MAKING LIFE A BIT SWEETER! 8th - 16th May 2021

HOORAY! It's National Doughnut Week!

What do I have in common with Homer Simpson? 

No, I’m not yellow and fat with only three strands of hair Doh!  Its doughnuts or donuts USA style.  It is no secret that along with potato chips, cheese, pizza, steak and beer, doughnuts are one of Homer Simpson's favourite foods and who can blame him for his love affair with this gorgeous irresistible usually ring-shaped piece of squidgy sweet fried dough?

So to discover National Doughnut Week, a whole week celebrating and encouraging us to eat doughnuts is without doubt absolute snack heaven and the perfect excuse to indulge even more (if this is possible) in my beloved sugar sin! Seven whole days to sample an array of flavours, toppings and fillings   - Oh my goodness I have died and gone to doughnut heaven!

However, to reach that full level of sugar filled haze appreciation it is an impossible task to eat just a single doughnut. In fact, two is also pretty hard, stopping at three is a challenge but the great news is doughnuts come in boxes of 12 which is probably the most accurate serving size especially if you are in a sharing situation.   And as one week is dedicated to the cause, I am just calculating how many boxes I will need whilst considering the recycling collection day!

Feeling stressed, bored or craving that sugary rush all you need to do is grab a doughnut, sit back and enjoy and experience a sweeter mood!

Watermelon Doughnuts

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins  - Easy  - Makes 12 large doughnuts


For the batter

200g plain flour

180g goln caster sugar

2 tsp  baking powder

½ tsp ground cinnamon

250g buttermilk 

2 medium eggs, lightly beaten

30g butter 

1 tsp vanilla extract


To decorate

300g pink candy melts

200g green candy melts

2 tbsp vegetable oil

30g dark chocolate chips


You will need

  • 12-hole doughnut tin - see below 


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Put all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and mix well with a whisk to distribute the cinnamon and baking powder. Add the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour the batter into a piping bag and fill the doughnut pan until each hole is approximately three quarters full. Do this in batches if needed.
  2. Bake for 9–10 minutes until risen, golden brown and the tops are springy to the touch. Allow to cool for a couple of mins then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. If the doughnuts have lost their holes during baking use a small cutter or piping nozzle to recut them.
  3. Put your pink candy melts in a microwaveable bowl with 1 tbsp vegetable oil. Melt at 30 second intervals at a medium heat until silky and completely melted. Spoon the pink candy melt over the top of each doughnut wiping off any drips that fall down the edge. Leave on a wire rack until set (about 5-10 mins). Do not throw away the excess pink!
  4. Meanwhile melt the green candy melts in the same way. Hold your doughnuts on the edge and roll them through the green candy melts only covering the outside not the pink. Leave to set.
  5. Cut the chocolate chips in half to create watermelon seed shapes. Dip a cocktail stick into the pink candy melt and mark out the spots to place your seeds then stick on the chocolate chips.
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