Sunday, 13 January 2013

Cinnamon & Sugar Donuts




Donuts. Cinnamon and sugar donuts. Just saying those words remind me of Donut King’s melt-in-your-mouth fresh-outta-the-fryer donuts. Hot, soft, sweet donuts. My very favorite.

Safe to say, I was pretty eager to try this recipe out when I came across it. It’s originally from Lara Ferroni’s book Doughnuts and they're ah-mazing let me tell ya. But oh, one does not simply describe these doughnuts as amazing. I think irresistibly-tasty-softer-than-soft-melt-in-your-mouth-donuts would describe them somewhat better.



I must mention that these do need a bit of preparation in advance. One hour waiting for the dough to rise, plus a further 20 minutes waiting for the donuts to double in size. But I think it’s so worth it. When you eat them hot and fresh outta the oven {yes! They’re baked! That makes them healthy… ish} you forget about all that. And, you also forget about that mountain of washing-up you now have waiting for you. Fortunately for me though I have an in-house dishwasher person who mostly doesn’t mind doing the washing up for me. Woo!

This recipe itself is fairly easy to put together so what are you waiting for? Go make yourselves a batch now! They’re really good.



Cinnamon & Sugar Donuts
{makes 18}

Note: I don’t have a cookie cutter so I used a cup and an eggcup to make the donut shape instead. It worked a treat!

1 egg
1/4 cup castor sugar
1 cup milk, slightly warmed
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 ½  to 3 ½ cups all purpose flour, divided, plus more for kneading
1/2 cup butter, cut into cubes and at room temperature

Topping:
½ cup butter, melted
1 cup castor sugar + 2 tablespoons cinnamon (more or less, depending on your taste), mixed together

In a bowl, beat the egg and sugar on medium speed until blended, about 1 minute. Add the slightly warmed milk, yeast, salt and vanilla, and stir to blend. Let it sit for a minute for the yeast to become active. With the machine on low speed, add 2 cups of flour, about 1/2 cup at a time, and beat until the dough is thick and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Switch to the dough hook. With the machine on medium speed, add the butter one piece at a time, and beat until no large chunks of butter are left in the bottom of the bowl, 3-5 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add the additional flour until the dough gathers around the hook and cleans the sides of the bowl. It will be soft and moist, but not overly sticky.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead gently until the dough no longer sticks to your hands. Lightly grease a large mixing bowl. Transfer the dough to the bowl and turn to coat. Cover with a damp tea towel and let rise in a warm spot until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Punch down the dough and roll out to 1/2 inch thick. With a doughnut or a cookie cutter, cut out 3 inch diameter rounds with 1 inch diameter holes. Preheat the oven to 200 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the doughnuts at least 1 inch apart on the baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm spot until nearly doubled in size, about 20 minutes.

Bake until the doughnuts are light golden brown, 5 to 8 minutes, being very careful not to overbake them. Immediately out of the oven, dip into butter, then directly into cinnamon sugar mixture.

Note #2: Don’t be like me and try to get as much cinnamon and sugar mixture as possible on the donut. Give the donut a really good shake after you’ve coated it with the mixture because you really can have too much sugar on these.

These are best eaten immediately after they're made.



46 comments :

  1. Look at you go, clever lady! They look amazing. And now I'm hungry for doughnuts. Hope you're happy. :P

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  2. They look so SUGARY AND SCRUMPTIOUS! And your photography is AWESOME! :D
    My mouth is watering... Look what you've done! :P
    We need to make some of these scrumptious recipes together one day! :D
    XO

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  3. Grace! Holy Cow these look amazing, so simple, and my boys will love them! Thank you for sharing the recipe! Cooking is not my specialty so I always need a recipe handy! Would love for you to share at the party tonight! xo bridgett

    http://www.osiemoats.com/2013/02/link-up-party-2.html
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  4. Yeah! A baked donut!! LOVE LOVE LOVE donuts! I'm sort of drooling over these cinnamon sugar sweeties! Would love it if you'd share these at Saturday Share With Us!
    http://www.lemonsforlulu.com/2013/02/16/saturday-share-with-us-link-party-2/

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  5. ooo so glad you linked up to Tasteful Tuesdays! I am SO trying on Saturday morning :o)
    www.nap-timereations.om

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  6. These look FABULOUS! What a lovely blog you have! Beautiful pictures! I'm your new follower!

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  7. These look wonderful! I want to have one with my coffee right now:) Thanks for sharing!

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  8. YUM!
    I would LOVE it if you shared this in my Spring/Easter Linky Party! You can find it here: http://littlemomprairie.blogspot.com/p/blog-round-up.html

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  9. Looks yummy!! Thank you so much for participating and sharing it at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase Party!

    Marti
    http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2013/02/saturday-show-licious-craft-showcase-21.html

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  10. Oh my glorious goodness! These look delicious. Do you take orders? {giggle} Thanks so much for linking up to the par-tay! xo

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  11. These look delish! Thanks for linking up to my Pin Me Party!

