Do you have a donut side? Sprinkles vs sugar? Filled vs non-filled? Or more importantly fried vs. baked?
I’m a Canadian and we love our donuts. More specifically we love our Tim Horton’s donuts. So it only seemed right to give them a whirl. I was a bit hesitant to try fried donuts because I love them so much and that I knew I’d eat them all. Sadly, I almost did. I also write this as I watch Donut Showdown on The Cooking Channel. Sheer coincidence actually since I started this Friday but fun non-the-less.
I just made a simple yeast based dough and then made them both ways. Saturday I made baked and today (Sunday) I made fried. Same donut dough, same glaze different cooking technique.
- 1 tablespoons active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 2/3 cup cold milk
- 5 1/4 cup flour, plus more for dusting
- 2 tsp tablespoons salt
- 2 whole eggs
- 6.6 ounces shortening
- In bowl of a stand mixer combine all the ingredients together with dough hook.
- Mix for 10-15 minutes on low. The dough will become quite elastic.
- Place in greased bowl, cover and refrigerate over night.
- Remove from fridge and let dough come up to room temperature.
- Roll out to 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Cut using circle cutters or donut cutter. Let rise 30 minutes.
- Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven
- or Heat 3 cups of oil in a medium sized sauce pan to 350 degrees. Fry donuts 2-3 minutes until golden and then flip and repeat. Remove from oil.
- Dust with cinnamon sugar and drizzle with glaze. (1 cup icing sugar 1 tbsp milk).
- Let cool for 5 minutes and then enjoy!!!
Both of these were awesome but it was a tie for which one my family liked better. Abby and Rob preferred the fried and Rowan and I preferred the baked. But when push came to shove, I’d eat both gladly :)
The baked ones were denser and didn’t have the traditional donut look, where as the fried were a more tradition donut texture with the rounded edges that most would expect from their donut. Obviously the baked were a titch healthier but to be honest, neither were like eating your veggies :)
Go ahead and make your own decisions. Just be careful because one tastes like more ;)
Thanks for looking!