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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

How To Make Perfect Baked Donuts

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Don't know how to make baked donuts? Here are some tips on how to make perfect baked donuts every time. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #bakeddonuts

What task have you practiced, that you've finally mastered?

I'm sure dozens of things come to mind for you, like they do for me.
Let's see...

 Driving.
Oh wait, I backed out of the garage without opening the garage door. Scratch that.

 Putting on eyeliner in a straight line.
 Never mind - Junior Goo Shoes asked me why I had two black eyes.

Mastering the latest line dance.
Forget that, too. I'm always facing back when everyone else is facing front. 

Driving
Eyeliner
Line Dancing 

Baking donuts 

YES!!! 

After two years of practice, I can say with confidence that I have, in fact, 
become pret-ty, pret-ty good at baking donuts.

I'm willing to share my top secrets of success.
Well, it's not really rocket science, but I've googled this and believe it or not, 
I couldn't find step-by-step directions for making perfect baked donuts.
Fried doughnuts, yes...but not baked donuts.

By george, I think this could be an original.

Get your note pads out...or better yet, pin this for future reference.

Here's what works for me.
 
Don't know how to make baked donuts? Here are some tips on how to make perfect baked donuts every time. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #bakeddonuts
Red Velvet Donuts


1. Grease the donut pan.
Pretty much a no-brainer, but if you don't grease them, 
the  next four steps won't help. 
I give the pan a generous shpritz with cooking spray.
I don't need to show a photo of that, do I?
I've got one, but it's kind of boring.

2. Use a spoon (and your finger) to fill donut wells.


Don't know how to make baked donuts? Here are some tips on how to make perfect baked donuts every time. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #bakeddonuts
Cinnamon Donuts

 Some recipes that say the easiest way to fill the donut pan is to put the batter
into a pastry bag and squeeze it out.
That may work, but I've made recipes where the batter is quite thick. 

Don't know how to make baked donuts? Here are some tips on how to make perfect baked donuts every time. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #bakeddonuts
Apple Cider Donuts

 Besides, I'm too lazy to add that extra step.
I find it easiest, no matter what the consistency of the batter is, 

to fill a small spoon, and guide it into the well with my finger.

3. Fill the wells of the donut pan about 3/4 full.

Don't know how to make baked donuts? Here are some tips on how to make perfect baked donuts every time. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #bakeddonuts
Pumpkin Donuts with Nutella Glaze
I find that this makes a nice, full donut.
No one wants a donut that looks like its been rolled over by a car 
(and, no, I haven't done that -- thanks for wondering).

  4. Bake until donuts spring back to the touch.

Don't know how to make baked donuts? Here are some tips on how to make perfect baked donuts every time. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #bakeddonuts
Cinnamon Bun Donuts
 I always check on my donuts a few minutes early.
I find that it's easy to tell that they are done when they spring back to the touch.
You can also use a cake tester.

 5. Let the donuts cool 10-15 minutes in the pan.

Don't know how to make baked donuts? Here are some tips on how to make perfect baked donuts every time. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #bakeddonuts
Cinnamon Donuts
 Many recipes (including some that I have posted), 
say to remove the donuts after they cool 2 - 5 minutes in the pan. 
I'm sure that this is so they don't continue to cook.
But, I've had trouble getting them out without falling apart 
when they are too warm, especially those made with a thinner batter.
I have not had a problem with over-cooked donuts, 
by letting them cool longer in the pan.
Just sayin'. 

  6. Gently lift donuts out of the pan with a butter knife.

Don't know how to make baked donuts? Here are some tips on how to make perfect baked donuts every time. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #bakeddonuts
Cinnamon Donuts

I've tried pulling donuts out of the pan using my fingers.
Nope, didn't always work. 
 Now, I loosen the edges of the donuts with a butter knife, 
and then use the knife and my other hand to lift them out of the pan.
They are less likely to break when you do it this way, 

  9. Use a 3/4-inch round fondant cutter to make perfect holes.
Don't know how to make baked donuts? Here are some tips on how to make perfect baked donuts every time. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #bakeddonuts
Red Velvet Donuts

My early attempts at donuts looked messy in the centers.
I tried to compensate by filling the pans with less batter,
 so they wouldn't fill in the hole, but they came out too flat (see #3).
Even if the donut hole closes up while baking, no worries --
it's nothing a fondant cutter can't fix.

