Gingerbread Doughnuts

Recently I was one of the few chefs who was talked about it in the article by Mid-day regarding baking Christmas goodies. They wanted something revolving around Gingerbread and hence I told them about Gingerbread Doughnuts. While we were talking about Gingerbread, a very good question was asked and that was – What makes the dish – Gingerbread. I realized the concept was very simple – to anything if you add ginger powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice. Replace the castor sugar with brown sugar to add in a little bit of nutty flavor. And oh! you have a gingerbread dessert. It is pretty simple. Honey or molasses is also added to enhance the flavor.

I absolutely love anything Gingerbread, cause I love spiced up dishes. Gingerbread somehow brings out a different taste altogether. This year, I thought lets change things a bit and not bake the regular cookies that I make and go for Gingerbread Doughnuts. They are very easy and takes a little bit of time, as I am doing yeast – leavened doughnuts. But other than that they are a perfect treat for this festive season.

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Gingerbread Doughnuts

Makes at least 2 dozen of regular size doughnuts

Ingredients –

  • 2.5 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup castor sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 teaspoon all spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 55 grams butter, room temperature
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • Oil, for frying

Coating –

  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

Method –

  • In a stand mixer bowl – take the warm water, add 1 tablespoon of sugar and the yeast and mix until the yeast is dissolved. Keep it aside for 5 – 7 minutes.
  • Meanwhile in a bowl mix – flour, both the sugars, baking powder, salt, ginger powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice.
  • When the yeast is active, it will become foamy, add the yolks, butter, and vanilla. Mix with the paddle attachment for 1 minute.
  • Keeping the speed on low, keep adding the flour with a big spoon. After adding half of the flour, shift to hook/dough attachment and add the remaining flour. Mix for 3 – 5 minutes on medium high.
  • Cover the bowl and let the dough rest for 1 hour or until it doubles in size.
  • After 1 hour, knead the dough and roll it to an 1/2 inch thick height.
  • If you want small bite size pieces, cut them with 1 inch round cookie cutter. If you want the original doughnut shape – cut it with one 3 inch cookie cutter and then 1 inch cookie cutter to cut the centers. If you have a doughnut cutter, then you know what to do.
  • You can re – roll the remaining dough and cut them.
  • Let the doughnuts rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • In a frying pan, heat the oil till its 180 C. Fry the doughnuts for 30 – 45 seconds on each side or until brown.
  • After removing, let them sit for 2 minutes on tissue papers and then coat them in cinnamon sugar.
  • Serve warm.

Notes –

  • You can add / delete the amount of spices in the dough according to your taste.
  • If you don’t like too much cinnamon in your dessert avoid the coating of cinnamon sugar and just coat them in plain sugar.
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Dunkin Donuts

“Finally ” is the right word to use for the launch of Dunkin Donuts in Bandra, Mumbai. I won’t be writing an introduction for Dunkin Donuts because who doesn’t know Dunkin. We all have gone abroad and oohed and aahed over their donuts. Hoping and wishing ” Bombay main kab khulega.” So brace yourself Dunkin Donuts have arrived.

I was invited a day before the official launch date, for a culinary workshop through Sameer Malkani of FBAI ( Food Bloggers Association India). I was excited as any other person there. I couldn’t wait to try the doughnuts.

Situated at the heart of Bandra at Linking Road with easier parking options Dunkin has found a perfect place. The store is big and spacious with indoor and outdoor seating. The decor is bright and pleasant, though nothing like a doughnut place ( I don’t know if there is any special decor for doughnut joints but you get the idea) but more like a restaurant or cafe thing.

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Coming to the food, Dunkin Donuts is not selling just doughnuts, but it is selling everything from coffee, ice teas, burgers, wraps, sandwiches and much more. Though I would have loved just a coffee and doughnut place but then it is not my decision to make.

 

Classic Glazed Doughnut

Classic Glazed Doughnut

I am going to talk more about the doughnuts and much less about the food. I feel the doughnuts is the high light of this place and not the food. The first doughnut I tried was the Classic Glazed Doughnut or Donut. Will it be too obvious if I say I loved it. What I really liked was that the doughnuts are huge at least compared to the size that are available here. This one was soft, yum and filling.

Donuts !!

Donuts !!

There are ample of flavors to choose from Classic, Cinnamon, Cookie, Blueberry, Coffee, Alive by Chocolate and Death by Chocolate and many many more.

Cinnamon Sugar, Death by Chocolate, Coffee

Cinnamon Sugar, Death by Chocolate, Coffee

Yes we had a lot of doughnuts. I wanted to love the Coffee one because I love coffee, but at the end I kind of just liked it. I actually really liked the Death by Chocolate. Cinnamon also being one of my favorite ingredient, though bit messy tastes good. But the winner for me is Classic and Death by Chocolate.

Second best thing that I loved at Dunkin Donuts, and which will keep making visit again especially in this very wonderful summer is the ice teas specially the spiked one.

Spiked Ice Tea

Spiked Ice Tea

The Ice Teas are actually brewed and not just powder mixed in the cold water at Dunkin Donuts. The best results because of this is that the sugary taste which we find in most of the ice teas is missing, which makes it super delicious. The Spiked Ice Tea is my favorite because it has the perfect hint of all the spices. It super refreshing and a must in this heat !!

Cappuccino

Cappuccino

Stirr'accino

Stirr’accino

 

The Cappuccino is okay. The have a special coffee called Stirr’accino, which I didn’t taste. It is a mixture of two coffees as they say, though it really looked tempting, hopefully next time.

Tough Guy Burger

Tough Guy Burger

 

Wicked Wrap

Wicked Wrap

The Tough Guy Burger and Wicked Wrap are the specials of Dunkin Donuts. I am not a fan of the food they are serving. And they are catering more towards the burgers and wraps than the doughnuts when it should be vice versa, again not my call. But for me, if I would be visiting Dunkin Donuts, it will be because of the doughnuts and the not the burger or wrap. So guys Dunkin Donuts has finally arrived and go eat some delicious doughnuts.