I don’t know about you, but when I take the occasional leap off of the healthy eating bandwagon, I do so with a doughnut in each hand. And a devious smile spread across my sticky face.
It’s how I roll.
So when I was asked if I’d like a copy of 150 Best Donut Recipes: Fried or Baked to review on the food blog, I said, “Yes, please!” It doesn’t matter if you refer to them as “donuts” like this wonderful doughnut recipe cookbook does or as “doughnuts” as this doughnut addict does – these round little delicacies are the stuff dreams are made of.
What could be better than homemade donuts?
Topped with a chocolate glaze or simply rolled in cinnamon, fresh homemade donuts are impossible to resist. Whatever your preference — the fluffy yeast style or the denser cake variety — delicious, donut-shop confections are fun and surprisingly easy to make at home. The freshness and quality of ingredients that comes from scratch donut making simply can’t be beat!
This delicious collection of donut recipes features a wide variety of choices. You’ll find recipes for raised donuts (featuring yeast), cake based donuts, baked donuts (yes, donuts don’t need to be fried to be fantastic), holiday donuts, one-bite donuts and dozens of recipes for toppings, icing, glazes, sugars and fresh fillings. From the classic Maple Glaze to Blood Orange Filling. Whatever your mood or the occasion –there’s a perfect donut recipe.
- Raised Donuts: Cinnamon Honey Donuts, Key Lime Donuts, Mocha Raised Donuts
- Cake Based Donuts: Buttermilk Donuts, Dark Devil’s Food Donuts, Rum Raisin Donuts
- Baked Donuts: Coconut Marshmallow Donuts, Strawberry Donuts, Lemon Cream Donuts
- Holiday Donuts: Christmas Swirl Donuts, Father’s Day Tie Donuts, Fresh Cherry Donuts
- One-Bite Donuts: Green Tea Bites, Baked Maple Mini-Donuts, Donut Holes
- Special Donuts: Caramel Apple Fritters, Cinnamon Roll Donuts, Maple Bacon Bars
To make it even easier to replicate the donut shop experience at home, step-by-step color photographs show you simply and easily how to cut the dough, and recommended frying and baking equipment, filling techniques and icing ideas. Everything you need to make gourmet donuts can be found in these pages.
150 Best Donut Recipes: Fried or Baked is packed (and I do mean packed) with delicious and creative doughnut recipes. Baked doughnuts, doughnut holes, Thanksgiving doughnuts, Christmas doughnuts, Valentine’s Day doughnuts (Red Valentine Heart Doughnuts!)… there’s even a recipe for Elvis Memphis Donuts (including, as you might suspect, bananas and peanut butter)!
If you and those you love are even half as wild about doughnuts as I am, this is a cookbook you’ll want to order today. By the time the Holidays roll around, you’ll be a pro!
The recipe below (and some of the other recipes in this wonderful doughnut cookbook) call for a pan like the Wilton Nonstick 12-Cavity Mini Donut Pan. It’s very inexpensive and is a great investment for those of us who are uncommonly crazy about doughnuts.
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground allspice
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
- 1 TBS unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. Set Aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, pumpkin puree, butter, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture and mix with a rubber spatula just until incorporated.
- Place batter into a resealable freezer bag or pastry bag and fill each prepared well (mini-donut pans) two-thirds full.
- Bake in preheated oven until donut springs back when lightly touched, 10 to 14 minutes.
- Let donuts cool in pans or a rack for 5 minutes. Turn out of pans onto rack and toss with Autumn Spiced Sugar, if using, or let cool completely prior to icing.
- AUTUMN SPICED SUGAR:
- In the food processor, fitted with metal blade, combine 2 cups granulated sugar, 1 TBS cinnamon, 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ground cloves, and 1/4 tsp sea salt.
- Process until fine, about 90 seconds.
- Toss warm donuts into sugar to coat completely.
I’m going to make another recipe from the book next weekend, “Green Tea Donuts.” I am beyond intrigued by this recipe and can’t wait to see how they turn out. I”ll let you know (and share the recipe) next week!
Also See: Doughnut Pans for baking bakery style doughnuts at home