Yesterday we attempted to make doughnuts, I wanted to try making them so we could make them again for D’s Birthday. As you can tell from the title of our post it didn’t go well. However it was rather fun to make and true to our usual baking we hadst followed the recipe correctly (whoops!). I have noticed a trend in our baking, we are very good at making mistakes that are quite yummy! Although our doughnuts did not turn out as doughnuts, we did end up with biscuits that taste and look like doughnuts but they have a nice crunch and a biscuit texture to them.
It wasn’t our intention to make the mistake and we had started by following the recipe exactly. The only problem was I forgot the last part and we used too much butter so we had tried to balance out the other ingredients to match. Once we had balanced the ingredients out we had a dough and had forgotten about the recipe. If however you would like to make doughnuts the recipe we where using can be found here.
If you would like to make out doughnut biscuits then simply follow our steps below.
Firstly you will need:
- 1 cup/ 200g of Granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup/ 120g of butter or margarine
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups/ 360g self-raising flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
Now to make the biscuits you will need to;
Turn the oven on to 180 and line 2 tins with Greaseproof paper.
Add your butter and sugar to a bowl where you will need to ‘cream’ them (mix together thoroughly by pushing the butter and sugar to the side of the bowl with a spoon until completely mixed). This can be quite hard to do but it is easier if you use softened butter.
Next (The part I hate!) you will need to add two eggs that have already been cracked and whisked separately. Thoroughly mix the eggs into the mixture, don’t worry it’s supposed to look like that! (I know it horrible, hence why I hate it.)
Time to add in the flour, salt and nutmeg. once they have all been added you will need to stir it well until it starts to form a dough. You may need a little more flour to get a good dough. (It isn’t sticking to your hands.) D loves this part he gets to watch and help make a liquid become a solid and simply watches the bowl and mixture in amazement. (When he’s not too busy helping me mix it.)
Now for the fun bit! You will need to separate the dough into small balls made by rolling the dough in your hands. I suggest you test the size of the doughnut shape before rolling the whole mixture. (Don’t make them too big.) Once you have the mixture divided into balls, take them one at a time and slightly press between your hands before pushing a finger or round tool through the middle. Do make your middle bigger than ours in the pictures as it will otherwise disappear during baking. It is great to get the kids to help with this as they love playing with dough’s. D as I am sure many of you know loves poking dough, so this was perfect for him I simply made a dent in the middle of the dough and he made a hole though either side. He was very proud of himself!
Once you have all your biscuits shaped you will need to arrange them on your trays. Do not add too many to one tray or put them close together they will merge during baking if you do. Pop them in the oven for around 20 – 30 minutes or until golden brown.
After baking allow to cool completely before decorating.
You can decorate your biscuits with anything you like. We used some icing sugar and water to make a bit of icing that we put on our biscuits. D really loved putting icing on the biscuits.
We had lots of fun making our biscuits, we just hope that you do too.
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