Jam-Filled Coconut Donuts

Jam-Filled Coconut Donuts

Makes 1 dozen
Filled with sweet-tart jam and crowned with toasted coconut, these baked donuts (a fun version of more traditional Hanukkah sufganiyot) make for a delicious family cooking project.
  • 3 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 (1/4-ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, at room temperature, divided, plus more for the bowl
  • 1 cup large coconut flakes, toasted
  • 3/4 cup raspberry jam or orange marmalade
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In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and yeast. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, 1/3 cup of the sugar, 4 tablespoons of the oil and egg and then add to flour mixture and stir until combined. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until very smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Oil a clean, large bowl, arrange dough in the bowl and set aside in a warm spot, covered, until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 12x9-inch rectangle. Using a round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut into 12 (3-inch) circles and arrange on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. (When cutting the donuts, press directly down without turning the cutter. This will help them to rise higher when baking.) Cover loosely and set aside in a warm spot to let rise for 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake donuts until puffed and golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Set aside to let cool completely. Using the wide end of a chopstick, make a 1/2-inch hole in the side of each donut, going about 3/4 of the way through. Spoon jam into a quart-size resealable plastic bag and cut off one corner to make a 1/3-inch opening. Pipe jam into donuts to fill. 

In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining 3 tablespoons oil and 3 tablespoons sugar. Spread coconut flakes in a wide, shallow dish. Generously brush the top of each donut with sugar mixture, and then press firmly in coconut, sprinkling more on top. Serve immediately.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: Serving size: 1 donut, 360 calories (120 from fat), 14g total fat, 12g saturated fat, 15mg cholesterol, 130mg sodium, 53g carbohydrates, (2 g dietary fiber, 22g sugar), 6g protein.

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