Thursday, August 14, 2014

Homemade Baked Doughnuts, a collection of my favorite recipes.

When I was little, my Grandmother made , what she called "Fried Cakes". I loved them and she knew it. She made them whenever I visited my Grandparents. To this day, it's the only Doughnut that I eat.

As I get older, I try to avoid fried food. I decided to experiment with Baked Doughnuts, because of the childhood memory and that fondness of the Fried Cake.

I bought a mini doughnut pan at Christmas, to experiment with various Baked Doughnuts.
I learned a few things.
Nothing compares to the Fried Cakes that my Grandmother made. that's certain. I also learned that I didn't like any of the Doughnuts that I baked and I decided that the Mini Pan had to go, in favor of a full sized Doughnut Pan.

Here's my recipe for a basic Baked Doughnut in a full sized pan.

2C Flour
3/4 C Sugar
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Salt
3/4 C Buttermilk
2 Eggs, beaten
2 tsp Vanilla
2 TBS Butter, melted

In a bowl, sift & combine:
Baking Powder

I another bowl combine:
Melted Butter

Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well

Spray the doughnut pan with a vegetable spray.
Fill 3/4's full with the batter
Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes
Cool pan completely and move doughnuts to a rack to cool

You can dip them in additional melted butter and then a combination of Cinnamon/Sugar , Dust with Powdered Sugar , Top with Lemon Curd, Jam, or enjoy them plain with a glass of Milk.

Bisquick or Krusteaz Baked Doughnuts:
These were made in a Full Sized Doughnut Pan.
For a Mini Doughnut Pan, fill the wells with 1 TBS of Batter and Bake for about 6 - 8 minutes.

I made this recipe this morning:
2 C of Bisquick or Krusteaz
2 TBS sugar
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2/3 C milk
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
Mix well, spoon 2 TBS into each well that have been sprayed with a cooking spray.
Bake at 425 degrees for 8 minutes.

Here's a Glaze for these doughnuts:
1/2 C Powdered Sugar
1 TBS Whole Milk
1/2 tsp Vanilla
Whisk together in a small bowl until smooth.
Dip the tops of the doughnuts in the glaze.

I did not Glaze these Doughnuts. We ate them with various Jams, Nutella and Chocolate Syrup

Peace in the Kitchen!

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts:

Non Stick Vegetable Spray

3/4 C Flour
1/4 C + 2 TBS Sugar
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 C Apple Cider
1 Egg
2 TBS Milk
1 TBS Vegetable Oil
1/4 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Vinegar

Spray a 6 count Doughnut Pan

Bowl #1
1/4 C Sugar
Baking Powder
Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Whisk Well

Bowl #2
Apple Cider
Vegetable Oil
Whisk Well

Pour wet ingredients into Dry
Gently Combine, don't overmix
( Optional, add 1/2 C finely chopped dried apples to the batter) Fold by hand .

Evenly distribute batter in the pan
Bake 8 - 10 minutes at 375 degrees
Toothpick will come out clean

Four  options to top the Doughnuts:

Option #1:
Cinnamon /Sugar
2 TBS Sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Dip Warm Doughnuts in the mixture .

Option #2
Apple Cider Glaze:
1 C Apple Cider
2 C Powdered Sugar
1 TBS Light Corn Syrup

Boil Apple Cider and reduce by half, about 7 - 10 minutes
Put Sugar in a bowl
Whisk in Cider and Corn Syrup
Drizzle over warm Doughnuts.

Options #3
Chocolate Glaze:
1/2 C butter  (1 stick)
1/4 C whole milk
1 TBS light corn syrup
2 tsp vanilla
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 C confectioner's sugar

In a saucepan, over medium heat:
Whisk Well

Add chocolate and whisk until chocolate has completely melted

Turn off heat and whisk in sugar until smooth. Glaze the doughnuts immediately
To keep the glaze liquid, place the glaze over a pan of warm water while glazing the doughnuts

Allow Glaze to set 30 minutes before serving.

Powdered sugar glaze:

1/2 C powdered sugar
1 TBS milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
Whisk until smooth
Dip the tops of the doughnuts in the glaze.

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Apple Cider Doughnuts #2

Here's what you'll need:
1- 6 count Doughnut Pan
Vegetable Cooking Spray
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

3/4 C Flour
1/4 C Granulated Sugar + 2 TBS
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Cinnamon, divided
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 C Apple Cider
1 large Egg
2 TBS whole Milk
1 TBS Vegetable Oil
1/4 tsp Vanilla
1/4 tsp Vinegar

Spray the doughnut pan with vegetable cooking spray.
In a large mixing bowl:
1/4 C Sugar
Baking Powder
Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Whisk well

In another mixing bowl:
Apple Cider
Whisk well

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and gently fold by hand.
I place the batter in a squeeze bottle at this stage to evenly distribute the batter among the wells in the pan.
Bake for 8 - 10 minutes.
A toothpick in the center should come out clean.
Remove the pan and transfer the doughnuts to a rack placed on a clean sheet pan.

In a small bowl:
2 TBS Sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
Whisk well.

While the doughnuts are still warm, dip them in the Sugar/Cinnamon and coat well.

Peace in the Kitchen!

I know that many of my recipes are not the healthiest, but they sure are delicious. Maybe all things in moderation!
I have given up a lot of fried foods including fried doughnuts. I previously posted a recipe for Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts that are tasty . Here's a good recipe for Chocolate Baked Doughnuts. You can use any flavor of Cake Mix and any flavor of Frosting....... Strawberry/Strawberry ? Lemon/Lemon ? German Chocolate? German Chocolate... with a bit of Coconut after the Glaze.... The combinations are endless!

3/4 C Super Moist Devil's Food Cake Mix ( or use any flavor combination of Cake Mix and Frosting)
1 C Bisquick Mix
1/4 C Sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 C Milk
2 Eggs, beaten

2 Doughnut pans sprayed with a Vegetable Spray

Glaze..... sorry, I had to include this! So these aren't looking too healthy either, but just keep thinking about the flavor!
1/2 C Chocolate Frosting....... Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy.... and delicious, remember?
1 TBS + 1 tsp water........ the healthy part! We all need more water!

In a bowl:
Mix all dry ingredients
Blend in wet ingredients
Mix well

Fill wells 3/4 full
Bake at 325 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes
Cool in pan 10 minutes
Remove Doughnuts to a wire rack and cool completely

In a bowl:
Simple mix Frosting and water until smooth
Dip Doughnuts in the glaze.

Peace in the Kitchen!

I previously posted recipes for baked doughnuts, you can search them.
Here's one for Halloween or Thanksgiving.
This recipe comes from Duncan Hines.

1 C canned Pumpkin (Not Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin)
1 box of Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix (1 package if there are 2 in the box)
2 Eggs
1 C cold Water

1/4 C warm Water
3 TBS Lemon Juice
1/4 C Confectioner's Sugar

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
Spray Doughnut Pans with vegetable cooking spray

Combine the first 4 ingredients
Mix Well

Evenly fill the well of the pan (this recipe makes 24 doughnuts)
Bake for 16 minutes
Remove from oven
Cool in the pan for 2 minutes
Remove the doughnuts to a wire rack to cool completely

Mix glaze ingredients until thickened
Dip one side of each doughnut into the glaze.
Place doughnuts on a wire cooling until set, about 15 minutes
Dust with additional confectioner's sugar to serve

Peace in the Kitchen!

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