Actifry Doughnuts with a Nutella Filling


Actifry Doughnuts with a Nutella Filling

Edited to add: When I originally posted this (and my other Actifry Doughnuts) back in 2016, nobody else was making them. I am not claiming to be the “inventor” of doughnuts made this way, but to my knowledge I am one of the first (definitely to blog about it, anyway).

Actifry Doughnuts with a Nutella Filling

There’s never a wrong time for doughnuts, any kind of doughnuts, but my kids were sick with colds, and I thought they might appreciate a little cheering up. These Nutella beauties did the trick, good and proper!

Actifry Nutella Filled Doughnuts

Although I am not adverse to a deep-fried doughnut when someone else is making them, at home, going to the palaver of using a ton of oil is not going to happen. Enter my Actifry. My favourite little machine does just a good a job as any deep fat fryer, but the end result is much better for you.

Actifry Nutella Filled Doughnuts

I’ve made loads of different versions, such as fruits of the forest jam and one with a chocolate glaze.

Actifry Nutella Filled Doughnuts

I am not going to lie, they can be a little bit time-consuming to make. First you need to prepare the dough and then when you cook them, you have to stand over and watch them. But if anything is worth the effort – it’s these stunners!

Actifry Nutella Filled Doughnuts

Nutella Filled Doughnuts (Made in the Actifry)

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  • 125ml (1/2 cup) water
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) milk
  • 60g (1/4 cup) butter
  • 25g (2 tablespoons) fresh yeast (see notes)
  • 400-450g (3 cups) bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar (see notes)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 65g (1/3 cup) sugar
  • Nutella
  • Oil for cooking
  • Icing sugar (for sprinkling)
  • NOTES:
  • I use vanilla sugar in all my recipes. Please see this handy guide to converting the sugar to other vanilla sources.
  • It's rare I don't use fresh yeast in my bread, but I know it's not readily available for everyone. Here is a useful guideline for converting fresh to dried or instant.


~ In a pan, heat the water, milk and butter, just until the butter is starting to melt. Remove from the heat and allow to cool until it just lukewarm, and then sprinkle in the yeast. Stir until combined and leave for around 10 minutes to activate.

~ In a large bowl, mix around 350g of bread flour with the sugar, vanilla sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pour in the wet ingredients and gradually add more flour as necessary (check out my tips on how to make bread.

~ Knead for around five minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic and then place back in the bowl and cover with a towel. Leave in a warm place until it has pretty much doubled in size.

~ Drop dollops of Nutella (around 1-2 teaspoons) on a baking tray lined with grease-proof paper. Place in the freezer for an hour to harden up.

~ Knock back the dough and briefly knead again and then divide into 8 roughly equal sized balls, pulling the outsides in to make a nice, smooth finish. Take each ball and flatten in the palm of your hand and place one of the Nutella dollops in the centre. Pull over the outsides of the dough so that the Nutella is completely covered.

~ Place the dough balls on a baking tray lined with grease-proof paper, cover, and leave in a warm place to proof for around 45-60 minutes.

~ Remove the rotary part of your Actifry, then sprinkle in a touch of vegetable oil. Place the lid on and let it run for a couple of minutes, then gently place several doughnuts in. Brush a little oil over the top. Because the rotary part is not being used, you will manually need to shuffle the doughnuts around to ensure an even cooking. The more doughnuts in the pan, the longer they take.

~ When golden brown, remove from the Actifry and leave to cool on some kitchen paper. Coat with icing sugar and enjoy while still warm!


PS – I am excited to reveal that for the first time (to my knowledge), one of my recipes has been translated into another language – check out homeyou for the recipe in Portuguese!



Actifry Doughnuts with a Nutella Filling

28 thoughts on “Actifry Doughnuts with a Nutella Filling

  1. Is it possible to do this in the oven? Weird question, I know but I live in Africa and we don't have an Actifry here :D
    1. Hello! I guess any dough kind of recipe like this could be made in the oven - regular doughnuts can, can't they? The only thing I would say is that the Actifry "fries" without much oil, which makes them quite similar to regular doughnuts. I think they would be more like bread buns than doughnuts if baked!
  2. Nutella is my kryptonite! There's a major coffee-and-donut chain up here in Canada that recently ended their nutella donut campaign. Now I'm excited to try and make some of my own!
    1. I actually could take it or leave it, but there was something sensational about it being gooey inside a still warm doughnut!
    1. That's why I like them! Okay, Nutella isn't the most healthiest thing but you could easily sub that for some homemade jam!

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