(Baked) Doughnuts for Dinner

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Let there be light life! :D

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Check out what I found in my garden today – a weed! Ok, so who gets excited about weeds, I know, but this is encouraging. It can only mean that the flowers are next, which means SPRING IS NEARLY HERE! :D

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Are you a big gardener? Both my parents and Ben’s parents love to garden, but we just can’t stand it. I grow flowers in the front of my house because I feel like it’s PC to do so, but truth be told, I hate taking care of them. Maybe it’s a generational thing…

At any rate – the recipe my Mom was so excited to make for lunch today? Quesados!

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This is actually a recipe from one of the other women I competed against in the Breakstone Blogger Challenge last November. Thanks Mom…

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Just kidding – this is a fantastic recipe with a creamy avocado spread stuffed between warm tortilla shells, which are then topped with cheese and broiled until golden brown.

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Tasted just like chips and guac!

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I added another layer of flavah by smothering my tortillas with Tostitos Restaurant Style Salsa.

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I think this pretty much sums up how I felt about it…

My Mom also made THE BEST salad on the side.

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All of us agreed the combination of fresh greens, strawberries, oranges and toasted almonds, drizzled with apple-cider vinaigrette, was so refreshing.

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We also agreed that toasted almonds are where it’s at. “It’s a new flavor experience in every bite!” my Mom accurately exclaimed. ;)

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For dessert my Mom whipped out Blue Bunny Classic Sundae Ice Cream Cones!

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Gosh I love these – and what a cute idea to have ice cream cones for dessert. :)

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I like to eat all my yummy toppings off first.

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I do the same things with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Peel all the chocolate off with my teeth so I’m left with a peanut butter puck. It’s the only way to go.

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My favorite part of the ice cream cone though…

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is the chocolate-filled tip.

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Right?! When I got to tour the Blue Bunny factory last year, they said they pour a little extra chocolate in the bottom because people like it so much. I appreciate that. ;)

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Well the afternoon turned grey and drizzly, which made me feel like spending a little time baking in the kitchen after lunch. Plus I recently got this new toy to play with. A doughnut pan to make…

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Baked Doughnuts!!!

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Whee!! I picked one of these bad boys up at Bed, Bath & Beyond for just $10! It makes 6 donuts and is non-stick, which is nice.

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My mind is filled with endless baked doughnut possibilities, but for my first batch, I decided to stick with the original – Glazed. MMM!

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Baked Glazed Doughnuts

Print this recipe!

Makes 6 doughnuts

Based on Fluffy Cake Doughnuts.

Ingredients:

1 cup all purpose flour

6 Tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 Tablespoons buttermilk

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 Tablespoon butter, melted

For the glaze:

1/2 cup or more powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Water

Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Add buttermilk, egg, vanilla and butter. Whisk to combine.

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2. Transfer dough to a ziplock bag. Snip off a corner of the bag and pipe dough evenly into a 6-cup doughnut pan. Bake for 9-10 minutes, or until dough is set (it won’t be golden brown, but should be springy.)

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3. In a separate bowl, mix together powdered sugar and vanilla. Begin adding water 1 teaspoon at a time. Stir until desired thickness of glaze is achieved. Glaze doughnuts while warm or cool.

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Right?! Dougnuts!!!

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I prefer a thin glazed shell on my d’nuts, so I made a higher water-to-powdered sugar ratio glaze, then dunked the tops in.

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Topped with sprinkles for a super-cute sparkle. Dang – I wish I would have had this pan for Valentine’s Day!

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Ben likes his doughnuts smothered in icing so after I dunked my doughnuts, I added more powdered sugar to the glaze to make it nice and thick for his. Then I spooned it over the top and let it drip down the sides. :D

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When I first pulled these out of the pan, the texture appeared very cake-like. “Dang!” I thought “they’re just cupcakes with a hole! What a rip-off!

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One bite convinced me otherwise. The extra flour and reduced oil/fat in the recipe made a dough, rather than a batter, and the texture was totally reminiscent of a cake doughnut.

