[Food] Mars Bar and Jaffa Cake Inspired Doughnuts

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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mars bar, jaffa cake, caramel, orange, curd, filled, doughnuts, donuts, recipe, food, blog, blogger, uk

mars bar, jaffa cake, caramel, orange, curd, filled, doughnuts, donuts, recipe, food, blog, blogger, uk

After a busy Saturday morning at a photo shoot we popped over to my Husband sister's house. She had told us that she was planning on making doughnuts, I mean if you want someone to come round there's not a better way to entice them. I helped her out, piping and decorating the doughnuts she had prepared and fried. It was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon and of course the taste testing was incredible.

The flavour combinations here work so well. The Jaffa Cake doughnut was filled with orange curd, which is a lot more delicious than it sounds, I imagined it to not have as much orange flavour as it did but it was totally delicious. The top was coated in chocolate and chocolate icing piped on top. You really got that Jaffa Cake flavour and when you bit inside the orange curd spilled out beautifully.

There was also the Mars Bar inspired doughnut. Filled with beautiful caramel and chocolate icing piped on top. The rich caramel sauce worked perfectly with the texture  of the doughnut and the creamy chocolate sauce on top. 

It's a difficult choice but at a push my favourite would have to be the Mars Bar. 

Mars Bar and Jaffa Cake Doughnuts

- Makes 24 -

For the doughnuts:

1 tbsp yeast

4 tbsp caster sugar

150ml milk, warmed

225g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

¼ tsp salt

50g butter, melted

1 free-range egg, beaten

300ml vegetable oil, for deep-frying

For the orange curd:

Zest and juice of 1 medium orange

40g caster sugar

2 large eggs

50g butter

For the caramel:

1 tin of Carnation Caramel

For the chocolate icing:

25g melted chocolate

75g icing sugar

For decoration:

75g melted chocolate

Prepare your fillings in advance.

Orange curd: 

Place the zest, juice, caste sugar and eggs in a bowl and whisk together.

Add the butter, cut into small cubes, and place the bowl over a pan of simmering water. 

Whisk from time to time until the curd thickens. This takes around 10 minutes.

Leave to cool.

To make the doughnuts: (from BBC Food)

Mix the yeast with half a teaspoon of the sugar and two tablespoons of the warm milk. 

Place in a warm place to rest for 15 minutes, or until frothy.

Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Stir in one tablespoon of the sugar.

Make a well in the flour and pour in the yeast mix, the rest of the milk, the melted butter and the egg.

Mix to make a dough and then knead, cover the bowl and leave to stand for 45 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size.

On a floured work surface, knead the dough for five minutes, then divide into 12 balls and place in a warm place for 30 minutes, or until they have doubled in size.

Heat the oil in a deep pan until it reaches 190C/375F, or a cube of bread dropped in sizzles and turns golden in 30 seconds.

Gently lower the dough balls one at a time into the hot oil, in batches of two or three, and fry for 3-5 minutes or until golden-brown, and then carefully turn over. 

Remove from the hot oil with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Leave to cool.

Once cooled. take a skewer and poke a small hole in the doughnut.

Fill a piping bag with orange curd and fill 12 of the doughnuts with curd.

Fill another piping bag with caramel and fill the other 12 with caramel.

Dip the the orange curd filled doughnuts into the melted chocolate and leave to set.

Mix together the chocolate and icing sugar and place into another piping bag.

Pipe on top of each doughnut.

Leave to set before serving. 

(You could just keep the doughnuts plain or make ring ones also!)

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11 Replies


  1. I really need to give doughnuts a go - I've always been a little bit scared of them due to all the frying, but that's kind of silly. I fluffy doughnuts filled with caramel and piped with chocolate is a totally excellent reason to get over my fear.

  2. I still haven't got round to making doughnuts yet- I crossed the bridge into yeast based baking with hot cross buns earlier this year. I may just have to try doughnuts next!

  3. Oh my word, these look fantastic!! Definitely need to try them out considering Jaffa Cakes are my all time favourite snack! :)

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  4. These look amazing!! Now craving cakes, doughnuts, all of the above!!! ���� #KCACOLS

  5. Oh wow these look amazing!! I love doughnuts, and these ones sound super yummy. I've never made my own but I'd definitely give these a go! #KCACOLS

  6. Wow those look and sound amazing! I think making donuts is a bit beyond my baking skills though! Lol #KCACOLS

  7. Oh my goodness these look amazing! Yum yum x #sundaybest

  8. These look and sound AMAZING!!! *drools* #SundayBest xx

  9. These sound totally amazing! I've never made doughnuts, but may need to give this recipe a try! #KCACOLS

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  11. OMG this looks so delicious! I really fancy having one now! lol Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS x


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