The Little Epicurean

Sep 23 2011

Baked Mini Donuts

Happy Friday!  Its been a long week and I want, need, deserve donuts.

I haven’t been able to leave my house much this week.  I adopted a little puppy last Sunday.  This is ground breaking news for anyone that knows me.  I’m such a neat freak.  I like things very clean, orderly, and organized.  I like schedules and planning ahead.  A puppy disrupts all of that.

My puppy is all sorts of crazy.  I adopted him from rescue group that tries to find homes for dogs that would otherwise end up in a kill shelter.  I saw him and my heart melted (definitely not an easy feat by any means).  He seemed so calm and collected unlike his rowdy and hyperactive siblings.  Oh boy was I wrong.  He is a firecracker full of surprises, twists and turns.

I have named him Charlie.  I guess the name stems from my love of Charlie Brown, Charlie Bucket, and Charles Bass (Please don’t judge the last one.  I can’t help it that I’m a big Gossip Girl fan).    But mainly Charlie because I think Charlie Brown is an adorable, dorky little loser that I would have totally fallen head over heels in love with if I was part of the Peanuts gang.  Despite his perpetual bad luck and excessive worrying, he has endless hope and a great big heart.

Charlie takes up a lot of my time and he has turned my schedule upside down.  Charlie wakes me up at 4 in the morning full of energy and so unbelievably excited to see me that I can’t help but get up and start the day with him.  Unfortunately by midday, I am dying of exhaustion and I just want some sleep or at the very least, a little sugar to keep me going.

These mini donuts are amazing for days when it seems like you don’t have enough time to do anything. It takes more time to preheat the oven than it does to make the batter.  I adapted this recipe from Caffe Ina’s blog.  I added some nutmeg and cinnamon to resemble the taste of my favorite old fashioned cakey donuts I love getting at the neighborhood 24 hour donut shop.  Unlike the typical fried donuts, these baked ones stay fresh longer.  Who needs sleep when you can eat half a dozen mini donuts and play with your puppy?

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Mini Old Fashioned Donuts

Yield: makes 21 mini donuts

Ingredients:

  • 130 g all purpose flour
  • 50 g granulated sugar
  • 35 g light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 10 g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 40 g whole milk
  • 60 g heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste

Topping:

  • 1 oz unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg (or more to taste)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.  Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together melted butter, egg, milk, cream, and vanilla paste.
  4. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture and combine with a spatula.  Mix until smooth.
  5. Transfer batter to a piping bag with a small round tip.  Fill donut pans a little less than 2/3 full.  Do not overfill, otherwise you’ll end up with a muffin.
  6. Bake for 8 minutes and let cool in pan for 2 minutes before unmolding.
  7. For the topping, melted the butter in a small bowl.  In another bowl, mix together sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Dip both sides of the donut lightly in the butter.  Bury the buttered donut in the sugar mixture until both sides are fully coated.  Eat warm or let cool to room temperature.

adapted from Caffe Ina

   

7 Responses to “Baked Mini Donuts”

  1. September 23, 2011
    8:57 pm
    Tina says...

    These donuts look divine. I know sometimes it is just the right moment for a donut. I like that they are mini and just lightly dusted with sugar instead of frosted.
    Your puppy is very cute and that young-they are like the Energizer Bunny! Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. September 24, 2011
    9:34 am

    These look so very wonderful! and that puppy….i just want to nab him and give him a big cuddle :) gorgeous!

  3. September 25, 2011
    5:03 pm
    Alisa says...

    I could use some of those donuts right now :) Charlie is adorable and very lucky to have found you.

  4. April 24, 2013
    9:50 pm
    sarah says...

    Hi Maryanne,

    can i ask how long these keep for?

    • Maryanne replied...

      Hi Sarah, the baked donuts should last 3-4 days at room temperature.

  5. August 20, 2014
    6:56 am
    Ana says...

    So how do you make sure they look so even? I mean the hole in the middle. Also, would they spread out if you just piped them on a tray? Thanks for answering if you do :)

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Hi Ana, you need a donut baking pan to make these baked donuts. They will spread out into a mess if you just pipe them on a tray.

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