On Saturday mornings we often make a trip to our neighborhood doughnut shop to get a special treat for the kids. Our kids love doughnuts, so we knew they would have fun making them at home. Since Valentine’s Day is a few weeks away, we thought we would make a pink strawberry glaze to go on top. These doughnuts are easy to make and can be topped with any kind of glaze, frosting or toppings .
- 2 Tbsp of butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups of powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries
- 3/4 cup of freeze dried strawberries
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter doughnut pans with room temperature butter, then sprinkle lightly with flour and shake upside down to remove excess flour. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt and set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together buttermilk, vegetable oil, vanilla and eggs (mixture will appear to curdle a bit which is normal), then pour into the bowl of dry ingredients. Using a wooden spoon, stir mixture until combined. Spoon 3 tablespoons of batter evenly into each well of the doughnut pan. Bake in a preheated oven 11 – 13 minutes until toothpick inserted into center of doughnut comes out clean.
Allow to cool several minutes in doughnut pan then invert onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Once cool dip top halves of doughnuts into glaze and allow some of excess to run off, then return to wire rack, glazed side facing upward. Transfer doughnuts to freezer to allow glaze to set, about 5 minutes.
For the Strawberry Glaze:
Wait to make the glaze until the donuts are cooling. Place the freeze dried strawberries in a plastic bag and pound them into a powder, set aside. Using a mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries and a cup and a half of the powdered sugar. Stir until mixture starts to become moistened, then allow to rest 1 minute. Add in remaining cup and a half of the powdered sugar and the freeze dried strawberry powder and stir until well combined (at this point mixture should have the consistency of a thick glaze. If the glaze is too thick allow it to rest another minute or two until some of the liquids have been extracted from the strawberries then stir again. Use glaze immediately.
Hallman + Ashley