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  12. YUM! These look wonderful, my mouth is watering right now! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. SOOOOO delicious! I'm definitely putting these on my list to make! We'd love for you to link up at our party! http://www.housewivesofriverton.com/2013/02/riverton-housewives-round-up-54.html

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  14. Too much cinnamon and sugar? How is that possible!!! ;)

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  15. OH YUMMO, you deliver right?! I found you linked up at Tatertots and Jello and I would love for you to share this at the party I am co-hosting this week, Raising Imperfection. Its open now!
    Here is the direct link: http://wp.me/p2Gh6y-kO
    Beth @ The First Year Blog

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  16. Cinnamon and sugar has always been one of my favorite combinations!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

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    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
    www.raising-reagan.com

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  17. I have never made donuts but I am tempted to make these!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.
    Leslie

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  18. They are beautiful donuts. The recipe sounds better baked and not fried like I made my last batch of donuts. Andi thewednesdaybaker

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  19. Found your site through the Clever Chicks Blog Hop. Love your blog and looking forward to following along!!! 
    Angela 
    http://lemoinefamilykitchen.blogspot.com

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  20. YUMMY! I love that these are baked. Can't wait to try these. Thanks so much for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent. :)
    Kathy

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  21. Oh yum! These look so tasty! And now I'm craving doughnuts! ;)

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  22. YUMMM! you have me wanting to go to walmart & grab a box of donuts. These look amazing and just the thought of them, makes me drool.

    Thanks for linking up at Crafty Thursday Obsessions <3 Stacey

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  23. Ooh, I'm a huge fan of baked donuts, but I've never tried a baked yeast donut before! How fun!

    Thanks for linking up to What's Cookin' Wednesday!

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  24. I must try these! I am on the hunt for a delicious baked yeast donut recipe (the last one I found was a huge fail). Thanks for sharing!!!

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  25. Is there anything special about castor sugar?

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  26. I am curious...do the donuts really only take 5-8 minutes in a 200 oven? I would really like to surprise my little's with these as an afternoon snack after school tomorrow so hope to make them tomorrow so just want to make sure of the oven temperature. Thanks!

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    1. Yes, they're a quick bake! It's important to keep your eye on them as they brown easily. Hope this helps!

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    2. Also, I should've specified that it's 200C, not F. Sorry!

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  27. Thank you Grace for responding back to me. I plan on making these tomorrow. :)

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  28. Oh so yummy! Featured these tonight at Monday Funday!

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  29. Oh these look so good! I wish I had one with my coffee right now! I can't wait to try these! Thanks for sharing the recipe:)

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  30. These look so yummy! I just bought a donut pan, and I am going to have to try this!

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  31. Oh wow, I could really go for a batch of these right now :) Thanks for linking up this post to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #9!

    I know I’m running a little bit behind in pinning but I wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

    Hope to see you link up again at the party this weekend! It just went live on the blog not too long ago 

    Shauna
    http://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/
    http://ready2loseweight.blogspot.com/

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  32. Looks mouthwatering! Thank you for sharing it at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!

    Marti
    http://sew-licious.blogspot.com

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  33. Yum! I just bought a donut pan, and I will have to give these a try!

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  34. Those donuts look good.......Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  35. All these donut recipes! I love that these are baked in the oven - I just prefer leaving the deep fryer alone :)
    Thanks for sharing this on Foodie Friday

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  36. I made these today and they were DELICIOUS!!!! I used castor sugar for the dough and palm sugar for the topping. I ate FOUR, my kids loved them too and I had to take the rest over to friends otherwise we would had eaten them all by ourselves. The friends loved them too. Tomorrow my girls take the last two to school as a snack. There was hardly anything in this recipe that I would change, although it took a long time for the dough was risen. After an hour and a half I put them in the oven on 50C and then it finally started to rise. Maybe the house was to cold. Next time I think I'll ad a little bit more dry yeast. We also baked the little cut out balls and ate them all when they were still hot. YUMMY!

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  37. These look amazing. Thanks so much for sharing them with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. We are featuring them at this weeks party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly
    Adorned From Above

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  38. This looks so good and I love that they are not deep fried! I think I will try it one day.

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  39. Love the fact that these are BAKED! Yum, Yum, Yum! Pinned:)

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  40. These look so delicious plus with the added cinnamon it is a must try! Thanks for linking up to Bewitchin' Projects Block Party! Hope you will join us again this week!
    -Shonee
    www.hawthorneandmain.com

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  41. Visiting from Super Saturday link party. I adore cinnamon, these doughnuts look delicious! I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us. Have a great day!

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  42. Grace, I'm contemplating making these today. Every time I go to make them something comes up but fingers crossed today will be the day!

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    1. Joyyy!! Such a lovely surprise :) So curious to know if you ended up making these and how they turned out! x

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