Think that baked donuts can’t be as good as fried donuts? Wrong! These donuts are absolutely addictive – with much less fat! – especially warm out of the oven and rolled in heavenly cinnamon sugar!
?5 cups flour (plus extra for kneading?)
1 2/3 cup warm milk?
3/4 cup caster sugar (plus extra for coating the donuts)
7g/1/4 oz instant yeast?
2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled, plus 3 tablespoons butter set aside
?2 teaspoons vanilla extract (not essence)
1. Whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla extract.
2. In a separate bowl combine the flour and yeast. Slow stir the milk mixture into the dry ingredients until a dough forms.
3. Dust a counter with flour and knead the dough, adding more flour 1 Tablespoon at a time as needed, until you get a slightly sticky, elastic ball of dough.
4. Place the dough in a buttered bowl, cover with a tea towel for about 1 hour or until it has doubled in size.
5. Remove the dough, punch down and roll out on a floured surface until it is about 1-1.5cm thick.
6. Cut the donuts using a large cookie cutter or glass and use a small cookie cutter to cut out the donut holes. Make sure the donut holes are quite large as the next resting time will bulk up the dough and close up the hole.
7. Place the donuts on 2 greased baking sheets, cover with a tea towel and allow to rise for 1 more hour.
8. Preheat the oven to 190C. Bake the donuts 6 minutes.
9. While the donuts are baking, melt the additional 3 Tablespoons butter. In a large bowl mix together caster sugar and cinnamon powder (adjust for how much cinnamon flavour you like).
10. Once the donuts are out of the oven, place on a wire rack and immediately brush them with melted butter. Roll them in the cinnamon sugar and serve hot. The donuts are also good at room temperature. Serve with coffee or a glass of milk! Don’t forget to bake the donut holes (for 3-4 minutes!)
Have you tried baked donuts? Let us know if you try them!