If you grew up similar to me, then you grew up on cinnamon sugar toast on Saturday mornings after watching cartoons while your parents slept. Man, I still love it today even in my 40s. This morning, I woke up and decided to make doughnuts! However, I was out of regular all purpose flour AND out of confectionary sugar. Some recipes called for bread flour but then frying the doughnuts. I didn’t want to deal with hot oil today.
Disclaimer: I have never made doughnuts, but I did recently buy a doughnut baking pan on a whim. So that must mean I am qualified.
So hopefully, if you are a doughnut newbie like myself, this post will help you out. I found a great recipe and had to tweak it due to my lack of readiness and my desire to not have a dozen doughnuts to add to my hips! Once you hit 40, it really does happen. So anyways, here is what I came up with. If you make doughnuts soon, please comment and let me know. Or if you have a better recipe, please share it! I am so excited to try more delicious recipes soon!
- 1 cup bread flour (it was more chewy than I wanted…next time I will use all purpose flour)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 egg (yeah this was difficult to do halvsies with! haha!)
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Ingredients for the topping:
- 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray doughnut pan with flour/oil mixture or if you are like me and don’t have that handy: spray the pan with Pam then sprinkle flour on it.
- Stir the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together in a big bowl.
- In a small bowl, whisk the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla together.
- Stir the wet with dry ingredients until just combined.
- Spoon the batter into the doughnut baking pan. Put just a little more than 3/4 because I didn’t and the doughnuts ended up not as round as I would want. You live and learn.
- Bake for 17 minutes.
- Let cool for 5 minutes. While cooling get a bowl for the 2 tablespoons of melted butter and another bowl to mix together the cinnamon and sugar topping.
- Tap the doughnuts out onto a sheet pan.
- Brush melted butter on the doughnuts. Or you can dip the doughnuts in more melted butter for a really buttery/sugary doughnut.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on top.
You might want to add more cinnamon sugar if you want it really sugary. I didn’t; however then my son refused to finish the doughnut. Yes, you read that right! Crazy world we live in. 🙂