I finally got a doughnut tray, and am ridiculously happy about it. I wanted to start with something super simple, because I’d never made them before. And I really wasn’t into doing a glaze on the first go-round, so I stayed with a simple mixture of the cinnamon and brown sugar. These are definitely not your normal fried dough-y doughnuts either, definitely like a cakey consistency — So, here we go!
for the doughnuts:
// 1 and 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
// 3/4 tsp baking powder
// 1/4 tsp baking powder
// 1/4 tsp salt
// 10 TBSP butter (a stick plus 2 notches in another one – you’d be shocked at how long it took me to think through that)
// 1/2 cup sugar
// 2 eggs
// 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla (1 is fine if you’re not a giant vanilla guy)
// 1/2 cup buttermilk
for the top:
// 8 TBSP sugar
// 4 tsp brown sugar
// Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
// In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and baking soda and salt. Set aside.
// With an electric mixer, mix together butter and sugar until slightly fluffy. Mix in both eggs. Add vanilla. Put in half of the flour mixture, then half of the buttermilk, and repeat with the next two halves.
// You can pour the mixture into a piping bag, but BLAH, who has those — so chuck it into a giant Ziploc and cut off one of the corners. Gangta pipe into a greased doughnut pan, filling about 2/3 of the way full. Bake about 7-9 minute or until a toothpick comes clean.
// While they’re cooking, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon.
// As soon as you take the doughnuts out, throw them into the sugar and cinnamon mix. If you don’t do it while hot, the sugar and cinnamon won’t stick, and then you’re stuck with some pretty plain cakey doughnuts.
// Place them on a super pretty plate (paper plates work fine, too. or whatever plates you have –really you don’t even need a plate) and eat while still warm.
And there you have it — my first foray into doughnut making!! I love that pan, and I can’t wait to mess around with it some more!