Baked... DOUGHNUTS! (and a Giveaway!)

Baked… DOUGHNUTS! (and a Giveaway!)

February 24, 2011

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As promised, the doughnut experimentation has begun in my kitchen! As I was walking out of Crate and Barrel a while ago, I saw the book Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home . The images on the cover tickled my fancy and I started flipping through the pages. Then I started drooling. Then I found myself taking my wallet out of my purse in a zombie-like state and purchasing said publication. Because who wouldn’t want to make their own doughnuts in the privacy of their own home? Side note: As I just typed “doughnuts” I accidently typed “doughbuts”… no joke! Which is most likely what will happen to me if I make every recipe in the book 😉 Woops!

So, as I was skimming the book, I noticed so many of the recipes really were simple-sounding and I figured since I’ve never really made my own doughnuts before, this was probably the best book to start with. For my first recipe out of the book, I decided I should stick with something basic so I can feel confident experimenting as the days go on. Knowing how a baked homemade doughnut should taste is great grounds for building more unique types. Since I purchased a doughnut pan with the cook book, I decided to start with the basic Baked Cake recipe. It’s done in about 30-minutes… so quick for such a tasty treat!

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Here’s what you need (for 6 doughnuts):

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• 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (bought at Whole Foods)
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/3 cup superfine sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
• 1/4 cup whole milk
• 1/4 cup plain yogurt
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 egg

Here’s what you do:

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a doughnut pan.

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• Sift the flours and baking powder together in a bowl.

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• Whisk in sugar, nutmeg, and salt. Now, using your fingers, incorporate the butter.

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• Add the milk, yogurt, vanilla, and egg. Stir until everything is just combined, making sure not to over-mix.

Now it’s time to fill the donut pan!

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• Using a piping bag, or in my case, a make-shift piping bag by snipping the corner of a zip-lock bag, fill each section of the doughnut pan, being careful to leave the center posts cleared. We want perfect little doughnuts, here 😉

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• Bake until doughnuts are lightly golden or springy to the touch, about 8-10 minutes. I was waiting for the doughnuts to get a bit more golden but when I tested them, they were already quite springy so I took them out since I didn’t want to over-bake them.

• While the doughnuts are baking, you can quickly make your glazes. I chose to do a basic sugar glaze and a maple glaze.

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For the Basic Sugar Glaze, here’s what you need (feel free to cut in half, or even quarter it, if you’re only making 6 doughnuts):

• 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
• 3 to 4 tablespoons milk (or water)
• 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Maple Glaze:
• 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
• 2 tablespoons maple syrup
• 2 tablespoons milk (or water
I’m out of control and used regular sugar instead of confectioners’ because I wasn’t paying attention and was rushing around. But really, I was just excited to be baking doughnuts and I spaced out. Despite the big goof, the glazes still tasted really good. Now you know where we get the name of our blog from… clearly not a Martha move 😉

For both glazes, place the sugar in a bowl and slowly add in the other ingredients until everything is incorporated nicely and the glazes look pourable.

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Once the glazes are done and the baking of the doughnuts is complete, let the doughnuts cool a bit while still in the pan. Once cooled, you can begin dipping each one into the glazes.

OOOOOOH and AHHHHH over these beauties for as long as you’d like. My guess is that won’t be too long because you’ll want to just dive right on in. I did. One maple glazed and one sugar glazed were devoured in a matter of moments. The thing I liked best about the baked doughnuts it’s they’re “healthier” (hehe) and the consistency of them is sort of cakey… unlike a fried doughnut.

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As I was dipping the doughnuts in the glazes all I could think about is the sudden desire to host a doughnut-making party. How much fun would that be? Everyone could make their own glazes and combinations. Who wants to come over?!?! 😉

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And now for a GIVEAWAY. I really liked Doughnuts: Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home and I really want one of you to add it to your cookbook collection, too. All you have to do is answer this simple question by Saturday, February, 26th by 11:59pm EST.

What’s your favorite doughnut? Mine? Easily strawberry frosted with jimmies (or sprinkles, depending on where you life!)! It’s the only thing I get at Dunkin’ Donuts 😉

[Chels]

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119 Responses to "Baked… DOUGHNUTS! (and a Giveaway!)"

  1. you know why i like you guys? it’s that GIANT tub of sugar on your counter 🙂

    i’ve been contemplating making coffee-cream-filled donuts for a few weeks. i think you just lit a fire under me to try it!

