Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Daring Bakers- finally after a brief hiatus

I am back at DB after a while now- this month while I could not eat what I made, I sure did have fun especially because I could finally Susan's lovely recipe to test.

The October 2010 Daring Bakers challenge was hosted by Lori of Butter Me Up. Lori chose to challenge DBers to make doughnuts. She used several sources for her recipes including Alton Brown, Nancy Silverton, Kate Neumann and Epicurious.



Here is my take on Susan's fat-free vegan donut recipe

Dry ingredients

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup unbleached flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp freshly ground cardamom

Wet ingredients
1/2 cup low-fat soymilk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp soy yogurt (plain or flavor of your choice)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp water

For the glaze:

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp orange juice

Preheat oven to 325. Spray a mini-donut pan with canola oil.

Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Combine the wet ingredients in a measuring cup. Pour the wet into the dry and mix well.

Spoon in the mixture carefully, fill it to about 2/3 rd of the way.  Bake for 8-12 minutes, until tops are done.

Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for a few minutes. Carefully run a toothpick around the edges and centers of the molds to unstick the donuts.

Wash the pan and repeat with the remaining batter.

Once the donuts are cool, prepare the glaze by mixing the light brown sugar and vanilla extract well with orange juic.  (If the glaze seems too thin, add more sugar; if too thick, add more water.) Dip or drizzle the glaze on the donut, just the top. (The bottoms are very spongy and shouldn’t be dipped.) Be careful to dip the donut very briefly or it will absorb too much of the glaze. Allow to dry before serving.

Judgement

Now what better than warm donuts for a cool October, perfect challenge- thanks Lori!

Well well, the wise guy could not obviously wait for the glaze to dry- I said taste and see, he quickly popped three! I did have enough left to take over to a friend's place- they loved it. I got a kick when she said she could taste the cardamom! As for the short-of-5-teeth me, I devoured mine with a nice big scoop of coffee-toffee yogurt ice cream.

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