Baked Banana Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze

So, I have finally decided to try my hand at making my own doughnuts. I know there is a huge debate when it comes to baking vs. frying, but I decided to start with baking since A) that is the style Andy and I like best and B) I don’t like cooking that involves large containers of hot oil. I have a scar on the back of my left hand from a deep fryer mishap when I was 6 or 7, and I have been leery of frying things ever since. I found this recipe for Baked Banana Donuts with Brown Butter Glaze on Rumbly in my Tumbly, and it seemed like a pretty easy place to start.

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Ingredients:

For the donuts:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup buttermilk (*if you don’t have buttermilk, use milk + 1 teaspoon white vinegar)
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 tablespoon of melted butter

For the brown butter glaze:
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk or cream
1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325°.  Lightly grease a donut pan.

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Make a well in the center of the mixture and add the buttermilk, mashed banana, beaten egg, vanilla, and butter.  Mix until all ingredients are just combined.

Spoon mixture into donut pan.  Each one should be about half full.

Bake for 8-10 minutes until baked through.  Donuts should spring back when lightly pushed.

To make your glaze, heat butter over low heat until it turns golden brown- about 6-8 minutes. Do not burn it, or you will have burnt butter donuts, which will not be good.  Remove from heat and add the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.

Dunk cooled donuts into the warm glaze, and place on parchment paper until set.  Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.

Notes:

  • Browned butter is AMAZING; I don’t know why I never made it before!
  • The texture and taste was great, but my doughnuts were a little on the flat side; next time I’ll fill the cavities a bit more. I might also add some clove and nutmeg just to see how the glaze pairs with a spicier batter.
  • You need to use a piping bag or a ziplock with the corner clipped to fill your pans. Trust me; I am saving you a lot of time and headache.
  • I can’t wait to make these again, and since they lasted well overnight, I am thinking about bringing some into the office with me.

About Julie

My name is Julieanna Bucior, but I go by Julie (unless I'm in trouble). I'm thirty one. I am a bookkeeper by day, rogue fashion designer/crafter/amateur baker by night. I spend most of my time feeling like a kindergartner trapped inside an adult's body. I love reading, hanging out with my crazy cats and being silly. I'm pretty much the girl next door, with a twist.