Super soft and fluffy, my recipe for baked doughnuts make the perfect alternative to fried doughnuts. Easy to make with no special equipment required. And wait...it gets even better, The dough is cut with cookie or doughnut cutter, so there is no need for a doughnut pan!
This is such a great baked doughnut recipe, one of my favourites. It is yeast based, creating a soft textured doughnut. Roll these little rings of deliciousness in cinnamon sugar, top with melted chocolate or a glace icing and you have one delicious dessert or teatime treat.
Like most fried or baked doughnuts, these do not store too well.
They are best eaten on the same day on which they are baked. I can promise, that you will definitely not have a problem with that. These doughnuts taste so good that they will disappear off the plate before you know it.
The amazing taste of these baked doughnuts is created by using really simple and basic ingredients. Flour, sugar, yeast, milk, butter, and buttermilk or plain yoghurt.
As with all my yeast-based recipes, I prefer to use instant dry yeast. This type of yeast is added directly to the flour and does not need to be activated in warm water first.
If you do not have any buttermilk or plain yogurt, then just substitute it by adding 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar to ¼ cup ( 60ml) milk. Allow it to stand for 5 minutes before adding it to the recipe. Buttermilk or yogurt adds moisture to the dough and creates a softer bake.
MAKING THE BAKED DOUGHNUTS
Add flour, salt, instant dry yeast, and sugar into a large bowl and using a whisk or fork, mix to combine. ( Dry ingredients)
Melt the butter in a pot or bowl.
In another pot or microwave, safe measuring jug mix together the buttermilk, milk vanilla extract. Heat this mixture until just lukewarm. It should not be hot or too cold, just lukewarm. Pour the melted butter into this milk mixture and stir to combine. ( Wet ingredients)
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix to combine. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 to 8 minutes until smooth.
Place the dough into a mixing bowl, which should be lightly coated with oil. Keep the bowl in a warm draft-free area of your kitchen. Allow the dough to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Punch down the dough and roll or press it out to ½ inch ( about 1 ½ cm ) thickness.
Use either cookie cutters or a doughnut cutter to cut the dough. Place the cut doughnuts on a baking sheet, lined with parchment/baking paper. Leave to rise for 15 to 20 minutes.
Bake for 5 to 8 minutes in a preheated oven of 356°F / 180°C until golden brown.
Decorate with either melted chocolate, glace icing, cinnamon sugar or as preferred. If you are going to be rolling these doughnuts in cinnamon sugar, then it is best if dip the hot baked doughnuts in a bit of melted butter first. This will ensure an even coating of the cinnamon sugar.
If you like this recipe, be sure to check out my other amazing doughnut recipes
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