Tuesday, September 18, 2012

French Toast Doughnuts

by Darla

Have you been to a grocery on a Saturday or Sunday lately? Particularly one of those giant warehouse ones?

Personally, I have a rule about grocery stores and weekends; a very, very strict rule that I only break under dire circumstances:

No grocery stores on the weekend. Period.

Unless I desperately need something. Otherwise, you won’t find me in the grocery after Friday or before Monday.

Everybody and their brother, plus their brother’s friend’s cousin’s great-aunt’s stepson goes to the grocery on the weekend. I can’t handle it. All those shopping carts, weaving in and out, not even trying to obey the rules of cart etiquette, the kids ducking around corners and running through your legs, the long lines of pushy people waiting for their meat, the person in line behind you at the checkout who has to get their cart RIGHT. BEHIND. Your ankles.

Too much! Too much for me!

However. The Hubster and I had to make a dreaded run to Whole Foods on Saturday. In general, I love going to the Whole Foods. But it was a Saturday. Nothing about this was going to be enjoyable.

Then we got inside and practically had free lunch, with dessert and everything. Can you believe the number of free sample people they have standing around? I feel like I’ve been getting ripped off my whole adult life (when you’re a kid, you always get a free cookie from the bakery, so what do kids even know about it??). I learned the truth this weekend. I know now why so many people spend their weekends meandering the overcrowded supermarket: free food.

And you would think they hunted, gathered, killed, processed, cooked, baked, and served it all themselves, the way they swoop in on it, regardless of whether their elbows meets someone’s ribs, or their giant feet crush someone’s toes.

Heres a tip: it’s free food. You don’t have to offer up an innocent person’s shins as sacrifice to the Sample Table Gods.

One lady was working defense so hard, I thought I’d have to foul her just to get the ref to call a time out so I could try a doughnut.

It’s really just a new reason NOT to be at the store on the weekend.

It did, however, inspire these French toast doughnuts, because that doughnut sample was what they called a French toast doughnut. They said it won a doughnut contest on the Food Network. It was a tasty doughnut. I even bought a whole one after sampling it, but it wasn’t very French toast-y.

So I went home and made some French toast doughnuts of my own on Sunday, inspired by my French Toast Cupcakes, and angels rejoiced and choirs sang (if you don’t believe me, ask the Hubster…he heard them, too). Because they were that good.

The end.

Well, not really, because you probably want to hear about them, huh?


These doughnuts are ridiculously easy, even with the addition of homemade streusel. They are a simple, mix pour, and bake recipe, and they only bake for a few minutes, so there’s zero reasons not to try them.

Especially since they’re deliciously addictive. You’re gonna wanna make sure you make plenty, so you can keep lots for yourself. Trust me.

Okay, so, like I said, these are easy. Once you have your streusel chilling, mix up the doughnuts. This will take about 38.792 seconds. You’re welcome.

Pour your doughnut batter into a pastry bag to make it easier to fill the doughnut pans. I like to use a glass to help me out with this step.

After spraying your mini doughnut pan lightly with non-stick cooking spray, fill each doughnut mold half full.

Then sprinkle them with some amazing streusel. Cause you can.

And then make some in a big doughnut pan, too. Cause you can. :)

These bake super duper fast, even the large ones. The minis only take about 5 minutes, while the standard donuts are done in about 7 minutes. Transfer them to a wire cooling rack immediately and allow them to cool completely.

Then drench them in maple glaze, because you know you want to.

Last, but not least, go ahead and get crazy and dust these little babies with confectioners’ sugar.

Now, there’s really nothing left to do, but stack them up, find a cozy seat, and get lost in how fantastic these are.

I love the little bit of crunch that the streusel adds to these, while the inside of the donuts are light, sweet, and spicy. Plus, the maple glaze is the perfect compliment.

Now go make these, grab a hot cuppa, and enjoy!

French Toast Cake Doughnuts
with Maple Glaze

Makes 18 standard doughnuts, or 36 mini


1/4 cup (64 grams) brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 teaspoons (about 19 grams) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (32 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons (about 42 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks

2 cups (254 grams) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup (about 188 ml) buttermilk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons (about 28 grams) unsalted butter, melted

1 cup (125 grams) confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon (15 ml) milk
1/2 teaspoon (about 2.5 ml) vanilla extract

To make the streusel: In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Mix the cold butter into the mixture by hand, squeezing the pieces in to mix it.

Cover and freeze while you prepare the doughnuts.

If you’re not using the streusel right away, refrigerate it (covered) until ready to use.

To make the doughnuts: Preheat oven to 425 degrees (220 C). Lightly spray doughnut pans with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in the buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds or so. Do not over mix.

Transfer the batter to a pastry bag and pipe into the doughnut pans, filling each mold about half full. Sprinkle the doughnuts with the cold streusel.

Bake mini doughnuts for 4 to 5 minutes, and standard doughnuts for 6 to 7 minutes, or until they spring back to the touch. The doughnuts don’t darken greatly in color, so you may be tempted to cook them longer, but they shouldn’t need it.

