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Baked Donuts- Possible? Or Oxy-moron?

Hi all

My mother has been a huge help to me over the past couple of weeks and Id like to make her some donuts. However as I do not possess a fryer and in no way want to have one (WAY too tempting) Im wondering-does anyone have a tried and true recipe for GOOD baked donuts?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Well I found this to be an intriguing concept...so I googled "recipe for baked doughnuts" and lots of stuff came up. I did notice that several of the results went back to one particular recipe, and they all praised it. That was at:


    hmmm, that's not turning blue, but if you want to check it out, it was posted in February 2007. I'm thinking this will make a great baking adventure for the kids.

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    1. re: clamscasino

      I've made these a few times, and while they are good, I wouldn't call them a doughnut. They're a close facsimile of a doughnut and probably as close as one would get with a baking method, but a baked doughnut just isn't the same.

      Candy: I've never seen a cake doughnuts that wasn't fried. (Okay, I've never seen a doughnut outside my kitchen that wasn't fried, either.) I thought doughnuts have been fried since the beginning of time!

      fmcoxe6188: deep fryers aren't as tempting as you think. Just wait until that first time you try to get the smell out of your home. Blegh.

    2. They've been around practically for ever. I sell pans for that very purpose. They are what are often called "cake donuts."

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      1. re: Candy

        I thought that may be- but a lot of the recipes Ive seen for cake donuts are fried as well-quite frustrating. Thanks for the help all!

        1. re: fmcoxe6188

          Cake doughnuts aren't called cake doughnuts because they're baked, but because the dough is leavened with baking powder, not yeast, which gives them a cake-like crumb rather than the airier texture of raised doughnuts. They're fried, like all traditional doughnuts (though I've seen enough Chowhound posts about "freshly baked" doughnuts that I don't think that's widely understood; or else people are in denial). If you want to make a baked version, it would be a cake-doughnut-type dough you'd use.

          1. re: fmcoxe6188

            I've had apple cider donuts that were baked, not fried. They were excellent but it could be because they used freshly pressed cider. I wish I had the recipe for them because I'd make them.

          2. re: Candy

            I was in line at the supermarket checkout tonight and noticed Family Circle featured baked donuts on their cover this month (or week, however often FC comes out)...and the very pan of which you speak, Candy! How do you like the result?

          3. You don't need special equipment to fry. Just a deep pot or pan. I don't think they'd be real doughnuts if they're not fried.

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            1. re: NYCkaren

              I want to make donuts with some dough from the Healthy Bread in 5 minutes a Day book. They have a recipe and in the picture it looks like they used a Le Creuset-type dutch oven for the frying, with a candy thermometer. I have both those things, do you think I could deep fry in a Le Creuset??

                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                  Wow there really is a thread for everything :) Thanks!

            2. You can deep-fry in a deep skillet or Dutch oven, no special fryer needed. Here's just one of many recipes available:


              1. I have enjoyed Edon Waycott's recipe for baked applesauce donuts (that can also be fried).

                1. These sugar donut muffins taste just like donuts to me. Easy to make - soooooo tasty.


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                  1. re: chowmel

                    Thanks Chowmel! I made those sugar donut muffins- incredible!!!! Youre right they DO taste just like donuts- I loved them!

                  2. You don't really need a deep fryer to make donuts. My wife often makes them for Saturday morning breakfast using her cast iron dutch oven.. I suspect any vessel deep enough to safely hold enough oil to fry and "flip" a donut (they are turned, not submerged in oil) would do the trick. I've do them in a cast iron skillet but that can get just a little scarey if it isn't handled correctly - let's not burn down the house.