10. Make the bottom of the donut the top.

Don't know how to make baked donuts? Here are some tips on how to make perfect baked donuts every time. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #bakeddonuts
Apple Cider Donuts

Are you saying "huh?" 
The bottom of the donut (the part that was in the pan)
is perfectly shaped, whereas the top can be irregular. 
Just flip it over before icing.

11. Glaze donuts on a wire rack.

Don't know how to make baked donuts? Here are some tips on how to make perfect baked donuts every time. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #bakeddonuts
Apple Cider Donuts
The wire rack allows the glaze to drip through, 
so that it doesn't pool up.
The bottom of your donut stays nice and neat. 

Don't know how to make baked donuts? Here are some tips on how to make perfect baked donuts every time. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #bakeddonuts
Pumpkin Donuts with Nutella Glaze

Will you give baked donuts a try? 
You can buy a donut pan here, and fondant cutters here.

Maybe you will like my Cinnamon Donut recipe, coming soon.

I've been pinning lots of baked donut recipes, so maybe one will strike your fancy.

Don't know how to make baked donuts? Here are some tips on how to make perfect baked donuts every time. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #bakeddonuts
Clockwise, from top left: Red Velvet, Pumpkin with Nutella Glaze,
Cinnamon Bun, Apple Cider

 And now, if you'll excuse me, 
I've got to go practice putting on my eyeliner while doing the Electric Slide. 


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21 comments:

  1. Oh Amy I am drooling. I will take a dozen of each. They look so good. I am going to try these.
    Yummo!!!!
    Kris

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  2. Hi Amy,
    Wow your donuts look AMAZING!!! I bet they tastes AMAZING too! Thanks for sharing these tips about making the perfect donut.
    One of these days I will have to give it a try as I've never made them before.
    Julie xo

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  3. Your blog needs a warning: "DO NOT ATTEMPT TO LOOK AT THE PICTURES IF YOU ARE ON A DIET!"
    Gosh, these donuts look and sound so good, the only reason from baking them is a lack of the right donut pan.
    Btw, the picture with the Nutella glaze is so cute. The donut is wearing shoesies! ;-)

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  4. You're killing me Amy!! Great instructions, and I agree with Merisi :).

    xxx

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  5. I love making baked donuts with my babycakes maker. Now you've got me thinking that I need to make donuts!

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  6. I want a red velvet one and I want it now. I'm putting on the kettle.
    Amalia
    xo

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  7. Amy, these look divine!!! I love baking from scratch but have never tried a donut. I don't know if I'd have the patience for this one. I like that they are baked. Fried always give me a stomachache not to mention too much fat for me.

    Cindy

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  8. I actually bought a mini donut pan for the oven a few years ago and never used it! Now I feel really guilty that it is that easy! Okay, bring on the recipes so I can bake!

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  9. ... well they do look great, but as I don't eat too much sugar, I'm going to have to decline, but I'm sure others will love to make them.

    Well done on sharing all your recipe ideas, and various articles - that is what is so good about 'blogland'.

    All the best Jan

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  10. ... well they do look great, but as I don't eat too much sugar, I'm going to have to decline, but I'm sure others will love to make them.

    Well done on sharing all your recipe ideas, and various articles - that is what is so good about 'blogland'.

    All the best Jan

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  11. I think I need to find myself a little doghnut mold tray...

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  12. Well, I'm happy to know that donuts can be baked! You know you have made me hungry!

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  13. We've been wanting to try donuts for a long time now so these tips are great to know! Thanks so much for sharing on the Let's Get Real link party :)

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  14. Mmmm these look delicious! I cannot WAIT for that cinnamon donut recipe :D

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  15. Great tips you have here! They all looks so tasty!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  16. They look delicious. I never baked doughnuts before, but after I saw your recipes I would like to try them. x

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  17. I LOVE donuts, but have to admit, all that fat in commercially bought ones, (and even scarier, all those ingredients I cannot pronounce!), keep them at bay, lately. So, your own homemade, baked beauties are a sweet welcome! Looking forward to the cinnamon recipe!


    Poppy

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  18. I didn't realize you could bake these. How wonderful! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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