I've wanted to make doughnuts for quite some time but have always been put off by the fact that they require deep frying. I don't own a deep fat fryer, and haven't had access to one since I lived in Holland and they were everywhere. I'm also not the kind of person to be trusted near a massive saucepan of oil, I think my neighbours would never forgive me if I tried and burned down the block. I didn't realise you could bake doughnuts until I stumbled across a recipe for one, and as I didn't fancy taking part in this week's bakealong because I'm not a fan of making bread, this seemed like a relatively good alternative. The next best thing about this recipe is that you can make them without a doughnut pan too - you don't need any specialist equipment at all. It's all really easy.
They can be a little unnerving when they come out of the oven because they look like bread rolls and I was really quite worried that they would taste like them too. Luckily looks are quite deceiving and they do taste like doughnuts! Getting the jam in was a little tricky too, but I managed to find a pumpkin cutter tool which was quite handy as a small knife for making a hole big enough to poke jam inside.
I used this recipe here, but didn't use the glaze and also didn't go through the pain of making my ring doughnuts. Instead, I iced mine for two reasons. One, I thought it was a good idea to make doughnuts past midnight on a Monday morning and two, I have a tendency to make things taste like the sea when something is "salted". This was all so much easier than I thought it would be, and they haven't turned out too badly, I definitely recommend giving them a go.