Calling all donut lovers! Imagine a dessert that gives you the taste and satisfaction of a traditional donut but with a healthier twist. Welcome to the world of Oven-Baked Donuts! These scrumptious delights are not fried like their conventional counterparts, which makes them a healthier option for your sweet tooth cravings. Let's dive into the delightful details of this recipe.
While donuts are loved year-round, oven-baked donuts hold a special place during holidays like Easter or Christmas, where indulgence is enjoyed but a healthier touch is appreciated. Also, these are perfect for National Donut Day celebrated in the US on the first Friday of June!
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- Melted butter
- Canola oil
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Powdered sugar
See recipe card for quantities.
Prepare Buttermilk and Batter:
Combine white vinegar with milk to make buttermilk and let it curdle. Whisk together melted butter, oil, and both sugars until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time with vanilla extract.
Combine Dry Ingredients:
In a separate bowl, mix a measured portion of flour with baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Combine Wet and Dry Mixtures:
Alternate between adding the dry mixture and the buttermilk to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Adjust consistency with additional flour if needed.
Pipe and Bake:
Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C), grease a donut pan, and pipe batter into the molds. Bake for 10 minutes and allow to cool.
Combine powdered sugar, milk, and salt in a large bowl until smooth. Thin with extra milk if necessary.
Glaze and Serve:
Dip cooled donuts into the glaze and let them firm up before serving.
Hint: Avoid overmixing the batter when combining wet and dry ingredients to ensure fluffy donuts. Ensure donuts are fully cooled before glazing to prevent the glaze from melting or soaking into the donuts.
For those with specific dietary requirements, you have options:
- Replace the dairy milk with almond, soy, or oat milk for a dairy-free variant.
To add a personal touch or cater to your guests' preferences, consider these variations:
- Experiment with different flavors like adding a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg, or even cocoa powder to the dough.
- For the coating, think beyond the traditional glaze - try a dusting of powdered sugar, a chocolate ganache, or even a sprinkle coating.
- Measuring Cups and Spoons: Getting the right amount of each ingredient is key for the dough to turn out well.
- Mixing Bowls: You need separate bowls for wet and dry ingredients to make sure they mix properly before combining them.
- Whisk: A whisk helps blend the wet ingredients smoothly, making your dough consistent.
- Donut Pan: This pan is essential because it gives your donuts the right shape. Without it, you won't get that classic donut look.
- Cooling Rack: After baking, donuts need to cool down so they firm up. A cooling rack allows air to circulate, speeding up this process.
Most Useful Equipment:
- Donut Pan: Without this, you can't really make donuts. You'd end up with a different kind of baked good, like a muffin or cake, but not a donut.
Oven-Baked Donuts are best enjoyed fresh. However, if you need to store them, keep them in an airtight container at room temperature. They should last for 2-3 days.
Avoid overfilling the donut pan. Filling it about ¾ of the way will allow the batter room to expand and create the perfect donut shape without overflowing.
Yes, you can substitute canola oil with vegetable oil or melted coconut oil.
Yes, use a plant-based milk and replace the eggs with flax seeds or applesauce.
You can use a muffin pan, but the result will be more like a donut muffin.
This particular recipe is designed for baking, not frying.
Yes, once the donuts have cooled, you can inject jam, cream, or other fillings.
I do not think so. This batter is designed to fit a mold. I do not think donut holes pan exists.
Ensure the pan is well greased or consider using a silicone donut pan for easier removal.
It’s best to freeze them without the glaze, which can be added after thawing.
Yes, but the donuts may be denser.
Absolutely, just ensure you have enough space to bake them without crowding the oven.
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60g (¼ cup) melted butter
50g (¼ cup) canola oil
100g (½ cup) sugar
75g (⅓ cup) brown sugar
100g (2) eggs
5g (1 tsp) vanilla extract
Baking powder (1 ¼ tsp)
Baking soda (¼ tsp)
5g (1 tsp) salt
270-300g (2 ¼ - 2 ½ cups) flour
125g (1 cup) milk
15ml (1 tbsp) white vinegar
500g (4 cups) powdered sugar
120ml (½ cup) milk
1 pinch salt
- To make buttermilk: Mix white vinegar into milk, stir, then let it rest for 5-10 minutes until it becomes thick and curdled.
- Whisk together melted butter, oil, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time, along with vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, mix the smaller amount of flour with baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Add the dry mixture to the butter mixture in three parts, alternating with the milk. Start and finish with the dry ingredients.
- If the mixture is too runny, add a little more flour.
- Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C) and grease a donut pan.
- Pipe the batter into each donut mold, filling about ¾ of the mold, leaving a little space at the top.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for a couple of minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
- Let them cool down completely.
- In a large bowl, mix sugar, milk, and salt until smooth. To make the glaze thinner, add extra milk, just a teaspoon at a time.
- Dip your donuts into the glaze and let them firm up.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: Oven-Baked Donuts, Homemade Donuts, Donut Pan, Melted Butter, Vanilla Extract, Buttermilk, Donut Glaze, Measuring Cups, Cooling Rack, Donut Recipe
- Always start with clean hands and clean surfaces.
- Do not consume raw batter as it contains raw eggs.
- Store leftovers in a clean, sealed container.
- Ensure all ingredients are not past their expiration date.
Bake, glaze, and enjoy these healthier Oven-Baked Donuts, a delicious treat that will surely delight your palate!