Tuesday, February 24, 2009

No Fry Donuts

Today is known as Fausnaught Day in these parts! Traditionally, it was the day house wives made donuts to use up their fat before the start of Lent. My family makes donuts each winter, though often not on Fausnaught Day. I thought of sharing my mom's recipe. There isn't too many things better then a fresh hot homemade donut! But I figured you all probably have a good donut recipe. Besides, donut making isn't something I would attempt on my own. It really is a lot of work and by the end of the day I feel so grease sodden that I almost lose my appetite for donuts!

Last year on Fausnaught Day, I tried a recipe for baked donuts. The recipe was very simple to make and results surprisingly good! No, they are not as good as the traditional deep fat fried donuts. But, though opinions on nutrition vary widely, I think we would all agree that fried donuts can hardly be construed as health food! I'm looking forward to making this recipe again this year. Care to join me?

2 T yeast
¼ cup warm water

Dissolve yeast in warm water.

1 ½ cup warm milk
1/3 cup butter

Add milk and butter and stir for one minute.

½ cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cinnamon

Add all ingredients together with above and beat on low speed until smooth.

4 ½ to 5 cups flour

Stir in flour to form a soft dough. Do not knead. Cover and let rise in a warm place for one hour. Punch down, turn onto a floured counter and roll ½ inch thick. Cut donuts and place on greased baking sheets.
Brush with melted butter, cover, let rise until double.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
Glaze with powdered sugar icing or sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon while still warm.


  1. I am going to try these. My family loves donuts but I don't make them because I don't want to fry em. These look good.

  2. Oh thanks heaps for this recipe. We made them on the weekend and I forgot to allow them to rise. They still tasted ok but they were very dense (brain on standby I think). Very yummy when drenched in icing

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  4. I tried these out and they were yummy. Things like this don't last very long around here.

  5. When I was a little girl in England (and still today) they called it Shrove Tuesday. The day when everyone makes pancakes to clear the larder, then confess their sins before Ash Wednesday.
    We don't observe this in my religion and is really only done for fun.

  6. These donuts are absolutely delicious. Everyone loved them. We ate a third right away, ate another third at breakfast, and freezed the last for another morning.

  7. should the butter be melted before l add it with the warm milk??

  8. I just found this site and love it! I love the idea of baked doughnuts. I wonder if I could do this in a bread machine?

  9. I just made those...baked and fried(OMG SO GOOD you can eat them as they are no sweetness necessary ) and they are out of this world.

    P.s I can't wait to try some of you bread recipes

  10. I just made these and the chocolate cake donuts. They are both so good! Nice to have some good baked donut recipes since I rarely fry things. I think we will start a tradition of donut day, once a year though. Sounds like the kind of tradition my kids and husband will love! Thank you for sharing all your great recipes! They are being shared and enjoyed in Alaska!

  11. Got a hankering for donuts today and looked up this post and made these donuts. Just as good as they were when I made them years ago. :)


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