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Monday, October 17, 2011

Baked Vanilla Doughnuts: Secret Recipe Club

This is my fourth post for Secret Recipe Club and I'm so excited to share it with you all!  Every month a part of being in Secret Recipe Club is to go around and read the other posts written and revealed on the same day in your group.  Every time I've been to this blogger's site I've thought, "Man, it would be neat to get her blog sometime!"  Then this month, I did!  For October I was assigned the blog Fake Ginger.  I've enjoyed this blog for quite some time now, and I actually already had a few connections to it already -- she's a fake ginger, I'm a real ginger; and about this time last year I was the winner of one of her awesome giveaways!  So it was fun to get assigned her blog after reading it for awhile and even participating on it as well.

I was especially excited to see that she had some posts about baked doughnuts.  I had been seeing baked doughnuts popping up all over the blog world in the last few months and I've been wanting to make some for myself.  The only problem was that I needed a doughnut pan.  Since we live near a Williams-Sonoma outlet, I tend to wait for things like this to show up there so I can get them at a discounted price.  I've been stalking the shelves and a doughnut pan hadn't yet arrived.  But, I was at another fantastic kitchen supply store -- Sur La Table and found a doughnut pan on sale for 3.99.  It was the long, cruller shape and not the typical round but I figured for 3.99 it's worth a try!

So I had the doughnut pan, all I needed was the recipe.  A few days later I got my Secret Recipe Club assignment and was thrilled to find baked doughnuts on Amanda's page.  I let Zach chose the flavor -- he picked vanilla with vanilla glaze, but if it were up to me I would have made her Peanut Butter Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze recipe.  We had these for a lazy Sunday breakfast and they were amazing.  Nice and tender, great vanilla flavor and super delicious.  I love having them warm form the oven when the glaze soaks in a bit and makes them extra moist and sweet.  The only change I really made was to double the cinnamon since I love cinnamon.  Other than that it was great as is!

Baked Vanilla Doughnuts
makes 3 cruller-shaped doughnuts (or 6 round)


For doughnuts:
1 cup flour
6 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon butter, melted

For glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 – 2 teaspoons half and half
sprinkles (Sprinkles!  Who doesn't love a recipe that calls for sprinkles?!?)

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  Spray your doughnut pan with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  Stir until combined.
  • In a small bowl whisk buttermilk, egg, vanilla and butter until combined.  Pour buttermilk mixture into flour mixture and stir until just combined.  
  • Portion batter into doughnut pan (3 crullers or 6 round doughnuts).  Bake 8-10 minutes for round doughnuts or 20-25 minutes for the larger/thicker cruller shape.  They should spring back when touched.  Let cool for 5 minutes in pan before removing.
  • While doughnuts cool, make the glaze.  Combine powdered sugar, vanilla and 1 teaspoon half and half, stirring and adding half and half as needed to achieve the right consistency.  
  • Remove doughnuts from pan, top with glaze and sprinkles and serve.

Check out the other recipes and blogs that are a part of this week's Secret Recipe Club reveal day!


amanda @ fake ginger said...

Yaaaay! I'm so glad you made (and enjoyed) the doughnuts! I saw that pan on sale at Sur la Table and had to talk myself out of it. So stinkin' cute!

Trisha said...

What a lovely way to start the day, great pick!

Jeanette said...

Love the shape your your cruller doughnuts - nice choice for SRC!

BigFatBaker said...

Yum what a delicious way to make a little bit healthier of a donut! Sounds like a really good way to start the day too ;) Thanks for sharing!

Erin said...

Oh my heck! Fantastic! I wish I had these right now!!!

Jessica @Sunny Side Up said...

That looks just about perfect! Yum!!

Miz Helen said...

Sure wish I had one of your wonderful Baked Vanilla Doughnuts right now! Thanks for sharing and it is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
Miz Helen
Southwest Chicken and Potato Soup

Anonymous said...

Looks great.

Nicole, RD said...

Those look amazing! I hope mine come out that perfectly pretty!

Louisa [Living Lou] said...

Wow I wish I lived near a William Sonoma outlet... that must be heaven! These look really tasty, baked doughnuts have been popping up all over the blogging world lately :) Great choice!

Gloria said...

Look delicious!! gloria

Angie {Successful2gether} said...

mmmmmmmmmm ;) yummy. the sprinkles top it off perfectly!

Kristen said...

I am so envious that you live near outlets like that. What a deal on that pan and what a great looking donut. If you hadn't said it was baked, I'd have thought it was a regular fried variety. Great job!!

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of being able to bake the doughnuts! Now I need a pan :)

SnoWhite said...

These look really good -- I love baked doughnuts. We recently made apple cider doughnut holes, but they would be great in that doughnut pan too :)

Melanie said...

I had no idea baked doughnuts could be so uncomplicated to make! If only we weren't attempting to eat healthy right now...

Foodiva said...

I absolutely love the shape of your donuts and what a bargain you got for that pan! I really like Amanda's blog too, and find it amusing to learn all about your fake and real ginger hair colors! LOL.

Amy said...

What a STEAL on that pan! Wow. I have a doughnut cookbook, but no donut pan to go with it. Gonna have to keep my eye out now that I have a delicious-looking recipe to add to the list!

Amy @ A Little Nosh

Lisa~~ said...

Totally impressed with your gorgeous doughnut!

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my group "A" SRC recipe this month: Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

Cook Lisa Cook

Allison said...

Those look better then a doughnut shop. You really out did yourself. YUM!

Jenny @ Savour the Senses said...

I have never made doughnuts before but yours look like ones I would buy from a doughnut shop! Good job!

Julie said...

Those look yummy! Beautiful, too.


I've only made doughnuts once but it may just be time to do it again! These look delicious! :-) Pinning NOW!

Thanks for being a part of the SRC, Group B, I love being your host (new assignments coming soon)! My recipe was for Frozen Breakfast Burritos. Check it out if you haven't had the chance already, I know I am a few days behind (sorry!)

Vivian - Let's Try These... said...

I love the sprinkles! Thanks for sharing!

Heather said...

yeah! Baked not fried doughnuts, as I'm always looking for the "healthier" version. :) If we can call doughnuts "healthier" hehe.. they look adorable. Thanks for being part of the SRC with us all!


I don't have a doughnut pan either. I thought I had every pan I knew of...haha. Stopping by from SRC...slowly. Delicious looking recipe!

Pretend Chef said...

I need to get a doughnut pan now. These doughnuts look amazing. Great SRC pick! Yummy!