dough- do- nuts

my inner homer simpson (yes, that does exist. in all of us, actually) has really been calling out to me lately.  i really need to invest in a donut pan.  i made regular fried donuts a few months back and while they were very tasty, they made the entire house smell like a musty carnival.  and never is that a good thing to smell like.

i keep stumbling across recipes for baked donuts that i’d really like to try, however, most require this handy pan:

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 here’s the li’l roundup for you:

dainty squid donuts

shutterbean banana doughnuts with peanut butter frosting (!!)

buns in my oven cinnamon and sugar baked donuts

style & grace baked pumpkin spice donuts – gluten free

make ahead meals for busy mom blueberry ricotta donuts

the kitchn baked apple cider doughnuts

i also found these two recipe requiring no such donut pan:

oh my! sugar high baked cinnamon breakfast bites

krissy’s creations baked donuts

so i got up early this morning to kill this donut craving of mine.  i used krissy’s baked doughnut recipe.  i made a half batch because two people cannot should not eat 16 donuts.  while these were quite tasty, they were not really donuts.  they were more like a glazed sweet roll or a kolache without the fruit-filled middle.  hey! maybe i should make kolaches next!

baked donuts

1/4 c. warm milk

1 t.  active dry yeast

1/8 c.  warm milk

1/2 T unsalted butter

2 T brown sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 c.  a.p. flour

pinch of salt

-place 1/4 c. warm milk in large mixing bowl.  sprinkle yeast over milk and let sit 5 minutes.

-in small bowl, combine 1/8 c. warm, sugar and butter.  stir this into the yeast mixture.  add egg, stir.

-add 1 1/4 c. flour and salt.  stir until dough starts to form.  only add the additional 1/4 c. flour if the dough is too sticky (mine was so i added the entire 1/4 c.).  once dough is formed turn onto floured surface and knead for 3-5 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic.

-place dough in greased bowl, turning dough once.  cover and let rise in warm place for about an hour.

-roll dough out to 1/2″ thickness.  cut donut shapes with two round biscuit cutters.  arrange about 1″ apart on lined baking sheet.  cover and let sit for 30-40 minutes.

-preheat oven to 375°

-bake 7-8 minutes, until lightly browned

vanilla bean glaze

1 c.  powdered sugar

2 T milk

1 vanilla bean, scraped

-combine scraped vanilla bean and powdered sugar with fingers, evenly distributing vanilla.  stir in milk

-when donuts are slightly cooled dip in glaze

so i had a really delicious breakfast but my hankering for a donuts is still lingering…

i leave you with a few powerful words from a wise man:

Donuts. Is there anything they can’t do? –Homer Simpson

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