Jam- Swirled Baked Donuts

Today I would like to tip my hat and send my deepest love to “Author, photographer, and donut enthusiast” Joy the Baker. Miss Joy has become one of my greatest inspirations both in the blog and donut world. If you don’t know her CHECK HER OUT, she’s fantastic and you will quickly become as obsessed as I am.

To show my proper respects, I am making her Jam-Swirled Donuts, using my own homemade jam and a delightful honey brown sugar glaze.

Let’s begin, starting with the donut pan you never knew you secretly needed.

Jam-Swirled Donuts

Just give in, make room in your cabinet, and buy one. Trust me, after these donuts you will need to use it again and again.

First we’ll mix our dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, a pinch of nutmeg, a lot of cinnamon, and even more sugar. That’s the easy part. Dry ingredients are always the easy part. But we can do this.

Browned butter. To be clear, this was my first experience browning butter and while I was hesitant everything worked out smoothly and my kitchen smelled like baking heaven. Jam-Swirled Donuts

3 tablespoons in a small saucepan. Medium heat- no stirring required. Turn on the tv and let the stove do the work.

Jam-Swirled Donuts

Don’t be nervous. It will get there. Once you see little brown specs and you smell that deep, rich nutty butter smell you are ready to roll.

Wet ingredients: whisk together your egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Follow that by adding your browned butter, whisking to combine.

We’re almost there. Are you still with me? Add your wet ingredients to dry and mix until just combined, the mixture should be thick and spoonable.

Slowly spoon your batter into your sprayed muffin pan. Now comes the fun part. Using a butter knife slowly swirl bits of your jam through each donut.

Jam-Swirled Donuts

Place these in a 350 degree F oven for just 8 minutes.

Jam-Swirled Donuts

The result: warm sweet donuts with beautiful ripples of that homemade jam. But we are not done yet. A donut is only as good as it’s glaze on top. While I was planning on making a simple vanilla glaze, my taste buds quickly took over and transformed my simple glaze into a honey brown sugar masterpiece.

Jam-Swirled Donuts

I ate 3 in one setting and while i’m not proud of it, I refuse to feel ashamed.

I would like to give one final thanks to Joy the Baker for her inspiration and quirky delightfulness. I am sure I will be making many more of her recipes in the near future and I hope you do too.


Jam-Swirled Baked Donuts
1 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash of nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 jar thick jam

1. In medium bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar.
2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, add butter. Allow butter to melt until browned.
3. In a separate bowl mix together egg, buttermilk, vanilla extract. Add in browned butter.
4. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined.
5. Spoon mixture into sprayed donut pan.
6. Using a knife carefully swirl jam through donut batter.
7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8 minutes. Do not over bake.

Honey Brown Sugar Glaze
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp honey
4 tbsp milk
1tsp vanilla extractCombine all ingredients. Add extra powdered sugar or milk as needed for desired consistency.

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