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Kreppel – Jam Doughnuts

Jam Doughnuts Recipe

Kreppel Jam Doughnuts

Jam donuts is the German recipe, it has many names, depending on the region in Germany. Krapfen, Kreppel, Berliner and Pfankuchen are common names.


  • 500g / (4 1/2 cups) plain all-purpose flour (Type 450)
  • 1 packet dried yeast
  • 30g (3 tablespoons) sugar
  • 100g (1/2 cup) butter
  • 1 level teaspoon salt
  • 3 drops vanilla essence
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) milk
  • 2 medium eggs
  • icing sugar to cover the Kreppel
  • 300g strawberry, raspberry or plum jam
  • frying oil


  • Sift the flour into a mixing bowl, add the dried yeast and mix well
  • Melt the butter in warm milk, but don’t cook the milk
  • Add the milk-butter mixture, sugar, salt, eggs, and vanilla essence to the flour
  • Stir with a mixer at low level until ingredients are combined, then mix at high level for about 5 minutes until the dough is smooth
  • Cover the dough and let it rise in a warm place until it has doubled in volume (about 30 to 60 minutes)
  • Remove the dough from the bowl, sprinkle with flour, knead it briefly form 16 balls of about the same size
  • Put the balls onto a floured tea towel, cover with another towel and let the balls rise for 15 to 30 minutes, they must visibly increase in size
  • Meanwhile heat the frying oil to 180°C / 350°F
  • Put the balls in the hot oil (they shouldn’t touch each other) and fry from both sides until they are golden brown
  • Remove the cooked kreppel with a spoon and drain on paper towels
  • Mix the jam until smooth, fill into a piping bag or decorating pen with a long tip, pipe the jam into the Kreppel

Preparing Kreppel is not difficult, but it needs patience to let the dough rise twice. So don’t hurry.

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