Friday, April 12, 2013

Strawberry Frosted Baked Donuts

         


             It's friday! I have been looking forward to this day all week. My husband is coming home early so that we can fill up the tank for the gas grill, head to the stores before everyone buys up the milk and eggs, and to stock up on some bbq items. That's right folks..the time has come. The weatherman swore that our weekend has finally arrived..the one where we dust off our grills and light those suckers up. It's been raining like crazy but for one day and one day only..we will see on sunday..sun and warmth. Now when I say warmth..I'm talking around 65 derees..but do NOT laugh! that's considered summer weather to us and we will take it!

            
       

          I'm pretty sure if you tested everyone who lived in The Netherlands,you would see that we are below average on our vitamin d. By this time we are all lethargic, pissed off and ready for the smallest amount of sun.

                      


           I guess it makes you appreciate the summers and wonderful weather that much more. I just wish it would hang around more often than not. So to celebrate this all of this..

               


         I am bringing you a baked donut recipe. I know, I know, it's not a deep fried donut recipe. Hey I love those too..like alot. I don't like to deep fry though so my new best friend is the baked cake donut. It's not the same of course but we don't care. We just know we're getting donuts..and donuts in any form pretty much rock.

The one thing I will change about this recipe is the amount of strawberry extract. I found that 2 teaspoons was to much and will bump it down to 1 next time. It has to much of a sweet flavor with the large amount. If you don't have or don't like strawberry extract, feel free to use whatever kind you do have and change the color of the frosting accordingly.

Strawberry Frosted Donuts

1-1/3 cups All-purpose flour,Sifted
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 Large Egg
1/2 cup Sugar
3/4 cup Whole Milk..I used 2%
3 TBS Vegetable Oil
2 tsp. Vanilla

Frosting:
1 TBS Milk,plus more as needed
2 tsp. Strawberry Extract..start with 1
3-4 Drops Red Food Coloring
1-1/2 cups Powdered Sugar

Preheat oven to 350 or 180 celcuis. Grease a mini donut pan or regular donut pan with nonstick spray.

In a small,sift together the flour,baking powder,and salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl,whisk together egg and sugar. Then add the milk,oil, and vanilla,mixing until thoroughly combined. Gently stir in the flour mixture,stirring until there are no lumps.

Carefully fill each donut indentation 3/4 full. Bake 7-9 minutes for minis and 10 minutes for the regular sized ones..or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Transfer donuts to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

Plax wax paper inder the wire rack to catch any of the drippings from the frosting. In a medium bowl,whisk together the milk,strawberry extract, and red food coloring. Add powdered sugar,whisking until smooth and adding in any additional milk to reach that consistency ( I personally needed another 2 tablespoons).

Dip the top of each donut into the frosting and as you pull it up,turn it slowly to helpe the frosting coat the top and allowing the excess to drip off. Place onto wire rack and either cover in sprinkles or leave it alone and allow the donuts to sit for 5 minutes.

Serve right away, or store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Yield: 30 Mini Donuts or 8 regular sized donuts ( I do not own a mini donut pan,only the regular sized pan)
Source: Mini Donuts- 100 Bite-Sized Donut Recipes