La Festa al Fresco…my style

So most of my readers know how I pretty much hate summer and most(not all) things associated with it. I was very upset today as it was suppose to be cooling down and low and behold between the time I went to bed and woke up they had come up with a new forecast…and it is hot. So when I was invited to participate in La Festa al Fresco even though I am not a fan of Summer I had to do it since it was sponsored by both the Cream Puff and La Mia Cucina and I love their blogs so very much. So I made a list of the foods of Summer I am not allergic to….it fit on a Post-It note. I had seen some raspberries at my favorite market and they looked quite good so I figured I would make something with that.

I am a fan of skillet jam when fruit is fresh and available, but admittedly had only made the blackberry kind that comes from a recipe in Gormet. Mine is adapted from that just using raspberries.

But what to go with my skillet jam? Since I am so longing for the crisp days of Fall I paired the jam with some cinnamon-sugar donuts just like my mom used to make when we kids would come home from our first day of school. I prefer donut holes to actual donuts because I feel less guilty eating them. Even though 3 donut holes makes one donut(just my guess, nothing scientific) some how eating 12 of them seems justified. So what better to bring to our cyber-party than donuts…I’ve never met a soul that didn’t love donuts….especially fresh ones with fresh raspberry jam.

Raspberry Skillet Jam

1 lb raspberries
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons powdered fruit pectin
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Mash raspberries with a potato masher or a fork in a large bowl.
Stir together berries, sugar, pectin, and lemon juice in a 12-inch nonstick skillet, then boil, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 7 minutes. Transfer jam to a large shallow bowl and chill, its surface covered with wax paper, until softly set, at least 30 minutes. (Jam will set further if chilled longer.)

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Plain Cake Doughnuts
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 quart oil for frying
optional – powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar mixture

For draining doughnuts, prepare a place with either newspapers or a brown paper bag. Top those with paper towels. Either flour clean kitchen counter or bread board for kneading doughnuts. Prepare a shallow bowl or plate with an inch of flour.
Heat oil in deep fryer to 375 degrees F.
Sift flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix in butter until crumbly. Stir in milk and egg. With floured hands, lightly knead the smooth dough. Turn onto area prepared with flour. Pat dough into 1/4 inch thickness. Dip either doughnut cutter or two biscuit cutters (one 1-inch and one 3 or 4-inch) in flour. Use to cut-out doughnuts. Carefully drop doughnuts into hot oil, only a few at a time. Fry, turning once, for about 3 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on prepared paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or cinnamon-sugar mixture.


  1. Peabody,

    You have absolutely outdone yourself! As if the skillet jam wasn’t enough, the doughnuts are the cherry on the sundae!

    They’re gorgeous! I love making doughnuts and I’m always looking for new recipes so I thank you for yours.

    Thank you so much for bringing these lovely sweets to La Festa al Fresco!

  2. I like it! It’s kind of like a jam-filled donut, but you get to control the amount of jam you get in each bite, so one’s not completely jam free and the next one sends it splurting out all over the place and getting everything sticky. And of course the jam itself looks wonderful, as do the donuts.

  3. oh everythings is so delicious!

  4. I am right there with ya on totally believing that since they are the donut holes then you are allowed to have a dozen of them. Pairing them with the beautiful ruby raspberry jam only means that the good for you fruit will cancel out some of the donut baddies, therefore, you can have like 15 holes! Yesterday it was rainy and hot but in the evening it got cooler – it was then that I said to myself that I’ve had enough of summer as well.. bring on fall the best season of the year! This dessert combo, I feel, is the perfect representation of both seasons! Thank you so much for bringing your jam and donuts to the party!! I can’t wait to dive in =)

  5. Peabody,
    Those sound delicious! I would be among the first to reach for them too!

  6. mmmmm, this is making me salivate. Not sure WHEN was the last time I had a doughnut. Ages!

  7. Haha…I like your theory on doughnut holes vs. whole doughnuts…you are a crack up!

    I love warm doughnuts – I used to work at an espresso stand where we made fresh mini-doughnuts (like the cart at the Pike Place Market)…they were so yummy!

  8. Hi, I’m back again. Just wanted to tag you for the 5 Things to Eat Before You Die meme. I’d love to hear what you think!

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