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52 Weeks of Baking: Baked Doughnuts

Last week I saw that Tartelette went out and baked some delicious looking doughnuts. When I read her post I knew immediately — if not sooner — that I had found my next baking project. The recipe comes from another respected food blogger, so I knew I couldn't go wrong.

A packet of yeast and a few hours later, YumJimmy and I were noshing down on delicious baked doughnuts. The recipe has definitely got to be healthier than fried dough, but don't trick yourself too much, they're still dipped in butter and rolled in sugar. Or if you feel like it, go ahead and trick yourself, they're definitely worth it!

To get the recipe and see my step-by-step pics,

Baked Doughnuts
From Heidi Swanson at 101 Cookbooks

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

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
[I also used some brown sugar for the second batch]

  1. Place 1/3 cup of the warm milk in the bowl of an electric mixer. 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 eggs, flour, nutmeg, and salt - just until the flour is incorporated.
  4. With the dough hook attachment of your mixer beat the dough for a few minutes at medium speed. 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, 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 actually ended up using a small round plastic bowl with a relatively straight/sharp edge.]
  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 used a melon baller to cut the inner circle, and transfered them after cutting. They distorted a little bit, but they were still managable.]
  10. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise for another 45 minutes.
  11. Bake in a 375 degree oven until the bottoms are just golden, 8 to 10 minutes - start checking around 8.
  12. While the doughnuts are baking, place the butter in a medium bowl. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a different bowl.
  13. Remove the doughnuts from the oven and let cool for just a minute or two.
  14. Dip each one in the melted butter and a quick toss in the sugar bowl.

Gobble up and enjoy!


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reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
i can't wait to try it!
MysteriousCats MysteriousCats 8 years
Just made them! And they turned up really nice! Just didn't manage the proper shape... Used the bread machine for the dough and it worked just fine.
minnie minnie 8 years
yummy! this will have to be my next project!
Maria-M Maria-M 8 years
looks great
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 8 years
I need to stop reading Yum, you're killing my diet. :(
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
those are making me drool... nice cutting board and counter top!
msshellokitty msshellokitty 8 years
Those look yummy.I wish I had the time and patience to make my own donuts.
ash_aholic ash_aholic 8 years
these look delicious!
Molly Molly 8 years
They were AMAZING. Seriously, best 52 Week of Baking project yet.
kstraw23 kstraw23 8 years
oh man those look good! i have to avoid donut places like the plague. i'll go months without eating one, and then someone in the office leaves their leftovers to take in the kitchen and next thing you know, i've eaten like 7!! :-P
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
I'm not a big donut person, but these sound yummy ;)
Angelica Angelica 8 years
As someone who actually got to taste these I can confirm they were delish. Yum is right, they were a bit more dense than your usual donut...I compared it to a regular donut hole. It was a real treat!
misslarue misslarue 8 years
Not a doughnut person, but I'd make them for my husband.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 8 years
ooooh these look so good but also time consuming enough that a trip to the local bakery would probably win the "I want a donut now" match.
llendril llendril 8 years
these look SO good. wonderful choice for this week's baking project!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
:drool: you make me hungry. In a good way. This looks so good I'm going to have to try them this weekend!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
:feedme: oh goodness I might have to try this!!!!
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
:drool: my mouth is watering. I have to try this!
EllaDee EllaDee 8 years
Yummy. I love nutmeg.
Food Food 8 years
I had them immediately out of the oven (the holes - which are not pictured because they were devoured - were the best part) and they were delicious! The next day I reheated them in the microwave for 15 seconds. They're chewier than regular donuts, and definitely more dense (that light fluffy empty donut texture isn't there), but they definitely hit the donut craving spot!
EML13 EML13 8 years
mmm looks delicious!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
They do look good!
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
these look delish! I can smell them!
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