Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Baked Donut Recipe

A friend of mine posted some pictures on facebook of some donuts she had made using canned biscuits. I thought, since we are cooped up inside due to the weather, that it would be fun to to make a slightly healthier version with the girls!

The recipe I found bakes the donuts instead of frying them and I swapped the processed ingredients for natural raw ones. Well, except for the butter. I went to put that in and realized I was out of raw butter so had to use my husband's country crock. I also used whole white wheat flour as I just can not get myself to like the texture of whole wheat.

1 1/3 cups warm raw milk, 95 to 105 degrees (divided)
1 packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
2 tablespoons raw butter
2/3 cup rapadura is best but anything is better than white sugar
2 eggs
5 cups all-purpose whole wheat white 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

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. Stir the butter and sugar into the remaining cup of warm milk and add it to the yeast mixture. With a fork, stir in the eggs, flour, nutmeg, and salt - just until the flour is incorporated. With the dough hook attachment of your mixer beat the dough for a few minutes at medium speed. This is where you are going to need to make adjustments - if your dough is overly 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. Turn it out onto a floured counter-top, knead a few times (the dough should be barely sticky), and shape into a ball.
Transfer the dough to a buttered (or oiled) bowl, cover, put in a warm place (I turn on the oven at this point and set the bowl on top), and let rise for an hour or until the dough has roughly doubled in size.
Punch down the dough and roll it out 1/2-inch thick on your floured countertop. Most people (like myself) don't have a doughnut cutter, instead I use a 2-3 inch cookie cutter to stamp out circles. 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. Cover with a clean cloth and let rise for another 45 minutes.
Bake in a 375 degree oven until the bottoms are just golden, 8 to 10 minutes - start checking around 8. While the doughnuts are baking, place the butter in a medium bowl. Place the sugar and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
Remove the doughnuts from the oven and let cool for just a minute or two. Dip each one in the melted butter and a quick toss in the sugar bowl. Eat immediately if not sooner.
Makes 1 1/2 - 2 dozen medium doughnuts.

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Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist said...

Love this recipe. I LOVE donuts .. they are the food that I miss the most since I started eating healthy. Thanks for the baked version at Monday Mania this week .. I haven't tried baking donuts before.

Anna said...

These are so yummy Sarah. My kids go crazy for them!

Mrs. White said...

This sounds wonderful! I just started making baked donuts for the first time. It is not as hard as I thought it would be.

Mrs. White

Heather said...

These look really good! I can't wait to try the recipe!