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Oven Baked Doughnuts

Thursday, 2 August 2012
I've decided to re-post this recipe as it kept my eldest daughter amused yeterday afternoon, the doughnuts are so easy to make she made them all by herelf.  All 3 of daughters love these donuts and they're easy and quick to make, especially with loads of kids about because there's no deep frying involved.  They taste delicious and my daughters friends like them as a treat when they come over to play, I get nagged for them a lot!  I usually either make them quickly in my stand mixer or get my daughters and their friends to help knead and shape the dough.

250ml milk
1 Tblsp butter 
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 1/2 tsp instant dried yeast

25g butter, melted
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon or mixed spice if you want a stronger spice flavour

Gently warm the milk in a saucepan on the hob or in the microwave until it is lukewarm.  If it is too hot it will kill the yeast.  Stir through the butter which will melt with the heat of the milk.  

Sift the flour into a bowl then stir in the yeast and 1/4 cup of sugar.  Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients.  Add the milk and butter mixture.

Mix to form a soft dough then turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.  I usually make the dough in my stand mixer and knead the dough with the dough hook for about 5 - 7 minutes until it's smooth and elastic.

Put the dough into a lightly greased bowl to rise. Cover the bowl with lightly greased cling film.  Set the dough aside in a warm place for about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size. 

Line a baking tray or two with non-stick baking paper.

Using your fist, punch the dough down to knock it back then turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead the dough until it's smooth.  I usually knead it for about 1 minute in the stand mixer. 

Once you're ready to shape the dough, press it out until it's about 2.5cm thick. You can make the doughnut two different ways.  Either use a 6.5cm cutter, or a wine glass, to cut 12 circles from the dough then use a 2.5cm cutter to cut little circles from the centre of each large circle.  What we ended up doing yeterday, and do quite often as a low faff option, is just use the 2.5cm cutter to cut circles out of the dough to make doughnuts without holes. 

Whichever method you use, knead together the offcuts of dough and continue cutting out the doughnuts until all of the dough has been uesd.  Put the doughnuts about 5cm apart, on the prepared baking trays.  Cover the doughnuts with lightly greased cling film.  Set the doughnuts aside in a warm place for 30 minutes or until they've doubled in size again.

We left ours to prove a bit too long, for over an hour, they were masive! LOL

Whilst the doughnuts are rising on the baking trays, preheat your oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced.  Bake the doughnuts for 10 to 12 minutes or until they are lovely and golden brown.

Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Brush the doughnuts with the melted butter.  Dip the doughnuts into the cinnamon sugar mixture or sprinkle some over the top if the doughnuts are a little too hot to handle.

Special thanks and aknowledgement to my eldest daughter who made these doughnuts and took the photos using my phone.  Well done her!


  1. Ooh your doughnuts look good - how did they taste? As good as fried ones?

  2. Almost as good as fried ones LOL
    I don't like a vat of boiling oil with the girls about so tend to make fried ones only occasionally when they're all at school/nursery

  3. Am going to have a go at these.Like you I don't like the idea of hot oil with kids about.

  4. oooh this does look good. nice idea to bake them.

  5. Ooh - well done to your daughter!
    I keep meaning to try one of these baked donut recipes as I feel exactly the same way about a vat of boiling oil in my kitchen...

  6. Thanks for this - my dough is rising as I write. I've got a downer on the fried ones mostly from a health viewpoint - but if these turn out as good as I hope I'm sure I'll be doing them regularly!
    I'm so glad I found your blog - through from liveotherwise.co.uk
    You're a woman after my own heart! (make everything from scratch, on a budget!) Bless you,

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Debbie :) I am a great fan of liveotherwise.co.uk too. I'm so glad that you like my blog and recipes, I hope you find the doughnuts as delicious as we did.


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