I do not know if there is anyone who does not like Fat Thursday*? Apart from our waist and arteries… Fortunately, I tried out a great recipe for a healthier version of donuts baked in the oven that taste identical to those fried in deep frier.
2 packs of dry yeast
1and 1/2 cups skim milk
1 teaspoon of salt
a pinch of nutmeg
1/3 cup of melted margarine for baking
4 1/2 cups of cake flour
In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients and separately wet – gradually combine them together all the time mixing thoroughly. After combining the ingredients cover the bowl with a clean cloth and leave to rise for about an hour.
When dough will be quite puffed- with generously floured hands start forming small balls, place them on a greased baking sheet 5 cm from each other, cover and set aside for 20 minutes to grow during this time preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius. Bake the donuts for 10 minutes until golden brown.
You can spread butter on still warm doughnuts and coat them with sugar with cinnamon, or wait for them to cool and dip them in the frosting. If you like donuts with filling, you can inject them using a large syringe with your favorite jam or custard.
This recipe is also great if you want to bake a classic American style donuts: you can roll the dough to a thickness of about 2 cm and cut circles, make a hole in the middle and bake for 10 minutes as in recipe above.
You can modify this recipe to bake chocolate donuts by adding 3 tablespoons of good cocoa, or apple ones – lessen the amount of milk and add apple juice and half a teaspoon of cinnamon.
* From Wikipedia:
Fat Thursday is a traditional Catholic Christian feast marking the last Thursday before Lent and is associated with the celebration of Carnival. Because Lent is a time of fasting, the next opportunity to feast would not be until Easter. Traditionally it is a day dedicated to eating, when people meet in their homes or cafés with their friends and relatives and eat large quantities of sweets, cakes and other meals usually not eaten during Lent. Among the most popular all-national dishes served on that day are pączki in Poland or berliner, fist-sized donuts filled with rose marmalade, and faworki, French dough fingers served with lots of powdered sugar.