In The Kitchen - Breakfast/Brunch
June 28, 2021

Brioche Doughnuts with Blueberry, Elderberry Jam

Fruit filled with delicious blueberry jam, these homemade brioche donuts will amaze and delight your guests.

12 min read
“I’m just a girl standing in front of a salad asking it to be a donut.”

Sometimes you just need a doughnut. One of the fastest ways to make one of my sisters or I smile growing up was for someone to surprise us with doughnuts for breakfast. And with the fruit filled center of these brioche doughnuts, it's more like a healthy meal than cake for breakfast, right?

We’ll just ignore the deep fried sugar part.  It’s fine.  Reminiscent of beignets, these decadent doughy delights are exquisite, melt-in-your mouth, treats filled with flavor.  If you love donuts or homemade breads, this donut’s for you.

For this recipe, I filled the brioche with a berry jam that blended blueberry and elderberry, but you can use any jam or cream you prefer, or eat them plain, although there is nothing plain about the taste!

Brioche Doughnuts with Blueberry, Elderberry Jam

8 - 10 donuts
Prep Time
4 hr 35 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
4 hr 55 min

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  • 1  large bowl
  • 2 medium sized bowls
  • Mixer
  • Spatula
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment
  • Plastic wrap
  • Cooling rack
  • Thermometer
  • 2 saucepans
  • Round piping tip and bag


For the Dough:

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast (if using a small piping tip, mash the blueberries so they will fit through the tip)
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar, divided (plus ~ 1/2 cup sugar for rolling donuts in)
  • 1 cup milk, lukewarm
  • 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons alt
  • 2 eggs, room temp
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

For the Jam:

  • 5 cups blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons starch
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup Elderberry cordial


  • In a small bowl, combine the yeast, milk, and 2 Tablespoons of sugar and set aside to allow to foam.
  • In your mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining sugar, eggs, salt and vanilla.
  • Once the yeast mixture foams, add it to the mixing bowl, then add in melted butter and combine.
  • Add 1/2 the flour, and  mix on low to combine.
  • Switch the mixing bowl attachment from the whisk to the kneading hook, add the remaining flour, and knead on low for 1 minute.  Once flour is incorporated, increase the mixer speed to medium and knead for 5 minutes.
Brioche dough on bread hook
  • Transfer the dough to a large oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise ~ 3 hours.  (The bread can rise at room temp or in the refrigerator.  If rising overnight, place in the fridge.)
  • Once the dough has risen, divide the dough into 8-10 even segments.  roll each segment tightly in a ball (Note: If you have cracks or crevices in the balls of dough, these will expand in the second rise and the donut may not be able to hold the jam).
  • Place the donut rounds on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and Allow to rise ~45 minutes,
  • While the donuts rise, make your jam. First, in a large saucepan, combine the blueberries, lemon juice, and sugar and let simmer 2-3minutes on medium heat,  
  • Add the vanilla and cordial. to the saucepan and Continue simmering for ~3 minutes.
  • In a separate small bowl, make a starch slurry by combining the starch and water.  Add the slurry to the blueberry mixture and reduce mixture until jam is desired consistency (~8-12 minutes). stirring constantly.
Blueberry Jam being cooked
  • Once the dough rounds have risen, Fry each donut in oil for ~ 3 minutes each side. heat oil to 350 degrees F. in a medium saucepan or pot to fry the donuts.  Maintain a steady heat while frying.  Too hot, and the outside will burn before the doughy center cooks through.
  • Place on cooling rack for ~30 seconds then dust with sugar by rolling in a bowl of sugar. Return the sugared donut to the cooling rack to fully cool.
Brioche buns on cooling rack
  • Puncture a hole in the ‘top’ of the donut using a straw.
  • Place the jam in the piping bag and pipe it into the hole in the top of the donut.

For more great entertaining ideas and recipes, check out Beautiful Boards, The Southern Living Party Cookbook, and What Can I Bring?

I  hope these ideas inspire your family fun this holiday. Wishing you and your family a happy 4th!


brioche buns on a table