In my food goals for 2017 I said that I wanted to try new things when it came to baking and experiment in the kitchen. Already this year I’ve bought two new baking trays and with them I’ve made chocolate and almond bundt cakes and now…mini doughnuts – both of which I have never made before.
The baking tray came with a recipe for mini doughnuts and my only two criticisms were that it wasn’t specific with the baking powder measurement or what type of sugar to use and actually the quantity makes more than the tray allows. Nevertheless, after two attempts, they finally turned out right.
This quick and easy recipe creates a fun snack perfect for parties or as a treat while catching up with that box set sitting by your DVD player. Now I’ve decorated these in shades of pink for Valentine’s Day, but you can decorate yours whichever way you want. The recipe card suggests melted chocolate and coconut shavings or you can experiment with different food colourings and sprinkles.
Note: this recipe makes more than 12 so you’ll either need two trays or pipe the remaining mixture onto a baking tray and make some biscuits.
For the doughnuts:
40g caster sugar
A pinch of salt
¼ teaspoon of vanilla essence
1 medium egg
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 tablespoon of buttermilk
For the decoration:
Food colouring of your choice
Sprinkles of your choice
Preheat the oven to 180°C (for fan assisted ovens 160°C) and grease your doughnut pan with butter
Cream the butter, sugar, salt and vanilla essence together in a bowl
Add the egg and beat for a further 30 seconds
Mix together the flour and baking powder and then sieve this into the mixture
Add the buttermilk and beat together until smooth
Pop the mixture into a piping bag and pipe the mixture into the doughnut pan, filling them just under half way each
Put the tray in the oven and bake for 12-15 minutes
Once they’re done, remove them from the oven and leave them to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely
Once cooled you can begin to decorate them
With your icing sugar, food colouring and cold water, mix together your icing
Dip each doughnut into the icing and then decorate with sprinkles
If you do make these for Valentine’s Day, then why not put them in a little dish alongside a few other treats to make a sharing platter and indulge while watching a film.