Baked Cinnamon-Sugar mini Doughnuts

9/22/12

Baked Cinnamon-Sugar mini Doughnuts |une gamine dans la cuisine

Saturday has been, so far, brisk and breezy and rain-soaked. The sky is a gorgeous churning mix of cadet blue and sad-sea grey.

I am so content right now. There is something peaceful about the autumn rain and it's haunting wind. They carry a wistful sadness...one which I feel I can relate to in some inexplicable way.

Currently I'm listening to a rather broodingly-gorgeous mix of Keren Ann and Carla Bruni songs, making my way through a second pot of Sumatran coffee, and simply enjoying the first beautiful, pensive weekend of fall.

I also happen to have a few of these little doughnuts left from yesterday. I had to hide them from my lazy self by placing them inside a cookie jar and shoving the jar behind several boxes of cereal. (I knew they'd be safe there because those boxes of cereal are old and stale and make me feel guilty every time I open the cupboard of shame.)

But I've made it through the weekend cleaning rounds, so I'm now able to repel any negative feelings and enjoy the still-delicious, cinnamon-y bliss, of guilt free baked doughnuts.

And boy do I have a treat coming up this week. The antique caramel cake recipe is coming soon!! This cake was so incredible. It feels like a huge present that I can't wait to share, yet I love teasing you about it, constantly.  Love you. xo ;)

Baked Cinnamon-Sugar mini Doughnuts |une gamine dans la cuisine

Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts
yields about 24 mini doughnuts

for the doughnuts
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I wanted a strong kick of cinnamon. If you prefer less, reduce amount to 1/2 teaspoon)
1/4 cup buttermilk (well-shaken)
1/4 cup half & half cream (or whole milk)
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg

for the coating
1/4 cup (that's 1/2 a stick) unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

method
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter the mini doughnut pan wells.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; Set aside. 
In a separate, smaller mixing bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and cream (or milk, if using). Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar for about 2 minutes on medium speed. Scape down the sides of the bowl and and the egg. Beat for another minutes on medium speed. 
On low speed, add the flour mixture in three increments, altering with the milk mixture and beginning and ending with the flour. Beat each addition until it's just blended. (Over-beating will cause the doughnuts to be tough and dense.)
Pour a scant Tablespoon of batter into each buttered well. {Note: I found it easier to scrape the dough into a pastry bag and pipe into the wells.} 
Bake for 7-8 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into a center doughnut comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a *cooling rack. Use a paper towel to swipe off the pan. Re-butter the wells and finish off the rest of the dough. 

As the doughnuts are baking, prepare the coating. In a large, shallow bowl, whisk together the sugar and cinnamon.

*As soon as the doughnuts are cool enough to handle, dip each one into the melted butter. Roll buttered doughnuts through the cinnamon/sugar mixture until coated. 

The doughnuts are best enjoyed as soon as possible, but are still quite good on the second day (If they manage to last that long!)

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma

17 comments:

The Squishy Monster said...

These are really gorgeous and I suspect I could gobble up at least 1/2 a dozen, no problems =D

Beth said...

Your doughnuts are adorable. When I need to hide something from myself, I put it in the basement. Out of sight, out of mind -- and I can sometimes talk myself out of it by the time I make the trip downstairs.

Laura (Tutti Dolci) said...

These doughuts are so adorable! Just what I want with my afternoon coffee :).

Valerie said...

@Laura, I can't thank you enough for the mini-pan! (I really need to start using it more often.) :D

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

So pretty and tempting! I wish I had a doughnut pan...

Cheers,

Rosa

Jennie @themessybakerblog said...

Oh my, these look absolutely delicious. Sounds like you had a great day, coffee, relaxing, donuts. It doesn't get much better than that.

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

Love those gorgeous photos! These look great but I am excited for your caramel cake.

Deb said...

Beguiling little bits of sweetness, just in time for the start of autumn. I so much like the swirling in butter and spiced sugar, just irresistible!

Kim - Liv Life said...

I got Liv a donut pan last Christmas, but I think we've forgotten about it of late. I just printed this out for her, and I'm thinking we have our Sunday after plans!
Thank you!

Angry Asian said...

You paint such a gorgeous picture of autumn, what a way to usher her in!

Jen @ Savory Simple said...

Beautiful photos! I would inhale these!

Laura said...

You could send some to me! ;)

Jenn Kendall said...

i'll take a half dozen or so please! they look so delicious and adorable! i cannot wait for your caramel cake post!

Kristy @ the wicked noodle said...

Sounds like a great weekend to me! I have a cupboard of shame, too - my mom cleaned it out for me while I was in Alaska. And my dad cleaned my car. I'm both blessed to have such great parents and ashamed that I'm such a lazy bum :-)

Your donuts look sooo good! That first picture is amazing.

Jean said...

I love those autumn days that you describe. Sounds perfect for staying inside and doing cooking/baking projects. I also have Keren Ann's "Chelsea Burns" loaded on the iPod. Nice choice of music! :)

Beautiful doughnuts! They remind me of the ones I used to get from our small town bakery when I was a kid, and they look so delectable. Well done!

steph (whisk/spoon) said...

i loooove cinnamon-sugar donuts-- you'd definitely have to hide them from me too! looking forward to seeing that caramel cake. happy fall!

Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) said...

Oh my word! Where to even begin with these beauties!? They look fabulous, and I'm thrilled to have found your blog :)

 

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