Doughnut Holes with Raspberry Jam

Chef-owner Ginevra Iverson of Restaurant Eloise in Sonoma County, California, serves her light, crisp, sugared doughnut holes with sweet-tart raspberry jam. She won't send any imperfect doughnut holes into the dining room; misshapen ones, she says, become snacks for the kitchen crew: "They get slathered with jam and devoured by whomever gets to them first." Slideshow:  More Doughnut Recipes 

Doughnut Holes with Raspberry Jam
Photo: © Con Poulos
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs



  • ¾ teaspoon active dry yeast

  • ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon warm water

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour


  • ¾ teaspoon active dry yeast

  • 2 tablespoons milk (warmed)

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 large egg yolks

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)

  • 3 tablespoons sugar


  • 1 pint red raspberries (2 ounces)

  • 1 ½ cups sugar (plus more for coating)

  • Vegetable oil (for frying)


  1. In a medium bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water. Mix in the flour. Cover with plastic and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 1 hour.

  2. In a standing mixer fitted with the dough hook, dissolve the yeast in the milk. Add the flour, salt, egg yolks, butter, sugar and the starter and mix until the dough forms a ball. Scrape the dough into a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 1 hour.

  3. In a saucepan, simmer the raspberries with the 1 1/2 cups of sugar over moderate heat until thickened, about 25 minutes. Scrape the jam into a bowl and let cool for 1 hour.

  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a floured work surface, roll out the dough 1/2 inch thick. Stamp out 1-inch round doughnuts as close together as possible. Reroll the scraps and stamp out more doughnuts. Transfer the rounds to the baking sheet and cover with a damp cloth. Let stand for 15 minutes.

  5. In a saucepan, heat 1 inch of oil to 325°. Fry the doughnuts until golden, 2 minutes. Drain, then roll the doughnuts in sugar. Serve hot, with the raspberry jam.

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