Thursday, July 18, 2013

Eggless Baked Doughnuts ~ We Knead to Bake # 6

I almost thought I'd miss baking this one.Had planned to bake this as soon as we reached back from our holiday since I thought new baking tools and a new mixer might make me very excited when it came to baking something new,especially for WKtB.That was not to be,however.I went into a fortnight-long slumber without baking anything and I even started questioning myself whether I would update my blog anytime soon.
Eggless Baked Doughnuts
I got myself a Breville Stand mixer and was wondering what to bake first to inaugurate it.Finally baked a batch of Vanilla cupcakes and guess what,there's no stopping me ever since.Baked Death by Chocolate and Brownies for a friend's niece and then some Jam rolls for a friend's daughter and then slowly the blog saw new updates,I'm relieved!

Making doughnuts have never been on my list.We are not quite the doughnut loving crowd.I'd avoid it thinking I can accumulate calories in other stuff,why waste those on doughnuts;).But when Aparna sets forth a challenge,it has to be baked.Wait,is it a recipe for doughnuts which do not require frying and eggless,that had me motivated to bake a batch.
Eggless Baked Doughnuts
Given a choice,I thought I'd go for the Chocolate dougnuts,but I was mistaken.The Cinnamon sugar ones had me eating one after the another.Thankfully,I'd baked those in small heart shaped sizes,which took care of the guilt part.Those were really delicious and I think would make for a perfect snack.
Eggless Baked Doughnuts
Since I was making these for the first time,I carefully followed the instructions
  • make sure the dough is 1/2' thick before cutting out the doughnuts.
  • make sure the doughnuts do not lose their shape when you transfer them from your work surface to the baking sheet or else you will end up with wonky shaped ones.
  • make sure that whatever you use to cut your doughnuts is sharp so that it makes it easy to lift them off the work space without much difficulty.
  • make sure you do not use a twisting motion while you cut the doughnuts which would not make them rise properly.
Eggless Baked Doughnuts
Eggless Baked Yeasted Doughnuts
Original recipe from Lara Ferroni's Doughnuts

Ingredients:

1/4 cup superfine sugar
1 cup warm milk (45C/115F)
3/4 tbsp instant yeast (or 1 tbsp active dry yeast)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups cake flour (or all-purpose flour) divided, plus more for kneading
100gm butter, cut into 1 inch cubes 

For the topping:

75 to 100gm butter, melted
1 cup superfine sugar + 2 tablespoons cinnamon (more or less, depending on your taste), mixed together
For the Glaze
1 cup icing sugar
1 tbsp cocoa OR 1 tsp Vanilla 
2 tbsp milk
OR
jam to fill your doughnuts
Method: 
Using a processor to knead helps but you can do this by hand.
Eggless Baked Doughnuts 
Put the sugar, milk, yeast, salt and vanilla in the processor bowl and pulse to mix well. 
Eggless Baked Doughnuts 
Add the cake flour and 1 cup of all-purpose flour and process, adding a little more of the flour as necessary till the dough is thick and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Eggless Baked Doughnuts 
Now add the butter pieces one at a time and process till there no large chunks of butter are left in the bottom of the bowl. Now add a little more flour until your have a soft, pliable and elastic dough that is most but not overly sticky.Eggless Baked Doughnuts 
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead gently until the dough no longer sticks to your hands. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a lightly greased large mixing bowl., turning it to coat well. Cover with a damp towel and let it rise till double in volume. This should take about an hour. 
Eggless Baked Doughnuts 
Punch down the dough and roll out to a thickness of 1/2" thickness. Cut out doughnuts using a doughnut cutter or whatever you have on hand to cut out 3” diameter with 1” diameter holes. If you’re making doughnuts to fill with jam, then do not cut out the holes. Place the doughnuts and the holes on parchment lined or lightly greased baking sheets, leaving at least 1” space between them.

I did not bake the 'holes' as such.Re-rolled those and made heart shaped small ones which I later dipped in cinnamon sugar.
Eggless Baked Doughnuts 
Re-roll the scraps and cut out more doughnuts. Eggless Baked Doughnuts 
Let them rise for about 20 minutes or till almost double in size and then bake them at 200C (400F) for about 5 to 10 minutes till they’re done and golden brown. Do not over bake them.
Eggless Baked Doughnuts 
For the glaze,mix together all the ingredients mentioned,choosing your flavor-vanilla or chocolate.I made two batches of each and added a pinch of food colour to the vanilla glaze.

This recipe makes about 12 to 14 doughnuts and holes.

Take them out of the oven and immediately brush them with the melted butter and then dip them into the cinnamon sugar mixture. If filling the doughnuts with jam, let them cool.
Put the jam into a piping bag with a writing nozzle/ tip and press into the doughnut from the side and gently press out the jam into the doughnut till it starts oozing out. Jam doughnuts do not need too much jam to fill them.Eggless Baked Doughnuts 
If glazing your doughnuts, let them cool completely and then dip one side of the doughnut in the glaze of your choice and let it set.


Eggless Baked Doughnuts
Yeastspotted

19 comments :

  1. OMG they look just like krsipy kreme doughnuts...my 5 year old dotty loves original glazed and chocolate glazed ones from krispy kreme but now i don think i ll hav to spend so much on them thnks to u n thnks for the recipe...but one doubt, u hav not mentioned how to prepare that glaze....and also can i use my stand mixer with padle attachment to make d dough instead of d processor??
    Thanks

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    1. I have updated the post with the glaze recipe.You can use the paddle attachment or even knead the dough with your hand.

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  2. those doughnuts look super cool..i wish i can grab one..

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  3. I tasted only once doughnuts, it was in a BF buffet, not sure it was the best I had, but sure yours looks perfectly done and tempting!

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  4. Looks so delicious and makes me hungry!.

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  5. Lovely, I guess it is going into my MUST TRY list.. Thanks a ton for the recipe.

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  6. Bookmarked. Thanks for sharing. I'll try soon..

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  7. Donuts look so delicious and I must try preparing them very soon.
    Deepa

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  8. G'day! These look lovely, true!
    Is only brekkie, but would love one right now too!
    Eggless is a bonus for me ..well done!
    Cheers! Joanne
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  9. great! i'm not a donut fan though...like you i prefer to consume my calories in something else :D

    curious where you ordered the stand mixer from? also, pls consider posting a review of it after you've used it for a while. thanks!

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    1. I got the Breville mixer from our trip to UK.Ordered it on Amazon.I am planning to do a review soon on the blog,stay tuned :)

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  10. Looks perfect and delicious.The heart shaped ones are cute too

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  11. Perfectly baked doughnuts....

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  12. Looks perfect & yum.. A tasty visual treat :)

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  13. That chocolate glaze looks absolutely sinful! Yumm!

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  14. Congratulations on the Breville... a stand mixture really is a great buy! These doughnuts look delicious, can't believe you made homemade doughnuts though!

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  15. Do we need to preheat the oven

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