Monday, May 17, 2010

Vegan Chocolate-Glazed Donuts

I'm not sure why I have not tried to make a vegan donut before now. I think I was convinced that eggs were absolutely essential to the dough but they totally are not. Having baked quite a few yeasted sweet doughs in the past year I now know that eggs really aren't needed for leavening, but are just another way to enrich the dough (along with the shortening and milk). So, I went with flax seed to give the dough some pliability and cohesion. Worked like a charm. I veganized Alton Brown's recipe on the Food Network site, mainly because he only called for 2 eggs and other recipes asked for 5. The end result was perfection: a tender and tasty donut that kicks the butt of anything they serve at Tim Horton's (or Dunkin' Donuts for those outside Canada).

INGREDIENTS
Makes at least 24 small donuts
- 3/4 cups soy milk
- 1 1/4 oz vegetable shortening
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp warm water
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
- 11.5 oz all purpose flour
- canola oil for frying

METHOD

1. Heat soy milk, shortening, salt, and sugar in the microwave, or on the stove, stirring regularly until shortening melts. Set aside.

2. Whisk flax into water. Let sit a few minutes, then whisk again until thick. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, mix together yeast and flour. Add soy milk mixture (making sure it is between 95 and 105 degrees F) and flax mixture. Mix together into a rough dough, then knead for about 5 mins until smooth, adding more flour or more water as needed to make a nice soft and tender dough.

4. Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise for 60-90 mins, until doubled in size.

5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray with oil.

6. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to 3/8" thick. Cut out 2" circles with a biscuit cutter, then cut out a 5/8" centre (or use a donut cutter. I cut the end off a kid's medicine syringe. It was the perfect size and I use the plunger to push out the dough). Dough scraps (and holes) can be re-rolled and cut. Place on prepared baking sheet, spray with oil, and cover. Let rise for 1/2 hour.

7. Heat oil to 350 degrees. Fry donuts in batches (30-60 seconds per side) until golden, drain on paper towel or paper bags, then let cool on wire rack. Let fully cool before glazing.

For the glaze, I used this recipe, subbing margarine for butter and soy milk for milk. This recipe makes a lot, so cut it in half.

The donuts (glaze and all) freeze and thaw very well. Place on a sheet pan to freeze. Once frozen, they can be placed in a bag and they won't stick together.

42 comments:

Yosemite James said...

I like the freezing tip! I'll have to try that, since I don't like to have too many sweets around that I have to eat right away. I would have never thought you could freeze donuts like that.

Chris said...

Alton Brown is the guy to beat, and by leaving out such unnecessary ingredients, you've one-upped him! These look great!

Jeni Treehugger said...

Oooh YUM!
I've never made (or eaten) vegan doughnuts before. Yeast intimidates me a bit but I will bookmark this recipe and try for sure. Thanks for sharing.
:)

Dianne said...

Wow. Amazing. I have not bought a good vegan donut; I guess I'll just have to make my own!

Rikki Cupcake said...

this sounds so good I am about to drool on my computer. i am def. going to make this!

tanks!

Kris said...

Oh my, these look sinful!

JAM Vegan Bakery said...

I love donuts! They are the best/worst-food ever! I am very excited to see that they turned out so beautiful. This is definately a donut I would like to try making!
When I am in the mood for donuts, I go to Las Vegas and get Ronald's Donuts. I have no idea how they are made, all that I know is that they are vegan and delicious!

Thanks for sharing =)

Ian said...

What!?!?! If only I had the time, and the friends to eat them.

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

They look yummy! I like how you veganized it and used flax!

Wholesome Chow said...

Ohh man! I cannot believe no one has commented on this yet! Your doughnuts look amazing! I wish I could eat one right now! Thanks for sharing with us! I love your blog!

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Jennifer M. said...

Oh. My. God.
My mouth is watering.
These look delicious!

Bianca said...

Oh Vegan Dad!! This may be the best recipe you've ever posted ... since donuts are my favorite food!! Thanks. I'm going to give these a try for sure!

Tree said...

OMG, these look heavenly! What a great treat.

bouffe said...

wow i'm impressed! yummy!

céline said...

Wow! I'm speechless. You're my inspiration for days ahead.

Kat said...

Holy Cow. THIS is why I subscribe to your blog. Yum Yum Yum. Many thanks for posting this recipe!!!!

The Charity Shop Fairy said...

Wow, I'm salivating over these! I wonder if it's possible to bake a doughnut and thus avoid the unhealthiness and faff of deep frying...

JayLeigh said...

Oh, wow! I've been looking for a vegan doughnut recipe, and these look great! Thank you! :-)

Vegan Dad said...

