For a while, I have been wanting to make donuts, however, I do not like the mess the accompanies them. I also have always been a little nervous around big vats of oil (especially oil) since there is so much room for disaster. Just recently, I found a recipe for baked donuts. The final result was a bit different than classic donuts that are fried (or that can be bought at a grocery store). The texture was slightly chewier than fried donuts, but they had a wonderful flavor. Since there is cinnamon and sugar in the topping, I would also suggest throwing in around 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon in the donut dough in addition to the nutmeg. There was also a recipe for a glaze which I did not use, since I was out of milk, but I will put it in the recipe because it looked good.
For the Dough:
3/4 cups Warm Milk
1 packet Active Dry Yeast
1 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
1/3 cup Sugar
2 ½ cup All Purpose Flour
Pinch of Nutmeg
½ tsp. Salt
For the Glaze:
¼ cup Milk
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
2 cups Confectioners’ Sugar
For the Cinnamon Sugar Topping:
½ cup Unsalted Butter
1 cup Sugar
1 tbsp. Cinnamon
To make the dough, place ¼ cups of the warm milk in the bowl of a stand mixer. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk. Let sit for 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine the remaining ½ cup of milk with the sugar and butter. Add it to the yeast mixture. Stir to combine. Add the egg and stir until incorporated. Add the flour, nutmeg, and salt and stir until the dough starts to form. Change to the dough hook and knead for until the dough starts to become smooth. If the dough is too sticky, slowly add more flour until it is no longer sticky.
Transfer to the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic and has formed a ball. Place the dough ball in a large lightly greased bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Let sit in a warm place for about 1 hour, until doubled in size.
Once the dough has risen, roll it out on a lightly floured surface until ½ thick. Using a doughnut cutter (if you don’t have a doughnut cutter, you can use 2 biscuit cutters – 1 that is about 3 inches, and the other that is about 2 inches for the inner circle) cut out the doughnuts until you have no dough left. If desired you can gather up the scraps into a ball and roll it out and cut out more doughnuts. I prefer not too because I feel the dough becomes too tough.
Place the doughnuts on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper, about 2 inches apart. Cover with a clean towel and let sit for about 45 minutes.
Preheat the oven 375 degrees F.
Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 7 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Be careful to not over bake these. You want them to be light and doughy inside. Let the doughnuts cool for about 5 minutes until ready to top with either the glaze or cinnamon sugar topping
While the doughnuts are cooling make the glaze and/or cinnamon sugar glaze. Each recipe makes enough to cover all the doughnuts. I made a half recipe of each and topped half of the doughnuts with each topping. Or you can choose to just do one of topping for all the doughnuts.
To make the glaze:
Combine the milk and the vanilla in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until just warmed. Slowly add in the confectioners’ sugar and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Remove the glaze from the heat and place over a bowl of warm water.
To glaze the doughnuts, dip them halfway into the glaze and place on a draining/cooling rack set over a baking sheet. Sprinkle with sprinkles if desired. Let set for about 10 minutes.
To make the cinnamon sugar topping:
Melt the butter in a saucepan or a microwave, and place in a small bowl. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl.
To top the doughnuts with cinnamon sugar, dip the halfway into the melted butter. Then dip them into the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Set on a draining/cooling rack to set, about 5 minutes. Enjoy!
Note: I got this recipe form http://www.krissys-creations.com/2011/06/baked-doughnuts.html