Wednesday, October 27, 2010

DB: Mini Cake Donuts

The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.

I have been meaning to make donuts for a long time but kept putting off because it involved deep frying. But I have since overcome my fear of hot oil and have come to embrace its yummy goodness.

I used a cake donut recipe from Canadian Living magazine. I would have preferred to try a yeasted donut but didn't plan well enough ahead of time. These came together as easily as pancake batter, however, they required a 1 hour rest in the fridge. I am THRILLED with how they turned out. Super cute, 1 1/2" donuts or as the recipe directs, donut holes. I used my fingers to shape them.

My dad preferred them without the sugar, opting to have them dunked in his tea like a biscuit. Overall, a success! I will definitely be trying a yeasted version in the future and perhaps experimenting with a Krispy Kreme Copycat recipe.

Cake Donuts
from Canadian Living

3 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 cup light cream (10% M.F.)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
Canola oil or safflower oil or vegetable oil, for deep-frying,

Cinnamon Sugar for coating

In bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In small bowl, whisk 10% and whipping creams and vanilla. Set aside.

In large bowl, beat eggs with sugar until pale; gradually beat in cream mixture. Stir in flour mixture to make soft sticky dough. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Spray a mini (1 tbsp) ice-cream scoop or 1 tbsp measure with nonstick spray. In deep fryer or deep saucepan, heat 2 inches oil until deep-fryer thermometer reads 350 degrees F. Drop batter by tablespoonfuls into oil, 6 at a time; deep-fry, turning once, until golden and puffed, 3 to 4 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Transfer to rack; let cool slightly then toss in cinnamon sugar to coat.


Sabrina said...

I love doughnuts!!! Those look DELICIOUS!!! mmmmm!

Amanda said...

Oh yum those sound and look fabulous!!! I've never made doughnuts before :-0

Megan said...

Oh yummy! I've only made doughnuts twice and I'm dying to make the yeasted kind.

Flourchild said...

YOur donuts look so good. I think I would like to make these someday!

Mary said...

Great idea! They look fabulous--something you can really sink your teeth into. I was tempted to get a donut on the way home from work tonight, but I didn't and I'm really regretting it now!

Good Timing said...

Those look SO yummy!! [And i am not even a huge doughnut fan!]

Memória said...

O-M-G! This looks too amazing!!!! YUMMY! I've been meaning to make this. You're tempting me with you great, close-up photos.

Snooky doodle said...

these are the best looking doughnuts :)

Anonymous said...

So if they are mini doughnuts do you end up eating twice as many??:)
They looks great!

Rachel said...

yum! i have been wanting to make donuts for a while...i think these are definitely going on my fall to do list!

UFRV said...

Seems like a very easy recipe, and the results look yummy! Great challenge!

The Betz Family said...

Your doughnuts look great! Nice job on the challenge!

Mary said...

Very cute! Can't wait for the Krispy Kreme copycat recipe post!

Audax said...

The colour of your cake doughnut look gorgeous well done on the frying aspect of the challenge. And I'm so pleased that you really liked the recipe so much. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

Kat said...

That cinnamon-sugar shot has me absolutely drooling!
Nice job on the challenge!