I know, I know, we are in January, just after Christmas when everybody is supposed to start a detox diet, and I´m here with my post about baked, soft and yummie donuts, am I crazy or what? Well, if everything is about balance, I´m sure you can handle one of these, at least it will make long January a bit easier. Also they are nice to bake, I could find time during the weekend, rainy weekend, perfect plan to me 🙂
Easy recipe with simple ingredients. I put on a chocolate glaze top of the donuts with a touch of cognac but they are also very tasty without icing and fresh from the oven.
For the donuts:
3 teaspoons of dried instant yeast
500 g of flour
1 beaten egg
50 g of butter (room temp.)
160 ml of yogurt mixed with the juice of half a lemon
60 ml of warm milk
150 g of caster sugar
For the glaze:
100 ml milk
200 g dark chocolate
2 tablespoons of Brandy (optional)
150 g caster sugar
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
Start making the dough: combine the warm milk with the dried yeast and a pinch of sugar, let it rest for a couple of minutes. Now mix the flour with the rest of the sugar, slowly add the yeast mixture, the yogurt with lemon, egg, butter and a pinch of salt. Keep kneading for at least 5 minutes or until you get a soft and elastic dough (it will be quite wet, that´s ok, don´t worry about that). Put the dough in a oiled bowl and cover with a clean cloth, let rest in a warm place for at least 1 and a half hour.
After that time, knead the dough on a floured surface and make a roll (like a sausage), cut into 10 equal pieces and knead making the shape of a ball and place on the oven tray lined with baking paper. Flatten each ball gently, using a dough cutter (3 cm) make a hole in the centre. Cover again with a clean cloth and let it rise for about 1 hour.
Heat the oven at 200 ºC and bake the donuts for 8-9 minutes or until they get a light brown color. Take them out and let them cool on a rack. In the meanwhile prepare the chocolate glaze: put the chocolate in a saucepan, together with a spoonful of sugar and the Brandy, low heat and keep stirring until everything is melted. Let cool for a few minutes.
Mix the rest of the sugar with the cinnamon, brush the donuts with milk and toss the donuts in the sugar mixture. Then, slightly sink the donuts in the chocolate, place them on a rack and let dry (if you have the patience). Dig in!
You can keep them in the frigde up to 3 days. If you warm them up 30 seconds in the microwave they will taste so good!