Delish Recipes by John Morley: Raspberry and Gin Mini Doughnuts

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Did someone say… gin doughnuts? If you’re a gin lover then this is definitely the recipe for you!


  • whole milk 175ml
  • golden caster sugar 75g
  • dried active yeast 10g (2 tsp)
  • strong white bread flour 425g
  • salt ½ tsp
  • eggs 2 medium, lightly beaten
  • orange 1 tsp finely grated zest
  • unsalted butter 75g, softened
  • 4-5 tbsp John Morley Raspberry and Gin Filling

For the sugar coating:

  • unsalted butter 25g, melted
  • caster sugar 6 tbsp


  1. Heat the milk until just below boiling point, remove from the heat and cool until hand-warm. Add 1 tsp of the sugar and the dried active yeast. Whisk then leave in a warm place for 5 minutes until the yeast has formed a thick foam on top of the milk.
  2. Tip the flour, remaining sugar and salt into a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the eggs, orange zest, softened butter and yeasty milk mixture. Using a wooden spoon mix until the mixture forms a soft dough. Tip out of the bowl and knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. The dough will be on the sticky side. Form into a ball and return to a clean bowl, cover with clingfilm and leave in a warm place for about 1 ½ hours, or until doubled in size.
  3. Tip the dough out onto the work surface and knead lightly again for 30 seconds and then roll out to a thickness of about 1cm. Using a 5-6cm plain round cutter, stamp out circles and transfer them to parchment covered baking sheets, leaving plenty of space between each doughnut. Cover loosely with oiled clingfilm and leave in a warm place for 40 minutes, or until doubled in size.
  4. Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Bake the doughnuts for about 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush the doughnuts all over with melted butter, toss in the sugar and leave to cool for 15 minutes.
  5. Spoon John Morley’s Raspberry and Gin Filling into a disposable piping bag and snip off the end to form a small nozzle. Use a wooden skewer to make a hole in the side of each doughnut, push the piping bag into the hole and fill with about a teaspoon of filling. Serve warm or cold.
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