For the doughnuts

  • 125g strong white bread flour
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 25g cocoa powder, plus 2 tsp for dusting
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 150g buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 35g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 75g Nutella chocolate spread
  • 2 tbsp toasted chopped hazelnuts

For the glaze

  • 50g butter
  • 35g double cream
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 tbsp Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
  • 125g Nutella chocolate spread
  • 150g icing sugar


  1. 1

    Preheat your oven to 180ºC/gas mark 4. Place the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and a pinch of salt into a mixing bowl and combine. Set aside.

  2. 2

    Pour the buttermilk, egg, butter, vinegar and vanilla extract into a separate large mixing bowl and whisk together. Heat the Nutella in 10-second bursts in the microwave until smooth and runny.

  3. 3

    Pour the flour mixture into the buttermilk mixture and stir until fully mixed. Mix in the melted Nutella until combined.

  4. 4

    Lightly grease doughnut pans for 10 doughnuts and dust with the remaining cocoa powder. Pour the batter into a piping bag and pipe into the doughnut moulds.

  5. 5

    Bake the doughnuts for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with just a few wet crumbs when inserted into the centre of a doughnut.
 Remove from the moulds and carefully turn out on to a cooling rack. Allow the doughnuts to cool completely.

  6. 6

    To make the glaze, add all the ingredients except the icing sugar to a medium saucepan and heat over a medium heat, stirring until smooth. Gradually add the icing sugar, stirring continuously, then remove from the heat. Transfer to a heatproof bowl and set over a small saucepan of simmering water to keep it from stiffening.

  7. 7

    To coat the doughnuts, dip the tops of each doughnut into the warm glaze and shake to remove any excess. Place the doughnuts on a cooling rack, glaze side-up, and quickly sprinkle with the chopped nuts. Let the doughnuts sit for 10 minutes to allow the glaze to harden before serving.

Nutritional Details

Each serving provides
  • Energy 1126kj 269kcal 13%
  • Fat 12.1g 17%
  • Saturates 5.9g 30%
  • Sugars 26.4g 29%
  • Salt 0.4g 7%

% of the Reference Intakes

Typical values per 100g: Energy 1612kj/385kcal

Each serving provides

34.2g carbohydrate 1.2g fibre 4.7g protein

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