Who doesn’t love Donuts. I mean they are what dreams are made off. But if you are watching your calories and still want to indulge then this is the best compromise. They do taste like fried Donuts but hey I am not saying you can give up loving the fried versions. So for now we will try this baked version.
For the Dough you can either make it and use it the same day or you can store in the fridge for a day or two. But there is a simple rule with Donuts you need to eat them within six to eight hours and after that just throw them away. Well now that gives you an incentive to start eating them straight out of the oven hot.
For the Dough:
Sift the flour and mix the dry ingredients together in a stand mixer with a dough maker attachment. Add in melted butter into the milk and just ensure that the milk is at room temperature. Add in Vanilla and pour the mix slowly into the mix with the stand mixer at low. Add in water and increase the speed to high till the dough starts forming a ball and comes off the bowl. Take it out of the bowl on a flour surface and in a clean bowl brush some oil and put in the dough and cover it with cling wrap and store in a preheated oven at 100 degrees for 45 minutes or you can keep it in a hot place for 2 hours or more or till the dough doubles in size. You can keep it in the fridge overnight and bake the donuts the next day. Or you can take the dough and work it out by sprinkling some flour on the surface of your kitchen and pressing into the dough to take out all the air. Then make it into a ball. Using a rolling pin just press it into a 1 mm thickness. To be very frank I missed this step but well that meant my donuts were a but skinny but they tasted the same. That happens when you have an over enthusiastic toddler who thinks mommy is supposed to take him out for a spin in his stroller. Now coming back, that given use a ruler and measure. Using a regular cookie cutter just cut into the dough. Keep working the dough till you are able to cut a few more donuts.
Use a parchment paper on the baking tray and line the donuts and cover them with tea towel and let them rise for 30 more minutes. They will double in size. Brush them with some water. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes at 190 degrees and no more otherwise they will crack and become dry. You can rotate the baking tray once so there is even baking. remove them and dip them immediately into the glaze. The recipe for the glaze are given below. Make sure to double dip if the glaze doesn’t come out perfect the first time. Also we need to do that when the donuts are hot. Use spoons or forks for that so you do not end up burning your fingers. Make sure to dip them first in the white glaze covering them well so sticking in colours will be better. I dipped some pink ones in sugar and cinnamon mix just for the fun of it and trust me those tasted even better. Surprise!!!
Eat them hot!!!