Donuts: one recipe. endless flavours.

About This Recipe:
  • one base donut recipe; perfect for customizing flavours!
  • recipe for honey cruller batter as well ! (pictures above on far left)
  • simple ingredients; yeast, flour, butter etc.
  • quick and fun to make!
  • oil fried or oven baked options
  • yields 16 donuts

The Method:

whether you are oil frying or oven baking these donuts the recipe starts the same though making the dough. It is a simply dough that is similar to many other by using yeast, granulated sugar, eggs, milk, butter and vanilla. As well as, flour, baking powder, and salt. The dough is set to “rest ” or “proof” for a couple hours and then it is done.

The donuts come to life when the dough is rolled out and cookie cutter are used to make the iconic circle shape with a whole in the middle.

Once shaped the donuts are placed in hot oil at 350 Degrees on the thermometer and cooked on each side for 2-3 mins until done! after frying they get left to cool on a cooling rack before the final step.

Finally, the fun part is the flavour customization. Either chocolate dipped, glazed, sprinkled, or plain it is up to you!

Making the Donuts:

Three steps: rolling and cutting, oil frying, and cooling.

the recipe:
preprestfrying
10 mins2 hours2-3 mins per side
yields: 16 donuts

Simply delicious Donuts

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 β€“ 2 quarts vegetable oil
Procedure:

Make the dough by warming the milk in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove so it is warm but not boiled or hot. In a large bowl (the one that will eventually be for the proofing the dough) add the granulated sugar and yeast, and pour the warm milk overtop. Cover with a towel for 5 minutes. It should look frothy on the top after 5 minutes.

next add in the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla. In another bowl quickly whisk the flour, and salt, then fold that into the mixture. Once fully mixed the dough should create. a ball that will be quite sticky. Use extra flour and start to knead the dough until elastic like and not sticky non a floured work surface. place back in the large bowl and cover to proof for ~2 hours.

after proofing, roll out the dough into a rectangle about 13 x 9 inches and cut out doughnut shapes with cookie cutters, or jars turned over, or even glass cups turned over. Place on a baking sheet and get the heavy bottom pot filled with oil. Let the doughnuts continue to proof while you wait for the oil to heat up. the oil should reach about 375 Degrees or (simmering gently but not boiling)

place one donut in the oil at a time and flip after about 1-2 mins. After each side is golden let it drip over a cooling rack.

Lastly, once all cooled, decorate, glaze, or dip the donuts to you favourite flavours!

Enjoy!

Happy Baking!

Classic Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

Your mouth will start to drool as these Cinnamon Rolls bake ! Truly a classic recipe that will impress the picky eaters as well as the sweet tooth eaters! Cinnamon, Browns sugar, butter, and that sweet sweet glaze, What’s not to love! So, Thrown on that apron and let’s get baking πŸ™‚

The Method:

This recipe has a few crucial steps that are simply enough to master and create Classic Cinnamon buns just as you like them!

  1. The dough. It is so very important to allow the dough time to to rise and “set up” before you roll, spread, and cut into it. Moreover, please do not cut the time allotted for the dough to rise.

2. Kneading the dough. You will be amazed to see how the feeling of the dough will transform in only a few minutes of kneading, or allowing the stand mix to knead for you πŸ™‚ The elasticity rebounds and the dough becomes a more smooth and workable dough after kneading. The key word: workable. We will be rolling the dough out, and therefore want it to become easy to maneuver. Kneading is your friend.

3.Roll and sprinkle. Here comes the fun! After all the rest and prep the dough is ready to be rolled, buttered, and cinnamon sugared. While rolling out the dough, it is at it’s largest once you can no longer roll and it starts to slink back. Note: The butter spread on the rolled out dough will see a lot. I assure you, the tase is worth the absorbent amount!

4.The slice. The part is pure magic! Seeing those cinnamon brown sugar swirls is just lovely. Tip: If you prefer larger rolls roll up the dough starting from the shorter end. (Ex) if it is ~14×9 inch larger rolls would be starting the roll up from the 9 inch side) Or more but smaller rolls would be starting the roll from the (14 inch side)

5. The last rise. Once cut and placed in the baking dish/pan, it is wise to let the rolls rise fro a further 20 mins. I have done this in the past and other times not, but find there is only slight difference. If you have the patience it is best, but not absolutely crucial !

