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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Cinnamon Twist Doughnuts (Daring Bakers Challenge)

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.
Lori allowed us to use any recipe we wanted and to make any type of doughnuts whatsoever. I decided to use my Master Roll Recipe and make Cinnamon Twist Doughnuts, basically a Spanish Churro and they turned out sabrosa!  I served them, still warm, at my daughter's Book Club with some coffee and everyone said they were very yummy!

Master Yeast Roll Recipe
Cinnamon/Sugar mixture: use 1/2 cup sugar to 1 tablespoon cinnamon. You will need about 2 cups for easy coating even though you won't actually use it all.
Dough: Mix all your dry ingredients in a Processor or Stand Mixer and then add the wet in a steady stream. I do this by mixing the milk, butter, and egg all together into one measuring cup.
Once a loose ball forms knead for 1 minute in a Processor or 7 minutes in a Stand Mixer.

 Or by hand: In a large bowl mix dry (except yeast), make a well in center, add yeast and then pour all the liquid into well and mix together. Once a ball forms put on counter and knead for 15 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  Place the dough ball into an oiled bowl and cover with plastic allowing this to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size, a warm place helps.
At this point, after it has risen,  you can press the dough down, leaving the plastic on, and place in the fridge over night. The next morning just place on the counter until it has warmed back up to room temp.
Prepare your cinnamon sugar mixture in a medium rectangular pan, this will make the coating of the twists easier.

Flour your counter lightly and lightly knead your dough for a few seconds. Adding flour if it is too soft.
Now cut it in into 12 even roundish pieces (use hands or knife or scissors) and set aside.
Roll each into a rope about 12 inches making sure the middle is not the thickest part.
Now twist!

Keep twisting & pinch & seal the bottom to a point.
Cover and allow to rest for 30 minutes.

Heat your oil up to 375 in a Fry Daddy or a  cast iron dutch oven but do not fill, allow several inches for safety! Remember: too hot will make them hard on outside and an uncooked inside but too cool will make them greasy, so a thermometer is very handy.
Now fry 2 at a time until light golden brown turning once. I used 2 large forks for turning and removing. 
Place on a rack to drain just for a minute. Then quickly place in the sugar and roll & coat.
They are absolutely at their ~warm~sweet~doughy~ best served right away with a hot cup of coffee or cocoa for dunking!


Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Its really just not right that you post this deliciousness with out having a sample for all of us :) It'd go perfectly with my am coffee! They look mouthwateringly delicious!!!!

Audax said...

Those twists looks superb and I must try them. Lovely step by step photos love it. Great work on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

shelley c. said...

Those look delicious, and I love the step-by-step photos. Very helpful! Great job.

Anonymous said...

They look really pretty - I love the idea of making twists. Thanks for the step-by-step photos too!

Renata said...

Love your step-by-step presentation. The twists look awesome and delicious!

Jasmine said...


Anonymous said...

Beautiful- Great twist!