Baked Vegan Donuts: http://theurbanhousewife.blogspot.com/2007/08/lolos-baked-vegan-donuts-glazed-or.html

B said...

Oh those look just divine!

dreaminitvegan said...

I really need to get me a doughnut pan. These look fabulous!

Morgan-- said...

Oh Man! I am going to have to make these for sure, my daughter keeps begging me to make doughnuts. THese look perfect!

blessedmama said...

Looks good! Thanks for the storage tips. These look like a fun thing to make on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Melodie said...

Nummy! Interested in linking these up at my Vegetarian Foodie Fridays Linky? I'd love to have you. I don't know of any other Vegan/Vegetarian Carnivals so come and join me! :)
Melodie @ Breastfeeding Moms Unite!

LaFree said...

Oh man....these look to die for.

Catriona said...

Whoa! Those look YUM.

KamalKitchen said...

This looks exotic and awesome..i wish i could order these from you :)

Tracie Tsuneya said...

YUM.

:LaJaguarCocinera: said...

Oh, I would SO make it if wasn't deep fried >< And if here in Brazil we had some mini doughnut tins available... hehe
I love your site and preparing your recipes!
Thanks a lot! ^^

♥♥♥

amatu said...

I just finished making these donuts....THANK YOU!!!!!
I cannot say enough how delicious they were...but most importantly...for our family these donuts were very special...my 7 year old daughter had her 1st EVER donut because you provided this recipe!
Due to multiple and very severe food allergies (dairy, eggs, pea/nuts, sunflower, sesame, and shell/fish) my daughter had never had a donut. We even stopped buying them for our other kids, much to their dismay, but it was just too hard for the littlest to see them eating and enjoying donuts and she could not! Like you mentioned, we, too, were resigned to the idea that without eggs, there could be no donuts!
Enter your recipe....I am commenting - which I never do - because I am just so very grateful! Now I can make these for her and it is just one more thing she can enjoy in order to be...just like everyone else. That a chocolate frosted donut would be so precious....but there it is!
I occasionally followed your blog on my reader, now I will be a regular reader and am about to get your book too!
Thank you so very much, and I hope you will please continue sharing your story (and fantastic recipes!) with us all! :)

Pearl said...

I never thought a donut could be vegan. they look amazing, especially that glaze.

Nadine said...

Hey have you though about just turning the centers in to timbits/donut holes with sugar and cinnamon? An alternative Flax egg substitute is this one http://www.foodnetwork.ca/ontv/shows/Ricardo-and-Friends/recipe.html?dishID=8719&titleid=101887

although it's more work then yours.

These look very good.

amandasdomestic said...

Thanks for doing the dirty work and veganizing a donut recipe - these looks like such a crowd pleaser, which is always what we aim for here!

Tracy Warner said...

Just finished making these. They are A-MAZING. I can't stop eating them. I'm bringing them into work for "National Doughnut Day". Thank you so much for this recipe!!

Chrissy said...

i am going to book a flight to canada just to kiss you full on the lips for this recipe! (tell vegan mom no need to worry 'cuz i think my husband and children would all like to do the same!)

Michael said...

Such an awesome recipe! Thank you for sharing this recipe to us as our family loves donuts. Now we can start making our own donuts at home. This would go well with a hot cup of stovetop espresso at home. Kudos!

CH said...

These are great!

Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said...

I think I'm in love... you know, with the doughnuts. Have to try these!

Ruzette said...

Thank you for the recipe ! My friend was so glad to eat some of those delicious donuts !

Ruzette said...

Thank you for the recipe ! My friend was so happy to eat those delicious donuts !

Foldered said...

making this recipe right now, but i think there should have been more consistency with the measurements. ounces and cups, etc., are all over the place. i had to do some conversions, which isn't a big deal, but it surprises me 'cause this is a canadian blog.

khvalheim10 said...

Since the majority of people just leave comments about how good this recipe looks, I figured that I would leave actual feedback. First, this recipe intimidated me with the yeast, as I have not had very many good experiences cooking with it. The part about mixing the yeast in with the flour scared me as well, as I have only prepared yeast beforehand. I think that the warmth of my soymilk mixture also might have killed off some yeast. But I must say that I was surprised at how amazingly delicious these turned out. They could definitely fool an omnivore. The only real problem that I had was with your measurement for flour. I converted the amount to cups through google, but they must have been fluid ounces because the dough was extremely sticky and could not be rolled into a smooth ball until I added a bit more. Also, my batch made about nine doughnuts. But props to you man, this recipe is officially now one of my favorites, though I doubt that I'll be making this frequently. They are actually fairly easy to make, but I ate two and felt like I was overdosing on fat and sugar. Bravo, sir, bravo.