date doughnuts with spiced sugar

  • 1 cup (180g) fresh dates, pitted and chopped
  • ¼ cup (60ml) boiling water 
  • 1¼ cups (185g) self-raising flour, sifted 
  • ¾ cup (165g) caster sugar 
  • 2 eggs 
  • ¾ cup (180ml) milk 
  • 125g unsalted butter, melted 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 

spiced sugar

  • ½ cup (110g) white sugar 
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Place the dates and water in a small bowl and allow to stand for  5 minutes or until softened. Using a fork, mash the dates until smooth. 
  2. Place the flour, sugar, eggs, milk, butter, vanilla and date mixture in a large bowl and whisk until smooth. Spoon half the mixture into a well-greased 6 x ⅓-cup-capacity (80ml) doughnut pan. Cook for 12–14 minutes or until golden brown and cooked when tested with a skewer. 
  3. Turn out doughnuts onto a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining batter to make 12 doughnuts. 
  4. To make the spiced sugar, place the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl and mix to combine. Toss the doughnuts in the spiced sugar to serve. Makes 12.
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