August 13, 2022


During the summer we like to cook in the garden. I am on a diet now but this came up on my time line from last year. It is a cheap treat that feels special but is easy to make. Kids (and big kids) love them.

We had seen them and fancied them at a festival but the queues were too long. Ours look a bit like dog poo as the piping nozzle was too big (2D) but OMG they tasted amazing. Next time we will use a piping nozzle half the size to make them look nicer, but to be honest I liked eating them this size. We rolled them in cinnamon sugar but you could just use granulated sugar.


  • 250g flour

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 50g butter, melted

  • 300ml boiling water

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • Oil to cook in eg veg or rapeseed oil

  1. Put the water in a jug and add the melted butter and vanilla extract.
  2. Sieve the flour into a bowl with the salt and baking powder.
  3. Make a well in the middle and pour in the contents of the jug.
  4. Beat quickly until there are no lumps. It is a very thick batter.
  5. Leave to stand for 15 minutes and then place in a piping bag. The batter is a bit elastic.
  6. Heat the oil in a pan (I used a wok).
  7. Test the oil is hot enough by putting a bit of bread in so that it sizzles.
  8. This next bit is best done with two people but is possible on your own. Pipe straight into the pan, by hold the piping bag above the oil, about 8 to10cm lengths, cutting off the batter with a pair of sizzors near the nozzle.
  9. Cook until golden brown which takes less than a minute.
  10. Turn the oil down a bit if they look over cooked.
  11. Place on kitchen paper on a plate for a few seconds and then roll in sugar.

I made cinnamon sugar by mixing together sugar and cinnamon (about 100g of sugar to 2 tsp cinnamon).

When the oil is cold you can store it in a jar in the fridge to use again to save money. We will make sweet things like apple fritters or doughnuts in the oil. They served them with Nutella and strawberries at the festival. I froze half of them and warmed them up in the airfryer at a later.

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