Doughnuts: one of life's guilty pleasures. They're one of the few things (along with pink Fondant Fancies) that remind me of my childhood. It was an end-of-the-day treat we shared as a family whenever we went to the seaside. Soft, gooey and delicious and sugar-covered lips were guaranteed!
Thanks to the likes of Krispy Kreme, doughnuts have had a revolution since I was a kid. Now there is an array of toppings and fillings to choose from, but do you know what, the most popular doughnut filling is still the classic jam. If you want to learn more doughnut facts (you never know when they might come in handy!) then check out our post on interesting and fun doughnut facts.
But back to home-styled doughnuts, this National Doughnut Week I decided to pimp up the classic sugar ring doughnut and here's what I made ....
How we started
Now, we could have made homemade doughnuts, but on a hot summer's day the thought of standing over a hot pan filled with sizzling oil wasn't high on my list of things to do. Besides, the in store bakeries within supermarkets are so good nowadays that it was a lot easier to buy a pack of sugared doughnuts instead! If the mood does take you though, this doughnut recipe from BBC Good Food has had great feedback.
Strawberries & Cream
Perhaps I was still in the Wimbledon vibe, but there's nothing more classic that Strawberries & Cream. This was a simple way to turn a simple doughnut into a delicious dessert.
We mashed very ripe strawberries and mixed in with some whipped double cream and filling a sugared doughnut. We tried to be that little bit boujee and finely slice a strawberry decoration for the top. You could of course marinate the strawberries in a little prosecco for a couple of hours before adding to the cream. Be careful not to make the cream mix too liquidy though, as it'll be difficult to eat.
For something a little less sweet, swap out the strawberries for raspberries or blackberries.
Banana, Chocolate & Hazelnut
This is definitely top choice for anyone with a sweet tooth!! Layers of thinly sliced banana, a generous spoon of hazelnut chocolate spread (like Nutella) and then roasted chopped hazelnuts. Go for two or three layers. Finish with drizzles of the chocolate spread and chopped hazelnuts.
Top Tip: Gently heat the chocolate spread (warm, not boil) to help it spread and drizzle more easily.
Tropical Mango, Passion Fruit Cream
This is a great year-round option as it doesn't rely on fresh fruits. We turned to a shortcut to deliver a flavour reminiscent of sunshine and holidays. Opies make a Mango & Passion Fruit Compote that you can buy in Waitrose and Ocado. Simply mix a couple of spoonfuls with some whipped double cream.
National Doughnut Week is typically held in May, but has been postponed until July 2021 due to the pandemic. The event raises funds for The Children's Trust - the UK's leading charity for children with brain injuries. Here is a list of bakeries that are selling charity doughnuts for National Doughnut Week 2021.