date doughnuts with spiced sugar

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

spiced sugar

  • ½ cup (110g) white (granulated) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

 

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C (325°F). Grease 6 x ⅓-cup-capacity (80ml) doughnut tins. Place the date and water in a small bowl and allow to soak for 5 minutes or until softened. Mash the date until smooth, using a fork. 
  2. Place the flour, sugar, eggs, milk, butter, vanilla and the date mixture in a large bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour half the mixture into the tins and bake for 12–14 minutes or until golden brown and cooked when tested with a skewer. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining batter, re-greasing the tins, to make a total of 12 doughnuts.
  3. To make the spiced sugar, place the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl and mix to combine. 
  4. Toss the doughnuts in the spiced sugar to serve. Makes 12 
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