Friday, September 17, 2010

Baked Donuts

''Baked Donuts are certainly a healthier version than traditional deep fried donuts. My donuts didn't rise as much as I accepted but for a home made baked version it was certainly good''

3/4 cups warm milk, (95 to 105 degrees)
active dry yeast (1  teaspoons)
1tablespoons butter
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
A pinch of nutmeg, freshly grated
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
And various topping of choice

  1. Place 1tbsp cup of the warm milk in the bowl . Stir in the yeast and set aside for five minutes or so. Be sure your milk isn't too hot or it will kill the yeast.
  2. Stir the butter and sugar into the remaining cup of warm milk and add it to the yeast mixture.
  3. With a fork, stir in the egg, flour, cinnamon, and salt - just until the flour is incorporated.
  4. Mix the dough with a wooden spoon to form in to a smooth dough. If your dough is too sticky, add flour a few tablespoons at a time. Too dry? Add more milk a bit at a time. You want the dough to pull away from the sides of the mixing bowl and eventually become supple and smooth.
  5. Turn it out onto a floured counter-top, knead a few times (the dough should be barely sticky), and shape into a ball.
  6. Transfer the dough to a buttered (or oiled) bowl, cover with a damp towel and put in a warm place and let rise for an hour or until the dough has roughly doubled in size.
  7. Punch down the dough and roll it out 1/2-inch thick on your floured countertop.
  8. If you have a doughnut cutter, use that to cut the doughnuts, else use a 2-3 inch cookie cutter to stamp out circles. [I used a ring of a glass!) 
  9. Transfer the circles to a parchment-lined baking sheet and stamp out the smaller inner circles using a smaller cutter. If you cut the inner holes out any earlier, they become distorted when you attempt to move them. [I actually didnt cut the middle at all but if u want the traditional look just cut the middle with a smaller round)
  10. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise for another 45 minutes.
  11. Bake in a 190C degree oven until the bottoms are just golden, 8 to 10 minutes - start checking around when 8 minutes gone.
  12. ( I took the tray out and brushed beaten egg on top of 3 of my donuts to make savory donuts)
  13. Take off the oven and make the toppings.

For Topping ideas:
Heat 1/4 butter until melted and dip the donuts in the butter and roll on sugar and cinnamon mixture.
Melt semi sweet chocolate with little butter on double boiler method and dip the donuts one by one until the top part is coated with chocolate sauce.
Mix about 1tbsp of milk with 1/2 cup of icing sugar until a smooth sauce is formed. Dip the donuts to coat.
If you like savory donuts, brush melted butter on top of donuts and sprinkle a mixture of chille powder with pinch of salt. Cut the donut in half and fill the inside with a savory filling of your choice. Example: fish bun filling, flaked cooked chicken etc.

 Donuts on Foodista

1 comment:

  1. This is definitely better than a deep fried donut! Love it!I'd love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!