Who doesn’t like cinnamon rolls? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could get that great taste at home in 30 minutes with a healthier low fat baked doughnut? Yep, you can.
Baked doughnuts have several advantages for home: less mess, no hot oil to keep at 350 degrees, easy mixing in a bowl and only 30 minutes so you can do them quickly in the morning. All these are good, but the doctor in me must go to the fat and calories.
Compared to a Dunkin’ Donuts’ Glazed cake doughnut
Calories: Dunkin’ 360 Mine 150 for the doughnut and 45 for the frosting (probably a little less) for a total of 195. Fat: Dunkin’ 22 gms. and mine only 3.5 gms.
The easiest 5 in a long time. A high 5.
I love a good toy, and I love a good doughnut, so it was only a matter of time before the Wilton Nonstick 6-Cavity Donut Pan made it to my kitchen. But it has taken 4-5 tries to get this right. First I though the company would know their product. So a simple cake doughnut following the included instructions. Taste good (all round sugary things taste good) but the bottom of the doughnut was dark brown and top pale. Then several other recipes. Temperatures were 350, 400 and 425 again. But the right temperature is…. 325 for 11 to 12 minutes. Not even close to the company recommendation.
I don’t have a particular “inspired by” since I have read so many recipes. They just all came together plus I simplified the ingredients commonly used to what I have all the time. I want to wake up and decide to do this without planning. I keep powder buttermilk on hand, it needs to be refrigerated but comes in handy. You can use normal milk and add a tsp of lemon juice or vinegar to a cup of milk as a substitute for buttermilk.
Next up, all time breakfast of champions, the chocolate covered chocolate doughnut (the family knows ).
Preheat oven to 325, not convection. (salt is missing from picture)
Mix dry ingredients. 1 cup AP flour, 1/3 cup brown sugar, one t baking powder, 1/2 t cinnamon, 1/2 tsp salt.
In another bowl mix 1/2 cup buttermilk, one egg, 1/2 t vanilla and 1 T melted butter.
Mix wet into dry. Mix until combined well but do not over mix.
A heavy coat of PAM on the doughnut pan with extra on the center posts.
Divide the dough equally into the doughnut holes. Just dump onto the center post and the spread into the hole. They will smooth out during cooking.
Bake for 11-12 minutes until nicely golden. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before moving to cooling rack.
While doughnuts are cooling, mix the frosting.
Soften 2 T of cream cheese in a mixing bowl for about 10 seconds in a microwave. I used 1/3 less low fat.
Add 1/2 cup powder sugar, 1/2 t vanilla and one t milk.
Mix the frosting and add more milk 1/2 t at a time to get the right consistency. I only need a total of 1/2 tsp more (1 1/2 tsp total of milk)
Dip the doughnut into the frosting.
Swirl the doughnut in the frosting.
June 2, 2016