Oven-Baked Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze

Oven-Baked Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze, rich, decadent, with an incredibly fluffy texture, and a lot healthier than the fried version. These doughnuts are heaven!

Overhead shot of some oven-baked doughnuts on a baking rack

If you think of doughnuts as being one of the most unhealthy, sugar loaded, deep-fried calorie bombs, you are probably not too far from the truth. But, there is a better, and less naughty way of making doughnuts.

And guess what, they taste as good in the oven as if you would deep fry them. It doesn’t take that much longer either, they only needa about 15 minute in the oven. And no doughnut pan needed.

Yes, there is the double proving, just so you can get some nice fluffy doughnuts, but if you get on with something else, you won’t even notice how time flies by and you dough is nice and risen.

The secret to always baking perfect doughnuts is letting them proof in a warm place, so that the dough can double in size, otherwise the doughnuts will be flat in the end. And do prepare yourself for some good kneading. 5 minutes at least, no cheating, please.

But then, when you get to have a bite of these super duper doughnuts, you will congratulate yourself on the great job you have done.

Collage of 4 photos to show how to make baked doughnuts

As for the glaze, a good old chocolate glaze gives the doughnuts that heavenly finishing touch, making them even more indugent. But, you can choose anything else you like, salted caramel sauce or white chocolate glaze.

Now, let’s talk about yeast. It happened way too often that the yeast was no longer active, and I could not use it in baking. I find that the best one to buy is the active fast-action dried yeast that can be specially used for kneading by hand, rather than a kitcehn aid or a bread machine.

That is case you do choose to knead by hand. It works every single time, and the dough rises nicely in just about one hour. However, be advised that how quickly the dough rises also depends on how warm the room is. The warmer, the better.

I usually cover the bowl where the dough rests with clingfilm, then wrap it around with a ktichen towel. Better keep it as warm as possible. But, if you need to pop out, for example, and you are back after a couple of hours or so, that’s not a problem at all.

I usually the dough magically rise while I take the girls to play outside, and bake once I am back. Or, if we are home, I carry on with cooking lunch, and bake when I finish.

Do give these yummy baked doughnuts a try, you will fall in love with them. What a treat!

Overhead shot of 9 baked doughnuts on a cooling rack

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Overhead shoot of a baked doughnut with chocolate glaze
Oven-Baked Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze
Prep Time
3 hrs 40 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 55 mins

Oven-Baked Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze, rich, decadent, with an incredibly fluffy texture, and a lot healthier than the fried version. These doughnuts are haven!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Romanian
Keyword: homemade doughnuts
Servings: 12 donuts
Calories: 205 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
For the doughnuts:
  • 250 g plain flour
  • 100 ml milk
  • 1 tsp dried yeast
  • zest from one lemon
  • 60 g caster sugar
  • 1 drop of lemon extract
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
For chocolate glaze
  • 100 g milk chocolate
  • 1/3 cup double or heavy cream
  1. Warm up the milk and pour it in a jug.
  2. Add the yeast and a teaspoon of sugar, and set aside for at least 10 minutes so that the yeast can become foamy and rise.

  3. In a large bowl, add the flour, the rest of the sugar, zest of one lemon, egg and butter. The butter and egg should  be at room temperature.

  4. Now pour over the milk and mix everything well with your hands.
  5. Transfer the dough to the working surface and knead it for at least 5 minutes, it will become elastic. Use a bit more flour if it's too sticky.

  6. Shape the dough into a ball.
  7. Oil the bowl and place the dough in it, oiling it lightly as well.
  8. Cover with cling film and wrap the bowl with a clean tea towel.
  9. Leave it to proof for at least 1 hour, so that it can double its size.

  10. To make the chocolate glaze, bring the cream to a boil, then add the chocolate broken into pieces, give it a good stir, so that the chocolat can melt, then take it off the heat.

  11. When the dough is double its initial size, transfer it to the working surface again.
  12. Use a rolling pin to flatten it and cut round circles, and a smaller cirles in the middle, cookie cutters will be good, otherwise a glass and a plastic bottle lid can work too.

  13. Place the dough rounds on the baking tray and again leave to proof for about 1 hour.
  14. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. (390 degrees Fahrenheit).
  15. Bake the doughnuts for about 10-15 minutes, keeping an eye on them so that they don't burn.
  16. Leave to cool, then dip them into the chocolate sauce to coat the top. You can adds some sprinkles too if you like.

Recipe Notes
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Nutrition Facts
Oven-Baked Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze
Amount Per Serving
Calories 205 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Sodium 43mg 2%
Potassium 71mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 4.7%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.









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  • Reply
    Lynz Real Cooking
    February 23, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Wow these look so good!

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      February 23, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you, Lynn! They are really nice, even nicer than the fried ones.

  • Reply
    Julie at Hostess At Heart
    February 28, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    I just love donuts! These look so soft an pillowy (I think that’s a word?) And salted caramel? Yum!

  • Reply
    March 1, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Thank you for briging the doughnuts, they are not just gorgeous they are baked, OMG, love them. Beautiful work, they are perfect party food,

    • Reply
      Daniela Apostol
      March 1, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you, Suzanne! I am glad you like my doughnuts 🙂

  • Reply
    March 9, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    I love doughnuts! This salted caramel version of your’s is just too good!

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