It's usually on the third Sunday of each month that I have to dig a little deeper to get inspired for our big, end-of-the-weekend, family breakfast. Okay, I'll just say it: I get tired of pancakes. I have no doubt that my kids could eat pancakes or waffles every single day as a main course, but I like to change things up sometimes. So, last Sunday we collectively decided to make doughnuts for breakfast!
Around here we bake our doughnuts and this recipe for brown sugar cake doughnuts is my favorite. This was a basic vanilla cake doughnut recipe I got from an issue of Family Circle magazine years ago. It's a good one, but I've made a couple of very minor adaptations to it to suit my taste and style.
I personally enjoy these cake doughnuts dredged in a bit a cinnamon and sugar. However, it's not a doughnut without icing according to my kids, so I also made made two basic, easy glazes to go with these breakfast treats. Making a huge mess while icing these doughnuts is probably my kid's favorite part of the whole process and it's a necessary part of the deal!
So, get out your sprinkle collection, roll up your sleeves and have some fun for breakfast this weekend, y'all. I just know you will enjoy these tasty baked doughnuts as much as we do!
|Ready for the oven!|
|"Mama! I want that one...okay?!" She gets that "picky" trait from daddy. Not moi.|
|My lone doughnut. Basted with a bit of melted butter and dredged in cinnamon and sugar. It's the best!|
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 4 teaspoons salted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons milk
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoon milk
1. In a small bowl using a whisk, combine the sugar and the cocoa powder until well-mixed. Add in the milk and whisk until a thick glaze forms.
2. Place paper towels underneath a cooling rack. This give a glaze a place to "run off".
3. Dip the cooled doughnuts into the glaze to coat or use a spoon to "splatter" the doughnuts with glaze like we did. Placed the iced doughnuts on the rack to set for a few minutes. Enjoy!
Cinnamon and Sugar Coated Doughnuts*
- 2 tablespoon each, ground cinnamon and sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
1. Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and mix them well.
2. Using a pastry or small basting brush, lightly coat the cooled doughnut with melted butter.
3. Dip or sprinkle the doughnut with the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Enjoy!
*Not necessary to double this recipe. It should work for the whole half-dozen!