I've been wanting to try making baked donuts at home for some time now, especially after seeing all of these amazing baked donut recipes that my good friend Amy of MomAdvice.com shared recently. And what better time to give it a try than National Donut Day?!?
Walmart is highlighting fresh blueberries in their stores this month, so when they challenged me to share a great recipe using fresh blueberries, baked blueberry donuts were what immediately came to mind.
So I ordered a couple of Wilton baked donut pans on Walmart.com using their Site to Store free shipping service, and when they were available for pickup just two days later, I picked them up along with a box of cake flour and a large container of blueberries.
Choosing a good carton of blueberries doesn't have to be difficult. Here are some tips to select the best available:
- Select firm, plump blueberries with an indigo blue color and a silvery white frost.
- Avoid any with berries that have a green or red tint, which indicates underripe berries.
- If packaged in a carton, check to make sure there are no juice stains at the bottom of the carton or moldy or crushed berries buried inside.
If you've been looking for a quick and easy alternative to waffles or muffins for Sunday brunch, baked donuts are a fantastic alternative. Not only are they delicious, but they come together surprisingly fast. In fact, you can probably mix them up and bake them in less time that it takes to actually preheat the oven.
Mix up a quick glaze while they're cooling and you're ready to eat!
A few tips for turning out delicious baked donuts:
- Be sure to use a cooking spray, even with a nonstick pan. Most baked donut recipes don't use a lot of oil, so removing them from the pan can be difficult if you don't use it.
- Use a spoon to fill the donut pans and try to stick to the 2/3 full amount. Overfilling will turn out donuts that look more like muffins.
- Be sure to let the donuts cool for the specified amount of time before removing, and be gentle about releasing them from the pan. If you've used a cooking spray, turning the pan over and giving it a good shake should be enough to knock them loose.
Speaking of donuts that look like muffins... I will tell you that baked donuts do have more of a muffin or cake-like texture than the fried donuts you typically pick up from a bakery. I think they're equally delicious and my kids scarf them down as fast as I can turn them out, but I just thought I'd set some expectations up front. I can't wait to try some more new recipes and share them with you all!