For my boyfriend's Halloween party last weekend I decided to make donuts to feed the hungry guests. I got a Wilton donut pan for my birthday back in July and hadn't used it yet, I was really curious about baked donuts (as opposed to deep fried donuts). I wanted to know what their texture was like, how they were made and most importantly, how they tasted! So in the spirit of finding this out, I made three different flavours: Vanilla, Pumpkin and Chocolate.
I used this recipe from Lakeland to make both the vanilla and chocolate donuts. I started with 225g plain flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt and 175g caster sugar in a bowl.
In a separate bowl I mixed together 175ml milk, 2 eggs, 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
I poured the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisked until combined and smooth.
I poured the batter into my donut pan, almost filling each ring. baked on 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 10-12 minutes. As I hadn't made them before I just used my best judgement on this. I pressed the donuts quickly with my finger and if they sprang back I knew they were done. I used a spoon to gently tip them out.
For the icing I mixed 100g icing sugar with water until a thick paste formed. You don't want it to be too runny as it will slip right off the donuts so add the water slowly. I also added some orange food colouring for that Halloween feel, but you could add some vanilla seeds or any colouring you want depending on the theme you're going for.
I dipped the donuts into the icing, and also used a spoon to smooth the icing on and neaten it. Before the icing sets, add your sprinkles! Then leave to set before serving, which doesn't take long.
For the chocolate donuts I replaced 50g of the plain flour with cocoa powder for the donut batter, and replaced 30g of the icing sugar with cocoa powder for the icing. They were very rich and chocolatey, and the most popular donuts at the party!
For my third and final lot of donuts (and my personal favourite!) I used this recipe for Pumpkin Donuts as I adore pumpkin in my baking. I mixed together 3 eggs, 1 can of pumpkin puree (I use Libby's), 270g caster sugar, 80ml vegetable oil, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ginger and 1 tsp mixed spice.
I then added 225g plain flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1 1/2 tsp salt. I mixed well then poured the batter into my greased donut pan and baked on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 15-18 minutes. The mixture made 15 donuts.
I made cinnamon icing for the donuts. Using the same method as for the other donuts, I added water to 100g icing sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon. I made the cinnamon icing slightly more runny as I drizzled it over the pumpkin donuts. Wow these donuts were tasty!
Baked donuts don't resemble fried donuts at all in terms of texture. Baked donuts are very light and moist, one thing I noticed is that these donuts released a lot of sticky moisture, they stuck to the plates I put them on and even the cooling rack. I'm not sure if this is normal for baked donuts, but it certainly didn't affect the taste and I think it improved the texture. They were a huge hit with the party guests and I can guarantee I'll be making baked donuts again!
The theme for this month's Treat Petite, hosted by myself and Cakeyboi, is 'America'. So I am entering this bake as donuts are a well known American food, and pumpkin is a popular American baking ingredient.
Baked Donuts (Vanilla & Chocolate)
- 225g Plain flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 175g Caster sugar
- 175ml Milk
- 2 Eggs
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 100g Icing sugar
- 80g Cocoa powder
Put the plain flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar in a bowl (replaced 50g of the plain flour with cocoa powder for the chocolate donuts)In a separate bowl mix together the milk, eggs, olive oil and vanilla extractPour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk until combined and smoothPour the batter into a donut pan, almost filling each ring. Baked on 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 10-12 minutes. Use a spoon to gently tip them out onto a cooling rackFor the icing mix 100g icing sugar with water until a thick paste forms (replaced 30g of the icing sugar with cocoa powder for the chocolate donuts)Dip the donuts into the icing, and before the icing sets, add your sprinkles! Then leave to set before serving
Baked Donuts (Pumpkin)
- 3 Eggs
- 1 can of Pumpkin puree
- 270g Caster sugar
- 80ml Vegetable Oil
- 4 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp Ground ginger
- 1 tsp Mixed spice
- 225g Plain flour
- 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 1/2 tsp Salt
- 100g Icing sugar
Mixed together the eggs, pumpkin puree, caster sugar, vegetable oil, 2 tsp of the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and mixed spiceAdd the plain flour, baking powder and salt. Mix wellPour the batter into a greased donut pan and bake on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 15-18 minutesAdd water to the icing sugar and 2 tsp of the cinnamon. Make it runny enough to drizzle it over the pumpkin donuts