Jam donut holes, delicious little balls of deep-fried happiness filled with a sticky strawberry jam.

Jam donut bites or donut holes are a new phenomenon in the UK. Well, I’ve only seen them in Tim Hortons and that’s pretty new and unknown. Let me just get this out of the way straight away, Sam and I LOVE Tim Hortons! Thank you, Canada. Tim bits are the best things in the world and the coffee is so cheap it’s unreal. So I wanted to try my hand at fried donuts but, as you may know, it’s pretty hard to get that perfect round without a machine. So inspired by Tim Bits I have created this jam donut bite recipe.


I actually used to hate jam donuts and kinda still do. They’re definitely my last choice. However, these little nuggets of awesomeness are the exception. I think normal jam filled donuts are too much, too much donut and too much jam. These little beauties are just right, just a little something sweet to curb your sweet craving.

For filling these donuts I always recommend a pastry filling nozzle. You can get them pretty easily online and they make things like this so much easier. I wish I had bought mine much sooner. Also, a small cookie scoop makes the world of difference when scooping out the dough. If you don’t have one, don’t worry, just use a tablespoon and oil your hands up. Gently roll the dough in the palms of your hands to make the ball.


Jam donut bites

Jam donut bits, delicious little balls of deep-fried happiness filled with a sticky strawberry jam.
Course: Dessert
Keyword: donut


  • 240 g plain flour
  • 50 g sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 250 ml milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 60 ml melted butter
  • 100 g caster sugar for dipping
  • 100g Strawberry Jam
  • oil for frying


  • Line a large baking tray with a few layers of paper towels then place a wire cooling rack on top of this. Set aside.
  • Pour 2 inches of oil into a large deep pan. Heat over a medium heat until oil just starts to bubble.
  • While oil is heating, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, egg and vanilla.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  • Add melted butter and stir until mixture forms a thick batter.
  • Once the oil starts to gently bubble, use an oiled cookie scoop or a tablespoon to scoop up the batter and drop them into the hot oil. If you’re using a tablespoon, lightly oil your hands and roll the batter in your hands to form balls.
  • Add about 8 donuts to the oil in one batch and fry for around 2 minutes per side. Remove fried donuts to prepared cooling rack/baking tray, the paper towels will catch the oil.
  • Add the caster sugar to a bowl.
  • When you take the fried donut holes out of the oil, give them a minute for the excess oil to drain then add them to the sugar bowl and toss to coat them in sugar.
  • Transfer to cooling rack to cool down.
  • Fill a piping bag fitted with a pastry filling nozzle with the strawberry jam. 
  • When the donuts are cool, gently insert the end of the nozzle into the donut, squeeze gently to fill the donut with jam. 

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And there you have it, my jam donut holes recipe. Let me know in the comments if you’ve had donut holes where you’re from. Don’t forget to tag What’s Eating Manchester in your social media post to show me your bakes.

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Sarah xx