Christmas time is baking time, and Texas Pepper Jelly’s Texas Style Jelly Doughnuts will be the highlight of your family’s breakfast or snack time. They’re easy to make, too, and don’t contain much sugar at all!
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast (one square)
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons real sugar
2 tablespoons butter (don’t substitute)
1/2 cup Texas Pepper Jelly, any kind
canola oil for frying
sugar and cinnamon mixture, for coating the finished doughnuts
What to do:
In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar, and 1/2 cup of the flour. Let rise for fifteen minutes.
In a large bowl, add all ingredients except oil, pepper jelly, and sugar/cinnamon mixture. Your final mixture should be soft but not sticky. If it’s sticky, add a little more flour. It it’s stiff, add a little more milk.
Cover, and let rise another 15 minutes.
Punch down the risen dough, turn out onto a floured surface and knead for a few seconds. With a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to about 1/2-inch thick. Cut into rounds with a biscuit cutter, and place the rounds on a lightly floured baking sheet. Let rise for another 15 minutes.
In a heavy pot, heat the oil to 350 degrees. Fry the doughnuts, a few at a time. Turn frequently. When nicely browned, remove from oil and roll on a plate lined with sugar/cinnamon mixture. When all doughnuts are fried, fill a pastry bag with pepper jelly, insert the tip into each doughnut, and squeeze 1-2 teaspoons of pepper jelly into each doughnut. Serve and enjoy.