The Easy Baked Donut Cookbook

The Easy Baked Donut Cookbook

Title: The Easy Baked Donut Cookbook: 60 Sweet and Savory Recipes for Your Oven and Mini Donut Maker
Author: Sara Mellas
Published: June 2, 2020, Rickridge Press
No. of Pages: 172
Cover Price: $12.99 Paperback, $6.99 Kindle

Donuts seem to be making a comeback; for years they have had a bad reputation because they are deep-fried. Sara Mellas has found a way for all of us to enjoy donuts without having to suffer the shame of donuts fried in oil, and has perfected the baked donut. She presents these morsels of perfection in The Easy Baked Donut Cookbook: 60 Sweet and Savory Recipes for Your Oven and Mini Donut Maker.

The best test for a good cookbook is, of course, to prepare some of the recipes in the book to make sure they turn out and to make sure they are easy to follow. My first donuts from her book were Classic Raised Donuts. They turned out very good, although I have since found that I can make the dough in my automatic bread machine and save time and effort. I also tried the Chocolate Cake Donuts – my personal favorite – and they were easy and turned out scrumptious. There is a great variety of donuts, and I am planning to use this cookbook to make at least one type a week – the queue gets longer every time I go through the book. The book also includes beignets and donut desserts. Each recipe has an explanation at the top, which is helpful and apropos.

This excellent cookbook not only contains excellent donuts, but the author has explained everything about donut making so that the most inexperienced baker can understand and follow her suggestions to turn out perfect donuts every time. The only thing missing is photographs – although there are a few, they don’t begin to cover the numerous donut recipes which are most likely beautiful and worth looking at while deciding which donut to make next.

This cookbook is well-written, and includes something for everyone. Highly recommended.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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