National Doughnut/ Donut Day falls on the first Friday of June, this year the Americans celebrate it on June 7th. The special thing on that day was probably you can get free donuts in Dunkin Donuts (with the purchase of any beverage) and in any other participating donuts’ stores. Also that’s the day when you have a good reason to gain several pounds and wreck your diet to eat some of your favorite donuts’ flavor(s). I, of course, didn’t fancy DD that much. And we have this friend of us who worked as a part-time employee in DD, and ever since he worked there… He became this anti-donuts, you know why? Because he saw the whole process of the donuts-making and he said it was gross (it’s probably the oil that has been used over and over again a.k.a minyak jelantah! and he knew how junk it is).
Our little family love donuts probably because there’s not so many options of ‘desserts’ or ‘snacks’ around… There’s no cakue, kue bantal, putu mayang, serabi, martabak, kue bangka (lagi curhat ceritanya), dll near… So we always ended up eating either ice cream, cupcakes, or donuts – or if we’re in the mood, we go to some Portuguese patisserie in the North End – and be a little adventurous to try new delicacies.
Back to donuts, since I’m a big fan of anything baked and home-cooked, and kinda hates the long process and hassle of doughnut making with all the waiting hours, cutting, raising dough, and frying – so I do the short cut by making this super simple-yet-quite-satisfying home-baked doughnuts. I use batter not dough. Baked not fried. No yeast only baking powder and flour. Everything you need for this recipe is basically already in your cupboard. But just make sure you have a donut pan, which is really worth to have one.
So here is the recipe for Cinnamon Baked Donuts, I use the one from Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Fool Proof;
2 cups All purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar —-> I use only 1/2 cups
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg —> I omit this
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt —> you can substitute to regular salt but it will slightly caused a different texture
1 extra large egg, lightly beaten –> I use 2 medium eggs and it was okay
1 1/4 cups whole milk (I used 1% and it worked fine)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 stick butter (I used margarine instead)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray 2 doughnut pans well.
- Into large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. In small bowl whisk together egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir wet mixture into the dry until just combined. Don’t over mix.
- Spoon batter into baking pans filling each about half full. (If you over fill, the batter connects on top and looks like a cupcake instead- I’m a bit over fill here). Bake for 17 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and tap out onto sheet pan.
- To top, melt 8 tablespoons butter in microwave (20 seconds). Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Dip each doughnut first in butter then in cinnamon sugar, either on one or both sides. Or be creative!
- All done and enjoy!