Jodie’s Pillows of Heaven – Proper, Baked Doughnuts.

Have I got a treat for you! I don’t do posts back to back, but I had to get typing after my kitchen escapades this afternoon.

Look at that. Baked, proper, yeasted dough, doughnuts. And admit it, don’t you want one? Which flavour? Plain sugar coated? That’s the doughnut rings.  Coconut? The snow-powder topped ones. Orange and Raspberry Jam? See the ones with the wee pink dots? Chocolate Glazed? Oh, come on!

There are no restraints here. Take comfort in the fact, that these pretty pillows are only 175 calories each. Yup. Crying shame though, that such an applaudable virtue is rendered utterly useless, since it is nigh on impossible to have only one. Then again, if you are going the whole hog making them, might as well be a pig about it.

This fantastic, easy recipe comes via Every Nook & Cranny. Jodie’s blog is filled with all manner of goodies and this woman lives to bake. However, she came up trumps highlighting this recipe out of Olive Magazine. And Jo’s instructions and detailed photos are true to form when you come to make these yourself. And it really is easy. If yeast has always bewildered you so far, then I would suggest dipping your virgin fingers into this yeasted dough. Check out Jo’s blog for all the nitty, gritty, flour dusted details.

The original is an Orange and Raspberry Jam filled, pretty scented number. I wanted to get more flavours with one knead. So, I made the dough without the orange zest and divided it into three after the first prove. I kneaded orange zest into one part, coconut milk powder into the other and the third I left plain. With the plain one, I also cut out a ring like you would get with a traditional doughnut, to dredge in caster sugar later. And to glaze with chocolate!

Everything else remains the same. I loved each of the flavours. The orange and jam ones were a revelation, the perfume of the citrus married so well with the tangy, sweet jam. The coconut ones quenched my ever present yearning, and the plain ones just make me happy. My kids wolfed this down, barely coming for breath. And it made an excellent bargaining tool at the dinner table for Lil Lassie. I’ve never seen her eat a curry so fast!  Other combinations could be with Nutella, raspberry glaze, lemon curd with a passionfruit glaze, cinnamon doughnuts filled with an apple puree, or whatever you can dream of.

So on that happy note, I am going to ditch you, and eat the last doughnut of the day, snuggled up in front of the telly, watching How to Train Your Dragon. Hiccup’s training routine would have gone far easier, with one of these doughnuts in his hand.

For recipe, click here


33 thoughts on “Jodie’s Pillows of Heaven – Proper, Baked Doughnuts.

  1. Thanh @ eat, little bird

    Oh wow, you got my attention with these gorgeous donuts!!! How delicious do they look?! I hope you saved me one 😉 You are so creative to get three different types of donuts out of one batch – I’m sure your kiddies loved the variety!

    P.S. I have a weak spot for jam-filled donuts. And chocolate-coated donuts. And plain donuts …

  2. dulcetdevotion

    I am speechless. I have been trying to get up the courage to tackle donuts for a while now. I think I’m more worried that if I make a dozen I will eat each and every one! Can you tell I’m a donut fiend?

    Great post, and now I am booking some time in next weekend for my own donutfest. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. thePatternedPlate

      You are welcome Melanie! This is very simple, Jo has streamlined the method, so there is no doubt or confusion…just get in the kitchen and get cracking!

      By the way, your apple pancakes are bookmarked… making that this weekend!

  3. Jean

    OMG. I wish I was married to you. Or even that you lived a bit closer.
    I can barely pull dinner out of the freezer in ziploc baggies these days – you make me yearn for flour and crumbs and sticky fingers and four recipe books open at the same time…

    1. thePatternedPlate

      Those look fabulous too! I have recently made coconut minin doughnuts, along the lines of that recipe, in that its more a cakey, muffiney doughnut. Which has its merits and is an uber quick route to satisfaction. These though are proper bread types, so if youare in the mood for a little pottering…can’t beat these!

  4. emmycooks

    YES I want one! I always think of donuts as deep-fried, and the idea of being able to bake them at home is….probably best for me not to think about. 🙂

  5. Rushi

    Oh yum yum yum. Baked doughnuts, what an inspired idea! They look so great, I wish someone would invent one of those Wonka tvs or a pc where you can reach and grab the goodies on the screen. I just can’t wait to try these beauties out.

    1. thePatternedPlate

      You’re welcome. Coconut milk powder is just the dehydrated cream of coconut really. Its actually quite a handy ingredient to have, especially if you need small amounts of coconut milk and only have 400ml cans knocking about. Plus you can make it quite thick or thin. So it’s rather versatile if you are into make Indian or Thai curries or the like, and of course in baking.

      I used it in the earlier coconut doughnut post….just in case you were wondering how to extend the use of the packet! 😉

    1. thePatternedPlate

      DO em Heather! You have kids…they’ll polish it off faster than you can move to get a second helping! Besides they aren’t THAT naughty…174 calories per doughnut! Go on!!!

  6. xuuyee

    hi..I love your blog. it is amazing!

    Btw I am using the same template as yours, do you know how to limite the words showed on the frontpage of the blog? idd you change them in the CSS?

  7. {Main St. Cuisine}

    Oh boy, I’m so glad I’m here! I’m visiting from SugarDishMe today (and a new follower). I’m one of those people…working with a yeast dough and the rising, well it just plain makes me nervous. Maybe a little encouragement from your post and Jodie’s blog is what I need. Putting this on my list to try.

    1. thePatternedPlate

      Hullo Allison, thanks for visiting and posting! Isn’t Heather a love? 🙂

      I promise you this is easy. Well, as long as you have a stand mixer, because it is quite a wet dough. But if you do, then this is a breeze and the success of this recipe will be all you need to start venturing into the yeast world 🙂

      Do let Jo and myself know how it turns out 🙂

  8. trinibee

    I was just looking at bunuelo recipes thinking if there is ANY way to make it healthier by baking as opposed to frying. And here you go….LOVE your aesthetics btw – really enjoying this blog and looking forward to seeing more!

    1. The Patterned Plate

      Oooh Bunuelos, drool! I haven’t thought about those for baking, I always thought that the batter would be too liquid. Would love to hear how you get on. Thanks for the lovely words!

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