Sometimes you want donuts and sometimes you realize that you always have the ingredients for donuts in your house, I'm about to ruin you for all time, you're welcome.
I treated myself to a mini donut pan because I had a weird coupon for it and, well, mini donuts have no calories, especially if you eat them standing up. I think any mini donut pan would work so I'm not recommending one or another. *IF you make donut pans and you want me to try yours, email me :)
ANYWAY, this is the batter I settled on as my favorite. I tested a bunch for you, you're so very welcome, I'm selfless like that.
QUICKIE DRIVE BY BAKED DONUTS
PREHEAT oven to 335
1/3 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
CREAM TOGETHER LIKE MAD then add all at once
1 XL egg
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
a few grates of fresh nutmeg
WHIP TOGETHER, IT WILL LOOK LIKE A CURDLED MESS, that's perfect
DUMP in all at once:
1 1/2 cup a/p flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
FOLD together with a spatula
The batter is thick and lovely. Put it all in a Quart size ziplock bag and cut a tiny corner off so you can pipe this super thick batter into your mini donut pan. Grease the pan well with spray and only fill them about 1/2 full... or else you'll get muffins, ask me how I know....
Pop the pan into a preheated oven and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and leave in pan about a minute then bang the pan on the counter, upside down and they all pop out. Put the little darlings on a rack to cool and cook the rest.
I make a glaze of
1 cup icing (confection) sugar with enough melted butter to turn it the consistency of peanut butter, thick peanut butter. Then drizzle in evaporated milk until it's the consistency you like for dipping the donuts, thick to top or thin to dip, your choice :)
When the donuts are cool you can top glaze them or dip them in icing sugar or you can butter them then roll in cinnamon sugar or you can dip glaze them if you make the glaze thinner or you can make ganache or ice them with icing sugar and lemon juice; the possibilities are endless. Here's the beauty shots from the testings. All delicious, all eaten :)
Go make some, now!