cakes and cookies

Baked cinnamon doughnuts – Any one please!

September 2, 2008
Foodies are foodies inspiration, a few weeks ago our well known baker dear Deeba had a lovely post on doughnuts. That was instantly bookmarked and honestly wild horses were dragging me crazy to make them as soon possible.

When my Super food ideas (Aussie Food magazine) arrived, I was glued to it as usual digging out any recipe that could be churned out. On a fleeting glimpse my attention struck a chord with this lovely baked doughnut. What a coincidence!

Last weekend I woke up to a heavy downpour with not much option left than to stay indoors. There could not have been a better time than baking these cinnamon doughnuts. I was bit skeptical of the damp weather because the yeast may sink like a stone but having a right temp of liquid does help. The cookie cutter had vanished by the time I made up my mind. Searching it would be a futile attempt for I was certain that it would be somewhere in my Son’ toy chest. I had never used that one so on his request it had become a part of his play dough materials.

Well ideas have no boundaries I finally managed to pull out a toy that could help me to come out with this shape. His curiosity raised manifold and with my fingers crossed, I could see his smile broadening when I showed him this.

Here go the ingredients adapted from Superfoodideas August 2008 edition.

1 cup milk
2 ½ cups plain flour
30 grams butter
1 ½ teaspoon instant dry yeast
¼ cup caster sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg


Warm the milk, (the temp should be 110’F) and add butter and whisk it. Mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon and yeast. Make a well (hole) in the centre and then add the warm milk and egg to make a soft pliable dough (this is very important). Place the dough covered in a greased vessel. Set aside in a warm place for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.

Line a baking tray and punch the dough. Knead again to soften it. Gently roll the dough with the fist to a flat circle until it is 2.5cm in thickness. Using a cookie cutter (6.5 cm) cut the circle and then using small cutter (2.5cm) cut circle from the centre of each round.

Place the doughnut covered in the tray and set aside for 30 minutes or until it doubles. Preheat the oven to 200’C or 180’C (fan forced oven) and bake the doughnuts for 10 to 12 minutes.

Remove and cool on racks.

Sugar cinnamon – Mix icing sugar or castor sugar with cinnamon on a plate. Brush the doughnuts with butter and roll the doughnut on the mix so that it coats evenly. Dust the extra.

Glazed – Sift 1 cup of icing sugar and 1 teaspoon of water. Make a thick paste and add the color of your choice. Brush the doughnut with glazed icing and sprinkle 100s and 1000s.

Chocolate – Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Spread the melted chocolate on the doughnut and sprinkle desiccated coconut.

Check out some great varieties of coating on Deeba’s space .She has some mouthwatering coating with honey and sesame that sounds divine! and I also found out these gorgeous ones at Aparna’s space too. She has done it like a pro.

Note – The baked doughnuts are denser than the deep fried ones but they still are delectable.
Knead the dough for 10 minutes till they are soft and elastic.
Stretch the inner circle if they tend to shrink.

Verdict – I would prefer to have them deepfried and this is a must in my little prince’s next kid’s parties. In my opinion if this is the first time some one is keen to try, and then I would recommend to try few baked ones and some deep fried ones for a variety.

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  • Reply Sujatha September 2, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Baked Doughnuts?? That sounds awesome.. never thought they were this easy to make.. bookmarked 🙂

  • Reply sowmya September 2, 2008 at 9:20 am

    beautiful doughnuts..will surely try this soon. have bookmarked it..

  • Reply Rachel September 2, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Doughnuts that are baked….I have been wanting to try doughnuts as well..time I got off my lazy —-

    Sugar cinnamon it is for me….

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours September 2, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Wow baked doughnuts. Looks welcoming. Really nice color. I like that chicken tikka also.

  • Reply Lore September 2, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Forgot to say that these are even more impressive since they are baked and not fried. Great job!

  • Reply Lore September 2, 2008 at 10:45 am

    These look so delicious even without the glaze but the glaze makes them more vibrant. We must be thinking alike because I just made doughnuts the other day 🙂 but I’m always in for more.

  • Reply Passionate About Baking September 2, 2008 at 10:45 am

    WOW Shibani…these sound & look as good as donuts can get. Am all for the baked idea…will def give these a shot very soon! Why don't you send these off to Susan's Wild Yeast for Yeastspotting?

  • Reply arundati September 2, 2008 at 10:45 am

    i would take baked over fried anyday!! they look very good….

  • Reply SriLekha September 2, 2008 at 10:45 am

    hi am back again after a break! am inviting u for my son amiitesh’s b’day which falls on sep 3rd! the dish is looking so colorful!

  • Reply Uma September 2, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    OK, OK save some for me Shibani! I am coming over! Those doughnuts look sooooooooo beautiful and tempting. Your son is so lucky to have a mom like you who bakes such yummy goodies.

  • Reply Archy September 2, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Donuts looks so nice and yum !! even my eyes are just drolling when will i make and have them.. Shall try eggless :)!!

  • Reply ANJALI J. September 2, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    wow, nice color.. lovely recipe

  • Reply Priti September 2, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Baked doughnuts…thts real nice..bookmarked this one to try..and ya they looks so delicious…

  • Reply Usha September 2, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Baked doughnut…wow they look awesome,I just felt like picking one up right out of the picture and biting into it ….:)

  • Reply Aparna September 2, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Baked Doughnuts? Really great, Shibani. Most baked doughnuts seem to need a doughnut pan, so this is even better.
    Thanks for the kind words. I must say your doughnuts are looking even better.

  • Reply RupaMohan September 3, 2008 at 3:20 am

    First time here.Loved it..Yummy Baked doughnuts

  • Reply Uma September 4, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Happy Vinayaka Chaturthi Shibani!

  • Reply Daziano September 4, 2008 at 12:39 am

    They look great!!! And I think that having some baked doughnuts and some deep-fried ones is a perfect trade-off!

  • Reply Deborah September 4, 2008 at 12:39 am

    I am a lover of all doughnuts – baked or fried! These look great – I love the pink frosting!

  • Reply Sireesha September 4, 2008 at 12:39 am


    Doughnutts look awesome and tempting…… have bookmarked it..

  • Reply meeso September 5, 2008 at 12:38 am

    These look so good! I really love the pink ones 🙂

  • Reply Vaishali September 5, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Nice job, Pearlsofeast! They look adorable. And baked no less. Divine.

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