Saturday, September 17, 2011

Leith's Totally Authentic Baked Doughnuts (with special guest doughnut makers Nina and Noah)

I have a boyfriend who can whip up a batch of home-made doughnuts in under 20 minutes.  I'm a pretty lucky lady.  I'd asked him to guest-blog the doughnuts a while back, and he agreed!  Then I was pipped this week by Joy the Baker who produced some pretty smashing looking specimens.  But I have to complete this post all the same, because last Sunday Leith made doughnuts with extra help from mini-chef extroadinaires Noah and Nina.  This was the best after lunch activity possible, and has produced a gamut of way-too-adorable-for-words photos as well. 

They also have a proper glaze that sets.  I was beguiled by how Leith made this the first time I saw him do it.  Finally, this is a vegan recipe, and while I'm all for vegan baked goods I must admit I find some way too heavy on the oil.  These doughnuts however are 100% perfect. Kids love doughnuts and grown-ups love them too, so everyone's a winner.

Ingredients - Dry mix:
  • 1 cup SR flour
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of cinnamon
Wet mix:
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour with a dash of water
  • 4 tablespoons nutalex
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • large tablespoon of cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon soy milk
Heat the oven to 180 degrees.  Grease your pan. 

Mix all your dry ingredients in a bowl.

Put all your wet ingredients in a saucepan on the stove on a medium heat, and stir until the nutalex is completely melted and mixed in.

Add the wet mix to the dry mix and stir vigorously.  Nina conducted several very important taste tests for quality control throughout this phase.  She approved!

Pour into your super excellent doughnut shaped pan!  Then bake for 20 minutes.

The waiting can be excruciting.

Remove from the oven and cool the doughnuts on a wire rack.  While they are cooling, put your glaze ingredients in a small low pan on the stove and mix over a low heat.  Pour this into a small wide bowl.  Prepare your hundreds and thousands in your chosen colours in two similar bowls.

Then dip a doughnut in the glaze, then into the hundreds and thousands.  Voila! Doughnuts for all, and three for Noah! (Noah's mum said two.  Noah's mum was probably right on this one).

 Sometimes doughnuts will inspire a doughnut dance.  This is totally normal and to be encouraged.
And that is how Leith, Noah and Nina made awesome doughnuts, which I helped them eat.

1 comment:

John Fox said...

Love the portmanteau "excruciting"