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Baked Donuts Recipe

Introduction:

Indulge in the heavenly goodness of homemade Baked Donuts with this delightful recipe. These light and fluffy treats boast a perfect balance of sweetness and a hint of warmth from the vanilla extract. With a delectable jam filling and a sugar-coated exterior, these baked donuts are sure to become a household favorite.

Why we love this recipe:

This Baked Donuts recipe offers a fuss-free and healthier alternative to traditional fried donuts. The use of simple ingredients, coupled with the baking method, results in a batch of delectable treats that are both satisfying and guilt-free.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided, plus more for dusting*
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast (quick-acting, 1 packet = 7 grams)
  • 2/3 cup warm milk (110˚F – microwave for 35 sec.)
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted, divided
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup jelly or jam (no large fruit pieces)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (for rolling donuts)

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Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar, 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast, and 1/4 tsp salt.
  2. Add warm milk, 3 Tbsp melted butter, 2 egg yolks, and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. Whisk vigorously until well combined. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for 10 minutes, allowing bubbles to form on the surface.
  3. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour gradually, kneading in the bowl until the dough holds together and no longer sticks to the sides. Knead for 5 minutes. If the dough is sticky, dust lightly with flour and continue kneading. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise in a 100˚F oven for 45 minutes or at room temperature for 1 1/2 hours, until doubled in size.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375˚F with a rack in the center. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Turn the dough onto a floured surface, roll it out to just under 1/2” thick, and cut circles using a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter. Re-roll scraps if needed to make 12 donuts. Place donuts on the prepared baking sheet, cover with a tea towel, and let them rise in a 100˚F oven for 20 minutes or at room temperature for 45 minutes until puffed.
  6. Bake uncovered in the center of the preheated oven at 375˚F for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden on top.
  7. Right out of the oven, brush each hot donut with the remaining 1 Tbsp melted butter and roll in a bowl of sugar to coat lightly. Cut a deep slit in the side of each donut and pipe jam with a pastry bag.

Notes:

  • Ensure the milk is at the correct temperature (110˚F) for optimal yeast activation.
  • You can customize the jam flavor according to your preference.
  • These baked donuts are best enjoyed fresh but can be stored in an airtight container for a day or two.

FAQs: Q: Can I use a different type of jam? A: Absolutely! Choose your favorite jam flavor to personalize the donuts.

Q: Can I freeze the baked donuts? A: While they are best enjoyed fresh, you can freeze them for later enjoyment. Thaw and reheat in the oven for a few minutes before serving.

Conclusion: Savor the joy of baking with these Baked Donuts. From the simplicity of the ingredients to the delightful jam-filled center, this recipe promises a delightful culinary experience. Perfect for breakfast or a sweet snack, these baked donuts are a wholesome treat that will leave everyone craving for more

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