  2. Tye says:

    My fave doughnut is very simple, a basic glazed. There are only two/well three places where I will eat them. 1) Krispy Kreme 2) Sublime/Cypress Street Pint & Plate (those go together because Cypress Street sells Sublime doughnuts, but they lightly grill them and serve them with ice cream)…simply divine

  3. Kerstin says:

    Yum, love those sprinkles on top!

    My favorite is close to yours – I always get chocolate frosted with sprinkles 🙂

  4. Krista says:

    Those look so good! My favorite doughnut is a sour cream glazed, though I grew up loving lemon filled ones. Yum!

  5. Amanda says:

    Ugh I’ve been meaning to bake doughnuts!!!! I just need to break down and get a pan! I keep seeing all these delicious doughnuts online!!

    Favorite doughnut?? Custard 🙂

  6. notyet100 says:

    ummmn now thats a hard one will go for doughnut frosted with sugar glaze topped with silver balls.

  7. Chris says:

    Being a Dunkin Junkie myself, the Boston Creme are my favorite! Got a chuckle out of the Jimmies reference. A tell tale sign of a Bostonian. I’m met with blank stares when I ask for them on my ice cream. 🙂

  8. Jennie says:

    Krispy Kreme will always hold a special place in my heart! I’d love to try to replicate it using some of the recipes in this cookbook!

  9. Erica says:

    I remember Doherty middle school having dunkin donuts/bagels day every Friday. I used to get so excited….especially when it was near a holiday and they had the donuts with the extra sugary pieces on top. Your donuts look just awesome. Especially with that glaze. My favorite donut now? I like the simple old fashioned donuts.

  10. Joanne says:

    I don’t buy doughnuts anymore because of my hips and thighs but I could totally go for a baked version. Especially homemade. Especially covered in glaze. And sprinkles. Sprinkles are the key to happiness.

  11. Simply Life says:

    favorite donut – chocolate with sprinkles! Oh and I would definitely come to that party 🙂

  12. There is a place down the shore where they have the best glazed donut with chocolate frostong. I think I love it because you get it fresh out of the oven!

  13. Elizabeth says:

    Me! I will totally contribute to a doughnut making party! 😉 That seriously sounds like the best party ever. And I really want a doughnut right now.

  14. Rebel mel says:

    Favorite donut? By far Boston cream!

    I’ve been dreaming of the day where I can get a donut pan, btw. I’ve got tons of recipes cut from magazines and bookmarked… This will be one of the bookmarked ones! 🙂

  15. Linda says:

    a plain krispy kreme glazed is too classic!

  16. Kim says:

    My favorite donut ever is the Maple Glazed from Tim Hortons. SO GOOD!

  17. Jean says:

    I have never seen a doughnut pan…..but now I really want one. I want to make cupcake donuts…..yum. I haven’t had donuts in a long time, I may have to check out this book for “healthy” versions.

    My favorite donut was the pb&j donut from donut world (used to be in Hyannis – but no longer around) It was a sugar donut stuffed with pb &j. So good and hit the kid spot inside you.

  18. Carol says:

    The new Cocoa Kreme puff donut at Dunkin Donuts

  19. K L says:

    Lemon curd-filled yeast doughnut… yes please! It’s the perfect blend of sweet and tangy!

  20. SRG says:

    Ahhhh……To narrow it down seems an impossible task…Today I am thinking those fabulous old fashioned sour cream doughnuts….mmmmmm bliss

  21. Katie says:

    i watched a tv show about doughnuts over the weekend and i have been thinking about them ever since! i can’t wait to bake my own doughnuts, is there a recipe for a pumpkin-flavored one? that’s my fave from dunkin!

  22. Doughbuts! Hehe. I want a doughnut pan SO BADLY. And my fav donut is the same- strawbery with jimmies from DD! 🙂

  23. Those donuts look AWESOME! I’m a huge fan of Krispy Kreme’s original donuts!

  24. Ann says:

    Doughnuts are popular in the blog-world lately! I’ve also been partial to classic glazed, but I have a soft spot for jelly munchkins!

  25. OK, need to get one of these pans and that party sounds right up my alley 😉 I love Boston creme and chocolate glazed from DDs. So addictive.

  26. Shannon says:

    I love blueberry cake donuts… SO GOOD.

  27. Kelly says:

    My favorite is old fashioned followed closely by chocolate glazed. Yum.

  28. brandi says:

    I want a donut pan so bad! And the cookbook looks great!

    My favorite donut is, and always will be, chocolate cake donuts. So dense and delicious!

  29. JulieD says:

    Oooh, I want this book! I love the same donut as you! Strawberry or vanilla frosted with sprinkles. Thanks!

  30. sweeter salt says:

    Yum yum yum! My favorite donut is a glazed molasses from Tony’s Donuts in Portland (so good!) or a Boston Cream from Dunkin’s.