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Plus, since these doughnuts are baked not fried, I can totally feel ok about eating one a couple before dinner. ;) What a FUN and DELICIOUS purchase. I am SO excited. Chocolate doughnuts with peanut butter glaze, anyone?!

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Well Ben and I are still deciding about what to do for dinner. I didn’t go grocery shopping this afternoon because I have tomorrow off (booyah President’s Day) so I think it’ll end up being a fend for yourself/see what you can rummage up in the cupboard/beg Ben to make me eggs type of meal. We’ll see. ;)

ps: Ben got the Valentine’s Day coffee mugs here!

Take care!

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If you could eat any kind of doughnut right now, what would it be? Do you have any good baked doughnut recipes?

I would eat millions of old-fashioned chocolate glazed cake doughnuts they sell in Super America gas stations all over Minneapolis. OMG THEY ARE SO GOOD.

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Comments

  1. Lauren 02.20.2011

    Homemade doughnuts!! Those are adorable! :) Love the pink sprinkles.

    My vote is egg sammies for dinner. We always have them when we don’t know what to make for dinner. In fact, that was lunch today and it was just delightful.

    • Iowa Girl Eats 02.20.2011

      I always think of you whenever I think of BFD – I know how you and Toly love it! ;)

  2. Yum! Those donuts looks great. I’ve always been a fan of donuts with maple glaze – so good! There’s a donut place called Happy Donut just down the street from where I live that’s open 24/7. Surprisingly, I’ve only been there once since I moved here in the fall!

  3. I could totally handle an Oreo/PB doughnut…if that even exists! Maybe that’s a combo for you to try with your new cake pan?! ;)

  4. Fun! I’ve been wanting a doughnut pan for a while, especially after seeing a doughnut recipe on eat live run this week…

    If I could eat any donut right now, it would be a maple long john. They’re my favorite (with lots of maple icing…)!!!

  5. I’m a glazed fan as well, these look great! My favorite frosting is the maple from Casey’s (I know, the gas station..)but it is so good!

  6. BrightBakes 02.20.2011

    oooh…that’s it! I NEED a doughnut pan! I’ve been eyeing everybody’s baked doughnut creations around blogland latey with full envy :) As for a fav doughnut…it’s gotta be one from “Sweeties” in my hometown…a from scratch yeast doughnut, filled with “from scratch” cream filling…divine.
    love,
    cathy b.

  7. I love it I love it I LLLOOOOOVE IT !

    (I love Helen Madden!)

    I just got these donut pans too, can’t wait to use them!! :)

  8. Kelly 02.20.2011

    Groan… You’re making me HUNGRY!! Everything you shared looks yummy – as usual! I’ll be searching for one of those doughnut pans for sure. My favorite doughnut comes from a local grocery store and is called a Honeymooner… It’s a chocolate iced regular doughnut with only part of the hole missing – it still has the bottom intact. In the hole is a big ol’ squirt of chocolate-flavored fluff. They make peanut butter fluff flavored ones as well, but they’re not as good.

  9. Emily 02.20.2011

    The pictures of your doughnuts are so gorgeous! Mmm, I’m not really a doughnut person, but these look to die for. I’m a chocolate girl, so I’d have to go with your pb&chocolate idea, or maybe some sort of dark chocolate glaze. On that note, I’m off to find something sweet to eat! Hope you got those eggs!

  10. I think I need to go buy one of those donut pans!

  11. ahhh doughnuts are so in right now! now i want a doughnut pan :)

  12. Jennifer 02.20.2011

    Oh God, my favorite donut ever is just a plain glazed yeast donut. First is Casey’s, followed by Hy-Vee in a close second. To die for!

  13. Krista 02.20.2011

    The closest doughnut place here is Krispy Kreme, but drive a little farther and you can find a DD– love those chocolate doughnut holes! :D So jealous :P

  14. Kristin from MN 02.20.2011

    Your donuts look so cute! I love the raspberry cream cheese “flips” they sell in Casey’s gas stations!

