Love Doughnuts and Baked Donuts

Apparently donuts are a very North American thing – and you’d definitely know it from the selection available in London.  Tim Hortons and Krispy Kreme rule the donut stands representing their respective corners of North America.  While delicious, sadly selection is limited as to what you’d get back home and never quite reaches the level of a fresh Krispy Kreme from the factory.

If you’re craving freshly made donuts, this is the book for you.  Love Doughnuts has a great selection of basic donut recipes, with a couple great seasonal flavours, and the best thing is that it’d be very easy to adapt these into a wider selection of donut flavours (I’m already thinking of adapting the basic baked donuts into apple cider donuts).  The one thing I would note is that this book does require specialist equipment, either a pan for deep frying or a baked donut pan.  I bought the donut pan and while it might seem rather extreme, once you have it, you come up with all kinds of cool ideas – (ringed brownies anyone?)

The book is also incredibly inexpensive, especially compared to other tomes of basic donuts, so it’s a great way to dip your toe into the donut water (or oil!)   I’d definitely recommend it to someone who has begun baking and wants to give donuts a try.

9781472302045Basic Baked Donuts (from Love Doughnuts)

Ingredients:

225g self-raising flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

175g caster sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

150ml milk

2 large eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

40g unsalted butter, melted

Sprinklings of cinnamon and sugar

DSC_1430In a jug, mix together the milk, vanilla, eggs and melted butter.

DSC_1431Sift in the dry ingredients slowly.

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Grease donut pan and spoon or pipe in dough.

DSC_1434Bake at 190C for about ten to fifteen minutes, until the donut is a nice golden brown.  Allow to cool slightly and then sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over it.

DSC_1435Allow to cool until warm (but not completely – everyone knows donuts are best warm!) and enjoy.

DSC_1439I received a free copy of Love Doughnuts to review from Parragon Books, but all opinions are my own.

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