Monday, April 2, 2012

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

Oh hey. Hello Internet. My name is Annie. Aaanndd, I live in a city. And I like to bake in my city kitchen. Any questions? Just ask!

But let's talk about food. Maybe some Cinnamon Sugar Donuts? If you're anything like me, then you sound pretty great but it also means dipping something in butter and then rolling it in Cinnamon Sugar really brightens your day. So good news! You can do that with these donuts!

Or you can cover them in a chocolate ganache. And sprinkles. Or crushed peanuts. Or toasted coconut. Think of them as a blank canvas. The good news is- they're baked! Not fried. So they're practically health food. You can run a 5k after one of these babies (I don't recommend it). But you will need one important thing to make these.

This adorable donut pan! Your kitchen shouldn't be without one. Ya know, for emergency donut reasons.

So eat one (or three) and then deliver these lovelies to friends. They'll carry you atop their shoulders and sing your praises. Or just give you a high five and say "Thanks, I'm gonna go run a 5k now."

Here's the recipe!

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts (yields 10-12 donuts)

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp melted butter, cooled slightly

6 Tbsp butter, melted
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and lightly spray your pan. Remember to re-spray the pan after each use.

1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Whisk until blended.
2. In a separate bowl, combine buttermilk, eggs, vanilla extract and melted butter until well blended.
3. Slowly combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, being careful not to overmix. The batter will be lumpy.
4. Fill donut pans about 3/4 full and bake 8-10 minutes, rotating the pan half-way through baking. Donuts will remain pale (see picture above) and spring back when touched. A toothpick test should produce a few crumbs.
5. Allow donuts to cool 1-2 minutes in the pan before removing. While cooling, put 6 Tbsp melted butter in one bowl and your cinnamon sugar mixture in another. Then thoroughly coat each donut in melted butter (I dunked it in the bowl) and then directly in the cinnamon sugar (dunked again). Do this to achieve as much or as little cinnamon and sugar as you'd like.
6. Allow to rest a few minutes on a rack and then dig in!

Recipe adapted from All Recipes .

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