Healthier baked donuts dipped in cinnamon sugar.
These donuts are made with yeast and they are very forgiving if you don’t have a lot of bread experience! The dough proves for an hour, the donuts are formed, and prove again for 20 minutes. A short time in the oven and you have your own homemade baked donuts! I dipped mine in cinnamon sugar but you can also make a quick glaze or put some delicious add-ins in the dough. The donut pans I used are my great grandmothers and I’m so thankful to have them and use them as she did so many years ago. But, if you don’t have donut pans or don’t want to buy them you can absolutely hand form your donuts. Just roll them into equal sized balls and poke a hole through the center with your thumb. Stretch the dough slightly so the hole doesn’t close when they expand in the oven.
Makes 15-20 donuts (depending on size)
1 cup kefir or milk (I used kefir)
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
1 tsp granulated sugar
¼ cup butter, room temperature
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
3 cups flour
1 Tbsp butter (or coconut oil)
¼ cup sugar
2 Tbsp cinnamon
1. Warm the milk or kefir on the stove. Remove from the heat and add to a bowl with the yeast and tsp sugar. Let sit.
2. Add the butter and granulated sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer (or hand mixer) and beat with the paddle attachment until the butter is light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg and beat until just combined.
4. Add the yeast mixture, vanilla, salt and mix to combine.
5. Change the paddle attachment to the dough hook and slowly add 2 ½ cups flour. (If you don’t have a stand mixer just hand knead the dough from here) Add the remaining ½ cup flour (or more) until the dough gathers around the hook and isn’t stuck to the side of the bowl.
6. Remove from the bowl and knead for a couple minutes. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl and let rise for 1 hour.
7. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Flatten out dough and form into about 15-20 even sections. Place into oiled donut pans or hand form into balls and poke a hole through the center. Stretch the dough slightly so the donut keeps its shape in the oven. Cover with a towel and let rise for another 20 minutes.
8. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
9. Remove from pans, if using, and allow to cool. Mix ¼ cup sugar and cinnamon in a bowl. Baste a small amount of butter or coconut oil on the top side of the donut and dip in the bowl of cinnamon sugar.