Transfer the doughnuts to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before glazing.

To make the glaze: In a medium bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, syrup, and milk until smooth. Stir in the vanilla extract. Immediately dip donuts into the glaze, shaking off the excess, or drizzle the glaze over the doughnuts.

Dust doughnuts with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

Recipe by Darla

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stephanie September 18, 2012 at 8:50 am

Those mini ones are too cute!! The first doughnuts I’ve ever made didn’t work too well. They ended up being rather brownie like. You’ve inspired me to give them a try again!


2 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. September 18, 2012 at 9:09 am

I just got a doughnut pan and I think I know the first recipe I am going to try!


3 jennifer.thurston@cox.net September 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

These look amazing!

I’m totally with you on the grocery store. I’ve been known to go in the wee hours of the morning, even on a weekday, just to have a pleasant experience!


4 Rebecca September 18, 2012 at 9:37 am

YUM! I have a donut pan that I have not used yet. Think I will pass this recipe along to my daughter who is the baker in our home!


5 Lynna September 18, 2012 at 11:32 am

Omgahhh this is AH-MA-ZINGG. Saveddd!


6 Meagan September 18, 2012 at 11:46 am

Yesssssss. That is all.


7 STEPHANIE September 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I always thought that making doughnuts was a long,hard and tedious thing but this recipe sounds easy, I think I’ll give it a try. but first I’m off to amazon and find and buy my first mini and regular size donut pan! Thanks Darla

oh p.s I absolutely hate to shop on weekends too I live in a small community and we have one grocery store and they never hand out free samples! LOL


8 Tiffany @ Fizzy Party September 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

ooooh an excuse to break out my heart shaped donut pan I snagged on sale at Joann’s. These sound D-lish! And you are Not kidding about the grocery stores. My favorite is when they park their cart sideways in the MIDDLE of the asile. ugh!
Looking forward to trying these tasty donuts :)


9 Shelan September 18, 2012 at 3:27 pm

The last pic, so simple yet gorgeous! I’m not a big fan of fried doughnuts but these look particularity great. I’ll have to try them sometime!


10 Tiffany@Fizzy Party September 19, 2012 at 6:22 am

Come on Down, you’ve won a NEW CAR…… Ha ha kidding. But seriously, you did win, I just won the Beautiful Blog Award and I’m passing it on to you :)


11 Jessica September 19, 2012 at 6:25 am

It’s fate! Hubby and I were just talking this morning about getting a doughnut pan to make pumpkin doughnuts. Do you have any suggestions about how I could incorporate pumpkin into this recipe?


12 Jill @ Sincerely Jill September 19, 2012 at 6:58 am

Oh my goodness… I can’t begin to explain how badly I’ve been craving donuts! This needs to happen. This week. Period. Thank you for the recipe!


13 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen September 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

Stop it with the awesomeness! I must have these in my life.


14 leslie September 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Ohhh NO NO NO! NO grocery stores on the weekend…EVER!
Love the doughnuts!


15 Katie September 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm

This looks so good; can’t wait to try them! Can these be made with a mini doughnut maker?


16 Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden September 20, 2012 at 1:41 am

What a strange day ! Every site I’ve been looking today has a great donuts ! First I’ve stuck with chocolate, then some glazed and now French . It is destiny , I must make some great donuts today! Really great post!


17 Ashley September 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I’m making these right now. In my Hufflepuff apron. Because I guess I’m basically stalking you online. But whatever, because I look cute and will be enjoying fabulous doughnuts shortly. Thanks for sharing!


18 Renee September 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I like French toast, and I like doughnuts, plus I need an excuse to buy a doughnut pan, so this is perfect, really. Well done!


19 Lubaina September 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm

If I don’t have a doughnut pan, can I use a mini cupcake pan?


20 Darla September 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Yes, I think that a mini cupcake pan would work great. :)


21 Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik October 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm

these must happen!!!


22 Lori March 9, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Will this work substituting soy milk – made into butter milk and Earth Balance . . . to make these dairy free? They look delish!


23 Lori March 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

soy milk made into butter milk and Earth Balance for the butter . . . sorry if above was unclear :)


24 Thalia April 8, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I actually really wanted to try a donut recipe with my cakepop maker that didn’t require sour cream. This works like a DREAM! I dipped the baked balls of delish in the glaze. So yummy! <3 Thank you for posting this!


25 Abbie @ Needs Salt August 22, 2013 at 2:56 am

Oh my goodness. These doughnuts are so so so cute. Adorable. I love them. <3
French toast doughnuts baked with glaze and ohhh my gosh. I need a mini doughnut pan. Right now.
Pinning these! They are so pretty and perfect!
Oh, and I love your confectioner's sugar circles as the last photo. :) perfect.


26 claire @ the realistic nutritionist November 6, 2013 at 1:17 am

OH MAMMMA. I love these!!!


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