Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Doughnuts, Donuts

Do-nuts.  Doughnuts.  Dough nuts.  Donuts.  No matter how you spell it, these are yummy treats and there are so many versions.  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.  We were given the option of a yeasted doughnut or cake doughnut with a pumpkin twist! I actually made these the first weekend of the month.  I decided on the pumpkin cake style doughnuts.  I have never deep fried anything on my own and wasn't planning on frying any doughnuts; however, after baking 2/3 of the batch, I decided that I really should try some fried.

  Both versions ended up being really good, though I thought that the baked version was better after sitting overnight.  The only thing I would recommend would be to wait to glaze them until right before serving.  I glazed them the night before and had to re-glaze because they had soaked everything in overnight.  I took them to my Sunday School class and everyone really enjoyed them. (Dark - fried, lighter - baked)

I think some people would argue that a doughnut isn't a doughnut unless it's fried...but I would argue that you can enjoy a baked doughnut just as much!  Thanks to Lori for a great and fun challenge!  Below is the recipe for the pumpkin doughnuts.

Pumpkin Doughnuts:
Preparation time:
Hands on prep time - 15 minutes
Chilling time - 3 hours
Cooking time - 10 minutes
Yield: About 24 doughnuts & 24 doughnut holes
All Purpose Flour 3.5 cup / 840 ml / 490 gm / 17 ¼ oz
Baking Powder 4 teaspoon / 20 ml / 24 gm / .85 oz
Table Salt 1 teaspoon / 5 ml / 6 gm / .2 oz
Cinnamon, ground 1 teaspoon / 5 ml / 6 gm / .2 oz
Ginger, ground ½ teaspoon / 2.5 ml / 3 gm / .1 oz
Baking Soda ½ teaspoon / 2.5 ml / 3 gm / .1 oz
Nutmeg, ground ¼ teaspoon / 1.25 ml / 1.5 gm / .05 oz
Cloves, ground 1/8 teaspoon / .6 ml / ¾ gm / .025 oz
White Granulated Sugar 1 cup / 240 ml / 225 gm / 8 oz
Butter, Unsalted 3 Tablespoon / 45 ml / 42 gm / 1.5 oz
Egg, Large 1
Egg Yolk, Large 2
Pure Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon / 5 ml
Buttermilk ½ cup + 1 Tablespoon / 135 ml /
Pumpkin 1 cup / 240 ml / 285 gm / 10 oz (Canned pure pumpkin or fresh cooked and pureed pumpkin – DON’T use pumpkin pie mix!)
Canola Oil DEPENDS on size of vessel you are frying in – you want THREE (3) inches of oil (can substitute any flavorless oil used for frying)

Powdered Sugar Glaze:

Powdered (Icing) Sugar 2 cup / 480 ml / 250 gm / 9 oz
Whipping Cream (About 32% butter fat) 4 Tablespoon + more if needed / 60 ml
  1. Whisk together the first 8 ingredients in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in large bowl until blended (the mixture will be grainy and not smooth). Beat in egg, then yolks and vanilla. Gradually beat in buttermilk; beat in pumpkin. Using rubber spatula, fold in dry ingredients in 4 additions, blending gently after each addition. Cover with plastic; chill 3 hours.
  2. Sprinkle 2 rimmed baking sheets lightly with flour. Press out 1/3 of dough on floured surface to 1/2- to 2/3-inch (12 mm to 15 mm) thickness. Using 2 1/2-inch (65 mm) -diameter round cutter, cut out dough rounds. Arrange on sheets. Repeat with remaining dough in 2 more batches. Gather dough scraps. Press out dough and cut out more dough rounds until all dough is used.
  3. Using 1-inch (25 mm) diameter round cutter, cut out center of each dough round to make doughnuts and doughnut holes.
  4. Line 2 baking sheets with several layers of paper towels. Pour oil into large deep skillet to depth of 1 1/2 inches (40 mm). Attach deep-fry thermometer and heat oil to 365°F to 370°F (185°C to 188°C). Fry doughnut holes in 2 batches until golden brown, turning occasionally, about 2 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towels to drain. Fry doughnuts, 3 or 4 at a time, until golden brown, adjusting heat to maintain temperature, about 1 minute per side. Using slotted spoon, transfer doughnuts to paper towels to drain. Cool completely.
  5. For baking, bake at 375F for about 10-12 minutes.


The JR said...

A donut would be good right now.

Renuka said...

love the pumpkin doughnut. I must try it soon.Nice photos too

Anonymous said...

They look great. Good on you for doing both fried and baked. I must try the baked ones down the road (I think I gained 5lbs on this one!)

chef_d said...

Yummy looking donuts! I like the picture of them being deep-fried, I can almost smell them!

Audax said...

What a wonderful effort and result you got and I like how you did baked and fried versions and that they were both delicious. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

Koci said...

I love how you gave these donuts a pumpkin twist! I bet they were great both ways!

bakercoz said...

They look yummy!!! Great job.

Lisa said...

I am dying to try the pumpkin doughnut recipe, and now after seeing your results, I have to try them! Beautiful job on the challenge, Claire!

Stephanie said...

yum!!! these look so so tasty!

I'm going to be starting daring bakers this coming month. *so excited*

AJ said...

Good job on the challenge!! They look great.