Monday, January 7, 2008

Baked Doughnuts

I almost feel bad posting a photograph of doughnuts. Almost. I know most of you are trying to diet and start the New Year off healthy. And I will not be featuring any fat-free or butter-free baked goods here. This is because I usually eat whole grains, many salads, and a lot of vegan meatless products (even though I am not a vegetarian or vegan; I just like they way they taste & convenience). I try to eat healthy so when I do have a doughnut I am not riddled with guilt. And my friend T. has made me feel guilty because she has her heart set on dieting.

Last night, she requested a fat-free doughnut and I laughed and hung up on her. I know a bit harsh, but later on, I felt guilty and started my search for her doughnut. Which brings us to this wonderful stack of cinnamon sugar happiness that was not fried I might add. Yes, that is right, no oil involved. The doughnuts are fluffy, sweet, and partially whole wheat. Who knew you could get some fiber from a doughnut?

The recipe is from 101 Cookbooks and I chose to try the author’s suggestion of adding whole wheat flour. The recipe calls for 5 cups of flour and I replaced 2 ½ cups with whole wheat flour. I also used 2% milk, just because that’s what I always have on hand. Instead of dipping the doughnuts in butter, I used a pastry brush (used only half the butter called for). Then I tossed 2 doughnuts at time in plastic bag and shook to coat with the cinnamon/sugar mix. I wrote down the recipe and how many doughnuts it yielded. That way, she can figure out her WW’s points. Then I left the doughnuts on her porch next to her paper.

Gigi, what about the doughnut holes? Ah …the doughnut holes. My friend and I ate them with hot chocolate this morning.

28 comments:

Kevin said...

Your cinnamon baked doughnuts look really good! I would not try making doughnuts in oil but baking them sounds interesting.

Stef said...

Ooh... these look awesome! How were they the next day? Were they good not hot? I may have to try some cupcake version of this.

slush said...

Oh my, are you an awesome friend. Youd never know you did calorie cutting, they look just as a cinnamon doughnut should. Sinful.

Katie said...

Ohh wow! Those look simply amazing. I want one!!! They sound delicious.

Helene said...

Can you send a dozen my way? I would like to sample one right now. I love homemade doughnuts.

VeggieGirl said...

it's always better to see delectable, full-of-flavor baked goods on blogs, than diet baked goods - kudos to you for keeping it real!! :0)

the baked doughnuts look quite marvelous!!

eatme_delicious said...

Aw very sweet of you to leave the doughnuts and recipe for her! They look delicious and I love that they're kind of healthy. Okay not really healthy but there's whole wheat and not as much butter so that really does count for something...

Dhanggit said...

im huge fan of doughnuts!! but most often i encounter dip-fry recipes!! i will definitely try this recipe !!!

ps, must bev lovely the sight of you and your hubby feasting on those donut holes... :-)

Michelle said...

These look awesome Gigi! I have been looking for a healthy doughnut. The husband is starting the process of joining the police department and he loves his doughnuts, but doesn't want to look like the classic image of a doughnut loving cop. haha!

Hope you're New Year is off to a fantastic start.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Yum! so how many points did she have to give up for a donut? I'm sure it was worth it.

Half Baked said...

Your doughnuts look really good and they have fiber, awesome! I'd like to eat one of those right now:)

Emily said...

It's like you read my mind - I am craving donuts so badly and trying to eat healthy. Think I will have to try these out

Mallow said...

These are beautiful! I have been wanting to try making these for awhile.

Judy said...

Oh wow, I wish I was your friend!

Deborah said...

What a nice friend you are!! My husband has been begging for doughnuts, and these look perfect!

Anonymous said...

Mmmm mmm! Boy do those look delicious!!

Ari (Baking and Books)

Lyrically speaking said...

That pic looks dangerous, fat-free doughnut I should try one of those but knowing me one won't be enough, lol, more like 3.
I'm also a Cali girl living in NYC, I was just there for the holidays two weeks ago, the weather was heavenly, much better than this 30 degrees weather. Loving your blog, i'll be coming back for more treats :)

Anali said...

Those look wonderful. I've been planning to make these for a few months, but haven't done it yet. Hopefully soon! : D

Hendria said...

these look sooo good. Great Blog
:)

Annemarie said...

I don't believe in dieting but like you I don't knock myself out with bad-for-you things to begin with. Still, healthy(ish) baked donuts aren't to be sniffed at and these look lovely...

Peabody said...

Mmm, doughnuts. No worries about posting bad food, I am all for it!

Happy cook said...

Yumm love these dougnuts.
I have never made them at home just buy frm the bakers. I guess i am too afraid to make them home as i might eat few of them :-)

Brilynn said...

Those look amazing! Never feel bad about posting sweets, diets be damned!

PrissyCook said...

My dad made me a cute card this week (yes, my dad is crafty) that was a cupcake holding a donut and it said...Save the Cupcakes! Eat Donuts!

Sarah said...

I made these! Though probably not as successfully as you did. :) They were good, but I wish I had tried the whole wheat flour too, I felt like they were missing a little flavor (and yes, I like the flavor of whole wheat, it's strange). I might have to try them again soon!

Hearts and Crafts said...

I love your friend's request for fat free doughnuts! They look incredible!

How To Eat A Cupcake said...

INCREDIBLE!! I need doughnuts NOW!

Karen said...

I have got to try these! Inspired! Oh, and I'm pretty sure my kids would like them too! Love your blog. Great recipes and photos!