Breakfast in Bed: Donuts with Apricot & Cacao Nib Jam
Source: Jessie Webster/Parachute

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Breakfast in Bed: Donuts with Apricot & Cacao Nib Jam

Donuts are the new cronuts are the new cupcakes (are the new donuts) – and for good reason: They’re good old fashioned delicious and surprisingly simple to make for a decadent breakfast in bed. We took a classic donut style and gave it some extra all natural flavor with an apricot and cacao nib jam to top it off. So grab a Cashmere Throw, start cooking and get cozy with our latest Breakfast in Bed recipe care of private chef, Tehra Turnbaugh Thorp.



Makes 8 donuts and 8 donut holes.


  • 1 16 oz can of Pillsbury Grand Buttermilk Biscuits
  • 24 oz peanut oil (or canola oil)
  • 1/2 c powdered sugar


  • 3 large apricots
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/3 c water
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs

Preparation and Cooking

Apricot jam with cacao nibs.

Apricot jam is an unexpected, yet delicious addition to donuts; Source: Jessie Webster/Parachute

  • Prepare jam by slicing the apricots into 8 pieces. Place in a non-reactive pan (no copper) and squeeze 1/2 lemon over. Coat with sugar and toss well. Let sit for 10-15 minutes and macerate.
  • After 10 minutes, pour 1/3 cup of water over and cook for 3 minutes on high heat. Let some of the water evaporate, turn down to medium heat and cook for another 7-10 minutes.
  • Stir while cooking, mashing the apricots while they cook. Once cooked, let cool in a separate bowl. When the jam is cool pour in the cacao nibs and stir. Place in a jam jar and put into the fridge.
A woman cutting out donut holes.

We use a pastry tip for cutting out donut holes; Source: Jessie Webster/Parachute

  • To prepare the donuts, pour peanut oil into a wide pot. We use a wok as it is not too deep, but very wide and can hold more donuts.
  • Turn heat on to medium-high and let oil heat up.
  • Open the tin of biscuits and separate the layers. Find some sort of tool to poke out the donut hole (We used a pastry tip).
  •  The oil should be hot after about 8 minutes, test with a donut hole; it should start sizzling and pop to the top of the oil right away.
Freshly-baked donuts sit on a tray.

Using biscuit mix for donuts simplifies the baking process; Source: Jessie Webster/Parachute

  • Cook all of the donuts, turning occasionally.
  • Take out of oil with a slotted spoon and place onto paper towel to drain.
  • Once all are cooked, let cool for a bit and sprinkle some powdered sugar over the top through a mesh sieve.
Donut holes are placed back onto the donuts.

If you’re going to enjoy donuts, go all the way with an apricot cacao jam on top; Source: Jessie Webster/Parachute