Sweet Tooth Friday: Delectable Donuts

TGIF!  The almighty weekend is coming and its time to make something sweet.
Why?  Because I said so.

This week, I decided to make some baked donuts.  I know, it kind of sounds like an oxymoron because the main reason donuts taste so good is that crispy outside coupled with a fluffy inside achieved by a quick bath in a deep fryer.  However, I wanted to see if the baked variety could stand up to its deep fried brother.  I went out and grabbed a donut pan (a mere $9.99 investment) and got to work.  I will admit the first batch was kind of spongy and didn’t taste anything like a donut.  However, I was not to be deterred!  I spent $9.99 on this pan! So, I decided to give it another go though because I also liked the idea of being able to bake a batch of donuts without the calories and mess of deep frying.  And less face it, Dunkin Donuts just isn’t what it used to be.

So, I changed up a few ingredients and also altered my expectations.  Instead of trying to achieve fried donut perfection, I figured, why not just make a really good, baked mini cake (that happens to have a hole in the middle) with chocolate frosting?  And, that is exactly what I did. (Insert pat on back.)

This is also a great recipe to get the kids involved in.  They can help mix the batter and pipe into the pan and, while the donuts bake, put a whole bunch of toppings out and let them have at it!  Just don’t forget the sprinkles…because everything tastes better with sprinkles!

Baked Donuts

Ingredients

2 cups cake flour, sifted
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
dash of cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
1 ¼ cup buttermilk or milk with a teaspoon of vinegar, PRESTO, you got yourself some buttermilk)
2 tablespoons melted butter

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease up the donut pan with some butter.

Sift all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  Make a well in the middle and add all the wet ingredients.  Mix until incorporated.

Pipe into greased donut pan.  Bake in the center of the oven for 15 minutes, rotating pan half way through.

Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes in pan before removing.

Add toppings and enjoy!

Suggested Toppings:

Chocolate Frosting

½ cup chocolate
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons corn syrup (optional but creates that bakery shine)

Melt chocolate, butter, and corn syrup in bowl over a water bath.  Place each donut in to cover top.  Allow to air dry before wolfing them down!

Cinnamon Sugar

½ stick butter, melted
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Combine sugar and cinnamon in shallow bowl.
Melt butter in a shallow bowl.  Quickly place donut top in.   Then place in sugar mixture and allow to air dry.

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