Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Looks Like A Donut

donut_1


Hostess Lori of "Butter Me Up" gave us not one, but four donut recipes to use for this month's Daring Bakers' challenge. And she let us play with any flavors we wanted. With so much freedom you'd think that I could've completed the challenge as asked. But I did not.

donut_crumb


Yes, I made donuts. But instead of deep frying my donuts, I baked my donuts. My baked donuts looked like donuts, but they didn't really taste like donuts. I mean, they tasted good, but they were not donuts. I really don't think you can call it a donut unless it's been fried. And for my baked donuts I didn't even use one of the four DB recipes provided. I used a recipe from the back of the baked donut pan that I bought. I'm a bad Daring Baker.

donut_pan
fully baked but super pale on top


But I had an excuse. I just got back from a 10-day trip to the United Kingdom and I didn’t want to deal with deep frying anything in a vat of hot oil. I just wanted to eat a huge flavorful carne asada burrito at my favorite taqueria. I just wanted to go to the farmers' market and get some much needed vegetables and fruit. I just wanted to cuddle with my cat and get over the jet-lag. I just wanted to watch the SF Giants make it to the World Series. :) That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

donut_glazed


Blog-checking lines: The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.

To see the recipes provided by Lori for the challenge, just click here.

BAKED DONUTS
(adapted from the recipe that came with the Wilton donut pan)
(makes 12 donuts)


2 cups cake flour, sifted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
5 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray Wilton donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In large mixing bowl, sift together cake flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Add buttermilk, eggs and butter and beat until just combined. Fill each donut cup of the Wilton donut pan approximately 2/3 full.

Bake 7–9 minutes or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched. Let cool in pan for 4–5 minutes before removing. Finish donuts with glaze. Donuts are best served fresh.

Maple Glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

In small bowl, stir together sugar, maple syrup and vanilla extract until sugar is completely dissolved. If glaze is too thick, mix in a few drops of water until the consistency is to your liking. Use immediately to glaze donuts.

18 comments:

crustabakes said...

Donuts with maple glaze! yumms. and since they are baked, we could definitely afford another one. right? :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Beautiful baked doughnuts! I love that maple glaze. So irresistible.

Cheers,

Rosa

Rachel said...

Gorgeous with the glaze. Looks lovely inspite of it not tasting like a doughnut.

Cody said...

Yummy yummy maple. I would love to do some with maple glaze soon. It's one of my favorite flavors.

Sassy said...

I have a donut pan just like that and the recipe is not so bad. But you are right, they are NOT donuts. Oh well, after frying my own I'm inclined to stick with the baked kind. Frying is not my strength! Love the maple glaze!

Manu said...

I love the idea of baking the doughnuts! We don't have to blame ourselves and can eat more! And certainly I would eat a lot of them, because of the delicious maple glaze!

shelley c. said...

I think those donut pans are so cool, and they let you have pseudo-donuts with much less guilt! :) I think you did a great job, and your maple glaze looks delicious!

Audax said...

Baked doughnuts that is an ideal idea and they look so cool well done. It sounds like you have jet lag badly. Great work on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

chef_d said...

Your baked donuts with maple glaze look fantastic!

uk4dz said...

They look really good and I love your icing - maple syrup glaze... yum!

Nadia said...

may be next time u could try baking alton browns recipe, its a great recipe.
good that u could even attempt after the trip!

MeetaK said...

Oh i think i would have joined you for that burrito too. i usually go the baked way too but this time fried mine. these look divine esp. that glaze!

Apu said...

Maple glaze sounds wonderful!!

Claire said...

I baked mine, too! These look so good!!! You'd never know by looking that they weren't "donuts!"

Manderley said...

I want one, please!!! I like it very much

cheers

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elpi said...

I baked donuts a lot. My mum love it! thanks for sharing. What a maple glaze, tempting

George Quirk said...

Oh my dentists will be frantic when they find out that I'm indulging myself with these sweet treats again. Anyway, thanks for sharing this simple doughnut recipe. I'll ask my mother to make some of these when we go to Myrtle Beach for a vacation next season.