Fabulous doughnuts you don’t have to fry

Few foods beat a freshly cooked cinnamon doughnut, especially when they’re so simple to make at home.

To help you feel a little less guilty about enjoying a sweet treat, you can bake these doughnuts instead of frying them. Don’t worry, they’re still coated in that delicious cinnamon sugar we all love.

Ingredients (makes 8 doughnuts)

Doughnuts

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup milk (buttermilk, skim, almond, soy or coconut milk can be used in place of full cream)
  • ¼ cup yoghurt (low fat, plain, or Greek style can be used in place of regular yoghurt)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius before spraying your doughnut pan with non-stick spray, then set aside.
  2. To make the doughnuts, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl, then set aside. In a separate bowl mix the egg, brown sugar, milk and yoghurt together until smooth before adding the butter and vanilla, whisking until fully combined. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together until just combined into a thick batter.
  3. Spoon or pipe the batter into the doughnut tray, filling each cup roughly three-quarters full.
  4. Bake in oven for 9-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Leave to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack or baking sheet until they are cool enough to handle.
  5. For the topping, combine the sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl, with the melted butter in another bowl. Dip the cooled doughnuts in the melted butter before dunking in the cinnamon sugar, being sure to coat all sides.
  6. Serve straight away!

TIP: The doughnuts can be frozen for up to two months, so feel free to cook them in advance for events, lunches or parties. Simply thaw in the fridge overnight and pop them in the microwave to warm them to your ideal temperature before eating.