By now, it is no secret that we are obsessed with churros. While window shopping at Crate, we noticed two doughnut pans, mini and regular sized. Sheer brilliance.
Excited to try making baked doughnuts at home (because we are not a fan of the lingering frying oil smell), we rushed to purchase the pan and ingredients to make Cinnamon and Sugar Baked Raised Doughnuts.
Doughnut baking pan for $7.95
Adapted from Doughnuts Simple and Delicious Recipes to Make at Home by Lara Ferroni
Makes 12 doughnuts
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup superfine sugar
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon (one packet) of active dry yeast
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 c all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
In a bowl beat the egg and sugar medium speed until blended for about 1 minute. Add the milk, yeast, salt and vanilla and stir to blend. At a low speed, add 2 cups of flour, about 1/2 cup at a timeand beat until dough pulls away from side of the bowl.
Add cube butter a piece at a time and beat until no large chunks are at the bottom of the bowl for 3 to 5 minutes. Reduce speed to add the remainder of the flour.
Kneed dough gently until the dough does not stick to your hands. Lightly grease a bowl and place dough into the bowl and let rise in a warm spot and a damp towel over the bowl for an hour.
Punch down dough and roll to 1/2 inch thick. With a doughnut cutter or cut into 1 inch strips and shape into doughnut. Place doughnuts into doughnut pan or one inch apart on a cookie sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for an additional 20 minutes.
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and bake doughnuts until light brown (8-10 minutes). Be careful not to over bake them. Immediately brush with melted butter and toss in cinnamon and sugar mixture.
The only additional items I needed to pick up was Superfine Sugar and yeast.
Make sure the warm liquid is not lower than 95 degrees and higher than 115 because the yeast will not activate because of lack of heat or too much heat where the yeast was killed.
Cinnamon sugar mixture 1/2 cup granulated sugar to 2 tablespoons of cinnamon