    Laura

  31. Melissa says:

    Your donuts look delicious! Making me crave one really badly. My favorite donut is the Vanilla Kreme from Dunkins – their spelling, not mine. It’s filled with the best vanilla frosting!

  32. Courtney says:

    I’m with you on the strawberry one! Although I do love a warm glazed one every once in awhile!

  33. Shannon says:

    I *just* saw this book the other day and am now coveting it – so Iove that you guys just did this post:) My favorite is Boston Creme Pie, the only one I ever at Dunkin.

  34. Priscilla says:

    I love donuts of all kinds, but my favorite would have to be a honey-dipped (aka. glazed) doughnut.

  35. Jessica says:

    Mmmm… I love those apple filled doughnuts with the cinnamon-powdered sugar on the outside! They are so good, especially when they are still a little bit warm.

  36. Ashley says:

    Favorite regular doughnut is Boston Creme but I will always love the greasy sugar covered doughnuts from Paynes Dock cafe on Block Island. Two of those oil bombs would keep your stomach full for the rest of the day! Ah, childhood memories 🙂

  37. Lolo says:

    Maybe not a true donut but my favorite is the coffee roll donut – swirled with cinnamon and sugar. One from Dunkins will do in a pinch but the ones from Donuts With a Difference in Medford, MA are amazing.

  38. Tulika says:

    Those doughnuts look FANTASTIC!!! yum. My favorite would have to be chocolate frosted. 🙂

  39. Maria says:

    I love the DD chocolate cake doughnut. Sometimes I just get 6 munchkins to tide me over during a crazy stressful day.

  40. Justine says:

    chocolate glazed … and can’t pass up the pumpkin or apple cider donuts when the fall comes!

  41. Donna says:

    If it’s got sprinkles and/or coconut, it’s my favorite. That is all. 🙂

  42. Leslie N says:

    I love classic glazed donuts.

  43. tom k says:

    boston creme!!!!! boston creme!!!

  44. Jen says:

    My favorite is the chocolate covered in coconut! YUM!

  45. Valerie says:

    I have two favorites either sugar coated with strawberry in the middle or a glazed one from Krispy Kreme Yum!!

  46. Bridget says:

    Well, it is no coinsidence that we have the same favorite doughnut. Without any doubt in my mind, the BEST doughnut is glazed with strawberry frosting and rainbow sprinkles. yes, the one at DD is amazing and on Valentine’s Day when they had it in not only heart shape but ALSO with creme filling I immediately drooled. I had to travel to 3 different DD’s to get it, and I did not got one. THOUGH, as as surprise a few days after Vday my boyfriend came home with one and I almost cried. In my home town in CT thereis a great bakery called Elmwood Bakery and they have the ULTIMATE jelly doughnuts. When my father and I bet on something, the prize is always a jelly donut from Elmood Bakery.

  47. Katie says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I LOVE chocolate cake doughnuts with a sugar glaze. Mmmmmm….

  48. Germaine says:

    I love Krispie Kreme glazed doughnuts.. yum!!! I also love them from Donna’s Donuts in Tewksbury, MA… delish!

  49. Lisa J says:

    I love old fashioned plain or classic glazed!

  50. Monique says:

    Dude, Blueberry cake donut is HANDS DOWN my favorite doughnut Ever!
    (or cinnamon sugar yeast donut- but dont tell Blueberry that!)

  51. tbella says:

    OMG those look AMAZING! If we’re talking fave donut ever in the entire world- that would be the PB&J donut at the Doughnut Plant in NYC. Closer to home (aka dunkies) I have an addiction to the maple glazed and butternut varieties! And munchkins… I could eat a bazillion munchkins…

  52. Joanna says:

    Red Velvet Cake donuts. Seriously. Amazing.

  53. Amanda says:

    I love, love, love a glazed chocolate cake doughnut! Yum….

  54. Melissa says:

    The greatest doughnut if all time is the peanut doughnut, which can only be found in Western New York (where I grew up). I have never seen it anywhere else and no one outside of WNY has ever even heard of it! It’s a glazed doughnut with chopped peanuts on the outside and it is tremendous.

  55. Molly says:

    My favorite doughnut is the Boston Cream doughnut. It’s a game changer, whenever I’m having a truly awful day – I go out, get one, take a deep breath and carry on.

  56. Andrea Watts says:

    I like the plain. Boring I know but it’s the best.

  57. Lauren says:

    I love a chocolate frosted with sprinkles! I don’t know what it is about the sprinkles but the more there are the better, lol.

