When it comes to fashion, fall is all about layering. But when it comes to food, fall is all about cinnamon. I loooooove cinnamon. Anything from cinnamon ice cream to cinnamon rolls and now I’ve also added cinnamon sugar donuts to my cinnamon loves list. I randomly pin recipes on Pinterest all the time, and since I felt like baking, I tried one of them: a recipe for cinnamon sugar donuts.
What you’ll need | 120 grams of all-purpose flour, 100 ml of milk, 65 grams granulated sugar, 30 grams of unsalted butter, three tablespoons of yoghurt, one teaspoon baking powder, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, half a teaspoon salt, half a teaspoon cinnamon and half a teaspoon of ‘speculaas kruiden’ & 75 grams of light brown granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons of melted butter and one teaspoon of cinnamon for the cinnamon sugar topping (recipe inspired by As Easy As Apple Pie).
How to | First, let’s start by grabbing a bowl for the dry ingredients and one for the wet ingredients. Mix the the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and ‘speculaas kruiden’ together. Then grab the other bowl and whisk together the milk, butter and vanilla extract. I like to melt the butter a little bit before. There’s one ingredient that the recipe called and I didn’t have (at least, I didn’t think), that’s where I got creative and used yoghurt instead of an egg. So, also add the yoghurt to this mixture.
Ever since I found out it’s possible to bake donuts, I have been loving to bake new kinds. You do need a donut baking tin. I use this one from Wilton.
Now pour the wet ingredients in the bowl with the dry ingredients. You can use a whisk to make it a smooth mixture but I like to mix everything together with a fork. Before adding the mixture to your donut tin, don’t forget to butter it up. This is important because you do want your donuts to come out of the tin when they are done.
When your baking tin is ready, use a spoon to scoop the mixture into the tin. Or, if you are a pro, use a ziplock bag, cut a corner and pipe the mixture into the tin. Fill the donut cavity up for 3/4 so it has room to rise. Put them in the oven and let them bake for about 10 minutes at 175 °C. I let mine in a little longer so just keep an eye on them. Remove your donuts from the oven and allow them to cool before getting them out.
Now let’s complete the cinnamon sugar donuts by making the cinnamon sugar topping. In a small bowl mix together the light brown granulated sugar and cinnamon. Cover the donuts with melted butter, dip them in the cinnamon sugar mixture and press down to make sure it all sticks to the melted butter.
And in the end, you’re left with the most fluffy and tasty cinnamon sugar donuts! I was so sure the recipe would fail because I didn’t have eggs (well, we did have them but it was early and I didn’t see them) but I actually like them way better when made with yoghurt! These measurements left me with eight donuts. So, I am already thinking about the next time I am baking donuts and how I want to make two batches… Are you also a cinnamon lover? Have you ever baked donuts?