Baked Mini Donuts!! Yummy…Yum…Yum!!!

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I’d like to start this post by saying that Aldi is the devil!  Every time I go to that store, I find something I don’t need, but somehow I have to have.  This week it was a donut maker…who knows what next week will bring!!  But..I digress, so after much ado, I give you these delicious mini donuts!!

OK, so it has been a long time since I’ve done a blog post…do not blame me, blame my new job!!  I am finally getting acclimated to my new schedule, and able to take a some time for you, my adoring fans…all 9 of you!  LOL!

Anyhoo, thanks to my new later schedule, I now have time for breakfast in the morning.  While I try to keep it fresh and healthy (i.e., fruit, yogurt, green smoothies…) some days I just want a donut and some coffee.  The thing is, I’m not going to be up at 5:00 am frying donuts, and I have made a decision not to eat out for the entire month of May, which means I had to find a way to make them at home.  Don’t you know the other day, while shopping at Aldi’s I found a mini donut maker for $9.99!!  I love that store!!!  I mean I really love them.

So, donut maker in hand, I now had to find the perfect recipe.  Here is where the fun comes in.  While I found several recipes, many called for buttermilk, which I didn’t have on hand and I didn’t want to go to the store.  It was Sunday and I was in my jammies…so I needed an alternative.  Which brings us to attempt numero uno!  I had a box of churro mix in the cabinet, and got the bright idea to use that instead.  I mixed it with extra water, put it in my machine…waited excitedly…doing the OMG this is going to be so tasty dance…then I went to the machine…this was awkward!  Apparently, churros are fried for a reason…I learned that lesson today, moving on!

So back to the drawing board…to the world wide web I go!!  Again, most of the recipes called for buttermilk, and I just was not about to leave the comfort of my comfy Christmas pajama pants…so I searched some more.  Then I found it!  Nana June’s Granny School blog had a simple recipe for baked mini donuts, that did not require buttermilk!  Yay…so, with some slight modifications, I was able to make these delicious, tiny little treats!  The recipe was easy and yummy!!  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

The Best Mini Baked Donuts!

Dry ingredients:

1 cup cake flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Wet ingredients:

 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla bean paste (you can also use vanilla extract)
1/2 tsp. white vinegar
1 egg (you can also use egg substitute)
4 tbsp butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
  3. In a small pot, mix together the wet ingredients.  With the flame on low, mix all ingredients using a whisk, stirring frequently, to prevent the egg from scrambling.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients & lightly mix until just blended.

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Now, I have a donut maker ($9.99 at Aldi), so I baked my donuts in my cute little machine!  What I found was the easiest way to fill the pan, was the use of a pastry bag.  If you don’t have a pastry bag, a large Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off will work.

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After snipping the end off of your bag, pipe donut filling into the pan.  I filled my donut wells pretty full, I found when I did it 3/4 of the way, the donuts were just too tiny.

Donut2*Note, if you have a mini donut pan, you would follow the same instructions, except you would bake your donuts in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 10 – 12 minutes, until done.

Now these donuts are delicious as they are, straight out of the pan, but I wanted a little “extra” So for the first batch, I dipped them a bit of melted butter, and then tossed them in cinnamon sugar.  The second batch, I tossed in powdered sugar, and the last batch i frosted chocolate, some got sprinkles.  All were DELICIOUS!!!

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