  58. Sonya says:

    I love a maple glazed!

  59. Shelby says:

    Those doughnuts look absolutely delicious! My husband would be in heaven if I learned how to make homemade doughnuts (so would I of course how is that not a preggos girl dream!). My favorite is by far boston creme from Heavenly Donuts!! So good!

  60. Shannon says:

    I love old fashion doughnuts (aka sour cream doughnuts in the Midwest)!

  61. Rebecca says:

    I love blueberry cake doughnuts 🙂

  62. kathy says:

    emily@happy home has something going with her coffee-filled doughnut-i want that! maple glazed at DD’s is all i get-yummy.

  63. heather says:

    Anything homemade is best, but flavor-wise I’m all about plain cake doughnuts. Exciting, huh?

  64. I love cake-like donuts (especially blueberry!) with no frosting. I’m a little strange I think, but donut frosting gets too sweet for me 🙂

  65. Lexi says:

    I just got a doughnut pan for my birthday and have yet to use it! Maybe I will need to try this recipe this weekend!

    In college, I studied in Luxembourg and went to Berlin to visit a friend for a few days. She had to work part of the time, so left me to do my own thing. I was coming up the escalator from the u-bahn, when I saw a Dunkin Donuts. The New Englander in me did a little jig and went I went inside, I saw that they had a Boston Kreme..spelled just like that! I nearly cried. It was the best doughnut I’d ever had, and I still have a special fondness for B.K.’s because of that!

    (I’d like to point out that while abroad, I tried to avoid the American chains, but I was feeling especially homesick that day!)

  66. Caroline says:

    strawberry donuts from Donut Man, donuts stuffed with fresh, whole glazed donuts….it’s like a fresh strawberry pie — in a donut! yum!

  67. Daisy says:

    same. no really, i swear! there are even photos (well the red frosted b/c it was xmas time) of that exact donut on my blog.

  68. Mmm, I love a good powdered sugar doughnut.

  69. Desiree says:

    SAW THIS SAME doughnut pan at Crate and Barrel over the weekend!! Totally shouted out loud when I saw it…husband thought I was nuts;) Please send an invite to the doughnut making party my way! YUM and YUMMMMMMMMMMM:)

  70. Rebecca P. says:

    I LOVE a hot original glazed donut from Krispy Kreme. Just melts in your mouth…:)

  71. Kelly says:

    How cute. It has been WAY too long since I’ve made donuts. I actually have the cutest donut cutter that I’ve been meaning to use. My favorite would have to be apple cider donuts – straight from the orchard.

  72. Cherelle says:

    My all time favorite doughnut is old fashioned plain! Yeah, I know. Most people think I’m weird but I can’t who or what I love lol

  73. Evan @swEEts says:

    My favorite is strawberry frosted as well! I was just trying to figure out how to make a good strawberry glaze when I try making donuts 🙂

  74. katelin says:

    i switch off between a maple bar or pink frosted sprinkled doughnuts, seriously so dang tasty!

  75. Sharlene says:

    My favorite is the French Cruller. But, really, anything homemade beats a store-bought cruller anyday!

  76. Chocolate cake doughnuts, yum!

  77. Stacey L says:

    Twice I alsmost bought that donut pan then put it back because I was skepital but the next time I will buy it! Thanks for the post. My favorite donut are bluberry cake or chocolate glazed cruellers, yum!

  78. Denise says:

    My favorite doughnut requires a BIG cup of black coffee to control the sugar buzz! But I love the chocolate donuts with crushed peanuts from Duncan Donuts. Good protein!! 🙂

  79. Akshay says:

    boston creme!!

  80. Ellen Renee says:

    We have a locally owned chain Kempf’s Donut Bank – they make many wonderful doughnuts. My favorites include the cinnamon crumb, vanilla cake, red velvet cake, or a cherry/raspberry jelly filled. Their honey glazed yeast is tasty also – I see a doughnut run in the near future.

  81. Anne Marie says:

    Long Johns…not really sure where the name originated but its the long eclair like doughnut filled with creme or custard and topped with chocolate! Delicious!

  82. blueberry doughnuts are divine!!

  83. anna says:

    I would have to go with voodoo donuts Maple bacon bar.. maple bar with bacon on top yummiee

  84. Rachel says:

    chocolate frosting with sprinkles. delicious.

  85. Di says:

    I love Krispy Kremes!

  86. Abby Graves says:

    Anything with sprinkles!!!

