Sunday, 8 May 2011

Baked doughnuts

Was thinking of a lower fat treat, so tried these - and they work.  They are not exactly a doughnut, because they're not deep fried, so the crispy outside soft inside equation is not quite the same.  But baking them in a warm, not hot, oven means the drying out at the same time as rising gives them a dried out crisper crust, and that softer cakey bit inside.

Mix togther....
125g plain flour
75g sugar
1 sp baking powder, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, pinch salt.  In another bowl mix 90ml milk (I used soya milk), 1 egg, drop of vanilla extract, and tbsp peanut oil. Beat the two mixtures together.

Fill greased doughnut tins about half to two thirds of the way up and bake in a medium oven (about 165 C) for about 10 minutes.  They will go a golden brown, and when they are done will come out of the tin with the tiniest encouragement from a pallette knife.  Icing is just juice of half a lemon and icing sugar to a stiffish consistency drizzled over the top.  Actually I think a maple syrup glaze would go really well - might try that next time.

Egg news:  2 today - and Rosemary has gone broody.  She has lost all her breast feathers to try to better nurture her non-existent clutch, and in hunkering down on the nest.  Trying to chuck her off every hour or so, but I think she's a determined little mother hen... still fingers crossed she comes out of it soon, or we'll have to find a sources of fertilised eggs for her.

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