6. Bake. Glaze. Enjoy

The Recipe:

Classic Cinnamon Rolls

Prep timeBake time Total Time
2 hrs~30-35 mins~2 30 mins
Yields 12 Medium or 8 Large rolls

Ingredients:

For The Dough:

  • 3/4 cup Warm milk (whole milk 2%)
  • 2 1/4 tsp quick rise or active yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 cups flour + extra for dusting and rolling
  • 3/4 tsp salt

For the Filling:

  • 2/3 light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 0z cream cheese
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

OR Glaze Icing

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1-2 Tbsp water

Procedure:

Step 1)

Warm the milk so that it is warm but not too hot. This can be done in the microwave for ~40-45 seconds. This can also be done in a saucepan. The milk is perfect when small bubbles form, but it is not foamy over. Add the warm milk to a large bowl ( or stand mixer bowl if you have one) with the yeast. Add the sugar, egg, egg yolk, and melted butter. Mix until combined. Once done, add the flour and salt and mix until Dough starts to take a ball like shape.

Step 2)

Kneading the dough: Using a stand mixer you can add the attachment and knead for 8 minutes on medium. Or use your hands and knead for 8-10 minutes on a lightly floured surface. You will need to add flour as you knead ( It will be sticky). Do not fear adding flour as you knead.

Step 3)

Let it rise: Place the dough into a large bowl and cover with a tea towel. It will need 1 1/2 – 2 hours to rise (or once doubled in size) however, it can sit longer. A nice humid place for it to rise is in the oven on a super low temperature such as “keep Warm” or 150-175 degrees.

Step 4)

Now, Roll the dough on a floured surface into a ~14×9 inch rectangle. Spread the butter on the rectangle like spreading butter on bread. Leave a smaller un-butter frame around the edges. Sprinkle the cinnamon filling evenly all over in the same spots as the butter.

Step 5)

Roll up the dough: Start from the longer side (14 inch) if you want more but smaller rolls. Or start from the smaller (9inch) side if you want less but larger rolls πŸ™‚ Slice and place in greased or parchment lined pan.

Step 6)

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden as you desire πŸ™‚ Let cool for 5 mins . Enjoy!

The Cream Cheese Frosting or Glaze

Steps)

For either recipe mix all ingredients in the order they are listed. mix until clumps are gone.

*note: icing often has different consistencies based on preference. More or less water may be needed for desired thicknesses*

Simple Scones: Perfect for afternoon Tea

Pour a cuppa and enjoy your Scones: buttery soft inside and crunchy golden outside. Compliments any Brew…

THE SIMPLEST RECIPE with few Ingredients

A fool proof recipe for a foolproof dessert! truly one of my “go to” favourite treats to make. They can be buttery and plain or doused with toppings; and yet, they are taste just splendid. This recipe has just 7 ingredients but feel free to add in anything you wish. Some great add-ins include: Chocolate chips/chunks, cranberry orange, lemon blueberry, raspberry white chocolate, cinnamon brown sugar etc. truly any flavour you’re looking for and Scones will make a perfect base!

The Method: Procedure Tip Below!

Three most important steps: The butter, buttermilk and Refrigeration

The butter: In order to get the most fluffy/ soft inside of the scone it is crucial to use Unsalted Butter that is Very Cold or close to frozen. Yes, frozen! it is also a great trick to grate this butter into the flour mixture. This way it will create even/uniform chunks of butter! which is better for baking an even consistency πŸ™‚

The Buttermilk: This adds more acidity than regular whole milk (2%) and reacts with the leaving agents such as baking powder and baking soda. It creates a fluffier/lighter Scone. However, ultimately just adds a great flavour!

Refrigeration: To further ensure the butter is very cold once it hits the oven, I like to preheat the oven, and while waiting let the scones sit on the lined and ready baking sheet in the freezer. This just really ensures the butter is cold, and can melt as soon as it hits the heat of the oven.

Not Everyone Enjoys Them Plain…

I understand that add- ins are everyones friends in terms of flavour. Here are some add in tips to watch out for:

Blueberry Scones

*when using berries add about 1/2 cup for this recipe. too many can add too much moisture* If using frozen blueberries do not let them thaw. Take them-out of the freezer just before use!

Chocolate Chip/chunk Scones

*add ~3/4 chocolate chips or ~1/2 cup chunks*

Cranberry Orange Scones

*add 3/4 cup frozen or fresh cranberries and 1 Tbsp orange zest / 1 Tbsp orange juice*

Raisin Cinnamon Scones

*add 3/4-1 cup raisins and 2 tsp cinnamon or 3 if you prefer stronger*

Mixed berry Scones

*once again be aware if using frozen berries to not let them thaw. Use about 1/2-3/4 cup berries*

Double Chocolate Scones

reduce flour from 2 cups to 1 3/4 cups and add 2 Tbsp of cocoa powder. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips/chunks*

The Recipe:

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
15 mins20-25 mins35-40 mins
Yields 8 Scones

Simple Scones: Perfect for Tea

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour + extra for working the dough
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup ( 1 stick) unsalted butter *very cold*
  • 1/2 buttermilk + little for brushing
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • * Add-ins* see above note for guides

Procedure:

Step 1)

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. The flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Once well combined, grate the *frozen or very cold* butter into the flour mixture. pictured below.

