Doughnuts Donuts Doh-nuts!

Back from vacation and with the kids going back to camp, I wondered what to make to pack for snack time….and then remembered that I had picked up a donut baking pan at Whisk NYC!

There’s a nifty recipe for Baked Buttermilk Donuts on the Nordic Ware packaging, but I couldn’t leave well enough alone so I tweaked it slightly. And I’m sure I’ll mess around with it some more when I make it again, and nab a second pan. The recipe makes 12 donuts or doughnuts whichever way you prefer to spell it, it all goes down the same hatch!

Baked Buttermilk Donuts

makes 12 full-size donuts (24 minis)

2 cups cake flour, sifted

3/4 cups granulated sugar

2 tsp baking powder

pinch of ground nutmeg

pinch of cinnamon

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup buttermilk

3 small/medium eggs, beaten

3 Tbsp melted butter

1 tsp vanilla

Equipment: donut baking pan (best with 2 pans), non-stick cooking spray, baking rack

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray (olive oil).
  2. Sift flour, baking power, sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  3. Melt butter in microwave (30-40 seconds).
  4. Stir eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl.
  5. Add dry ingredients and mix.  Add melted butter and stir until just combined.
  6. Fill each well about 2/3 full, and no more than 3/4 full to prevent overflow.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until top of donuts spring back upon touch.
  8. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, invert onto cooling rack.
  9. Make glaze and decorate, or add powdered sugar.

Doh-Nut Tip: If you did what I did and overfilled each well, no problem! After baking the cooling the cakes, just “pop” out the donut holes with your thumb and you now have a perfectly shaped dough-nut!

Vanilla Glaze

Start with a ridiculous amount of confectioners sugar, in a bowl (about 1 1/2 – 2 cups), then add the teensiest tiny amount of liquid (2-3 Tbsp). I happened to have an opened carton of heavy cream. Add 1/2 tsp vanilla and then using a fork, stir vigorously until combined. Taste and adjust, adding more liquid (other liquid substitutes can be milk, lemon juice, or water). Voila, you have one minute vanilla glaze!