My oldest child is always trying to talk me into buying those mini powdered sugar doughnuts at the grocery store. Why? I don't know! All you can taste is sugar. Maybe the fact that I always say "No" makes them more appealing. Or maybe it's hereditary - his father loves those things. I may have found an alternative, though.
I started with a recipe from King Arthur Flour, and made a couple small adjustments. Also, I don't have a doughnut pan to bake them in. Am tempted from time to time, but just can't see getting one. Instead, I used my mini muffin pan. They turn out almost like baked doughnut holes!
These go together from start to finish quite quickly and easily, making them a perfect "anytime" treat. I managed to get them whipped up between the baby's "mini naps" today. Ugh. Guess it's a Monday for us all today!
Use a scale to measure the flour if you can. Also, don't over mix the batter. Just a quick stir to get everything incorporated is all that is needed. And make sure to spray your muffin pans, even if you are using non-stick pans!
Baked Doughnut Bites
Adapted from King Arthur Flour
4 oz (by weight) of all-purpose flour (or 7/8 cup)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking spice (or cinnamon)
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2 large eggs
3 Tbsp canola oil
2 Tbsp buttermilk (or yogurt)
1/2 tsp single-strength vanilla extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar
additional cinnamon for sprinkling
Preheat oven to 375'F and spray mini muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.
In a medium mixing bowl, stir together flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, baking spice and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla extract.
Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
Fill prepared muffin pans half full. Bake 9-11 minutes, or until the doughnuts spring back when touched lightly and are brown on top.
Remove from muffin pans and allow to cool on a wire rack. Once cool, place powdered sugar in a small paper lunch bag, add a few doughnuts, close the bag and toss to coat. Repeat with remaining doughnuts. Sprinkle lightly with additional cinnamon.
Makes 21 doughnut bites.