Baked Goods & Sweet Treats Bread Recipes

The Not So British Bake Off: Week 8 (Advanced Dough)

FIrst things first, would you spell this tasty treat “donuts” or “doughnuts”? Either way, they still taste great! After the challenge of eclairs last week, I knew I needed near perfection to stay in the competition this week. And then I found out we’d be making doughnuts. Doughnuts. As an American, I felt I owed it to my country to ace this challenge.

But here’s where some doughnut purists might feel I let them down. I baked my doughnuts, not fried them. For multiple reasons. Reason 1- I knew I was going to eat a lot of them and to lessen the caloric shock I opted not to dunk them in oil. Reason 2- I didn’t really want the house to smell like a greasy spoon for the rest of the weekend.

Move over Paul Hollywood, because the rise on my doughnuts was perfect. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you’ll already know that the donut holes didn’t go to waste either!

Apple Cider Glazed Doughnuts
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(Adapted from Chelsea’s Messy Apron)
4 cups of flour
2 sachets of yeast
2 tablespoons of white sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
1 cup + 2 tablespoons of whole milk
1/4 cup of butter
4 egg yolks

(For glaze)
1 cup of apple cider
2 cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 tablespoon of golden syrup or corn syrup

(For cinnamon sugar dusting *optional*)
3/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

In a large bowl, add 2 cups of your flour, the yeast, salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. In a small saucepan bring the butter and the milk to about 130 F. (But don’t let it begin to boil!)

The warm liquid will activate the yeast. Beat the egg yolks into your flour mixture and then slowly mix in your warmed milk mixture. Beat it all together for 2 minutes. Then slowly add in the remaining 2 cups of flour.

Turn your dough out onto a lightly floured surface and kneed it until it’s smooth and elastic. (About 5 minutes.) Then cover and let it rest for 10 minutes.

After the resting period is over, roll your dough out until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Then cut out your doughnut shapes! I don’t own a special cutter for doughnuts (or any real cutters at all) so I used a coffee mug as the main shape, and a shot glass for the inner doughnut hole punch-out.

Place your doughnuts on a greased cookie sheet and cover and let rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Preheat your oven to 390 F and bake your donuts for 8-10 minutes.

Prepare your glaze by reducing the apple cider in half in a small saucepan over medium heat. This will take about 10 minutes. In a bowl add your powdered sugar, vanilla and syrup. Once the cider is reduced stir it all together. If the glaze is a bit liquidy add in tiny amounts of powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency.

Then dip your doughnuts in the glaze and set them aside to dry. If you want to add a cinnamon sugar dusting, mix the cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl and then sprinkle it liberally over your doughnuts before your glaze dries.

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Checking my resting dough.

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Our kitchen wasn’t large enough (or warm enough) to spread the baking sheets out for the donuts proving session. So the sitting room it was!

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Nervous but excited about my first donuts!

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The first taste — I was fully prepared for them to be awful!

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Luckily they were a huge hit with Mary!

Huzzah donuts!

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  • These do(ugh)nuts look mouthwatering!

  • These look amazing! I was drooling when I saw them on Instagram, a winner for sure.

  • Oh wow, I’ve got a serious doughnut craving now! I made cinnamon rolls for advanced dough week but doughnuts was 2nd on my list – I’m sure this recipe will come in handy soon!

    • Ooohhh I love a good cinnamon roll too though! Your pecan wheels with cinnamon glaze look ace, by the way! xx

  • Mmm, they look delicious! For me, it’s doughnut πŸ˜‰

  • Lookin’ real good! I think I would much prefer baked donuts to fried as well for all of the reasons you listed. It’s just not really practical to make fried ones at home.

  • Stop. Just stop. This is unfair. What a temptress you are! And I prefer donut. Purely because it’s shorter.

  • Holy heck!! Your donuts (that’s how I spell the word!) look amazing! Wait until I show Ty this post – he’ll be begging me to try and make homemade donuts! He loves them and misses them from America all the time! Xxx

    • P.s. On a scale from 1 to 10, how easy would you say these are to make??! Xxx

      • Since they are baked and not fried they aren’t 100% classic American, but I would say that they were surprisingly easy to make! It just required patience when the donuts were rising! x

  • Way to do us proud!

  • Ashley Angle

    These sound so delicious! I hate using oil in the house too. It takes forever to get that stink out!
    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

    • Exactly! That’s why I couldn’t do it! I knew it would smell for a long time and I just wasn’t feeling it this weekend! x

  • mark a.

    that looks absolutely yummy! mmmmm!

