Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Baked Doughnuts

I first found this recipe on Milk and Cookies, and was thrilled to find yeast baked doughnuts, rather than nasty fried ones. I changed the recipe a tiny bit to suit our family better. =)

3 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
a pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups milk, warmed
1 packet yeast (the equivalent measurement is 2 1/4 teaspoons.)
2 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs

1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon

Sift flour, nutmeg and seas salt together in a large bowl, or in the bowl of an electric mixer.
Place ½ cup of the milk in another bowl and stir in the yeast. Set aside.
Stir in the butter and sugar into the remaining cup of warm milk and add it to the yeast mixture.
Whisk in the eggs using a fork and add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients.
Mix until the flour has taken up the yeast mixture.
If your dough is too dry add a little bit of milk at a time. If your dough is too sticky, then add a little bit of flour, until the dough becomes smooth enough to handle without sticking too much to your hands. If you add too much flour it'll be too tough.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for two minutes.
Shape into a ball and place into a lightly oiled or buttered bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise in a warm area away from drafts.
Allow an hour or so for the dough to double in size, depending on the temperature.

Prepare baking trays with parchment paper.
When the dough has risen, remove the dough from the bowl and punch down. Roll it out on a lightly floured surface to about ½-inch thickness.
Using your cutter cut out the donuts. I've used both the regular doughnut sized cutter and also a smaller one. Just which ever you prefer.
Ensure that the holes are at least 3/4 inches in diameter as that the holes will close more after rising and baking.
Cover trays with a clean cloth and allow to rise for another 45 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350ºF.
Bake the donuts for about 8 minutes; do not allow them to get brown.
While donuts are baking, set up your butter and combine sugar and cinnamon in another bowl.
Remove donuts from oven and allow to cool for 3 minutes.
Dip each donut into the melted butter and give it a quick toss in the cinnamon sugar.