Fresh strawberry donuts

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Phew – it’s been awhile, but we’re officially back in action! And I promise this recipe was worth the wait…

Even though the weather’s still a bit up and down, it’s beginning to feel like summer is just around the corner thanks to one little thing… our local strawberry farm has officially opened! That means our fridge is once again fully stocked with beautiful, juicy fresh strawberries, which let’s be honest, are pretty much one of the most delicious things ever – right?

Now that fresh strawberries are no longer carefully rationed, I thought it was about time I used a few to flavour a bit of a weekend treat – and donuts were the first thing that sprang to mind!

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caramel apple cider doughnuts

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I don’t know about you, but one of my absolute favourite things to do in winter is snuggle up in front of the fire with a nice big glass of cider to while away those evenings when it’s just too wet and miserable to venture outside. Bliss.

While we’re not quite in winter yet (though, tell that to the weather!) I’ve done a bit of forward planning and found my new favourite cider. Well, not just one – there’s a whole range that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with thanks to the very clever people at Mac’s.

Mac’s has branched out from beers and introduced a range of delicious ciders that are a little bit different and taste distinctively apple-y even when there are other flavours in the mix. Forget all those super sweet berry combos, Mac’s ciders are much more tempting – think Cloudy Apple, Cranberry & Ginger, Blood Orange & Cardamon and (my personal favourite) Chilli & Lime.

I decided to make the most of their hard work and use Mac’s cider to bring a little extra punch into some autumnal baking – and that’s who these caramel apple cider doughnuts were born.

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Blueberry & lemon baked doughnuts

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Berries are without a doubt one of my favourite things about this time of year – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, boysenberries… whatever the berry, I’m all over it! Luckily for a berry-beast like me they’re also super affordable at this time of year – so much so that our veggie drawer is absolutely packed with punnets of them at this very moment.

While berries are great as a grab-and-go snack, they’re equally as wonderful incorporated into your favourite baking – and when you use them in homemade doughnuts? Well that’s pretty much as good as it gets.

That’s where these blueberry and lemon baked doughnuts come in – they are absolutely delicious. Seriously, it took all my willpower not to eat every single one! The combination of tangy lemon with delicious bursts of sweet blueberries is a match made in heaven – and one that’s super easy to pull together at this time of year.

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Chocolate & Espresso Doughnuts

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Despite being an avid tea drinker for the majority of my life, since I entered the working world a few years ago coffee has firmly cemented itself as a ‘must have’ item to get my day off to a good start. It’s not just the caffeine (though that certainly helps!), there’s something about that silky coffee flavour that makes the world seem just that little bit better.

There are two things in the world that go incredibly with coffee – chocolate and doughnuts. Not only does coffee go beautifully with a freshly baked doughnut, but it helps bring out all that beautiful chocolate flavour. So when I dreamed up these rather delicious chocolate and espresso doughnuts this weekend, I was left wondering why I hadn’t thought of the idea sooner. It just makes sense.

I am so unbelievably in love with these doughnuts. As baked doughnuts not only are they a little healthier than their fried counterparts, but they’re much quicker and easier to make – no thermometer or heated oil required! And then there’s the flavour…

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