I despise room temperature donuts, but love them hot. That said, I hate frying in my house - the oil smell lingers for quite a while. This review (http://www.seriouseats.com/2011/04/mi...) suggested that baked donuts might be a plausible alternative. Has anyone baked donuts before with satisfying results? I'm not sure if I should take the plunge for a donut pan.
I agree with you about the oil smell lingering in the house - so I purchased one of the oven donut pans - but did not like the results of the donuts. They tasted more like cake than a good donut....when I have the donut urge - I do them in the deep fryer with the range hood fan on - and the deep fryer directly under it.
I like baked donuts but they're not like fried. You get the crust but not the crispness of it. That said, in the fall, my favorite apple farm has great baked apple cider donuts and I'd consider getting pans just to make those. Think of them more like a crusty cake--and I'd take one of them far before cupcakes.