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Hot Sugary Lip Smacking Jam (Jelly) Doughnuts


It’s #LetsLunch Time and It’s All About Dad…and Doughnuts

Let’s Lunch this month is honouring our dads. It is approaching Fathers Day in the U.S…..ours in Australia isn’t until September, but I’m always happy to think of all the great things I’ve done with my dad, growing up.

Let’s go back to 1973. Without wanting to give away my age, I was very very young. One of my favourite things to do on Sunday mornings was to visit Port Melbourne with my dad. I loved our Sunday mornings together! We would stand on the footpath, overlooking Port Phillip Bay, and watch the ships come in. To be honest, I don’t actually remember seeing the ships come in (were there any? maybe I saw one once…) but guess what I DO remember?  The ‘Doughnut’ truck that was always parked right there!

The old caravan with the huge sign overhead, the high window where we placed our order, the white paper bag full of hot, sugary jam-filled doughnuts and the inevitable burnt lips and full belly. They are the wonderful and mouthwatering memories that comprise those very special Sundays with Dad. Perhaps next time I am visiting Melbourne, I’ll ask Dad to take me there…in search of a doughnut of course.

So here began my love of sugary jam donuts. It has been a long love affair, and still continues to this day. What a joy it is to now be able to make them for my own family at home, usually only once a year on Chanukah. And are mine as good as the ones from the truck? Honest answer? NOPE…but nearly…

Funnily enough, we have photographic evidence of it all. I found the photos today – I really can’t believe, that out of the very few I have of my childhood, I have found these.

And don’t knock the double denim…it was 1973 after all.


My Dad Jack, his moustache and his polo neck jumper. And the Doughnut truck.             Love you Dad!!


This is me, in 1973 double denim and clogs, buying up big at the Doughnut truck. Is that 30 cents for one doughnut?



An ACTUAL picture of me eating those memorable donuts. I’m amazed that this picture exists!


Sugary Lip Smacking Jam Donuts – The Recipe

  • 2 sachets (15g) dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) warm water
  • 1 tablespoon plain (all purpose) flour
  • 450 g (3 cups) plain (all purpose) flour
  • 50 g butter or margarine, melted
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 50 g (3 tablespoons) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 270 ml (1 cup plus 1 tablespoon) water
  • 1 small jar best quality raspberry jam (jelly), for the filling
  • 3-4 cups (or more, depending on size of pan) vegetable oil, for frying
  • Extra caster (superfine) sugar, for rolling

To test the yeast is active, combine the first 4 ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well. Cover and leave for 20 minutes until it froths up. If it doesn’t froth up, start again with new yeast.

Mix the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture, then the egg yolks and the butter. Beat the liquids together with a fork. Using a whisk, slowly add the water and incorporate the flour mixture and then, using a wooden spoon or spatula, mix until you have a smooth and thick dough (a little like a heavy batter). Cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel and put in a warm place for 1 – 2 hours until it has doubled in size.

After it has risen, scoop out the dough with plenty of flour in your hand onto a very well floured surface and roll or pat out flat. Use a small cookie cutter (we used a 4 cm/1 1/2″ diameter) to cut out small circles. Place half of these on a well floured tray. Place half a teaspoon of jam in the middle of each circle and cover with the remaining cut circles. Press the edges together to ensure they are sealed. Cover with a floured tea towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
Heat the oil in a deep frypan or saucepan to very hot, 175°C (350°F). There needs to be enough oil so that the donuts can float, at least to a 2 cm/1″ depth.

Fry the donuts (no more than 6 at one time) on both sides until golden brown. The challenge here is getting the oil temperature consistent so they don’t brown too quickly without cooking on the inside.

Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon, drain on paper towel and then roll in caster sugar. Eat hot if you can!

Makes 24 medium-sized donuts.

The recipe comes from Giora Shimoni, with just a couple of minor changes.

The flour, sugar and salt is put in a large bowl, and a well is made in the centre


The yeast is mixed with a little flour, sugar and water and it is allowed to sit for 20 minutes or so until frothy

When the mixture becomes frothy and thick, you know that the yeast is fully active and will rise the dough properly

Beat the yeast with the egg yolks in the well

Add the melted butter and water to the well

Whisk the liquids together in the well. Then, using a spatula or wooden spoon, gradually incorporate the surrounding flour.

When you have a smooth batter/dough, put it in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel and leave in a warm place to rise.

The batter/dough will double in size.

With floury hands, tip the dough onto a well-floured board, knead quickly until you have a smooth dough and then press out flat. The dough needs to be about 1 cm high.

Cut out circles with a small cookie cutter. Place half of these on another floured tray.

Spoon a little jam onto each. We used delicious Wild Damson Jam that we bought at The Agrarian Kitchen in Tasmania.

Cover the jam with another of the dough circles and press the edges down lightly to seal. Allow to rise.

I also cut out a few circles of dough and let them rise – no jam in these ones. After frying, roll in cinnamon sugar.

If you don’t have a deep fryer, a wide saucepan and a thermometer will do. Aim for the oil to remain at 175C throughout the cooking time.

The donuts are fried in oil for only a few minutes until golden on the outside and cooked through on the inside.

The finished donuts are then rolled, while still warm, in lots of caster sugar


Let’s Lunch (#LetsLunch) is a twitter-based virtual lunch club where anyone interested can join this monthly ‘lunch date’.  A topic is posted at the beginning of the month, often by consensus, and all posts are made on the same day by this random but lovely group of food bloggers, writers and people who just love cooking from all around the world. Anyone can join at any time – just join us on twitter by searching and adding the hashtag #LetsLunch. A list and link to all posts will be added to this page as they come in, so please check back.

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10 Responses to Hot Sugary Lip Smacking Jam (Jelly) Doughnuts

  1. Lizzy (Good Things) June 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Lisa, how gorgeous! Love those old photos, aren’t they best. Thank you for sharing your doughnut memories!

  2. charissa (zest bakery) June 9, 2012 at 2:21 am #

    Lisa, those look amazing, and I love that you resurrected some photos. That doughnut truck is super cute. I want one for our bakery! 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    • Lisa Goldberg June 26, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

      Thanks Charissa…resurrecting the photos was almost as much fun as making the doughnuts…

  3. Lisa Goldberg June 10, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Thanks Lizzy…maybe one day we can share a bag of doughnuts…or at least whip up a batch together? x

  4. Pat June 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    Denim on denim was my chosen style as a teenager too! Thanks for sharing your fond memories of donuts with dad and the step-by-step pictures of the donut making process. I may have to try making them sometime!

    • Lisa Goldberg June 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

      Cheers Pat…it was quite a look! Glad you enjoyed the post, I had a blast writing it. My dad was pretty chuffed too…

  5. Kylie October 1, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    Hi Lisa. These look fantastic, and I’d love to share them with my team for morning tea. Have you had any success doing them in advance ie the night before and reheating?

    • Lisa Goldberg October 1, 2012 at 9:24 am #

      Hi Kylie, I don’t think they reheat well – they are much better freshly fried and warm! You could make the dough the night before, leave in the fridge overnight to rise and then just roll out, jam-fill and fry in the morning?

  6. Mairead July 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    Hi Lisa, We have had bitterly cold weather this weekend in Melbourne and I just had to make doughnuts for the gang. I’ve tried many recipes over the years and we’ve finally cracked it with yours. I used fresh yeast and added 1/2 a cup of SR flour. So happy that we have doughnuts better than at the Queen Victoria Market ones.

    • Lisa Goldberg July 26, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      How wonderful – thanks for letting me know! So does this mean you will be setting up a little caravan outside your place….

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