Friday, March 23, 2012

Go Nuts With Donuts

'Go Nuts With Donuts', I possibly couldn't find a better name than this, since I was the first one to go nuts over these donuts. There are certain foods which are always on your wish list and you can wipe them out the moment you get their glance. Donuts do surely top that list and perhaps this was one of those delights that I never thought of experimenting on by myself till a few days back. Baking has caught my nerves these days and so is anything with 'yeast'. After my recent successful venture with the braided bread, I was aroused to drive in for something again with yeast, and in the long mile of thinking, I finally concluded over 'Donuts'. I was terribly tensed on how they would turn up because I had never seen anybody making them in my life and nowhere in the weirdest of my dreams did I think of making them. So, this was an out of the blue experiment for me. Donuts are generally deep fried, but I went for a baked version too, which wasn't bad either. As for my first time, with no donut cutters and proper equipments, the trial wasn't a disaster as I had thought of. They turned out pretty well, though the shape had flaws owing to the use of random cutting objects, but in all, it was a cheering and gratifying endeavor. I'm propelled to try the egg-less version soon, and this time I'll look for some bigger, better circles/caps to cut appropriately. I've taken the recipe from here and have made changes in terms of quantity.


Preparation Time: 15 minutes (excluding the dough-rising time)
Cooking/Baking time: 10 minutes
Yields 12 Donuts

1. All Purpose Flour/ Maida: 2 cups
2. Sugar: 1/2 cup ( I took 1/4 cup and I found it less sweeter)
3. Egg: 1
4. Warm water: 1/4 cup
5. Luke-warm Milk: 1/2 cup
6. Active Dry Yeast: 1 tsp
7. Salt: 1/2 tsp
8. Oil: 1 tbs for greasing and rest for frying
9. Dark Chocolate: 1 bar

  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water, and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, and 2 cups of the flour.  Knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. You can grease your hands with oil to avoid sticking. Place the dough into a greased bowl, and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until double. Dough is ready if you touch it, and the indention remains.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter or if you don't have one, like me, use two different sized caps/circles (one big and the other smaller than it, so as to get the ring shape) to cut. Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until double (around 30-40 minutes). Cover loosely with a cloth.
  4. Pre-heat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes and line the parchment paper on the baking tray or grease it.
  5. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slide doughnuts into the hot oil using a wide spatula. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil, to drain on a wire rack. 
  6.  On the other side, for the baked ones, place them in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes till the top goes light brown. Do not over-bake else they will go hard.
  7. Microwave chocolate in a bowl for 30-60 seconds (just enough to melt it) and keep it ready.
  8.  Dip the top cover of the doughnuts into the molten chocolate while still warm, and set onto wire racks to cool or refrigerate for 5 minutes. 
  9.  Arrange in the plate and wait for no-one or nothing to gulp them over before you do. 

  1. The baked donuts are not round, but have a flat bottom. Make sure you don't over-bake them else they turn hard. I for sure loved the original deep fried version more, but baked ones make a good choice for calorie-conscious people. 
  2. Some dough was not utilized and I ended up making some Baked Jam Rolls/Delights with that. You can go innovative in using that dough in multiple ways.
  3. Refrigeration will make them hard, so better re-heat them in an oven before use. Though they are best consumed fresh. 
  4. You can coat them with sugar-butter-cinnamon syrup and icing sugar or any glaze that you wish. Chocolate glazing was the simplest I found.
  5. Appropriate rising is necessary for the perfect texture. Make sure that the dough is kept in a warm place for rising and you do not deep fry/bake them before rising, out of hurry. 
  6. If planning to make egg-less ones, replace egg with 4tbs curd/yogurt and 1/2 tsp baking soda. 
  7. The original recipe also uses 'shortening', but since I had none, I skipped it.

 The recipe takes off to:
Cooking Made Easy With Chocolates/Cocoa 
I'm The Star by  Veg Food and Me, 
Comfort Food by Daily Cuppa 


  1. i agree with you these look amazing !! with dark coffee it will be out of the world

  2. WOW!!! Looks so delicious.. I like doing donuts at home.

  3. Pretty good attempt! Your husband must have been surprised - first the braided bread, now donuts. Really planning to open a bakery, haan? :D

  4. They are mouth-watering!!
    Just looking at the photo and I'm craving for some to eat

  5. I totally go nuts for donuts especially yours! Looks so inviting & heavenly!! How can anyone resist such a treat!! I certainly CAN'T!!! YUM! :)

  6. Awesome, that's a nice name for the post, they are so tempting especially the chocolate glazed..

  7. Am drooling here... The donuts look so perfect and gorgeous...

  8. wow.. these look lip smacking.. totally nuts about doughnuts now :)

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  9. wow!!yum yum yum!!Really making me crazy...
    Thanks a lot for sharing with Midweek Fiesta..

  10. Your Donuts is making me nuts. :)
    I like the name along the post and beautiful clicks.

  11. wow hubby luvs donuts and i have been wanting to try...ur donuts luk perfect...wil try now...great work anjali !!!

  12. Love this. Mouth watering:)

  13. tempting and delicious donuts..loved the name and the recipe :)

  14. mamma mia....that looks AWESOME.....

  15. looking ver very delicious. my mouth is watering now.

  16. Totally agree with you with the name of this donut ;-) Feel like having it now actually.
    Regarding the dip that I posted today, surely you can skip the eggless Mayo, infact I sometimes skip it. Enjoy the simple dip with crackers

  17. perfectly done doughnuts.........feeling hungry.

  18. mmmmmmmm.............look at that chocolate on top! sigh!....lovely anjali...recipe bookmarked!

  19. Great Anjali....Donut came out amazingly superb....and the chocolate glaze is really lip smacking

  20. Ooozing with goodness of chocolate...yummm! looks absol delish Anjali :)

  21. amazing doughnuts, all kids fav.picture looks yummy

  22. looks stunning and delicious :)
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  23. looks really yumm.n nice tempting colour......Thanx 4 this recipe..

  24. I have a dough nut crazy daughter and I am sure she is gonna love these! they look perfect and so yummy!

  25. never imagined making donuts at home. looks yummy. will be a sure hit with kids..

  26. Yummy do-nuts.. So tempting!!

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  27. who can resist the donuts. in bwtn,, we get the mini donut pan here.. I make donuts from the cake batter, they turn out awesome too, easy and fast and guaranteed perfection.
    Love Ash.

  28. Anjali these donuts are making me crave for some right now.I think the name that you have given this is very apt.


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