Who doesn’t love glazed donuts, right? They’re adorable and they taste amazing! What’s not to love? Okay, if I’m being honest, I prefer fried donuts, but we can’t all afford to eat fried foods every day. That’s why today I decided to try a healthier option: baked donuts. And I will say this much: I did not regret it. 🙂
Now while I do have my own amazing recipe for fried donuts, I can’t say the same for baked donuts. I’d never made them before, so I had to find a recipe online. I started with enough dough to make 18 donuts (about three batches). The first batch ended up burning because the recipe I found said to bake them at 425°F for 10 minutes. Needless to say, I didn’t make that mistake again.
For the next two batches, I lowered the temperature to 400°F and the baking time to 6 minutes. These turned out to be the perfect adjustments: the donuts came out light and fluffy. They did have a cakey texture to them, but maybe all baked donuts do. I wouldn’t know; I’m not exactly a donut-baking expert, but I sure now how to decorate them 😀
What first inspired me to bake these donuts was a bucket of flowers I bought at Walmart this morning. 🙂 Most people buy flowers to decorate their home, to plant them, water them, and take care of them. Me? I buy flowers to decorate desserts: cakes, tarts, donuts, you name it. I know, it’s not exactly a normal use for flowers, but they do make my desserts look extra pretty!
The real “fun” started during the donut photoshoot. I was all in my element: perfect spot, perfect angle, perfect lighting. Then, as I was taking the pictures, I heard a chewing noise a few meters away. I turned around and there he was: a big raccoon, just standing there staring at me. After a few minutes, he started to approach me, and I got so scared that I climbed the fence! This was no small feat, mind you: there’s a lake with crocodiles on the other side!
So there I am, literally laying on the fence, while a raccoon is standing on his hind legs and trying to jump on me! He must have smelled the donuts and wanted a bite. I must admit, although many people have enjoyed my desserts, it was the first time they actually attracted wildlife. I guess the donuts were really that good:D!
It took about three minutes of me screaming (which felt like an eternity) for the raccoon to finally run away. I later saw him again from the house, returning to the same spot a couple more times in search of the donuts that were already long gone. Next time I’ll be sure to make extra donuts for my new friend! 😀
I know that was a long story; I just really needed to share it with you. Made you smile, didn’t it? 🙂
But anyway, I know you’re not here to read stories about hungry raccoons; you want the recipe for my amazing glazed baked donuts! Here’s the recipe I used to make that perfect batch:
• 4 tablespoons melted butter
• 1/4 cup vegetable oil
• 1 cup packed brown sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2 2/3 cups flour
• 1 cup milk
– Preheat the oven to 400°F.
– Mix the butter, oil, and sugar.
– Add the eggs, beating well after each addition.
– Add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and vanilla.
– Add half of the flour. Mix by hand until combined.
– Add milk. Mix until combined, then add the rest of the flour. Mix until everything is incorporated. Don’t overmix.
– Put the dough in a pastry bag and fill your donut pan. Feel free to fill each space entirely, but don’t overfill them.
– Bake the donuts for 6–7 minutes.
• 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
• 1 tablespoon corn syrup
• 1 tablespoon melted butter
• 2–3 teaspoons milk
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
– Combine all the ingredients and mix well.
– Check the consistency: if it’s too stiff, add more milk; if it’s runny, add more powdered sugar.
Enjoy these delicious baked donuts! Just be careful not to attract any raccoons with them! 😉