Thursday, February 28, 2013

Baked Doughnuts


Remember when I said I was going on a diet? Well I have come to the conclusion that the more conscious I become about what I eat, the more my body is like..."gimmie chocolate and cake and pie AND DOUGHNUTS!" So I said yea know what? I will give you doughnuts body, you deserve it! This recipe is wayyy better for you than the deep fried krispy kremes (what's up with the K anyway?) These babies might not taste quite as good, but they definitely satisfied my desire for a warm, sugary, chewy doughnut.

Baked Doughnuts
(makes about 15 doughnuts)

Recipe adapted from Krissy's Creations

For the Dough
3/4 cups Warm Milk
1 packet Active Dry Yeast
1 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
1/3 cup Sugar
1 Egg
2 ½ cup All Purpose Flour
Pinch of Nutmeg
½ tsp. Salt

For the sugar Glaze
* Enough to glaze all the doughnuts
¼ cup Milk
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
2 cups Confectioners Sugar

For the Chocolate Glaze:

(recipe from Alton Brown)

1/4 cup unsalted butter
2 TBSP cup whole milk, warmed
1/2 TBSP light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

Directions:

Combine butter, milk, corn syrup, and vanilla in medium saucepan and heat over medium heat until butter is melted. Decrease the heat to low, add the chocolate, and whisk until melted. Turn off heat, add the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Place the mixture over a bowl of warm water and dip the doughnuts immediately. Allow glaze to set for 30 minutes before serving.


Directions:

-Preheat oven to 375.
-To make the dough, place ¼ cups of the warm milk in the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk. Let sit for 5 minutes.



#1 In a small bowl, combine the remaining ½ cup of milk with the sugar and butter. Add it to the yeast mixture. Stir to combine. Add the egg and stir until incorporated. Add the flour, nutmeg, and salt and stir until the dough starts to form. Change to the dough hook and knead for until the dough starts to become smooth. If the dough is too sticky, slowly add more flour until it is no longer sticky.

#2 and #3 Transfer to the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic and has formed a ball.

#4 Place the dough ball in a large lightly greased bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit in a warm place for about 1 hour, until doubled in size.

#5 Once the dough has risen, roll it out on a lightly floured surface until ½ thick. Using a doughnut cutter (if you don’t have a doughnut cutter, you can use 2 biscuit cutters – 1 that is about 3 inches, and the other that is about 2 inches for the inner circle) cut out the doughnuts until you have no dough left. If desired you can gather up the scraps into a ball and roll it out and cut out more doughnuts. I prefer not too because I feel the dough becomes too tough.

#5 Place the doughnuts on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper, about 2 inches apart. Cover with a clean towel and let sit for about 45 minutes.

-Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 7 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Be careful to not overbake these. You want them to be light and doughy inside. Let the doughnuts cool for about 5 minutes until ready to top with either the glaze or chocolate topping

While the doughnuts are cooling make the glaze and/or cinnamon sugar glaze. Each recipe makes enough to cover all the doughnuts. I made a half recipe of each and topped half of the doughnuts with each topping. Or you can choose to just do one of topping for all the doughnuts.

To make the glaze
combine the milk and the vanilla in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until just warmed. Slowly add in the confectioners sugar and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Remove the glaze from the heat and place over a bowl of warm water.

To glaze the doughnuts, dip them halfway into the glaze and place on a draining/cooling rack set over a baking sheet. Sprinkle with sprinkles if desired. Let set for about 10 minutes.



4 comments :

  1. First of all, these are SO pretty. Second of all, they almost look too good to eat...well, almost! ;)

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  2. Thank you so much! Not too bad for my first attempt (then again anything looks good with rainbow sprinkles). :)

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  3. I wholeheartedly agree with your mentality! Actually the more I try to restrict myself, the more I think about ice cream and the more likely I am to eat a whole pint in one sitting lol. These donuts look heavenly! So cute with the sprinkles.

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  4. lol it's so true! I am beginning to think I am better off not dieting. And thanks :)

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