A friend gave me a set of doughnut pans to try my hand at baked doughnuts. I made a double batch of spiced doughnuts with maple cream cheese frosting for Halloween. I brought 1/2 to a party I went to and 1/2 to my son's scout party. They were a huge hit. Now I have to return the pans tomorrow, so I decided to whip up one more batch before I see them go. It is totally possible to not use doughnut pans for these, too, so don't worry if you're not so lucky to already have these. However, I would suggest buying some because they make the most beautiful easy doughnut. I know what I want for Christmas....
2 C flour
4 T carob powder (you can replace this with the same amount of cocoa powder)
2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1 1/3 C sugar
1 t nutmeg
1 t salt
4 T butter
1/2 C buttermilk (if you don't have any, add 1 T to regular milk and let sit 10 minutes)
1/2 C vanilla yogurt
2 t maple extract (you can use vanilla if that's all you have)
2 large eggs
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl add flour, carob powder, baking powder, baking soda and sugar. Combine thoroughly.
3. Add in nutmeg and salt and combine.
4. Cut butter into small pieces and add to dry ingredients. Use your hand to mix it in until ingredients are crumbly. It's easiest to use very cold butter for this.
5. In separate bowl add buttermilk, yogurt, eggs and extract. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
6. Poor wet ingredients into dry and using a spoon, mix thoroughly. Let rest 5 minutes.
7. If you have doughnut pans, grease them lightly and spoon mixture into pan, filling molds 2/3 full.
8. If you do not have pans, grease a cookie sheet and drop about 2 T of mixture at a time around pan. Use your thumbs to gently pull globs apart, exposing center hole.
9. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until set.
10. Remove from stove, let sit on a cooling rack for 5 minutes then gently remove from pan (use a butter knife to help) and place on cooling rack.
These are amazing as they are, but if you want you can glaze or frost them. These hold up fantastic to dipping in coffee or hot cocoa. Enjoy!