Baked Cake Doughnuts

I’ve been seeing baked doughnut recipes all over the blog world for a while now and I finally caved in and bought a doughnut pan so I could try them myself.  I kept things really simple and made the recipe right off the pan’s packaging.  They were OK for a first attempt, but were a little too dense for our liking.  I think Tim’s exact words were “too much cake, not enough air.”  Hahaha.  He cracks me up.

Baked Doughnuts

Source:  Wilton

Yield:  about 10-12 doughnuts

2 cups cake flour, sifted {I substituted 1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour + 1/4 cup cornstarch}

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp salt {pretty sure I reduced this to 1/2 tsp}

3/4 cup buttermilk {I substituted 1 Tbsp vinegar + enough milk to = 3/4 cup and let it sit for about 10 minutes}

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 Tbsp butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425.  Spray pan with nonstick spray.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt.  Add buttermilk, eggs, and butter.  Beat until just combined.  Transfer batter to a pastry bag and cut off the tip.  Fill each doughnut cup approx. 2/3 full.

Bake 7-9 minutes or until tops of doughnuts spring back when touched.  Let cool in pan for 4-5 minutes.  Repeat with remaining batter.

Finish donuts with glaze or topping of your choice —I made a simple glaze of powdered sugar + milk + splash of vanilla extract.  I also dusted a few doughnuts with powdered sugar alone.

Doughnuts are best eaten fresh, when they are still warm.

Like I said above, these were ok but I’ll definitely be modifying the recipe next time I make doughnuts.  I’d like to experiment with various flavors and toppings – especially chocolate.  Can I get an amen?!

Tomato and Basil Pizza

Pizza is still a weekly meal at our house, I just haven’t posted a new one to the blog in awhile.  This pizza creation came about because I had crazy amounts of basil growing in my garden and my mom gave me a couple tomatoes from her garden.  I love summer!

Tomato and Basil Pizza

pizza dough

olive oil to brush on crust

2 small cloves of garlic, minced and mashed up with a little salt

2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced

cracked black pepper

1/4 cup whole basil leaves, chopped

1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

Once I rolled out the dough, I brushed it all over with the oil and garlic.  Then I placed the tomato slices all over and topped them with black pepper.  Next, I sprinkled on the basil and cheese.

I baked the pizza for 15-20 minutes on the lowest rack of a 450 degree oven.  Yum!

Strawberry Banana Popsicle

I’d like to believe that summer’s not quite over even though we’ve had some cooler weather recently.  So, its still the perfect time to enjoy some popsicles!  My mind is already racing with other flavor combinations, but this time I went with strawberry & banana since it is a duo that’s always sure to please.

 

Strawberry Banana Popsicles

2 cups whole, frozen strawberries

1 medium banana, sliced into chunks

1/2 cup plain greek yogurt

1/2 cup vanilla almond milk {could also use coconut milk or skim milk}

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup honey {could use agave nectar or maple syrup}

Combine all ingredients in a blender.  Add more almond milk to reach a smooth consistency if needed – you want it more runny than a milkshake but still somewhat thick.  Pour into Popsicle molds and place in the freezer for at least 6 hours.

Enjoy!!!

Other flavors I’m anxious to try:

Orange Creamsicle – orange juice, vanilla Greek yogurt, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and honey or agave nectar.

Fudgsicles – 2 frozen bananas, cocoa powder, milk, vanilla extract

Frappuccino – vanilla almond milk, coffee ice cubes, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, sugar or sweetener

Whole Fruit Pops – grapes, strawberries (sliced), kiwi (sliced), blueberries, raspberries placed in molds with white grape juice to fill

Pina colada – pineapple chunks, coconut milk, coconut flakes, plain yogurt, sweetener

I can’t wait to make these and other creations!  Let me know if you try them or if you have any other favorite flavors.