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Donuts With Cinnamon Sugar

15 Mar

I have a distinct memory of the first time i burned myself. I was walking into the pantry looking for something to eat when i saw the iron on the ironing board. For some reason i wanted to see how hot the iron was so i put my arm up against it. The searing pain took me by surprise so much so that i ran to my room and hid under the bed. I didn’t come out from under there until my mom coaxed me out with fresh aloe from our yard.  Ever since then, i stay clear of things that could burn me like irons, hot oil, hair straighteners ect.  This irrational fear is the reason why i have never made donuts. I didn’t think you could get that fluffy goodness by baking them but atlas you can and they taste even better in my opinion. Next time i make these wholesome donuts of love, i am going to try and experiment with more flavors.

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk, heated to 115F
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour, divided, plus more for kneading
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 1 inch cubes

For topping:

  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 cup superfine sugar + 2 tablespoons cinnamon (more or less, depending on your taste), mixed together

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the egg and sugar on medium speed until blended, about 1 minute. Add the milk, yeast, salt and vanilla, and stir to blend. With the machine on low speed, add 2 cups of flour with the mixed in baking powder, 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 400 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.

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3 Responses to “Donuts With Cinnamon Sugar”

  1. bakershully April 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    I have been looking for a good donut recipe… I’ll definitely be trying this one out!

    • nicole April 8, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

      They are super yummy and not hard to make at all. And the best part is no splatter burns from hot oil. I hope you enjoy them!

      • Ranno February 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

        hmmm yummy & duolciies too. Guess these can also be made with cheddar cheese.

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