Saturday, January 28, 2017

Baked Yeast Donuts Vegan

Recipes adapted from Vegan Heartland

Makes about 24 Donuts 

Donut Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Rapid Rise yeast
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups warm non-dairy milk (I used Almond Milk)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 5 cups all purpose flour + more for dusting

In a small dish, dissolve the yeast in the 1/4 cup water and set aside.

In a large bowl using a wire whisk, combine milk, sugar, salt, applesauce, and oil. Add yeast mixture. Add 2 cups of flour, whisk to incorporate everything. Set whisk aside.

Using a wooden spoon, stir in the remaining 3 cups of flour and combine thoroughly. Cover the bowl with a towel and allow the dough to rise for 45 minutes.

Prep two baking sheets with either parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and lightly coat with flour. Gently roll the dough to 1/2 inch thickness.

Cut the dough into strips and form them into the classic donut shape. Some strips will have to be cut in half so the donuts aren't too big.

Place formed donuts in cold oven and cover them and allow them to rise until they've increased in size. It will take 30-40 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350F. For best results center racks in middle of oven with enough space in between to slide the donuts in and out. Bake donuts for 14-16 minutes. Bottom of donuts will vary between golden brown and white depending on what rack you bake them on. I baked two pans at the same time. Top rack was still white on the bottom but still cooked through. Bottom rack was golden brown on the bottom. 

Place the donuts on a cooling rack immediately if golden brown and let sit for five minutes on baking sheet if white on the bottom.

Vanilla Glaze Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 6 tbsp hot water

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a fork until everything is well combined.

After the donuts have cooled, (or immediately if eating warm) brush the glaze on with a pastry brush. Set the donuts back on the cooling rack and allow the glaze to set.

Sprinkle with sprinkles as soon as you brush with the glaze before it sets. 

Note: If you want a thinner glaze- add an additional 1 tsp. of hot water to glaze until desired consistency is reached.