Homemade Jelly Donuts

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Holidays, to me, are a great opportunity to cook up something special for breakfast. While I’ll occasionally make pancakes or waffles on a regular weekend, the extra time of a holiday morning means I can get up early and start a more extravagant breakfast. This year, I decided to try my hand at homemade donuts.

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I’ve been mulling over donuts for a long time. The boyfriend and I made apple cider donut holes when we first started dating over 4 years ago, and they were amazing! Since then, the thought of donuts occasionally pops back in to head. (The store-bought donuts just don’t compare, especially down in the states, where I don’t have access to Tim Horton’s regularly!)

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Now that I’ve started making homemade jams and jellies, I decided that I needed to make donuts filled with amazing homemade preserves! So I made up a batch of dough, based on a recipe from Bon Appétit and pulled out a jar of Strawberry Hibiscus Jam and a jar of Blackberry Merlot Jelly. And the result was absolute bliss!

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These donuts are crispy on the outside but soft and cakey on the inside, with a gorgeous center of tasty jelly. If you don’t have homemade preserves, feel free to use store-bought. The dough for these donuts can also be made the night before. After the first rise, refrigerate the dough for up to 8 hours. In the morning, let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before rolling and cutting. Then proceed with the second rise and fry as normal.

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After spending the night ringing in the 2014, these donuts made an amazing New Years’ brunch. Make then on a holiday or when you have extra time on the weekend. Or make them any normal day of the week to make it feel special! The donuts are just that good. 🙂

Click below for the recipe. If you have a question, feel free to ask in the comments. And thanks for reading! Enjoy! 🙂

Download the recipe!

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