Side Oven Bakery Doughnuts

DessertServes 6-8

The ultimate comfort food, this tasty doughnut great recipe from the team at Foston on the Wolds based Side Oven Bakery is delicious with stewed apple or any seasonal fruit depending on the time of year. For more recipe inspiration from the award-winning bakery visit


1 tsp dried yeast

2 tbsp caster sugar – plus more to coat doughnuts in

120ml whole milk (tepid)

280g strong white flour

Pinch of salt

45g unsalted butter (melted)

1 egg

Cooking oil for deep frying (rapeseed oil works well)

4 tbsp stewed apple – or any other fruit that can be pureed

4 tbsp custard (optional)


  1. Stir the yeast and sugar into the tepid milk. Leave for ten minutes until the yeast is frothy on top.
  2. Add the flour, salt, butter and a beaten egg and mix well for two minutes by hand or use a dough hook in a mixer until you make a soft sticky dough. Cover with a clean damp cloth and rest for ten minutes.
  3. Mix again for another 2 - 3 minutes until the dough is smooth and supple (but still sticky). Cover and rest again for 30 minutes or until it has increased in size by half again.
  4. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to about 1.5cm thick, then cut out 6 to 8 circles using a cutter (approx 8cm). Place each one onto greaseproof paper and cover with clean tea towel to prove for 30mins to an hour or until doubled in size.
  5. Fill a saucepan two thirds full with cooking oil. Heat to 180’c or until a little piece of dough sizzles and browns immediately.
  6. Fry each doughnut for about 1.5 min on each side until golden brown all over. Remove with a slotted spoon and put on cooling rack. Coat with extra sugar whilst still warm.
  7. Once cool pipe the fruit and/or custard filling into the centre of the doughnut using a piping bag and nozzle.
Best enjoyed the same day!