Using your fingers, a pastry blender, forks, or a couple butter knifes. Combine the butter into the flour mixture until there are still small clumps but they are roughly the same sizes. Like peas of butter within the flour mixture.

Step 2)

In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the buttermilk, egg and vanilla. Once combined together, pour them into the flour/butter mixture and mix everything together well. This would now be the time to fold in any add-ins with a spatula should you desire them πŸ™‚

Step 3)

Shaping the scones. Place your dough on a lightly floured surface and shape into a circle with floured hands as well. The dough is sticky but rest assured this is ok! Slice the circle into four pieces, then each piece in half. Resulting in 8 triangles. pictures below.

Step 4)

preheat the oven to 400 Degrees F or and line a baking sheet with parchment. Place the Scones spread out on the sheet and store in the freezer while waiting for the oven to reach its temperature. Just before baking brush with a little bit of buttermilk for crisp outsides!

Step 5)

Bake for 20-25 mins! let cool 5 mins and enjoy with some sweet tea πŸ™‚

*note that added berries will add moisture and may take longer*

Simple Scones: Perfect for afternoon Tea

Pour a cuppa and enjoy your Scones: buttery soft inside and crunchy golden outside. Compliments any Brew…

THE SIMPLEST RECIPE with few Ingredients

A fool proof recipe for a foolproof dessert! truly one of my “go to” favourite treats to make. They can be buttery and plain or doused with toppings; and yet, they are taste just splendid. This recipe has just 7 ingredients but feel free to add in anything you wish. Some great add-ins include: Chocolate chips/chunks, cranberry orange, lemon blueberry, raspberry white chocolate, cinnamon brown sugar etc. truly any flavour you’re looking for and Scones will make a perfect base!

The Method: Procedure Tip Below!

Three most important steps: The butter, buttermilk and Refrigeration

The butter: In order to get the most fluffy/ soft inside of the scone it is crucial to use Unsalted Butter that is Very Cold or close to frozen. Yes, frozen! it is also a great trick to grate this butter into the flour mixture. This way it will create even/uniform chunks of butter! which is better for baking an even consistency πŸ™‚

The Buttermilk: This adds more acidity than regular whole milk (2%) and reacts with the leaving agents such as baking powder and baking soda. It creates a fluffier/lighter Scone. However, ultimately just adds a great flavour!

Refrigeration: To further ensure the butter is very cold once it hits the oven, I like to preheat the oven, and while waiting let the scones sit on the lined and ready baking sheet in the freezer. This just really ensures the butter is cold, and can melt as soon as it hits the heat of the oven.

Not Everyone Enjoys Them Plain…

I understand that add- ins are everyones friends in terms of flavour. Here are some add in tips to watch out for:

Blueberry Scones

*when using berries add about 1/2 cup for this recipe. too many can add too much moisture* If using frozen blueberries do not let them thaw. Take them-out of the freezer just before use!

Chocolate Chip/chunk Scones

*add ~3/4 chocolate chips or ~1/2 cup chunks*

Cranberry Orange Scones

*add 3/4 cup frozen or fresh cranberries and 1 Tbsp orange zest / 1 Tbsp orange juice*

Raisin Cinnamon Scones

*add 3/4-1 cup raisins and 2 tsp cinnamon or 3 if you prefer stronger*

Mixed berry Scones

*once again be aware if using frozen berries to not let them thaw. Use about 1/2-3/4 cup berries*

Double Chocolate Scones

reduce flour from 2 cups to 1 3/4 cups and add 2 Tbsp of cocoa powder. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips/chunks*

The Recipe:

Prep timeBake timeTotal time
15 mins20-25 mins35-40 mins
Yields 8 Scones

Simple Scones: Perfect for Tea

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour + extra for working the dough
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup ( 1 stick) unsalted butter *very cold*
  • 1/2 buttermilk + little for brushing
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • * Add-ins* see above note for guides

Procedure:

Step 1)

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. The flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Once well combined, grate the *frozen or very cold* butter into the flour mixture. pictured below.

Using your fingers, a pastry blender, forks, or a couple butter knifes. Combine the butter into the flour mixture until there are still small clumps but they are roughly the same sizes. Like peas of butter within the flour mixture.

Step 2)

In a small bowl or measuring cup combine the buttermilk, egg and vanilla. Once combined together, pour them into the flour/butter mixture and mix everything together well. This would now be the time to fold in any add-ins with a spatula should you desire them πŸ™‚

Step 3)

Shaping the scones. Place your dough on a lightly floured surface and shape into a circle with floured hands as well. The dough is sticky but rest assured this is ok! Slice the circle into four pieces, then each piece in half. Resulting in 8 triangles. pictures below.

