Saturdays seem to be the only days that I have any time to make “fun” breakfast food. The rest of the week it’s cereal, oatmeal, bagels, etc. So, I like to take every opportunity I get to try new breakfast foods. I came across this recipe in my search for just that. I know that Christmas is over and gingerbread is “out of season,” but I love the flavor! And I finally have a donut pan, how could I not give these a try! Actually, to be quite honest with you, I don’t like donuts, at least I didn’t think I liked them. Well, I still don’t like the fried kind. There’s just something about them that turns me off to even the idea of eating them. However, I have discovered a new “like.” I like baked donuts and these gingerbread donuts are addicting! Made with wheat flour, applesauce, and very little sugar (minus the frosting!), these donuts could actually be called healthy. The non-stick pan was super easy to use. The donuts just popped right out and it washed up great. All the more reason to try them! 🙂
Baked Gingerbread Donuts
Adapted from Pinch of Yum
- 1 C white whole wheat flour
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 C brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp reduced-sugar maple syrup
- 1 tbsp skim milk
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1/4 C brown sugar
- 2 tbsp milk
- 1/4 C confectioner’s sugar
- Preheat oven to 35o.
- Mix together all dry ingredients.
- Whisk in wet ingredients.
- Pour batter into a gallon-sized bag and cut the corner off or use a pastry bag. Fill cavities about 2/3 full. It’s kind of hard to measure since they’re mini!
- Bake for 5-9 minutes, or until they just start to turn a light golden brown.
- **Cool for a couple of minutes and then sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.
- Find a nice hot cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk and enjoy!!
**If you are making the glaze as well, for these instructions:
- Let donuts cool completely. This will allow the glaze to harden quickly when applied.
- In a small saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar together over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Let boil for 2 minutes.
- Add 1 tablespoon milk, stir, and bring back to a boil.
- Add powdered sugar, stir, and if the glaze is too thick, add the second tablespoon of milk to thin it.
- Turn the heat to low and keep it the pan on the heat while glazing. The glaze will begin to crystallize if removed from the heat.
- Glaze donuts and follow step seven above! 🙂