February 11, 2013

First Try: A Doughnut for Fasnacht Day

Baked Glazed Doughnuts via Tried & Twisted

In the south, they celebrate with the wild and crazy parties of Mardi Gras. But here in Pennsylvania, we celebrate with the sweet doughy goodness of the Fasnacht.

Every "Fat Tuesday" or Shrove Tuesday, the Pennsylvanian Dutch break out the lard and warm up their deep fryer to make the sweet dessert that is a heavy-weight of the doughnut world. As part of the tradition of Lent, they emptied their pantries into one heavy delectable dessert.

To celebrate this tradition, many around town enjoy doughnuts and fasnachts alike. I have yet to learn the traditional family recipe for fasnachts, but I am learning how to bake doughnuts, thanks to my mother-in-law's generous gift of a doughnut-baking starter kit. Today, in the spirit of the donut holiday, I tried out a scratch recipe for a basic glazed doughnut based on Food.com website. The glaze recipe came from The Pioneer Woman.

Baked Doughnuts
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 cups flour
4 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cups milk

 3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
2. Blend butter and sugar in a stand mixture until the mixture is light and fluffy.

3. Add the eggs and beat until mixed. 

4. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture while blending on low speed. 

6. Add milk and blend together. Add nutmeg and cinnamon.

7. Grease doughnut pans and fill a little over halfway with batter. If you have difficulty spooning the batter into the pan, you could pipe the batter into rings. 

8. Bake for 15 or 20 minutes until tops are tan and baked through. The bottom bakes darker than the top due to the pan, so don't wait for the tops to turn brown.

9. Remove from the pan and let doughnuts cool on cooling racks.
10. Mix all of the ingredients for the glaze together. If you want a thicker glaze, mix the ingredients in a saucepan and heat on low heat. Dip the top of the doughnuts into the glaze mix and return to the cooling racks. 

Baked Glazed Donut via Tried & Twisted

Serve and enjoy! 

Rating: 2 out of 5. This recipe requires a doughnut baking pan, but otherwise doesn't require anything more than the average cookie or cupcake recipe. Who would have guessed it could be so easy to make donuts in your own home! 

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  1. MMM! Looks delicious! Who knew?! I would have thought it would be a lot harder to make donuts at home, but for now, I'll just randomly show up to see if YOU have any! ;)

    1. Ha! I'll take any excuse for baking or for hanging out.


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