Recipe: Baked Peach Donuts

My favorite situation in which I eat donuts is actually for breakfast on the weekend – with my boyfriend in New York City. He is that awesome person who gets up, makes breakfast (i.e. he makes coffee and puts donuts from their bag on a plate) and brings it in bed. All the while I stay in bed, stretch, check my phone, etc. As you might guess I am also very excited to soon live with him because: donuts. Also, the cat never tries to steal a bite of donuts, which is even better for me, esp. when I still lie in bed and don’t want to move much already.

Until the three of us live together I have to look after myself and buy donuts on my own. Thank god, there is a great donut place close to my house. But when I went there the other day, my favorite kind of donut, their peach donuts, was all sold out. While I was sad, I had also saved $ 3 (plus taxes – please never forgot those stupid taxes that are only added at the register in the U.S.). As much as I love donuts, I must say that they are quite expensive. And being the great girlfriend I am, I did the maths and figured out how much of our salary we will spend on donuts once I have moved. Let’s just say it was quite a staggering sum. I then calculated how cheap it is to make my own donuts. All I really needed were ingredients that I mostly have at home at all times anyways. I obviously needed a donut pan (like this one*) What an amazing opportunity to buy one! Now that “we” have one, my boyfriend might never wonder when it was bought and why. It has obviously always been there. Shush, please don’t tell him 😉

The only other things I had to buy were peaches and some peach juice. Because I love this fruit so much, I bought a few more pieces. I think it might be worth next time to try to purée one peach or two and replace the peach juice in the batter with peach purée. They even make my whole kitchen smell deliciously fruity.

Making donuts is quite literally a piece of cake. I only mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and then fill the batter into the donut pan. I have never tried frying them, but always bake them and so far that has worked out well. Just make sure to leave the donuts in the oven long enough so that they are brown from all sides. If you take them out too early, they might fall apart.

The one advantage I had this time when I made these baked peach donuts was that right now I still live alone. I didn’t need to share any donut, har har. I got 8 tasty donuts and ate them all alone. Because I could. And because they were delicious and I now have a donut pan and they saved me at least $ 20 (if not more since there isn’t any excise tax on groceries in Massachusetts).

I like to think that making baked donuts is so easy-peasy that I will become our own donut baker and try to make different kinds all the time. Besides peach donuts I also love maple bacon ones (they are sooo amazing even though the combination might sound weird at first) and other fruity ones. But I would never reject a good chocolate donut either.

Have you made donuts yourself yet? And what is your favorite kind of donut?

Yields 8 donuts

Recipe: Baked Peach Donuts

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup peach juice
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter (and some more to grease the pan)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup of diced peaches (about 1 peach)
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar for the icing
  • 1/4 cup peach juice for the icing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 °F (200 °C). Grease the donut pan with butter.
  2. Whisk the apple cider vinegar, the peach juice and the milk together in a bowl.
  3. Add the melted butter and the egg. Whisk.
  4. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, salt and peaches in.
  5. Fill the batter into the donut pan (about 3/4 full).
  6. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes until the edges are all brown.
  7. Let cool for about 5 minutes before you take the donuts out of the pan. Then let them completely cool on a wire rack.
  8. For the icing, mix confectioniers sugar mit peach juice until you have a smooth, thick mixture. Drizzle over the donuts.
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