Baked Brown Butter Doughnuts

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Let’s talk doughnuts.

To be honest, I’ve never been a fan. All that frying didn’t seem very tempting. But once I’ve discovered the idea of baking them, I was sold.

These particular doughnuts from Joy the Baker are made with brown butter, another recent craze which took me a while to get behind by. Just like with baked doughnuts, I’m a believer now. Brown butter adds nuttiness to the taste, which is especially palpable in something as simple as these doughnuts. Brown butter is also very easy to make, although it’s better to watch it closely, as it can burn quickly.

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This recipe only makes 6 doughnuts, which is perfect for a regular doughnut pan. That reminds me, I’m not one for buying a lot of props for my kitchen, but getting a doughnut pan was a great idea. It wasn’t expensive and I use it a lot. I would recommend Wilton (got mine here).

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Speaking of Wilton, another of their essential products is a cooking spray, which I will probably mention a lot. You can buy it here (they’re not paying me for an ad, I promise. Their products are just that good.)

Moving on to the recipe. It’s pretty straightforward and comes together within minutes, which is always a plus. I’ve also used a simple chocolate glaze and some sprinkles, but if you prefer something else, go for it.

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Baked Brown Butter Doughnuts

source: adapted from Joy the Baker

Doughnuts:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a doughnut pan with cooking spray or lightly grease with butter.
  2. In a bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and sugar.
  3. Melt butter in a small pot over a medium heat. Butter will crackle and pop as the water melts out of it. Once that passes, the butter will settle down and begin to quickly brown and smell nutty. Once it does, remove it from heat and move to a small bowl.
  4. In a separate small bowl whisk together egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Only after that add butter to the wet ingredients (adding butter first may result in cooking the egg).
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir until combined, but be careful not to overmix.
  6. Place batter in the prepared pan using a teaspoon. Fill each cavity in the pan three-quarters full.
  7. Place in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Watch them closely, not to over-bake them.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  9. To make the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt.
  10. Add 2 tablespoons of milk and vanilla extract. If necessary, add more milk (or sugar) to achieve the right consistency.
  11. Dip the cool doughnuts into the glaze. Sprinkle with.. well, sprinkles. Wait for about 30 minutes for a glaze to set before serving.

Źródło: zaadaptowano z Joy the Baker

Donaty:

  • 1 szklanka mąki
  • 3/4 łyżeczki proszku do pieczenia
  • 1/4 łyżeczki sody oczyszczonej
  • 1/2 łyżeczki soli
  • 1/2 łyżeczki gałki muszkatołowej
  • 1/3 szklanki cukru
  • 2 łyżki masła
  • 1 duże jajko
  • 1/2 szklanki maślanki
  • 1 łyżeczka ekstraktu z wanilii

Polewa czekoladowa:

  • 1 szklanka cukru pudru
  • 3 łyżki kakao
  • szczypta soli
  • 2-3 łyżki mleka
  • 1 łyżeczka ekstraktu z wanilii

 

  1. Rozgrzej piekarnik do 170°C. Spryskaj foremkę do donatów (do kupienia np. tutaj) olejem w sprayu (np. tym), lub lekko natłuść masłem.
  2. W misce wymieszaj mąkę, proszek do pieczenia, sodę oczyszczoną, sól, gałkę muszkatołową i cukier.
  3. Masło rozpuść w garnuszku nad średnim ogniem. Masło zacznie trzaskać i strzelać, gdy będzie się z niego wytapiać woda. Gdy to minie, masło się uspokoi i zacznie szybko brązowieć i pachnieć orzechowo. Gdy całkiem zbrązowieje zdejmij je z ognia i przelej do małej miseczki.
  4. W osobnej misce wymieszaj jajko, maślankę i ekstrakt z wanilii. Dopiero wtedy dodaj do nich masło (dodanie go na początku mogłoby spowodować ugotowanie jajka).
  5. Dodaj mokre składniki do suchych. Wymieszaj aż się połączą, nie mieszając ich jednak zbyt długo.
  6. Używając łyżeczki umieść ciasto w przygotowanej foremce, wypełniając gniazda w ¾.
  7. Wsadź donaty do piekarnika i piecz od 8 do 10 minut. Uważnie je obserwuj, by ich nie spalić.
  8. Wyjmij je z piekarnika i pozwól im ostygnąć na kratce do studzenia.
  9. By przygotować polewę, wymieszaj cukier puder, kakao i sól.
  10. Dodaj 2 łyżki mleka i ekstrakt z wanilii. Jeśli będzie to potrzebne, dodaj więcej mleka (lub cukru) aż do uzyskania odpowiedniej konsystencji.
  11. Zanurz chłodne donaty w polewie. Posyp.. Posypką. Przed podaniem poczekaj ok. 30 minut aż polewa zastygnie.

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8 thoughts on “Baked Brown Butter Doughnuts

  1. thank you so much for following my blog – I reckon yours is the best blog I’ve come across in ages! Love the recipes, the photos & the motto of ‘easy is best’. I can’t wait to make these – I’m also a fan of baked [not fried] doughnuts.

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