  15. Jen 02.20.2011

    My favorite donut in the world is a nutty donut. You can not get them in Iowa. I’ve begged Dahl’s to make them here in W DES Moines where I live. They are THEE donut staple from my hometown in Michigan. It is a large cake donut, completely covered in glaze, and then COMPLETELY covered in chopped nuts. Simple enough, right? Not in Iowa!!! I may get one of those pans to make my own.

  16. Sarah 02.20.2011

    I absolutely love any donut filled with custard!

  17. Tracey 02.20.2011

    I have been meaning to pick up that pan for ages, thanks for the reminder! I just added it to my birthday list :) Your doughnuts look awesome. I could really go for a maple glazed doughnut tonight, those were always my favorite.

  18. I bake doughnuts all the time! I have a recipe on my blog, and I also have a recipe for banana doughnuts that I am going to post soon. They are SO MUCH FUN to make for any holiday. Yours look great!

  19. heather 02.20.2011

    my sister and i both went through breakups around the same time in 2006, and we might or might not’ve trooped bravely around the corner to dunkin donuts for a box of “just chocolate” munchkins one night and housed it…which i know they still do, if you ask(and pay the extra $1.50). no regrets, doughnuts are chiefly in existence to comfort humanity.

  20. they are so adorable! i am tempted to buy one of those pans, but i feel like i would eat them ALL each time… :D

  21. Jen 02.20.2011

    We were talking about Krispy Kremes at yoga the other night and I am soooooooooo hungry for one fresh off the line still dripping with glaze! OMG.

  22. erica 02.20.2011

    such cute donuts!

  23. lol I do the same thing with peanut butter cups! The donuts look delish.

  24. Oh and my favorite donut is either an apple fritter or plain glazed (can I pick two?)

  25. Melissa 02.20.2011

    Warm cinnamon sugar doughnuts from the cider mill are my favorite. I could (and usually do!) eat a gazillion of ‘em!

    Your mom’s lunch looks incredible, as usual. Your parents are so darling! I loved what you tweeted about your dad & Hannah Montana the other night. And your mom’s little comments are the cutest!

    I also despise gardening. I have no interest. I blame it on my mom forcing me to help her plant and water when I was a kid. I’m sure, though, that when I have a house I’ll plan some out of that PC obligation. ;)

  26. Eve P 02.20.2011

    Need to get one of those pans (well probably two with three boys that will one day be teenagers). We have doughnut Saturday once in a while for breakfast, this would allow me to partake in the fun without the guilt. My favorite doughnut is a custard filled with maple frosting.

  27. I was seriously telling my husband how I NEEDED a doughnut pan today. Now that I know how affordable they are and how we have lots of gift cards left from our wedding, I think I’ll be getting one tomorrow!

  28. Those doughnuts look great!

    My favorite doughnut of all time is a Persian from Titus Pastry in the town where my parents live :) – it has cinnamon in the dough and the topping is a thick, maple flavored glaze. Mmmm

  29. Those donuts look great (and very cute!) The idea of a healthier prepared doughnut is exciting!

    I am a sucker for cider doughnuts at the green market. Too bad those aren’t baked! lol.

  30. Alyssa 02.20.2011

    The chocolate cone nubs are the best part of the ice cream!

    I either like cake doughnuts or Boston Creme. Drool…

  31. Rachel 02.20.2011

    Gah! Everyone’s got those doughnut pans! I NEED one!!! I ate a bunch of glazed doughnut holes this afternoon. I think my favorites are chocolate glazed.

  32. AbberJabber 02.20.2011

    Haha, my Dad loves those Super America chocolate donuts too! He always gets them for road trips and while he’s driving his mail route.

  33. Stephanie 02.20.2011

    Whoa baby you had an awesome day of eating! The quesadilla and salad made my mouth water!!!

    I’m not sure why, but donuts don’t do much for me. I’d go for pancakes or french toast hands down any day!

