doughnuts
- Heat the milk until warm to the touch and add the quick action yeast with a tsp of caster sugar.
- Whisk well and leave for 15 minutes until the yeast has activated and a froth has formed on top of the milk.
- Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and make a well in the middle. pour in the melted butter and eggs (beaten) followed by the activated yeast and milk.
- Stir together until a wet sticky dough has formed.
- Let this sticky dough rest for 10 minutes.
- Lightly oil your hands and work surface.
- Tip the dough out on to the work surface and knead for 10 minutes until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
- Transfer the dough into a new, lightly oiled bowl and let prove for 2 hours or until it has doubled in size.
- Cut the dough into small pieces and roll until they are just smaller than the size of a golf ball.
- Place these on a lightly oiled tray and let rise again for a further 45 minutes or until doubled in size again.
- Heat your oil to 160C.
- Once the temperature has been reached, fry each doughnut for 1-2 minutes on each side until crisp and golden.
- Turn the doughnuts out on to kitchen roll to remove excess oil then roll in the granulated sugar and cinnamon then place to one side to cool down.
- Repeat until all of the doughnuts have been cooked and coated in sugar.
Pin it for later
The next time you need something sweet to keep the family happy, fry a batch of these tasty Cinnamon Doughnut Holes – make sure you’ve got the recipe pinned for any eventuality!