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Baked cinnamon doughnuts

2011 November 14
by emma


I’m not the most massive fan of doughnuts.  By that, I mean they’re pleasingly sweet and doughy and occasionally I’ll grab a Dreamy Donut with coffee as a treat – I’m not anti doughnut or anything.  But when the whole Krispy Kreme thing was happening in Australia a while back (crazed coworkers bringing in enormous boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts and raving about them with a glazed look in their eye – do you see what I did there!?), I still didn’t drink the kool-aid (or jump on the bandwagon, whichever metaphor you prefer).  I mean they’re just doughnuts.

And since I hate to deep fry (messy, a propensity to burn things) they’ve never been something I’ve wanted to cook either.  I came across this recipe recently though and was attracted to their fluffy, light, angelic appearance.  They just seemed like something I would like and even better, they’re baked, healthier than the original version and use ingredients most people already have around.

They didn’t disappoint.  Although they’re more bread-like than a typical doughnut, they’re also quite soft and light, but still with the sweet cinnamon flavour we all love.  Next time I make them I think I’ll make a caramel drizzle icing just to step things up a bit.


1 cup milk or buttermilk
50g unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons instant dried yeast
3/4 cup raw caster sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Place milk in a small saucepan on low heat until heated through – be sure not to let it boil.  Stir in 1 20ml tablespoon of the melted butter.

Sift flour into a large bowl.  Stir in yeast, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.  Make a well in the centre and add milk mixture; mix with a knife to form a soft dough.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic.

Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap and a damp dishcloth.  Set aside in a warm, still place for one hour or until doubled in size.

Line baking tray with baking paper.

Using your fist, punch dough down (I love that bit).  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly until smooth.  Press dough flat until 2.5cm thick either with your hands or by using a rolling pin.  Using a 6.5cm cutter, cut 12 rounds from dough.  Using a 2.5cm cutter, cut circles from the centre of each round.  Place doughnuts, 5cm apart, on prepared tray.  Cover with lightly greased plastic wrap.  Set aside in a warm, still place for 40 minutes to one hour or until doubled in size.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200°C/ 190°C fan-forced.  Bake doughnuts for 10 minutes or until light golden brown and cooked through.

Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.  Brush doughnuts with remaining butter (I warmed it up again first).  Dip in sugar mixture, shaking off excess.

Serve with good, strong coffee.  Then go on a stakeout.

Makes: 12

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    3 Responses leave one →
    1. November 15, 2011

      These are beautiful!! Love that their not too sweet (or fried). Thanks for sharing! :)

    2. November 22, 2011

      These look so delish! I really find myself drawn to yeast these days (that sounds kind of bad), I am right with you on the doughnut thing, but I do love a yeasty baked sweet, so I might try these this weekend. Looks like a pretty good coffee you brewed too!

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