I love doughnuts like most of you, but just feel so guilty buying these deep fried kill joys! Iv been watching people baking these doughnuts....somehow never had the confidence to try these out at home! Anyway.....on one such day when I was craving these, I decided to bake them myself. Came across these baked doughnuts on Mels kitchen cafe. Just halved her recipe.
I kept praying as I started adding ingredients one by one into my mixing bowl.....hoping the whole thing doesnt have to be thrown out!.....sheeeesh.......that was one long wait for the final result with all that yeast rising and stuff.......but was definitely worth the wait. Hot out of the oven, just smeared some melted dark chocolate on top and then AHHHHH.......ummmmmmm...........so soft! delicious! I had finally won my battle against these doughnuts! Hurrah!
I did'nt have a doughnut cutter so I just used a cookie cutter. So my poor doughnuts had no holes in the middle...but who cares? same taste right?? ;)
I was too tired to make some chocolate glaze for the topping so I just melted some dark chocolate and smeared it on these hot delicious doughnuts........topped with rainbow sprinkles! The cinnamon sugar were also a big hit! but the chocolate ones were the best! Arnt they a beauty?? :D
INGREDIENTS:2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup + 2 tbsps warm milk
1 tsp instant yeast
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/4 tsp salt
For the sugar topping:
1/4 cup butter melted
3/4 cup granulated sugar mixed with 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- In a large mixing bowl, pour the warm milk.
- Stir in the yeast and sugar.
- Add the butter and whisk using a hand whisk.
- Add in the egg, flour and salt.
- Mix the ingredients using a wooden spoon initially and later using your hands to knead the dough.
- Adjust the dough texture by adding few spoons of flour or milk little by little.
- The dough should pull away from the sides of the bowl and be very soft and smooth and slightly sticky.....DONT OVERFLOUR!
- Knead the dough for a few minutes and then transfer the dough to a slightly greased bowl.
- Cover the bowl with a cling wrap and let the dough rise for about an hour or until it has doubled in size. ( the exact time will depend on the temperature of your kitchen)
- Punch down the dough and roll it out to about 1/2 inch thickness on a lightly floured counter.
- using a doughnut cutter cut out circles on the dough.
- Line a baking tray with butter paper and transfer the doughnut circle on to the tray.
- Cover the tray with a lightly greased cling wrap. (At this point you can refrigerate the doughnuts overnight or proceed with the recipe.)
- Let the doughnuts rise for another 45 mins until they are puffed and nearly doubled.
- Bake in a 375 deg F oven until the bottoms are just golden for about 5 to 8 mins.
- They should be pale on top, not golden and browned, and just barely baked through.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for a minute.
- Dip each doughnut in melted butter and then toss into the sugar to coat the tops.
- serve immediately
- Tastes best when its hot from the oven. But still good later too :)