Baked Doughnuts II

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Baked DoughnutsWhen I went to Wilton tent sale, the item I was most excited about was the baked doughnut pan. I had made baked doughnuts in the past, but used a recipe where I had to punch out the doughnuts using two different sized cookie cutters. They were a lot of work, and these pans seemed like an easy workaround!

The pans lived up to my expectations and made the doughnuts much easier to make. But while they look super cute, they aren’t very good. In fact, they’re bland, spongy, and just all around eh. Usually when I bring stuff into work, people are constantly saying how good the treat is. With these, everyone said they looked really good. That’s a bad sign!

2 cups cake flour, sifted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (I omitted this)
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp butter, melted

Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray the doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Sift together cake flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk in buttermilk, eggs, and butter and beat until just combined. Fill each doughnut cup until about 2/3 full. (Use a pastry bag if you have one; I wish I had made my life easier.)

Bake 7-9 minutes, or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched. Cool in pan for about 4-5 minutes before removing from pan. Complete donuts with either a dusting of powdered sugar, glaze, or cinnamon-sugar topping.

Glaze Ingredients
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons corn syrup
2-3 teaspoons hot water

Glaze Preparation
Microwave on 50% power for about 1 minute, stirring in-between, until melted. Stir in 1 teaspoon hot water until the glaze has thickened. Add another teaspoon hot water if the glaze is too thick.

Recipes from Wilton doughnut pan packaging.


6 Responses to “Baked Doughnuts II”

    Seanna Lea on 1 June 29th, 2011 8:37 am

    Do you think this is worth is as far as specialty pans go? I find that I have a lot of them, so it is something I really need to think about before getting another one.

    paula on 2 June 29th, 2011 11:06 am

    I have a couple of these pans, regular and mini-size. They are cute but baked donuts always seem to be a disappointment. Let’s face it donuts are so good because they are so bad LOL. Baked donuts are like baked potato chips. They can still be okay but they certainly aren’t on the same level as regular fried potato chips.

    Hilary on 3 June 29th, 2011 11:26 am

    @Seanna Lea – I think they’re convenient to have if you make a lot of doughnuts. I’ve never been a huge doughnut person though, and if I wasn’t at the tent sale I’m not sure if I would have purchased them.

    Katie on 4 July 2nd, 2011 6:19 pm

    I didn’t even realize there were doughnut plans! What a great way to save yourself a little time!

    lg on 5 July 20th, 2011 6:51 pm

    I was very disappointed with the doughnuts because they didn’t brown on top. The flavoring was no problem. I simply added cinnamon to taste. Any suggestions on how to get them to brown without drying them out?

    Amy Talley-Klotz on 6 August 14th, 2011 9:28 pm

    I just found your blof via @triplerr! I’m an amature baker too! I was given a donut pan by my MIL and ALMOST gave it away. However, I made a trip to BabyCakes in L.A., tried one of their baked donuts and was a changed woman. Baked donuts are now my favorite thing to make. Why? They are crunchy, fluffy, I can make a small batch & I can put any kind of topping I want on them, even more than one kind in one batch of donuts! This is the best recipe I have found: We love these suckers! Covered in a quick ganache, simple glaze, cinnamon & sugar…oh and lots of sprinkles!

    I also have a chocolate donut recipe I’m dying to try:
    Anyway, try that first recipe & let me know what you think!
    PS I bought the mini donut pan and hated it until I read that I should pipe the dough into the pan & now piping is my favorite method of putting the dough into either pan, creates a nice, rounded top.