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Beignets with Quick Homemade Blackberry Jam

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time50 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium

For the Doughnuts

180ml warm water, about 35°C
50g sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon zest
1 large egg
120ml whole milk
450g plain flour
2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
Oil to deep fry
Icing sugar

For the jam

250g blackberries

Mix the yeast, water, and sugar in a mixer bowl fitted with a dough hook. Let stand until foamy, about five minutes. Add the salt, lemon zest, nutmeg, egg, milk, and 180g flour; mix on medium speed until combined. Add the butter; mix until incorporated. Add 210g cups flour, and mix until the dough comes together. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in the remaining 30g flour by hand until the dough is smooth, about 5 minutes.

Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover loosely with plastic wrap, and let stand in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in size, about one hour. Remove the dough from the bowl and punch down. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 1cm thickness. Cut out circles with a 1/2cm round cutter; place on a floured baking sheet. Let rise in a warm, draft-free spot for 30 minutes.

Heat the oil in a medium pot or deep fryer until it registers 350°F on a deep fry thermometer. Fry the beignets in batches, rolling them around constantly with a slotted spoon, until golden brown all over, one to two minutes. Transfer the beignets with the slotted spoon to a platter lined with paper towels and dust with icing sugar. Serve warm with the jam.

Quick Blackberry Jam

Put the blackberries in a food processor and process until coarsely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a large pan and stir in the sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, and cook until the jam is thickened about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let come to room temperature.

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