Helen Jessup’s Mini Baked Doughnuts With Rhubarb And Custard Dip

rhubarb doughnuts

Sugary sweet and perfect for spring – these mini baked ring doughnuts make a tempting treat, especially when served with a creamy custard and rhubarb jam.

For the doughnuts:
100ml of milk
1 egg
50ml of sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
2 tsp lemon juice
170g of self-raising flour
90g of caster sugar, extra for dusting
1 tsp baking powder

For the rhubarb jam:
100g of rhubarb
50g of caster sugar
2 tbsp of water

For the custard:
200ml of milk
1 vanilla
2 egg yolks
40g of caster sugar
2 tbsp of cornflour

Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas mark 7.
For the doughnuts, beat the milk, egg, sunflower oil and lemon juice together in a large jug. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar and baking powder. Stir the wet ingredients into the flour mixture until combined as a smooth batter.
Brush a mini doughnut pan with sunflower oil, then spoon Spoon a little of the batter into the holes, to just under half full – you may need more than one pan or to bake the doughnuts in batches. Bake in the preheated oven for 4 – 5 minutes.
Fill a shallow dish with caster sugar ready for coating the doughnuts. Remove them from the pan whilst warm and toss the doughnuts in the sugar thoroughly to coat. Set aside.
For the jam, cut the rhubarb into 1cm pieces and place in a pan with the sugar and water, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 10 minutes with the lid on.
Remove the lid and stir, then remove from the heat when it reaches a jam consistency – you could serve this slightly warm as a fruit compote, or allow to cool and set.
For the custard, add the milk to a saucepan, then scrape in the seeds from the vanilla pod and bring to the boil.
In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour together, then add the hot milk to the egg mixture and whisk together. Return the mixture to the saucepan and bring slowly to the boil, whisking continuously, until thickened.
To serve, divide the custard between four espresso cups and add a spoonful of jam on the top. Serve the mini doughnuts on the side, ready to be dunked!

Recipe courtesy of Helen Jessup for Great British Chefs. See here for more. 

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