Emily Cooks the Web:
Baked Donuts

Donuts1A friend of mine was recently giving away a few kitchen contraptions, including (drum roll please) a donut pan. Now, I have been prowling Pinterest for the last year searching for the perfect reason to make donuts (I know, I know. What possible reason could I need other than: Bite the bullet and make ’em!)

But deep frying things scares me. Not because of the fat content (that certainly doesn’t scare me. I still have one entire year left of my 20s!) Overall, the spattering of burning hot oil on my skin has kept me from proceeding towards a homemade donut adventure. This donut pan, however, was about to “bake” some dreams come true.

I come from the type of family where my mother has always been extremely healthy (packing a yogurt, an apple, and pretzels for her lunch with a glass of water.) My father, on the other hand, had our best childhood interests in mind. His personal motto for a special breakfast was “A donut a day keeps the doctor away.” Needless to say, we love donuts.

DonutsStep2So, I told my friend I was interested in said donut pan and she dropped it off in its original box on my porch. Immediately following work the next day, I got busy. I had most of what I needed already at home, but had to pick up some milk and shortening (I’m not scared of a little shortening to make things taste better!) Making the batter was so simple. It was almost like making a pancake batter. I mixed all the dry ingredients first, then added the wet ingredients and combined.

I filled each donut cup halfway with batter and put in a 400 degree oven for just 10 minutes! This was easier than I could have ever imagined! I let the little guys cool before popping them out onto a cooling rack, and meanwhile made the chocolate glaze. The chocolate glaze was just as simple, using ingredients I already had at home: cocoa powder, powdered sugar, corn syrup and hot water. I dipped my cooled donuts in the glaze, letting it drip off a little, and sprinkled fun little round sprinkles all over the top.

VOILA! A rich, fluffy, baked donut!

Donuts3Baked Vanilla Donuts (Donut Express recipe)
Yields 2-3 trays
2 cups flour
2 Tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon shortening
2 eggs

Preheat oven 400 degrees. Apply a small amount of butter or vegetable oil to donut cups and slightly rub over the area with a piece of cloth or a paper towel. In a large bowl sift flour, baking powder and salt. Mix in the rest of the ingredients until combined.

Fill pan cups 1/2 full and bake 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Allow the donuts to cool before you remove from tray. Let the donuts cool down before you apply the glaze.

For a finished look, decorate your donuts with sprinkles, glazes and icings.

You can view this recipe and more for donuts, glazes, and icings at recipelink.com/msgbrd/board_11/2005/SEP/6352.html