What's Baking: Baked Strawberry Donuts


It's Valentine's Day! Or as I like to call it, "How many conversation hearts can I eat in one sitting?" Day. But, before putting myself into a Valentine's-candy induced sugar coma later today, I thought I'd start the morning by baking up a batch of strawberry donuts. I love the sweet flavor the strawberries lend to the donuts and a bit of strawberry puree in the glaze gives it a lovely pink hue. Topped with festive sprinkles, these baked donuts make an excellent -- and not terribly bad for you -- holiday treat.


Baked Strawberry Donuts (printer-friendly version)
makes six donuts

For the donuts:
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup finely chopped strawberries (about 3 medium-large strawberries)
2 tablespoons nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 egg
3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the strawberry glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons pureed strawberries (about 3-4 medium strawberries), strained to remove most seeds
2-3 tablespoons skim milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

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 chopped strawberries, yogurt, buttermilk, 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 the donuts from the pan and let cool completely.
7. While the donuts are cooling, make the glaze: In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, strawberry puree, milk, and vanilla extract. Continue stirring until the mixture is smooth.
8. Use the glaze immediately to coat the top of each donut.
9. Serve (or deliver to friends) immediately.


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