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Black and White Baked Doughnuts

July 7, 2014

Black and White Cake Doughnuts

I’d never go so far as to say that baked doughnuts are better than fried doughnuts.  That’s downright madness.  Perhaps we can we all just agree that they’re good… like, really really good.  Right?

Baked doughnuts are the real life version of Homer Simpson doughnuts that we get to eat without being cartoons ourselves.  They’re emoji doughnuts, in our hands, for our bellies.  Just a little bit of magic.  That’s all I’m saying.

I do have a history with baked doughnuts.  Call me biased.  See:  Brown Butter with Chocolate Glaze or Double Chocolate Cake or Sweet Apple Cinnamon.  

Black and White Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts

Today I’ve combined my love for cartoon-esque baked doughnuts with my love for Black and White Cookies and a bonus rainbow cloth because we’re worth it.

Let’s doughnut like we always do!

Black and White Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts

I feel really good about how these brown butter doughnuts come together… mostly because it’s really simple!

Flour + sugar + spice + everything nice (i.e.: nutmeg and buttermilk).

Black and White Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts

Browned butter is an essential ingredient in these doughnuts.  It adds a lovely depth and nuttiness to the cake-y doughnuts.

Browned butter is mixed (browned bits and all) with buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract.

Black and White Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts

Dry ingredients are fluffed together and whisked.

Black and White Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts

Wet ingredients are whisked up just right and mixed with the dry ingredients.  Wet + Dry.  Simple cooking math.

Black and White Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts

… Except please don’t be like me and forget to add the granulated sugar to the dry ingredients…

That’s just real life baking for ya.

Black and White Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts

I think this baked doughnut pan is one of the better trendy kitchen thing-y things I’ve bought in a long time.

Next up:  an individual banana holder.  Not really.  Not really at all.

Black and White Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts

Baked up golden brown, these doughnuts are soft and tender and sweet.

Chocolate and vanilla glazes are thick enough to be juuust spreadable.  Color sprinkles at the ready!

Black and White Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts

It takes a bit of willpower to graciously glaze each half of each doughnut without taking a bite out of each one.  I wish you luck.

Black and White Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts

I like sprinkles on one side of the doughnut because that’s just the kind of girl I am.

Black and White Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts

It’s like the choose-you-own-adventure baked doughnut!  Start with the more serious dark chocolate half or dive right not the vanilla sprinkle party half.  I always try to eat straight through the center, but that doesn’t usually end gracefully.  You may have to eat your way through two or three doughnuts before you get the hang of it.  I speak from experience.

That’s all for now!  Happy Baking!

Black and White Brown Butter Baked Doughnuts

makes 6 doughnuts

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For the Doughnuts:

1 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/3 cup granulated sugar

3 tablespoons unsalted butter (but we’ll only use 2 tablespoons of browned butter for the recipe)

1 large egg

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Glaze:

3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

pinch of salt

2 to 3 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Vanilla Glaze:

3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted

2 to 3 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease a doughnut pan and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and sugar.  Set aside.

In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter.  Butter will begin to crackle and pop as it melts.  That’s the water melting out of the butter.  Once the water has evaporated the butter will quiet down and begin to brown.  Keep an eye on it, it browns quickly.  The butter will begin to smell nutty.  Remove from heat and immediately transfer browned butter (brown bits and all) to a small bowl.

In a small bowl whisk together egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.  Measure out 2 tablespoons of browned butter and whisk into the wet ingredients.

Add the wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients.  Stir together until no flour bits remain and all of the ingredients are well combined.  Try not to overmix the batter.  That might create rubbery doughnuts.

Use a small spoon to dollop batter into the prepared pan.  Smooth out and fill each doughnut in the pan three-quarters full with batter.

Place in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.  Keep an eye on them and try not to over-bake them.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

While the doughnuts cool, make the glazes.

To make the chocolate glaze, in a medium bowl whisk together powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and salt.

Add 2 tablespoons of milk and vanilla extract.  Whisk to combine.  Add more milk as necessary to create a thick but still just pourable glaze.

To make the vanilla glaze, in a medium bowl whisk together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract to create a thick put still pourable glaze.

Once the doughnuts are completely cool, spread half of the doughnuts with chocolate glaze, and the remaining half with vanilla class.  Return to the wire rack and sprinkle the vanilla side with color sprinkles.  Allow to set for about 30 minutes before stacking or serving. Doughnuts are best within 2 days.

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