Easy baked doughnuts recipe with salted caramel sauce

My easy baked doughnuts recipe with salted caramel sauce is finger-licking good, and makes a most delicious dessert. Nice and soft and covered in a delicious salted caramel sauce, these doughnuts are sheer indulgence.

Easy baked doughnuts recipe with salted caramel

Easy baked doughnuts recipe with salted caramel

Whoever said that doughnuts are very bad, definitely didn’t think of baking them, rather than deep-frying them. Once the dough is ready, all it takes is 10- 15 minutes in the oven.  And nothing more.

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. 15 minutes at least, no cheating, please.


Easy baked doughnuts recipe with salted caramel sauce

Easy baked doughnuts recipe with salted caramel sauce

Also, the salted caramel sauce must be prepared in advance, as it takes some time cooling down and thickening. Remember, patience is a virtue, and in the kitchen you must never ever rush, otherwise you will not get the results you want. 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.

I know that, as with many other sauces, it’s easier to just buy it in a nice jar, and job done. Some might not even be that dear. All nice and good so far, but if you check the label, like l do, you’d be horrified by the mountain of unnecessary junk there is in it. Not that I am a super healthy person who only goes for the super healthiest stuff. But still, l would like to think my choices are not totally poor.

Yes, it takes time and whisking, and cooling down, bla bla. But when you taste it, you know that’s the real deal. It’s exactly the same with lemon curd, freshly-made is just fabulous. Once you make them yourself once, there is no going back. And there really shouldn’t. Fried doughnuts might be the real craze, but the baked ones are as tasty, you can’t possibly tell the difference anyway. Right, let’s roll up out sleeves, there is some baking to do.

Easy baked doughnuts recipe with salted caramel

Easy baked doughuts recipe with salted caramel sauce


5 from 1 vote
Simple baked doughnuts with salted caramel
Easy baked doughnuts with salted caramel sauce
Prep Time
3 hrs 40 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 55 mins

Easy baked doughnuts with salted caramel sauce,  a fantastic dessert for all ages and tastes.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Romanian
Servings: 12 donuts
Calories: 210 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
For the doughnuts:
  • 250 g plain flour (2 cups)
  • 100 ml milk ( 3 1/3 oz)
  • 5 g dried yeast (1/2 tsp)
  • zest from one lemon
  • 3 sachets of vanilla sugar
  • 60 g caster sugar (4 tbsp)
  • 1 drop of lemon extract
  • 50 g butter (1/4 cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
For the salted caramel sauce:
  • 6 tbsp caster sugar
  • 200 ml milk (7 oz)
  • 60 g salted butter (1/4 cup)
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Warm up the milk and pour it in a jug.
  2. Add the yeast and vanilla sugar and set aside for at least 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, add the flour, zest of one lemon, egg and butter. The butter and egg should ideally 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 15 minutes, it will become less sticky and will have a lovely texture.
  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 3 hours, so that it can double its size.
  10. Salted caramel
  11. To make the salted caramel sauce, place a saucepan on a low heat.
  12. Add the sugar and leave it to melt. Do not be tempted to bring the temperature higher, otherwise the sugar will burn.
  13. Tilt the saucepan from time to time so that the sugar can spread evenly, it will help melt quicker.
  14. Once the sugar has melted, add the butter, salt and milk. At this stage the caramel will harden, but no need to panic, the saucepan is not ruined forever, once the caramel melts, it will look like brand new.
  15. Leave it to simmer on the same low heat until all the caramel has melted.
  16. Remove the saucepan from the heat and leave it to cool completely.
  17. Once it is cooled, the sauce will thicken and have the right texture.
  18. When the dough is double its initial size, transfer it to the working surface again.
  19. Use a rolling pin to flatten it and cut round circles. A cookie cutter will be good, otherwise a glass always does the job.
  20. Place the dough rounds on the baking tray and again leave to proof for about 1 hour.
  21. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. (390 degrees Fahrenheit).
  22. Bake the doughnuts for about 10-15 minutes, keeping an eye on them so that they don't burn.
  23. Leave to cool, then top with the salted caramel sauce and sprinkle over some sugar strands
Nutrition Facts
Easy baked doughnuts with salted caramel sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 210 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 275mg 11%
Potassium 64mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 12g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 5.8%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 5.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


I am bringing this recipe to Fiesta Friday #108, co-hosts this week are: Suzanne and Zeba.







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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 🙂

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    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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