Celebrate…National Donut Day!

So who was the genius who designated the first Friday in June as NATIONAL DONUT DAY?  It should be no surprise that these popular treats get a day of their own.  While I’m more of a “muffin maven” than an “donut diva”, I do have a soft spot for our local farmer’s market apple cider donuts!

You can celebrate the day by buying your favorite donut treats.  Or, get the kids involved in MAKING YOUR OWN DONUTS.  For some delicious recipes to get you started, visit:

http://www.familycircle.com/bestdonuts

Try this recipe for: CINNAMON BAKED DONUTS from The Barefoot Contessa.

  • Baking spray with flour (such as Bakers Joy)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 extra-large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Topping
  • 8 tablespoon (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

Doughnut
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees . Spray 2 doughnut pans well with baking spray. Into a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, milk, melted butter and vanilla. Stir wet mixture into dry ingredients until just combined.
  2. Spoon batter into prepared baking pans, filling each one a little more than three-quarters full. Bake at 350 degrees for 17 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then tap doughnuts out onto a sheet pan.
Topping
  1. Melt butter in an 8-inch saute pan. Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Dip each doughnut first in butter and then in cinnamon sugar, either on one side or both sides.

 

What flavors are your favorites?

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