Thursday, March 30, 2023

Easter Fun...Featuring Bunny-Approved Baked Easter Doughnuts #easterbaking #bakednotfried #doughnuts

It's almost time for Easter! Today, I'm sharing a recipe for baked doughnuts that are decorated to look like colorful Easter eggs. My Bunny-Approved Baked Easter Doughnuts would make a perfect addition to your Easter breakfast table -- such a festive and special treat! They're buttermilk cake doughnuts similar in texture to a muffin, and they're baked instead of fried. They bake in about 10 minutes -- which gives you just enough time to whip up the glaze and assemble your colorful toppings. Feel free to tint the glaze if you want, but I stuck with white since I was used colorful Easter and Spring-colored sprinkles. Decorating these doughnuts is a bit like coloring Easter eggs -- only you'll have half a dozen delicious doughnuts to enjoy when you're done. I made two minor tweaks to a simple baked doughnut recipe from Sur le Table. I subbed cinnamon for the nutmeg called for, and I added vanilla extract with the wet ingredients. Feel free to double the recipe if you want to make a dozen doughnuts -- you'll have plenty of glaze!

If you're watching your carbs like I do nowadays, I'm also providing directions to make a sugar-free version of both the doughnuts and the glaze! 

Bunny-Approved Baked Easter Doughnuts
adapted from Sur le Table 
Ingredients (makes 6 doughnuts):
  • 1 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar OR Whole Earth Granulated Allulose Baking Blend
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 1.5 TBS melted butter
  • 1 TBS vanilla extract
For the glaze:
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar OR Whole Earth Granulated Allulose Baking Blend
For garnish: Easter sugars and sprinkles

Step 1: Preheat oven to 425 ℉. Spray a six-well doughnut pan with non-stick spray. Set aside while you assemble the batter. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cake flour, sugar/sweetener, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add the egg, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir just until combined.
Step 2: Fill each well of the doughnut pan 2/3 full. A pastry bag or plastic zip bag with the corner snipped makes this pretty easy, since it's a thick batter. Bake doughnuts for 4-6 minutes, until the top springs back when touched. Let cooked doughnuts cool for a couple of minutes, then remove from pan. They should release easily without sticking.
Step 3: Make the glaze by combining the milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar/sweetener in a saucepan over med-high heat. Whisk until everything is combined and has a nice dipping consistency. Dip the round tops of each baked doughnut in the icing, letting any excess drip back into the pan. Place on parchment and quickly decorate with sprinkles and sugars before the glaze sets.
Step 4: Let the doughnuts cool for about 5 minutes. This will give the icing time to set and allow the sprinkles to adhere firmly. Your patience will be rewarded with six adorable, tasty doughnuts that the Easter Bunny would be proud of!
These doughnuts are as tasty as they are cute! They bake up moist and light thanks to the buttermilk, and the glaze is the perfect consistency to cover the tops without running down the sides. If you have little ones, they'd have a blast decorating these festive doughnuts. Heck, I'm a big kid, and I had a blast!

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