You ‘doughnut’ want to miss out on this recipe

I’m forever looking online for new recipes to try, and it seems like there aren’t a lot of foods I haven’t given a go over the years of writing this column.

I keep a spreadsheet of the recipes that have appeared in this space to keep track of what I’ve done and also when they came out, since I sometimes receive emails asking me for recipes that appeared pretty far back.

I started my 2018 spreadsheet and decided to do some counting. This column is my 288th recipe. I don’t even want to consider how many tablespoons of butter that probably represents.

That being said, I’m constantly amazed by the types of foods I haven’t tried making yet, and this week is another one to mark in the books as a new experience: doughnuts.

Years ago, I wrote about making fried doughnuts from biscuits—a childhood favorite—but until this week, I haven’t tried baking them.

I received a doughnut pan for Christmas, so I decided on New Year’s Eve that it was time to try out a baked doughnut recipe.

I started very simply with just a sugar doughnut recipe, and they were a great treat to accompany our game night with friends.

The recipe I used came from the blog “Brooklyn Farm Girl.” You can read it at http://brooklynfarm­girl.com/2017/02/06/homemade-baked-sugar-donuts/. I doubled the vanilla in my version.

If you don’t own a doughnut pan, by the way, you can make these as muffins or create your own doughnut pan out of a muffin tin with aluminum foil. I found a good tutorial to do that at http://tiphero.com/diy-doughnut-pan-and-recipe/.

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Baked Sugar Doughnuts

Ingredients

1/4 cup oil (I used canola)

1/2 cup buttermilk (I used skim milk with a touch of vinegar)

3/4 cup sugar, plus more for coating the doughnuts

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup flour

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray your doughnut pan with non-stick spray and set aside.

With a fork, beat the eggs, oil, buttermilk, sugar, salt, baking powder and vanilla together.

Mix in the flour.

Pour the batter into the doughnut pan, filling each well about 3/4 of the way up.

Bake for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the doughnuts comes out clean.

Remove and let cool for a few minutes before removing the doughnuts from the pan.

Put a scoop of sugar into a Ziploc bag or a bowl and coat your warm doughnuts in sugar on all sides one at a time.

Store in an airtight container.

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I actually halved this recipe, since my doughnut pan only makes six doughnuts at a time, and there were only four of us playing games, and it was super easy to do.

These aren’t fancy by any means, but I really liked how simple the flavors were. You could also coat these in a cinnamon-sugar mixture if you wanted to add a little more zip to them.

It was also such a quick recipe that I already had my pan filled with batter before my oven was finished preheating.

And now I can cross baked doughnuts off the list of foods I haven’t tried making yet. Who knows what culinary roads 2018 will lead me down? I’m excited to see (and so are my taste buds). I’m glad you’ll be joining me for the journey.

Lindsey Young is managing editor of The Clarion, the Kansas Publishing Ventures newspaper in Andale. She can be reached at lindseyclarion@gmail.com.