Step 4)

preheat the oven to 400 Degrees F or and line a baking sheet with parchment. Place the Scones spread out on the sheet and store in the freezer while waiting for the oven to reach its temperature. Just before baking brush with a little bit of buttermilk for crisp outsides!

Step 5)

Bake for 20-25 mins! let cool 5 mins and enjoy with some sweet tea πŸ™‚

*note that added berries will add moisture and may take longer*

Classic Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

Your mouth will start to drool as these Cinnamon Rolls bake ! Truly a classic recipe that will impress the picky eaters as well as the sweet tooth eaters! Cinnamon, Browns sugar, butter, and that sweet sweet glaze, What’s not to love! So, Thrown on that apron and let’s get baking πŸ™‚

The Method:

This recipe has a few crucial steps that are simply enough to master and create Classic Cinnamon buns just as you like them!

  1. The dough. It is so very important to allow the dough time to to rise and “set up” before you roll, spread, and cut into it. Moreover, please do not cut the time allotted for the dough to rise.

2. Kneading the dough. You will be amazed to see how the feeling of the dough will transform in only a few minutes of kneading, or allowing the stand mix to knead for you πŸ™‚ The elasticity rebounds and the dough becomes a more smooth and workable dough after kneading. The key word: workable. We will be rolling the dough out, and therefore want it to become easy to maneuver. Kneading is your friend.

3.Roll and sprinkle. Here comes the fun! After all the rest and prep the dough is ready to be rolled, buttered, and cinnamon sugared. While rolling out the dough, it is at it’s largest once you can no longer roll and it starts to slink back. Note: The butter spread on the rolled out dough will see a lot. I assure you, the tase is worth the absorbent amount!

4.The slice. The part is pure magic! Seeing those cinnamon brown sugar swirls is just lovely. Tip: If you prefer larger rolls roll up the dough starting from the shorter end. (Ex) if it is ~14×9 inch larger rolls would be starting the roll up from the 9 inch side) Or more but smaller rolls would be starting the roll from the (14 inch side)

5. The last rise. Once cut and placed in the baking dish/pan, it is wise to let the rolls rise fro a further 20 mins. I have done this in the past and other times not, but find there is only slight difference. If you have the patience it is best, but not absolutely crucial !

6. Bake. Glaze. Enjoy

The Recipe:

Classic Cinnamon Rolls

Prep timeBake time Total Time
2 hrs~30-35 mins~2 30 mins
Yields 12 Medium or 8 Large rolls

Ingredients:

For The Dough:

  • 3/4 cup Warm milk (whole milk 2%)
  • 2 1/4 tsp quick rise or active yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 cups flour + extra for dusting and rolling
  • 3/4 tsp salt

For the Filling:

  • 2/3 light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 0z cream cheese
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

OR Glaze Icing

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1-2 Tbsp water

Procedure:

Step 1)

Warm the milk so that it is warm but not too hot. This can be done in the microwave for ~40-45 seconds. This can also be done in a saucepan. The milk is perfect when small bubbles form, but it is not foamy over. Add the warm milk to a large bowl ( or stand mixer bowl if you have one) with the yeast. Add the sugar, egg, egg yolk, and melted butter. Mix until combined. Once done, add the flour and salt and mix until Dough starts to take a ball like shape.

Step 2)

Kneading the dough: Using a stand mixer you can add the attachment and knead for 8 minutes on medium. Or use your hands and knead for 8-10 minutes on a lightly floured surface. You will need to add flour as you knead ( It will be sticky). Do not fear adding flour as you knead.

Step 3)

Let it rise: Place the dough into a large bowl and cover with a tea towel. It will need 1 1/2 – 2 hours to rise (or once doubled in size) however, it can sit longer. A nice humid place for it to rise is in the oven on a super low temperature such as “keep Warm” or 150-175 degrees.

Step 4)

Now, Roll the dough on a floured surface into a ~14×9 inch rectangle. Spread the butter on the rectangle like spreading butter on bread. Leave a smaller un-butter frame around the edges. Sprinkle the cinnamon filling evenly all over in the same spots as the butter.

Step 5)

Roll up the dough: Start from the longer side (14 inch) if you want more but smaller rolls. Or start from the smaller (9inch) side if you want less but larger rolls πŸ™‚ Slice and place in greased or parchment lined pan.

Step 6)

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden as you desire πŸ™‚ Let cool for 5 mins . Enjoy!

The Cream Cheese Frosting or Glaze

Steps)

For either recipe mix all ingredients in the order they are listed. mix until clumps are gone.

*note: icing often has different consistencies based on preference. More or less water may be needed for desired thicknesses*