What's Baking: Maple-Glazed Baked Donuts

This past Saturday was rather gloomy -- grey skies all day long and precipitation that switched back and forth between rain and snow. After finally getting out of our (warm) bed, D and I contemplated a trip to Zadnick's to get some freshly baked donuts. But just one look outside made me rethink that plan. Since I already had all the ingredients on hand to make donuts myself, I figured it was about time I put my donut pan to use once again and set to making a small batch of maple-glazed baked donuts to complement our breakfast. (Plus, let's face it, with the holidays right around the corner, it's probably better for my waistline to eat donuts that are baked and not fried...)

The donut itself is basically a plain donut with a smidge of vanilla flavor; the real goodness comes in the form of a glaze that's generously spiked with pure maple syrup. You can opt to just dip the tops of the donuts in the glaze, or go whole hog and completely submerge them in the glaze. Let the donuts rest for a few minutes after glazing to let the glaze set. Then grab a cup of coffee, your favorite book, and curl up on the couch next to the fire while you enjoy your donuts. Or at least, that's what I did!

Maple-Glazed Baked Donuts (printer-friendly version)
makes 6-8 donuts

For the donuts:
1 cup unbleached cake flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup organic skim milk
1 egg
3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon organic skim milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a donut pan with cooking spray and set aside.
2. Whisk together the dry ingredients.
3. Add in the yogurt, milk, egg, oil, and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.
4. Carefully spoon the donut batter into the prepared baking pan. Fill each cavity about 3/4 full.
5. Bake for 9-12 minutes, or until the donuts just spring back when touched.
6. Allow the donuts to cool in the pan for five minutes. Then remove donuts from the pan and let cool completely.
7. While the donuts are cooling, make the glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, maple syrup, milk, and ground cinnamon until smooth.
8. Dip the top of each cooled donut into the glaze, letting any excess drip off. Place the glazed donuts on a plate and let the donuts rest for a few minutes to allow the glaze to set before eating.