Friday, January 27, 2012

Baked Donuts Recipe and Review

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Well, I still don't know if I would consider them as a healthy breakfast, but a baked donut is better than a fried one right? This Christmas my grandma got me one of those Smart Planet Original Donut Factory mini donut making gadgets. I don't have very many kitchen gadgets but after finally pulling it out and giving it a test run, I am so glad she got this for me! It's not too big, so it doesn't take up too much space and it speeds up baking time and actually makes really cute little donuts too! 

You can't tell from the picture but the donuts really are mini, about 2 inches in diameter. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing though because it makes me feel like I can eat more of them without feeling guilty about all the calories I'm eating, but than again that's why exercise was invented. 
It took me about 20 minutes total to cook up about 35 of these little guys! It was so simple and kind of fun to tell you the truth.

Because my husband doesn't care for cinnamon I also made half of them chocolate glazed donuts too! I'm not too sure which ones I preferred. The donuts themselves were so nice and airy. I actually don't like regular donuts, but these are great. 

Here is the recipe that came in the box:

Baked French Breakfast Donuts

5 Tbs. butter (softened)
1/2 C sugar
1 egg (beaten)
1 1/2 C flour
2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 C milk

2 Tbs. melted butter
1/2 C sugar mixed with 1 tsp. cinnamon

1) Mix butter and sugar thoroughly. Add egg and mix well.
2) Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.
3) Alternately add dry ingredients and milk to the mixture.
4)Fill pre-heated oiled Donut Maker with batter (I like to fill a gallon sized Ziploc bag and pipe it in) and bake for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.
5) Once done, take out of pan.Next (once it's cool enough to handle with your fingers), dip tops into melted butter and then sugar and cinnamon mixture.

I had to come up with a chocolate glaze recipe myself. If you prefer to use this to top your donuts, just dip the tops into the chocolate instead of the butter and cinnamon sugar mixture.

Chocolate glaze

1/8 C heavy cream
1/8 C powdered sugar
1/2 T Nutella
15 chocolate chips

1) Mix together everything but the chocolate chips.
2) Microwave for 20 seconds.
3) Stir in chocolate chips until smooth.
*between batches be sure to remix the glaze before each dipping. The chocolate will start to crust and won't easily stick to your donuts if you forget this step. And the glaze just won't look as smooth and pretty as you can see in the picture below (I'm sure you can tell which donut I'm talking about).

Great product and yummy donuts! Of course now that I've tried it out I'm going to be trying to figure out some other things that I could make with my new gadget. 
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  1. those look real ono - the chocolate glazed ones! i was thinking of getting a donut pan from amazon....and saving for a smart planet waffle dog maker (hee hee!)...too much food to think about.....

  2. Thank you so much! I lost the book that came with mine and remembered that the recipe was so simple, but I couldn't find it. I appreciate you posting it so I could make these again. :)

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  4. What can you substitute nutella with?


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