“Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!”
Yes I admit that I’m insanely mad over chocolates and desserts and cake. But never have been much into doughnuts. While a chocolate glazed doughnut and a coffee is a match made in heaven for most, It has never grabbed my fancy.Perhaps a Cruller with a coffee once in away at a Krispy Kreme or the neighbourhood Timmy’s and that was as much I would indulge in them. Just the thought of a fried dessert was good enough to put me off.
However I’ve often toyed with the idea of making some up for the family as my son, now a young adult loves doughnuts! My mum would make the fried mini ones when we were kids and sure I could borrow her recipe.But again her recipe called for the deep-fried version.Mind you we loved the ones she made for as kids.
Why cant one bake them instead, is something I’ve often wondered?
I had been looking for a recipe that called for Baked doughnuts for a long time now. Yes it’s a tough call these days, while I’m baking a lot more, it’s more important to make slightly wiser choices wherever possible.
I was overjoyed to come across this recipe on Joythebaker and have minimally adapted it from her’s. I must say it is brilliant recipe and so good that they are baked! The addition of the brown butter sauce takes the flavour of the doughnuts to a different level all together. I have used a non stick doughnut baking pan to make these,alternatively a muffin pan would work too.
What You Will Love About These Doughnuts
- They are baked and not fried
- Turn out super soft and delicious
- Not Much mixing required, in fact no need for the electric mixer, just mix with your spatula
- Dunked in your favorite chocolate glaze and look and taste so good.
- Brown butter flavour in the batter elevates flavors to another level
Are Doughnuts Healthy?
Well these are healthier than most other deep fried desserts as they are baked so go ahead and indulge in a couple of them.
What Toppings To Use For Baked Doughnuts?
We love variety of toppings for our doughnuts. While a classic chocolate dipped with sprinkle is our absolute favorite, you may choose to fill these doughnuts with various jams, custards, jellies etc.
What Equipment Is Needed To Make Baked Doughnuts?
Well a non-stick doughnut pan works really well, however you may even use a muffin pan
How Do These Baked Doughnuts Taste?
Now these have got to be the best ever Baked Doughnuts you could make up.These turn out moist and delicious as ever and quite frankly taste better than their fried counterpart.I was happy to have picked up my doughnut pan and put it to good use. I could just bite into a plain one without the glaze, but that’s just being me.However the dear son wanted some with the glaze. I’ve added a recipe for the Chocolate glaze, you may even want to drizzle them with a classic sugar glaze or dust them with some icing sugar or get adventurous and fill them with some jelly of custard cream.
These baked doughnuts were a super hit with the family. I can quite easily say that this is now my go-to recipe for baked doughnuts. These are perfect to bake up during the holidays with kids too! Dress them up in vibrant christmas coloured frosting and serve then with some hot chocolate and they work as a delicious treat.
Go ahead and bake some up today! Happy Festive Baking ya’ll.
Baked Doughnuts with Chocolate Glaze ( Makes 6 Doughnuts)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Dash of cinnamon powder (optional)
For the Chocolate Glaze:
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- pinch of salt
- 3 to 4 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and pre heat the oven to 175 C. Lightly grease a doughnut pan and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter. Butter will begin to crackle and pop as it melts. That’s the water melting out of the butter. Once the water has evaporated the butter will quiet down and begin to brown. Keep an eye on it, it browns quickly. The butter will begin to smell nutty. Remove from heat and immediately transfer browned butter (brown bits and all) to a small bowl.
- In a small bowl whisk together egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Measure out 2 tablespoons of browned butter and whisk into the wet ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients. Stir together until no flour bits remain and all of the ingredients are well combined. Try not to over mix the batter. That might create rubbery doughnuts.
- Use a small spoon to dollop batter into the prepared pan. Smooth out and fill each doughnut in the pan three-quarters full with batter.
- Place in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them and try not to over-bake them.
- Remove from the oven and allow cooling in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely
- Dip each doughnut into the chocolate glaze and then scatter the coloured sprinkles on top.
I’m not much of a doughnut fan myself, but love the idea of these baked ones. They look so tasty! 🙂
Thanks Ronit! Yes me too, not so crazy about them, until i discovered this recipe for baked ones which work really well:))
Donuts are my weakness. 😍🍃
Yess. These baked ones are awesome! And my son enjoyed them;))
Yum! I’ve been wanting to try making baked donuts–these look so good! Maybe that will be one of my New Year’s Resolutions! 🙂
Yes nancy these are delish! I hope you will bake then soon:))
They really look and sound good, especially with the chocolate glaze. I’m into baked when possible (I do love fried though). I follow Joy the Baker and have a couple of her cookbooks – wish I could get to New Orleans and take a class at her Bakeshop 🙂
Yes indeed Judi love all her recipes. Yes i agree we too opt for baking VS frying. Feel less guilty that way right?
I absolute love baked donuts. They are so much easier than fried. These are beautifully glazed!
Absolutely Cindy…Guilt free indulgences!!
who doesn’t love a good chocolate donut recipe? this sounds a lot healthier baking it vs frying!!
You got it Nancy! Baked doughnuts are the way to go VS the fried one…have a wonderful day!
It feels a lot better eating these donuts knowing they are baked! Very delicious!
Absolutely!!! Guilt free indulgence right?
I like that they are baked and not fried! And that they have a chocolate glaze 😉 . I don’t have the pan but individual tins, I am willing to try!
Hey that’s great! It’s a super easy recipe to follow…and so good that they are baked rather than fried! Let me know how they turn out…
I need to get a donut pan! These look like they came from a donut shop, and I love that they are baked. Delicious!
Thanks so much for the compliment Colleen..Yes so much better than the fried version right? Guiltfree indulgence;))
These donuts look so good! I have been on the fence about getting a donut pan, and this recipe might finally get me to do it soon!
Thanks Irene…so easy to bake up and healthier than the fried version! Hope you will bake some soon:))
I love the idea that these donuts are baked…you certainly can’t tell by looking at them!
Thanks Lisa! Absolutely! Great guilt free option if you like doughnuts:))
These look divine.
Thanks Myra …yes the family loved them;))
I love it that you used brown butter and that these doughnuts are baked and not fried! They look so good! Thank you for the recipe!
Yes Vijitha, indeed the brown butter makes and amazing difference to the flavour plus the fact that they are baked is a huge bonus:))
I can feel the taste of brown butter sauce , yum yum yum😋😋
Oh yes! The brown butter works like a magical flavour in this recipe..thanks for stopping by Deeksha.
Drooling now!! These look amazing!!! Who could resist these gorgeous donuts?? Not me! Thank you for sharing!
Thanks Jhuls! we enjoyed them too!!