Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Morning Doughnuts

I've been wanting to try baked doughnuts and finally got my chance (I got a pan from some catalogue the boys were selling out of).  They took a little experimenting, but I was pretty happy with this first incarnation although I feel both recipes needs some tweaking in the glaze/icing. 

Apple Cider Doughnuts
Modified from the Faux Martha

3 tbsp. butter
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp. apple cider
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup bread flour (yes, really use BREAD is a texture thing)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 ts nutmeg
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp. honey
1 large egg
Topping: (See my note below on this)
3 tbsp. butter
1/4 cup apple cider
1/3 cup sugar (they said superfine, I just used regular)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat to 400.  In a small pot, melt butter.  Stir in sider and set aside to cool.  Whisk flours, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl.  Set aside.  Into the cooled butter mixture, whisk in sugar, honey and egg until evenly combined.  Stir wet and dry ingredients together until  just combined. 
Spray donut pan and put batter in it.  Bake for 7-8 minutes.  Cool for one minute then put on a cooling rack.  Meanwhile make topping. Melt butter and stir in cider.  Mix together cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.  Quick dip each donut in butter and ten coat with cinnamon/sugar mixture.  Place on cooling rack.  I wasn't thrilled this the glaze...I felt it was too sticky.  I think I might do this without the butter/cider mixture next time. 
Makes 6-8 donuts. 

Modified from Buns in My Oven

1 cup bread flour (really use bread flour....I normally use AP flour for everything, but bread flour really helps the texture here)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
6 tbsp. sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
Glaze: (I made this, but I honestly wasn't thrilled with it....I want it more like icing)
2 cups powdered sugar
6 tbsp. whole milk
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat to 375. 

In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder and baking soda.  In a small bowl, beat the vanilla, egg, sour cream, milk and oil.  Stir wet and dry ingredients together until just combined. 

Spoon into a greased donut pan.  Bake for 8 minutes or until tops spring back.  (This really only took 8 minutes!)

Let cool before glazing.

In a small sauce pan, over low heat, mix sugar, milk and vanilla until well combined.  Remove from heat and dunk donuts into glaze, then place on wire rack to set.  My issue with this glaze is that the donuts were always very sticky, it never really "set."  As I said, I will use a different on in the future.  I liked the doughnuts,  but not the glaze. 

Makes 10 donuts.  (which is about what I got). 

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