Valentine baked doughnuts make a lovely gift to give to your beloved ones on Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and this year I’m going to treat my fiancé to freshly baked doughnuts with a special glaze for Valentine’s Day. Don’t you just love edible gifts? I think that they’re the best especially when they’re homemade!
Last week I’ve been doing a lot of recipe testing and kitchen work, it’s quite exhausting but something I really enjoy doing as it helps me find the perfect recipes before I share them with my readers. This doughnut recipe has been tested out 5 times before I found the perfect recipe that I was happy with. Can you imagine how many batches of doughnuts did I bake last week? 40 doughnuts in total! As each batch made 8 doughnuts. One batch came out too bubbly, then the next one did not rise enough and the doughnuts were kind of flat, the third one turned out just perfect, but I had to bake a fourth one just to double check that the recipe really worked and that there was nothing wrong with it. And the fifth batch was baked while I was shooting the video to show you the recipe step by step.
VALENTINE BAKED DOUGHNUTS
What I really love about this recipe is that it’s very easy to make, and the texture of the doughnuts is similar to cake! My favourite part is the glaze. The glaze is very simple and easy to make as it’s only made with 2 ingredients, and these doughnuts are really fun to decorate!
There are 2 kinds of doughnuts in the world. Cake doughnuts, and Yeast doughnuts. Which one do you prefer? A cake doughnut or a yeast doughnut?
Cake doughnuts are made with sweet batter and are leavened with the help of baking powder. They are not as fluffy and soft as yeast doughnuts, in fact they are quite firm compared to yeast doughnuts. Their texture is very similar to cake, and they can be either baked or fried. This is the recipe that I’m sharing with you today.
They’re super fluffy and light as they are raised with the help of yeast. So yeast doughnuts are basically filled with air, but they’re great if you want to fill them with custard or jam. They are made from dough that you will have to cut out before frying, and are almost always glazed.
SIMPLE DOUGHNUT GLAZE
The doughnut glaze that I usually make is very simple and easy. I only use 2 ingredients, caster sugar and milk. And if I want to add some colour to my doughnuts, I just add some food colouring to the glaze. You can also add some vanilla extract to add flavour but this is optional. The doughnuts are usually either dipped in glaze, or coated with glaze using a spoon or a fork and then it’s left for half an hour to set.
I’ve used 2 different colours to decorate my Valentine doughnuts, pink and red but you can of course use only one colour or simply coat the doughnuts in sugar and ground cinnamon.
These doughnuts are made with a2 Milk™. a2 Milk™ is a natural cow’s milk that only contains A2 protein unlike regular cow’s milk that contains both A1 and A2 protein. A2 protein is easier for many people to digest, while A1 is more difficult and can upset the tummy, and cause bloating, cramps and indigestion. a2 Milk™ can be the perfect solution for people with sensitive tummies, and I strongly recommend that you give it a try if you feel a discomfort right after you consume milk. My sister Natalia, has been drinking a2 Milk™ for a while now, and as someone who used to avoid drinking milk for a long time, a2 Milk™ has changed her life as she now can enjoy all the food that we make at home that includes milk. We even wrote a post about her experience and you can learn more about the benefits of a2 Milk™.
I also made a step by step video to show you how to make these Valentine baked doughnuts, and glaze them!
If you make this recipe, make sure to tag your pictures with #LittleSunnyKitchen as I would really love to see your creations!
Valentine Baked Ring Doughnuts
For the donuts
- 250 grams flour
- 120 grams granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 180 ml a2 Milk
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the glaze
- 200 grams caster sugar
- 2 tbsp a2 Milk
- red food colouring
Make the donuts
Preheat oven to 180c, and grease your doughnut tin.
In a mixing bowl mix dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg).
Add milk, vegetable oil and vanilla. Mix until just combined.
Spoon batter into a piping bag and pipe into your doughnut tin, about 3/4 full.
Bake in the oven until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. 10-12 minutes.
Remove from the oven, and let the doughnuts cool for 5 minutes before you can transfer them to a wire rack.
Make the glaze
In a small bowl, combine caster sugar with milk and food colouring and mix well. To get pink glaze add one drop of red food colouring, and for red glaze add more to achieve the desired colour.
Either dip the tops of the doughnuts in the pink glaze, or apply using a spoon. To decorate with the red glaze use a fork. Serve warm.
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Disclaimer: a2 Milk™ is not suitable for cows’ milk protein allergy. If you have been medically diagnosed with any milk intolerance, seek advice from your doctor before use.
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