Aug 4, 2013

We Knead to Bake # 6: Baked Yeasted Doughnuts (Eggless)

Hello there folks. Hope you are all doing well. July just got over so fast and apparently all my time , energy and subsequent blog posts were dedicated to the one little birthday party that we held for our bubbly toddler who turned 2 on July11th. And due to my slack I’m far behind at posting some of my monthly bread baking extravaganzas.

As many of you may know I’m part of a group called ‘We Knead To Bake’ where we bake up some baked (yeasted) bread every month. The month of June was also celebrated as the Month of Doughnuts in the US, which was actually the first friday of June which was June 1st this year, and Aparna's brilliant brain came up with Baked Doughnuts for the group to bake and enjoy!

So see I’m laaaagggging behind in sharing this post :-), but better late then never right?!!

Doughnuts or Donuts, no matter how they are pronounced or written, they are just delicious!! 
Have you ever met a person who has never eaten these? Now how many of you din't know that this goody with a hole in the middle are actually 'deep fried' before being coated in some sugary glaze? I for one din't know until recently and my parents din't know until I made this baked version...its never too late to learn something new now, is it? ;-) But I'm so glad we did a Baked version and that too eggless and they tasted just as good!

We were given the choice of glaze to coat the doughnuts and whether baked or fried I'm a fan of the Chocolate glazed doughnuts ( no sprinkles n' all)  So I made a quick Chocolate ganache glaze making sure it was smooth and dipped my perfectly baked doughnuts in them, tapped off any excess and voila! I made some perfectly glazed chocolate doughnuts - all homemade!!

As for the Doughnut holes, I brushed them with some butter and generously rolled them in the Cinnamon Sugar that I made. 

These doughnut holes and mini doughnuts turned out to be good mid-day snacks for Manish and me at office for few days :-)

I made 6 large doughnuts, 7 mini doughnuts and 12 doughnuts holes (round and star shaped). Some were glazed with chocolate ganache and the rest with cinnamon sugar. I wanted to do some Jam filled doughnuts as well, but no one at home wanted any, so I din't make any. 

These baked doughnuts were soft and spongy and I for one ate them without much guilt :-) Manish and my dad felt they were a bit dry when compared to the fried ones we get at bakeries, but with the yummy glaze and cinnamon sugar on them, they tasted just perfect to me. These are best eaten the day they are made. 

Baked Doughnuts

You'll need:
1/4 cup superfine sugar
1 cup warm milk (45C/115F)
3/4 tbsp instant yeast (or 1 tbsp active dry yeast)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups cake flour (or all-purpose flour) , plus more for kneading
100gm butter, cut into 1 inch cubes

For the topping:
75 to 100gm butter, melted

1 cup superfine sugar + 2 tablespoons cinnamon (more or less, depending on your taste), mixed together
Glazes of your choice ( I made a thin Chocolate ganache)
Jam to fill your doughnuts

1. Using a processor to knead helps but you can do this by hand. Put the sugar, milk, yeast, salt and vanilla in the processor bowl and pulse to mix well. Add the cake flour and 1 cup of all-purpose flour and process, adding a little more of the flour as necessary till the dough is thick and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Now add the butter pieces one at a time and process till there no large chunks of butter are left in the bottom of the bowl. Now add a little more flour until your have a soft, pliable and elastic dough that is most but not overly sticky.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead gently until the dough no longer sticks to your hands. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased large mixing bowl., turning it to coat well. Cover with a damp towel and let it rise till double in volume. This should take about an hour.

2. Punch down the dough and roll out to a thickness of 1/2" thickness. Cut out doughnuts using a doughnut cutter or whatever you have on hand to cut out 3” diameter with 1” diameter holes. If you’re making doughnuts to fill with jam, then do not cut out the holes. Place the doughnuts and the holes on parchment lined or lightly greased baking sheets, leaving at least 1” space between them.
Re-roll the scraps and cut out more doughnuts. I used the last left over scraps of dough by pinching of bits, rolling them into balls and baking them too.

3. Let them rise for about 20 minutes or till almost double in size and then bake them at 200C (400F) for about 5 to 10 minutes till they’re done and golden brown. Do not over bake them.
4. Take them out of the oven and immediately brush them with the melted butter and then dip them into the cinnamon sugar mixture. If filling the doughnuts with jam, let them cool.
(Ideally this recipe makes about 12 to 14 doughnuts and holes )

(The slightly browned one is how the bottom portion of the baked doughnut looks like)

If glazing the doughnuts:
If glazing your doughnuts, let them cool completely and then dip one side of the doughnut in the glaze of your choice and let it set.
( I made a small quantity of chocolate glaze by heating quarter cup of 2% milk and adding it to 3 tblsp semi-sweet chocolate chips + 3 tblsp powdered sugar until everything was melted and smooth )

If glazing with flavored sugar (like Cinnamon Sugar)
If glazing your doughnuts with flavored sugar, let them cool completely and then lightly brush them with melted butter and roll the doughnuts in the sugar until coated.
(I made a small quantity by adding 2 tsp cinnamon to 3 tblsp of sugar and mixing it together)

If making jam filled doughnuts:
Put the jam into a piping bag with a writing nozzle/ tip and press into the doughnut from the side and gently press out the jam into the doughnut till it starts oozing out. Jam doughnuts do not need too much jam to fill them.

You must try baking doughnuts at home sometime and who knows, you might just love them so much that you might never buy a store bought one again! Have a great day ahead you guys and enjoy some doughnuts today :-)



  1. I gave up eating donuts a long time ago and I've been wanting to bake them forever. These look great, must try it soon.

  2. truly awesome.. love the clicks too... first time here... great space u have Manju!

  3. The doughnuts look perfectly done! I am especially sold out to the cinnamon sugar kissed ones.

  4. Those donuts sure look yummy... love both the glazed and the cinnamon sugar ones.... wish i could get with my coffee now

  5. My daughter is asking for the homemade donuts for over a month now and I never got my hands at that area yet :(...good reminder Manju, I have to make it soon. I like the cinnamon sugar ones :) over the glazed and kids love the glazed ones. Parcel me some :)

  6. Beautiful luking donuts...nice step wise cliks..

  7. Beautiful pics manju !! Baked donuts sounds more yummy and healthier :) I am bookmarking this .. !! thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  8. Love donuts but since they are fried I have been staying away from them...Baked donuts sound good to be had guilt free :)

  9. absolutely gorgeous looking donuts... look at that chocolate glaze.... me or my kids, we would have definitely grabbed that one! :)

  10. Awesome clicks appealing....I have never made donuts before....Love it.Thanx for sharing..... :)

  11. OMG! I always want to make homemade donuts! I'm so inspired, I have to make them soon. Now I wish I can at least have one bite...

  12. Never made them before but in to do list...urs look sinfully delicious..I loved the chocolate dipped version....mouthwatering....well done...

  13. Looks perfect Manju !! Makes me crave to bake some right away !

  14. Doughnuts looks delicious and mouthwatering.

  15. Baked doughnuts makes me go nuts ;) what fantastic clicks looks so perfect babe... bookmarking these to try :)

  16. awesome all glittering,baked doughnuts look awesome.

  17. This is just the recipe I was looking for, although I enjoy cake donuts too. Regarding the shelf-life, try splitting the liquid used to ½C milk and ½C water kept after boiling potatoes. It's over a 100 yr old trick, and extend the life of my biscuits up to 5 days sitting in the cupboard. Honest. May the forks be with you, _ga-


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