Baked Donuts

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 Hi everyone! Today's recipe is Baked Donuts! Hope you like them as much as I did! Enjoy

Makes 12 donuts
  • 3 ½ cups of flour + extra for kneading
  • 1 cup warm milk (115ºF)
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter,diced (113grams = ½ cup)
  • ¼ cup of granulated sugar
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of active dry yest

For coating:
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground all-spice

Chocolate glaze: (optional) (mix all the ingredients really well)
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2 TBS cocoa powder
  • 1-2 TBS milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Orange glaze: (optional) (mix all the ingredients really well)
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 2-3 TBS orange juice

You can mix everything in an electric mixer or mix everything with your hands. Combine the egg and  sugar, mix well, then add in ½ teaspoon salt and cinnamon, the zest of 1 orange, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, warm milk and  1 tablespoons of Active dry Yeast, mix well until everything is well combine, then add about 2 ½ cups of flour, ½ cup at a time, you want to get a really sticky and wet dough,  after you get the right texture, add in the the butter, and mix well until the butter is well combine with the rest of the ingredients and you cannot longer see any large chunks of butter in the dough.

Add the rest of the flour ½ cup at a time, knead the dough, until you get a really soft dough... add more flour to knead if needed..  continue to knead on a floured surfaced until  the dough doesn't stick to the surface or your hands at all. Place dough in a large bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise for 1 hour or until it doubles in sizes.

After an hour or so, on a floured surface, punch the dough a couple times, then roll out the dough to a thickness of ½ in. and with a donut cutter, cut out your donuts, place them on a baking dish and cover them again with a clean kitchen towel. Let the rise for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400ºF (205ºC)

Bake the donuts for about 6-10 minutes. Do not over bake them or they will become hard as a rock. They doNOT need to get golden brown, the color should be  soft and kind of a faint tan, so start checking them after the 6 minute mark.

Once they are done, brush them with melted butter and coat them with a mixture of sugar,cinnamon and all spice, or cover them with your favorite glaze.  Enjoy!!!