  87. I have two favorites and they come from opposite ends of the spectrum. The first favorite is the cinnamon twist; a light-as-air sweet and spicy piece of fried dough heaven. The second favorite is a chocolate dipped old fashioned; a beautiful cake dough style donut with a chocolate coating that sticks to the roof of your mouth like peanut butter. I could eat a dozen of either with a good cup of coffee to wash it all down.

  88. Emily says:

    I grew up eating yeast doughnuts [Krispy Kreme], but since moving to NYC, Doughnut Plant’s Carrot Cake donut has turned me to the cake doughnut side!

  89. Jaimie says:

    Either glazed or vanilla frosting topped with sprinkles

  90. Ooh, my favorite donuts would be cinnamon sugar cake donuts. Yum yum!

  91. ikkinlala says:

    I’m not a huge fan of cake doughnuts (although I might be if I made my own), but I love plain yeast doughnuts with either plain or chocolate glaze.

  92. Grace says:

    I love donuts! I would eat them everyday if they were healthy. My all time favorite are sugar donuts but I love a good maple bar too. Yum!!

  93. kim says:

    Boston Creme hands down!!

  94. Lisa says:

    Apple fritters…mmm….delicious and generally huge!

  95. Kristin says:

    I love the powdered sugar covered vanilla and chocolate creme filled. yum. But the blueberry cake is a close second!

  96. Karen says:

    Plain is my favorite…I know, I know…boring! However, my kids are huge chocolate and sprinkles type of donut freaks! 🙂

  97. Cheryl A. says:

    My favorite donut is DD’s Glazed Stick – yum!!

  98. Sarah says:

    I’m not sure I ever had a doughnut I didn’t like, but I would have to say if I could only pick one, it would be the glazed cake stick from Dunks.

  99. Are all the recipes in the book for baked donuts? My favorite one is Dunkin Donuts boston cream pie donut. They also used to have this one filled with blueberry preserves, but they stopped making them. When we moved to the US, my dad would buy a dozen donuts every Saturday morning so I was lucky enough to taste each one, many times over! 😉

  100. Hands down, my favorite donut is made on Martha’s Vineyard, at a place called Back Door Donuts that opens at 10pm at night — their apple fritters are TO DIE FOR.

  101. Shannon says:

    cider doughnuts!! yum…

  102. Alana says:

    I love a good ol glazed donut from Dunkin Donuts. I went to school in Boston so for a treat for myself I would get a glazed donut and a hot chocolate…yum!

  103. Tracey says:

    Yummy! Chocolate cake donuts or Bavarian cream filled donuts.

  104. tracey says:

    I’m a plain Jane. Chocolate glazed from Dunks. Yum!

  105. Kelsey says:

    the strawberry frosted doughnut or a vanilla creme-filled doughnut (not Boston Creme though)

  106. Lesa says:

    Hands down Boston Cream from Dunkin Donuts…….unless it is with a cup of tea then I enjoy a dense chocolate glazed one.

  107. Bridget says:

    I love yeast doughnuts the best, and its a tie between chocolate frosted and regular glazed…but the BEST is when they are super fresh and slightly warm…mmmmm

  108. Homemade baked donuts sound excellent and healthy too, I would love to try these! Oh we just tried a cherry donut, a new one in Wegmans and maybe it’s now my favorite 🙂

  109. Katie says:

    Dunkin Donuts, Vanilla Creme or if they don’t have that, the Chocolate Creme works too!

  110. Liz M. says:

    I’ve never made homemade donuts (I want to, though!), but my favorite bakery donuts are chocolate cake with sugar glaze! So dense and chocolate-y and yummy!

  111. YUM. Get in my belly! My husband eats a doughnut a day (he swears it keeps the doctor away); I’d love to learn how actually to cook them on our own!

  112. Amy says:

    ah! i’m SO BUMMED i missed this giveaway!!! i guess i’ll just have to ask for the book for my birthday!

    but i’ll still answer – my fav is double chocolate – chocolate cake, chocolate frosting. but i also love custard filled w/ chocolate frosting. and i love glazed sour cream doughnuts.

    I WANT THIS BOOK! going to need to buy it i think.

  113. I’m a huge fan of baked donuts. They are so cute when they come out of the pans.

  114. Lacy Lambert says:

    Normally I like the blueberry cake donut but when it’s the right time of year, that Pumpkin Spice Krispy Kreme calls my name! 🙂

  115. Hands down, double chocolate – chocolate cake donut with chocolate frosting and sprinkles. YUM

  116. Those look great! I’ve only made fried donuts, I definitely need to buy a donut pan ASAP!

  117. Erin says:

    The chocolate cake krullers at Krispy Kreme are really yummy, however I can always go for a great plain glazed. Oh gosh…I love almost any and all donuts! 🙂

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