Baked Doughnuts!

This is my first time making doughnuts! I wasn’t exactly craving them, I was more intrigued in making a baked doughnut rather than the well known and highly fattening deep fried version.

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My first attempt at making doughnuts!

I found a recipe by Tracey at sugarcrafter.net. I changed the quantities a little as I had to convert it from US cup measurements and I used vanilla bean paste as well as the extract. I also made them far to big which meant I had to leave them in the oven longer and the holes closed up! Next time I’ll have to make sure the inside hole is cut larger, I used an upside down large piping nozzle! When I got them out of the oven I thought they looked like the bagels I’ve made in the past! But don’t despair if they look ugly, it’s amazing how the sugar transforms them into appetising lumps of dough! They’re also light and fluffy, but I was told they could do with some jam in the middle. Obviously if yours have holes you can’t inject them with jam.

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Here’s my tweaked version:

Makes: 7 massive doughnuts, prep time: 20 minutes, plus 1 hour proving and 20 resting. Cook time: 20 minutes if they are big, 10 mins if they aren’t!

INGREDIENTS:
For the doughnuts:
1 egg
55g caster sugar [was originally granulated]
240ml cup milk, heated to in microwave for 1min (lukewarm)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast (7g sachet)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste [was originally only extract]
250g bread flour, plus more for kneading
110g soft butter, cut into cubes

For the cinnamon-sugar coating:
50g butter, melted [was originally 110g]
100g plus a teaspoon of ground cinnamon [was originally 220g granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons cinnamon]

DIRECTIONS:
1. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the egg and sugar on medium speed for about 1 minute. Add in the milk, yeast, salt, and vanilla. Turn the mixer to low, and then add in 250g of the flour. Attach the dough hook and then on medium speed, add the butter one piece at a time until smooth. Reduce the speed to low, and then start adding the extra flour (I didn’t measure this, but it was around 100-150g) until the dough sticks to the hook and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. It should be soft and moist, but not sticky.

2. Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Place in a mixing bowl coated with cooking spray and cover with a damp towel. Let rise until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

3. Punch down the dough and roll it out to about ½” thickness. With biscuit cutters, cut out 3″ circles with 1″ holes. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. On a baking tray lined with parchment paper, place the doughnuts 1″ apart. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit on top of the preheating oven until almost doubled in size, about 20 minutes.

4. Bake until light golden in colour, 20 minutes. Dip the hot doughnuts in the melted butter and then coat with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Tracey says to serve immediately; doughnuts are best eaten the same day they are made.

I’ll be interested to hear if you make them!

Random

I was randomly looking at some very old posts I wrote in 2006-2007 on live journal! This made me laugh:

For some reason that I can’t remember I wondered out loud to bf whether Beck has found himself a new girlfriend. Bf said “why are you planning on applying!” We then started talking about a new way in which the dating scene should work. We suggested that one would need to fill out a application form of the girl/guy you would like to have relations with. To obtain the application form one would have to ask for it, so if you see someone in the street you fancy you would approach them for their email. Both parties wouldn’t be shocked or embarrassed because this concept would be a formality that everyone would have to do, like applying for a job. Once you’ve asked for their email the person would produce from their bag a business type card with details, the email address would be a special one especially for this gf/bf applying process, eg: boyfriend4u@insertname.com. You then email this person to request a downloadable application form and then fill and submit. Once submitted you’ll have to wait for the person to reply with an email, the subject would either be ACCEPTED or DENIED. If you have been denied there will be feedback on why you weren’t successful, they might tell you that you could apply in a couple of years time for instance. So one should never feel to disheartened. Because this concept is so acceptable you won’t be shy to approach as many people that takes your fancy! Basically we’ve stolen the job applying process and tweaked it for gf/bf applying one. As you can see, we talk a lot of rubbish!

Another Sunny Weekend!

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This weekend we went to Petersfield to try out a new cafe and wander the town. It’s a place we enjoy going to for the secondhand bookshops, charity shops and browsing the vintage shops. We tend to spend a while browsing for books in the various shops so we have a meeting point when we finish. I like to pop into the other retailers before meeting up. This time I had a look around Mackays, though its now called M&Co. This isn’t a shop I tend to go in, this is a shop my mum used to go in when I was a child, it’s quite mumsy! Anyway I came out with this cute cardi knitted with ribbon, I call it my ‘Where’s Wally/Waldo’ cardi and was only £10 in the sale!

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We eventually met up and had a look around the library where I got out 2 books (Kind of Cruel by Sophie Hannah and Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman) and bought a Christmas baking book that might come in handy for work!

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Ok now to the cafe part, it’s called Natural Apothecary and is rather quaint as it’s quite small in size. The decor is a take on Victorian which one would imagine as apothecaries are from that era, though it’s not over the top. There are elements that feel quite urban such as the lighting that hang down. The bulbs look old world but the surrounds are quite industrial with the exposed cables. It’s a nice mix.

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We were told to take a seat and that they’ll come to take our order. We ordered an Americano, Hartridge’s dandelion and burdock, breakfast smoothie (mango, banana, strawberry and some other berries I can’t remember!) and an open top sandwich.

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My smoothie was nice and felt very fresh, the banana helped balance out the sharp berries. The open top sandwich was well presented on a slate board (though it can come across a bit pretentious), I chose the sourdough option over the rye and picked halloumi, hummus, aubergine and rocket. It was served with extra hummus which I don’t think is necessary, I would have prefer an onion chutney. The aubergine was cooked through and soft, this half was served with balsamic glaze which I didn’t mind. Bf detests balsamic glaze as he feels its a generic filler, that’s over used. Which is true sometimes.

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I really enjoyed the ambience and food here, the staff were real friendly, the only down side is that it can feel a little cramped, especially if you can’t bag yourself the best table in the corner near the window! Oh I forgot to mention they sell produce like at Bill’s

In total it all cost under £15, the open top sandwich was just under £6 and the smoothie was £3.50.