Ever since one evening I came across this donut recipe while I was
Easy as the recipe sounds, I am super lazy, so I did it in my bread machine. I loaded up all the ingredients...
|Weighing things up!|
|Being thrown around - I mean, kneaded|
The 'dough only' cycle on my trusty old bread maker (am pretty sure this thing is about 15 years old and still going strong. They really don't make appliances like they used to, and what's great about this one is that it's a good old fashioned horizontal loaf, unlike the vertical loaves made by the newer machines) and walked away. I let it rise an extra half an hour (as the machine defaults to only one hour).
|After another 30 min rise|
|Deep frying - not one of my skills, clearly!|
These were much more successful! They really only needed a few seconds on each side before they started turning quite brown (I was paranoid about them being raw inside so some of them a little browner than they should be). And as for fluffy, they had that in spades - very light! I filled them (a little too generously maybe lol) with Nutella - delicious!
I set aside 3 donuts for the healthier alternative of baking instead of frying. I just kept an eye on the oven every few minutes and took them out when they were a golden brown colour.
As for the verdict on the baked ones, they were more like a brioche (a cross between bread and cake), not quite as fluffy as the deep fried version, but still yummy. The drawback with deep frying the donuts is that I felt like I could smell/taste the vegetable oil. Maybe this is because we bought the cheap stuff (I think it was canola from memory). With the baked version you couldn't smell it, but there was just something a bit lacking in the texture - to me anyway. Still yummy though, and one day I will try and fill them a little better - maybe with jam! nom nom nom