8 Delightful Donuts to Bake This Weekend

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A freshly baked batch of donuts have plenty of appeal to them, and food doesn’t get much fresher than when it is served straight out of your own oven. The task sounds daunting at first, but in reality, it isn’t that much more complicated than making a cake — especially if you are baking your donuts instead of frying them.

The easiest way to make donuts at home is to use a standard or mini donut pan. The pans will be on sale online, but kitchen stores and craft centers will carry them as well. There are other varieties of donut pans too — Wilton, for example, carries a pan that makes twisted donuts. There are also donut makers, but a donut pan is the cheaper way to go in the at-home baking realm.

You can also bake them in a muffin or mini-muffin tin. For the ambitious, there is even a way to fashion your own donut pan too, which can be found here. With so many options, there is no good reason not to make donuts, and if you need further convincing, look through these right recipes.

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1. Cake donut

To kick off this donut extravaganza, here is a basic cake donut recipe from Epicurious. Like a basic cookie recipe, this can be adapted, and easily added to. Anything is fair game, from adding different spices to throwing in chocolate chips.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup whole milk, scalded
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a donut pan. Sift the flours and baking powder together into a large bowl or the bowl of a mixer. Whisk in the sugar, nutmeg, and salt. Add the butter and use your fingers to rub it into the dry ingredients as you would in making a pastry crust, until evenly distributed. Add the milk, yogurt, vanilla, and egg, and stir until just combined. Do not overmix or your donut may be rubbery.

Use a piping bag or a spoon to fill each donut cup about three-quarters full, making sure the center post is clear. Bake until donuts are a light golden brown and spring back when touched, 6 to 10 minutes. Let cool slightly before removing from pan. Glaze as desired.

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