  34. Melanie 02.20.2011

    I love the doughnuts from Casey’s Gas Stations in Iowa, which I am sorely missing here on the East coast! On one of many road trips from ISU west to my hometown, I decided that the cinnamon sugar coated doughnuts from the Casey’s in Denision, Iowa, were the best of the BEST! However, any of their frosted + sprinkles doughnuts take me back to stopping at Casey’s with my mom as a special treat when I was little. :)

  35. I love my donut pan too! I just made some Pumpkin donuts with one of the many cans of pumpkin I stocked up on when they were on sale. :)

  36. sassy molassy 02.20.2011

    These look AMAZING. And of course the pink sprinkles just make them that much cuter.

  37. ashley K 02.21.2011

    We don’t live in Iowa anymore (for right now) but I dearly miss Casey’s donuts with maple frosting. Also, the bakery in my hometwon makes the best donuts I’ve ever had- just a plain glazed one and you’re in heaven! Yep, I miss them all.

  38. Terri 02.21.2011

    I just ordered this pan when I saw your post! I love it! Can’t wait to use it!

    I posted a blog about it, and linked back to your post!

    http://monkeybeanmomma.blogspot.com/2011/02/from-swagbucks-to-doughnuts.html

    Thanks for making me aware of doughnut baking pans – I didn’t even know they existed! Yum!

  39. I second you on the hate for gardening, well pretty much yard work in general! And I could now so go for a chocolate glazed cake donut from Dunkins!

  40. Kristen 02.21.2011

    I have been wanting a doughnut pan for a while now and I think you have just convinced my that I must have one!

  41. Gene 02.21.2011

    You know, I don’t really like gardening vegetables but I like growing herbs. Zucchini is kind of boring to grow, but having fresh basil is fun and exciting for me.

  42. Amber 02.21.2011

    Glazed doughnuts all the way! My mom makes the best doughnuts from scratch, but they are only good the first day or two, so we eat them up right away. Otherwise, Daylight Donuts glazed are the second best!

  43. So we got somewhere between 10 and 18 inches of snow yesterday, and I am SUPER jealous of your weed. *Sigh*

    I like doughnuts, but it’s not something I indulge in too frequently. I love raised, glazed doughnuts, though. YUM!

  44. Martha 02.21.2011

    maple doughnuts for sure… not a fan of cake doughnuts but yours look delicious!

  45. Daisy 02.21.2011

    i love how your parents are your bffs. could they BE any more cute?!

    donuts look incredible. nice purchase :)

  46. jen 02.21.2011

    I just pinned this recipe to my Pinterest last week…

    http://noblepig.com/2009/10/14/baked-banana-doughnuts.aspx

    looks pretty yummy!

  47. Machelle 02.21.2011

    That pan is SO cool! And mom’s lunch looks so good! I love a little fruit in my lettuce salad. Strange, cuz I’m not a huge fruit lover. And DONUTS……..I’ve never eaten one I didn’t like unless it was just plain STALE! YUK! Otherwise they are gifts from the heavens above! Ha!

  48. Machelle 02.21.2011

    Gosh, I just had a flash back memory of making donuts on our junior high camping trip to Jester Park. We heated oil in metal coffee cans over the campfire and made them using cheap “tube biscuits”. Shook em up in a paper bag with sugar & cinnamon, they were so good! I remember showing my parents what we had learned & after that, every now & then we would make them at home. Memories…….

  49. Michelle 02.21.2011

    I must get this pan! I was talking about making baked donuts with my parents just the other day!

    My favorite donuts are crullers. FAVE!

  50. Renee 02.21.2011

    My favorite doughnut is French cruellers from Dunkin’ Donuts. They are airy, but melt in your mouth tasty!! I want you to do some delish low fat desserts though! Your donuts look soooo good and I am trying to stay away from luscious sweets right now. Warm weather is on the way and in fact, today in North Carolina it is over 70 degrees. (Love it) I grilled flat iron steak and ground round burgers on the grill today!

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