I almost NEVER eat donuts. Not because I don’t like them, but because I can NEVER stop at one!!! Who wants to deal with the guilt after that? I certainly don’t!!
Oh well, so I have the perfect solution- Baked Cinnamon Donuts..warm,soft, fresh!
The traditional donuts, as delicious as they may be, involve yeast. You wait for the dough to rise, shape, rise, fry… Here, its a simple cake recipe, baked in donut pan…the only special tool you’ll need for these. Purists, please excuse, but there are times when you need a freshly baked donut now!
As always, I experimented with buckwheat, and the little pastries came out amazingly well. You can of course use regular all-purpose flour. Or a combination of two. After a couple trials, I also figured that its far easier and neater to use a ziplock baggie to dispense the batter in the donut cavities. Simply fill a baggie with the batter, snip off a corner and pipe the batter in.
I love a crunchy topping, so I coarsely ground the sugar, before mixing it with cinnamon. The moment that warm donut hits the cinnamon sugar, you get that wonderful cozy bakery smell that is always so inviting.
I did a chocolate variation too by dipping these donuts in melted chocolate a couple times and it was blissful. I got terrible pictures though..it was raining and I just couldn’t get rid of the green tinge! Anybody with suggestions regarding photography, please help!