Friday, August 19, 2011

Baked Doughnuts


These doughnuts were a long time in the making. It all started with a doughnut pan. I've been wanting to make doughnuts for a while, but the prospect of frying them tempered my enthusiasm. I don't like working with hot oil and avoid it whenever possible. So, when I came across a pan that would allow me to bake doughnuts in the oven and bypass the fryer, I couldn't resist.

Once I had the pan, I had to track down a good recipe, and that became the challenge. There just aren't a wealth of recipes out there for baked doughnuts. I tried out several of the ones I could find, but all of them flopped. For some of them, the problem was with the taste. For others, it was the texture. Finally, I decided to try the recipe that came with the pan. Normally, I don't put too much stock in manufacturer-provided recipes, but this time, it proved to be a home run.

These Baked Doughnuts have the prefect texture for a cake doughnut. The cinnamon and nutmeg give them a great flavor. And even though finding the right recipe proved tricky, the actual process of making these doughnuts is quick and fun. Just mix together ingredients, fill your pan, and bake.


BAKED DOUGHNUTS

2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
3/4 milk
2 eggs, beaten
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp shortening
1 c. powdered sugar
2 tbsp hot water

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lightly coat doughnut pan with a non-stick spray.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Add in milk, eggs, vanilla, and shortening. With an electric mixer on low speed, beat until well combined. Spoon batter into wells of doughnut pan, filling each 3/4 of the way. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool in pan for a few minutes and then move doughnuts to a cooling rack.

3. In a shallow dish, whisk together powdered sugar and hot water. Dip doughnuts in glaze and place back on the cooling rack. Allow to glaze to dry and then store in an air-tight container. Makes 10-12 doughnuts.

26 comments:

  1. There is nothing I love more than a homemade fried donut... either cake or raised. I've yet to try a healthier alternative. I WILL have to try this recipe to see if I can by pass some calories with from the frying process!

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  2. Now I'm regretting I didn't order a donut pan with my King Arthur loot yesterday...these look marvelous!

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  3. Thanks for sharing this! I, too, purchased a donut pan a while back and haven't gotten around to trying it. I believe I will now!

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  4. These looks so good! I love baked cake donuts! I'm your newest follower.

    http://pinchofthisthatandtheother.blogspot.com

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  5. I have a new doughnut pan myself so I've been looking for some doughnut recipes. These look delicious. I'll definitely add them to my to-do list. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  6. Darn i had 2 donut pans and never used them i just gave them away

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  7. Awesome! I've wanted to try a way to bake them. I'll have to go find a pan..thanks for sharing

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  8. I have been meaning to make doughnuts, it is on my list of things to create yet. I am tempted everytime I see the doughnut pans! :)

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  9. I'm commenting today,although the subject was a few days ago, hoping you'll see it. It's about the dip recipe. In Canada, you see, Rotel is not available. But, on a recent trip to Michigan, I bought two! tins. Oh, how I wish I had filled the car!. The United States of America has the best groceries and laundry products. I bought 9 bottles of Niagara spray starch for example, I love it so much. Sooo, with a baby shower yesterday for my middle daughter I paid $9.00 (???) for a pound of Velveeta and made the dip in a small crockpot. Let me tell you, every fatty molecule of that super-healthy dip was licked out of the pot! People just could not help themselves! I was trying to pack up at the end of the day and there was one tiny girl who would have cut me, had I taken the crockpot away too soon. Thanks . Everyone wants this again.

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  10. Oh my gosh those look and sound wonderful. I hate to say but I didn't know that there was such a thing as a doughnut pan. Eureeka!!! I need one!

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  11. This is tempting me! I always want to make doughnuts but they're so unhealthy. Baked would be so much better! Thanks for sharing : )

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  12. You may have just convinced me to get a doughnut pan! Your recipe is now pinned and waiting for a reason to make them...thanks so much!

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  13. These look lovely. Unfortunately a doughnut pan is impossible to find so I guess I'll have to covert them into muffins and try them out!

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  14. I really need to get one of those pans-your donuts look delicious!

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  15. Darn it! Why don't I own doughnut pans? WHY??? Life is so unfair.

    They look amazing. :) Have you experimented with any other flavor/glaze combos?

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  16. Oh my, now I "need" a donut pan!!! They sound so good!!!

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  17. I can't wait to try these! Thanks for sharing this recipe at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope to see you again next week.

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  18. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I am trying these. My daughter will love them. Come over and visit us. We have a wonderful chicken and dumpling recipe today.

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  19. Those look wonderful! I've been wanting to try baked donuts. Found you over at Feeding Four. Have a wonderful day!
    ~Amy

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  20. Mmm, I hope you had a few of those for breakfast. Thanks for linking up to Sweets for a Saturday. You made the #2 spot with this one!!!

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  21. Abby these are wonderful doughnuts that we would really enjoy. We will be trying these very soon. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  22. I don't have a donut baking pan, but these sure look good.

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  23. Happy Monday! I wanted to thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at Recipe Sharing Monday. The new party is now up and I'd love for you to link up again :)

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  24. My husband is a native of New Orleans and frequently laments the passing of MacKenzie's Donuts (which was also a baked donut). I'll have to give these a whirl for him. :) Where did you find your donut pan?

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