A couple weekends ago several of my favorites ladies came over for a belated birthday brunch. The truth is I really used my birthday as an excuse to have friends over. And since I happen to love brunch it was a very fun Sunday. The standout menu item were my mini-doughnuts, they are more like cake doughnuts since they are baked and not fried, but dipped in powdered sugar they taste like the real deal.
To make mini-doughnuts you will need:
- 1 mini-doughnut pan (can find one for around $10 at Crate & Barrel)
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
*Recipe will make 18-24 mini doughbuts.
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
The first time I made these guys I followed the recipe I found from another blogger. I didn’t love the outcome, they tasted a bit too healthy. But I was very happy with the second time-around, and the trick was really in the powdered sugar. Start with the dry ingredients by whisking together flour, baking soda and salt. Then with an electric mixer beat together brown sugar, egg and melted butter until mixture is smooth. Add in the vanilla extract. Then alternate flour and buttermilk until all ingredients are incorporated. Scoop batter into a plastic bag and chill 2 hours or overnight.
When you are ready to bake, preheat your oven to 325F and spray or grease your pan. The blogger suggested using the bag to pipe the doughnut batter into the pan. You can do this, or use your fingers to roll and shape. The dough will be sticky so you may want to put the batter in the fridge in between sets.
These babies will bake for about 9 minutes. When they are done, let them cool on a wire rack. The powdered sugar topping is so simple; just dip the doughnuts in melted butter and powdered sugar and let them set for about 30 minutes. These can be dipped or glazed with just about anything, but the powdered sugar really made it taste more like a doughnut to me.
Although they do look pretty cute with a glaze and sprinkles (finished photo from the first batch):