The recipe for doughnuts in my very old Mary Berry's Ultimate Cake Book was for fried doughnuts but after checking out other recipes on the net I decided to go with the Mary Berry recipe and take a chance on baking them.
When we got back from the party, I knocked the dough back to get the air out of it, rolled it out to about two centimetres thick, then cut smallish circles out. I didn't have a circle cutter small enough to cut the middle circle out so I used a star cutter - I think this looked really cute on the uncooked doughnuts, although it virtually disappeared on the cooked ones. But I did get very cute star shaped doughnut middles!!
Well, the plain doughnut tasted like the sort of bread roll you get in Europe or the States (sweeter bread than the bread you get in the UK) but dipped in melted butter and cinnamon sugar they were more like doughnuts. And the opinions of quality control was divided - Sophie liked them plain and Justin and I liked them with the sugar. There is a slightly yeasty aftertaste but nothing to stop me eating copious amounts of them!
I put some of the uncoated doughnuts in the freezer as an experiment and it would be good if they come out edible for another time.
And the doughnuts still taste good a day later ...
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