National Doughnut Day!

Some people keep lists and calendars to remind themselves of food holidays: National Raisin Bran Cereal Day, International Nacho Day, Lobster Thermidor Day, and so on. I prefer to keep track of these things the way nature intended: by taking a morning peek at Facebook and noticing doughnuts everywhere. Doh! It’s national Doughnut Day! I was caught off-guard, but it was early in the day so I had time to recover.

I made baked yeasted doughnuts that you can really sink your teeth into. If you like those soft, lighter-than-air Krispy Kreme things, don’t make these. These are to those what Guinness Stout is to cotton candy (it’s also National Mixed Metaphor Day, by the way).

I didn’t have access to a stand mixer today so I started these mixing in the food processor and finished up by hand. I also couldn’t find anything to cut out holes with, so instead of the more traditional roll-and-cut-out method of shaping, I simply formed balls, poked holes in them and stretched them out. They looked a little sloppy at first, but evened out during the bake.

Yeasted Baked Doughnuts

Yield: 8 large doughnuts

Time:

  • Mix: 10 minutes
  • First fermentation : 3 hours, with a fold at 1.5 hours
  • Divide, rest, and shape: 30 minutes
  • Proof: 1.5 hours
  • Bake: about 20 minutes

Dough Ingredients:

  • 350 grams flour
  • 182 grams milk, lukewarm
  • 53 grams (1 large) egg
  • 30 grams butter at room temperature
  • 3 grams (1 teaspoon) instant yeast
  • 4 grams salt (2/3 teaspoon)
  • 75 grams sugar

Topping Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • sugar mixed with spices of your choice, to taste (I used a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, and coriander)

Method:

  1. Combine flour, milk, egg, butter, yeast, and salt in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process until the ingredients are incorporated. The dough will still seem fairly stiff at this point.
  3. Add the sugar in three or four increments, processing for several seconds after each.
  4. Continue processing, or mix by hand on the counter, until the dough is smooth and elastic. (My processor’s motor warmed up and stopped periodically during this process, so I finished by hand.)
  5. Ferment the dough in a lightly-buttered container at room temperature for 3 hours, folding the dough after 1.5 hours.
  6. Divide the dough into 8 pieces of 75 – 80 grams each.
  7. Form each piece into a ball by lightly cupping it under your hand and rolling it in a circular motion on the unfloured counter.
  8. Cover the balls lightly with a cloth and let them rest for 20 minutes.
  9. With lightly-buttered fingers, poke a hole in the center of each ball and stretch it to a doughnut shape. Place the doughnuts on a parchemtn-lined or buttered baking sheet.
  10. Slip the baking sheet into a large plastic bag. Proof for 1.5 hours, until the indentation left by a light finger press springs back slowly.
  11. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375F.
  12. Bake just until barley starting to brown, about 15 – 20 minutes.
  13. While the doughnuts are baking, melt the stick of butter and prepare your sugar/spice mixture to taste.
  14. While still hot, brush the doughnuts with butter and roll them in spiced sugar.

CommentsLeave a comment

  1. says

    Baked doughnuts! I would never have thought of baking them. Those look like my kind of doughnuts.

    Really? There’s a Lobster Thermidor Day?

  2. says

    National Mixed Metaphor Day … always a reason for a celebration.
    I’m sort of partial to my dad’s doughnut but these look glorious, I love one … or two … thanks.

  3. Howard says

    Your doughnuts look great—plump and delicious. I bet they taste terrific. I really like the idea they’re baked and not fried. They go on my “To Bake” list. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Howard

  4. says

    Hmmm…another of my favourite brunch! haha… donut for brunch. No kidding! I just simply adored it. Now, I’m so tempted to make some.
    Kristy

  5. says

    I’ve lost track of those national days!
    Your baked doughnuts look like bagels, but sweet version lol. They look absolutely gorgeous, and I love the last shot! Have a great day.
    Cheers
    Mamat

  6. Rebecca says

    I made these last night. They are absolutely wonderful. I think next time I’m just going to make them into little doughnut “holes” because that is a lot of doughnut in one place.

  7. pietro says

    Not to get all greasy on this parade, but this worked perfectly fried too! Not to crumbly, not chewy-to-the-point-of-being-tough. Though, come to think of it, I made several changes; because my friend’s vegan, I substituted banana for the egg (1/4 cup for 1 egg), and coconut milk for the cow milk (straight 1-to-1 substitution). Plus I substituted my sourdough starter for the instant yeast (using Susan’s advice elsewhere on this blog).

    ..so my report back on texture isn’t totally accurate to this recipe. But I wrote all this, not gonna erase it now!

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