  • I lean towards donuts for that reason too. And thank you so much! x

  • Oh, my. Doughnuts are like my kryptonite. Well, most sweets are if we’re being honest, but particularly doughnuts. The glaze on yours sounds really tasty. How perfect for fall! I can’t say I’ll be trying these because I’m an utter failure in the kitchen most of the time, but I’ll sit here and imagine them for a while. πŸ˜‰

    I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to come say hi and introduce myself yesterday at the blogger tea. I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of people there, but hopefully I will catch you next time!

    • I insist that we catch each other next time – the table arrangement didn’t lend itself to ease of conversation either. so virtual hello!

      Maybe next time, I’ll bring you some donuts πŸ˜€

      PS- someone thought I was you at the tea. I can’t remember who now though! x

  • Ala

    These look amazing! Definitely deserving of the star baker award!!!

    I’m really interested now as to how they came out baked, did it alter the flavour? I don’t really fancy frying mine either…! xx

    • It altered the flavour a bit (and the texture some) but not enough to make me re-consider their status as donuts. I just felt like it was a waste using so much oil just for donuts. And they tasted healthier…aka I ate more of them because I didn’t feel as guilty. x

  • I watched this episode, and I was like, oh my word I NEED to try to make donuts. You are getting profesh, you may as well just open up a bakery now!

  • Angie SilverSpoon

    They certainly look amazing. You’ll have to bring a batch to the next bloggers tea πŸ™‚

    Lots of love,


    SilverSpoon London

  • Whether they’re doughnuts or donuts I don’t really mind, all I know is whatever they are I’d kind of like some, like right now! They look amazing! x

  • Definitely gonna use this recipe this fall!

    The Morrell Tale

  • Those look delicious! Maybe I should try to make some.

  • Apple cider glazed, that sounds amazing! I had pumpkin the other day, but this flavor sounds so much more unique!

    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

  • Your donuts look heartier than regular ole fried dough, and that glaze looks/sounds great! By the end of this, you won’t need to buy a single baked good — you’ll have mastered making them all yourself! Congrats, Star Baker πŸ™‚

    • Ah well thank you so much! the same texture as blueberry cake donuts from Dunkin Donuts if you’ve ever tried them! πŸ™‚ x

  • Kate Mitchell

    I’m actually so glad you baked them! I’ve been wanting to try making donuts for a while but don’t want to fry them, so seeing an example is really helpful since I’ve been struggling to find a baked donut recipe that I can do.

    • I had a baked donut from a store in London a few weeks ago and it was absolutely fabulous. So I knew baked donuts could happen, they definitely have a slightly different texture than fried ones (more cakey). Actually, the same texture as blueberry cake donuts from Dunkin Donuts if you’ve ever tried them! x

  • Marielle

    Those look amazing! And I love that you baked instead of fried them. . .somehow, I never thought you could do that. I have to try these sometime!

  • It would never have occurred to me that you could bake doughnuts (and there’s my spelling for you as well).

  • So Fredrik has said he is making them this weekend! I am so excited!!!

  • These look YUMMY!! I didn’t realize you could bake donuts without the fancy donut pan thing.

    • I think you only really can for yeasty donuts (so that you can cut them out later). I kind of want a fantasy donut tray though… x

  • I love that you baked these and didn’t have one of those baking pans!! I’m not ready for the investment πŸ™‚ Love your pictures. Adorable! Will need to try this soon. Thanks for sharing – have a great week!!

    • Ah thank you so much! I’d love to have the fancy pans but I just don’t (and shouldn’t) make donuts enough to make it worth the investment! Stop by again soon πŸ™‚ xx

      • You said it right there, sister πŸ™‚

  • Ash @ The Nashvillian

    Those look amazing! I’m super impressed!

  • Oh god, there goes my healthy kick this week, looks so good! X

  • When I go home to visit, I will most definitely be having some doughnuts and hot cider. BEST THINGS. I won’t lie to you, I am not going to make this recipe. This is knowledge that would destroy me. I would make them every morning if I knew how. Better for my body if I just drool over the pics on this one πŸ˜‰ xx

  • Very nice!! The spelling always pisses me off with this one.. I really don’t like questioning something I’ve been doing for years.. Which way is right!? Those bad boys look straight out of a real bakery.

    • Thanks Haley!!! I have no idea what’s wrong and right way on this one. (Or why it’s even okay that their are multiple spellings!) xx

  • Miu

    Hmmm, they are looking fantastic!
    I wish I could taste one πŸ™‚

  • omfg those look delicious. and perfect. and delicious.

    but all I can think about is DON’T PUT ANY FOOD ON THE FLOOR BECAUSE CHARLIE WILL EAT IT. yes, all the way from across the Atlantic. he can find food anywhere. it’s a gift.

    • Hahaha and I wouldn’t be angry. I just give him lots of snuggles and then have a contest to see who shed more. x