Hello everyone! Last week my family and I vacationed in Florida, and as nice as our trip was, I am very happy to get back to my normal schedule at home, around the house and with Cozy Country Living! The weather was a little cooler for Florida this time of year, but it was much better than the freezing temperatures we had here all winter, so I tried to soak up as much sunshine and warm air as I could. Every year, it takes me at least a few days to get back to my normal routine, but this year it’s taking me a bit longer to get with the program. I don’t know if it was the 6 inches of heavy, wet snow that welcomed us home or the fact that I am trying to catch up on my sleep a bit, but it’s Thursday and I am FINALLY back, feeling refreshed just in time for the upcoming weekend!
Because I tried to use most of what was in my refrigerator before we left for vacation, until I made it to the store, I was working out of the cupboard. Have you ever “shopped” in your pantry? Every few months I try to go through my cupboards and my pantry and come up with meals using the things that I already have. I always find a few things in there that I forgot about. As I was meal planning and drinking a cup of coffee this afternoon, I was thinking about the yummy donuts I had on vacation. There’s this great little family owned donut shop in Anna Maria Island called Anna Maria Donuts that makes fresh, made to order donuts and you get to choose all sorts of fun toppings for them. Of course this has become one of my children’s favorite events. You can take a peak at those delicious donuts we enjoyed and other vacation pictures over on Instagram if you like Anyways, I had been meaning to use the Wilton Donut Pans that I bought last month, so since my mind was on donuts, I decided today was the day to put those pans to work!
These yummy White Chocolate & Almond Baked Donuts are so simple and fun to make. These moist almond donuts are baked quickly in the oven, cooled and then topped with a white chocolate glaze and then sprinkled with chopped almonds for a nice crunch. These donuts happened to be ready just in time for my kiddos to come home from school and they couldn’t have been happier about their sweet snack! Of course “baked” donuts will not completely replace my family’s love for fresh fried donuts, but we were all very pleased with these and they were full of flavor. If you don’t have a donut pan (or two), grab one this weekend and bake a dozen of these delicious breakfast treats for your family. You can make it a weekend event were the fun and the flavor combinations are endless!
- FOR THE DONUTS:
- 2 cups cake flour
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3/4 cup low fat buttermilk
- 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- FOR THE GLAZE:
- 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
- 2 1/2 Tbsp. heavy cream
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- FOR THE TOPPING:
- 1 cup sliced almonds, chopped
- Pre heat your oven to 425 degrees.
- Lightly spray your large donut pans with cooking spray.
- Set aside.
- In your Kitchen Aid Mixer, mix together the sifted dry ingredients, then add the wet ingredients and beat together until just combined.
- Fill your donut pans 2/3 full.
- Bake for 7-8 (mine took 7) minutes, or until donuts are cooked and they spring back up when touched.
- Do not over bake!
- Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
- When the donuts are cool, combine the glaze ingredients and whisk together over medium heat until melted and smooth.
- Dip donuts into the glaze, top with the chopped almonds and let set on a cooling rack.
- Enjoy while they are fresh.
- Makes (1) bakers dozen donuts.
Recipe for cake donuts adapted from Wilton
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