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The Official Dictionary Spelling of the word in question is “doughnut.” The expedited, simplified, Americanized spelling of “donut,” has been around since at least the late 19th century.
So, why the change? Dunkin’ Donuts seems to be responsible. The Massachusetts-based chain may be the reason for the popularity of the “Donut” spelling.
Baked Donuts or Doughnuts
Which spelling is correct? Apparently, both. Doughnut is preferred by style guides and dictionaries, but donut has become an acceptable substitute. A search on the internet shows the trending spelling for this integral part of American culture, is “donut’.
Personally, I have never had occasion to express disappointment whilst eating one of these sweet treats. Thus, removing the “ugh” from it’s spelling seems more appropriate to spell the word, “donut.” 🙂
NOTE: Baked doughnuts are not like traditional doughnuts that you would get from your favorite bakery. These are not like the light, cruller kind made with yeast. I prefer a cake-like doughnut and these are similar to that type. We really liked the Wilton recipe and though I don’t know the calories, I think they must be a little less unhealthy than fried doughnuts.
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- 2 cups cake flour, sifted
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
3. Bake 7-9 minutes, or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched. Cool in pan for about 4-5 minutes before removing from pan. Complete donuts with either a dusting of powdered sugar, glaze, or cinnamon-sugar topping. Best served fresh on the same day.
- 2 Tbs. sugar
- 1 Tbs. ground cinnamon
- 2 Tbs. butter, melted
In a shallow bowl or plate, stir together the sugar and cinnamon. Dip the baked doughnut in melted butter (I used a pastry brush to apply the butter so I could get a lighter coverage) and roll in the mixture to coat.
- 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 Tbs. melted butter
- 1 Tbs. corn syrup
- 1 tsp, hot water
In medium bowl, microwave chocolate chips, butter and corn syrup on 50% power for 1 minute, stirring frequently until completely melted. Stir in 1 teaspoon hot water, until the glaze is thick and smooth. Add another tsp. hot water if the glaze is too thick. Use immediately to glaze doughnuts.
Confectioners’ Sugar Doughnuts
Put 2/3 cup of confectioners’ Sugar in a resealable plastic bag. Add a doughnut, close the bag, and shake to coat. Repeat with remaining doughnuts.
My personal favorite way to eat doughnuts…
Slice plain, cinnamon or confectioners sugar doughnut in half. Lightly butter and toast until golden brown. Top with cinnamon sugar. I especially love the slightly crispy edges!
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Hi, can these be fried?
I really do not know if this batter will work for frying since it is loose and unable to be rolled and cut. I have only baked donuts from this recipe. I have not tried but perhaps the batter could be dropped by spoonfuls into hot oil to make donut holes.
If you should give it a try, I would love to hear back fro you 🙂
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Kim Cuellar says
I switched to whole wheat flour and used half and half and they are super yummy!!
So happy to hear you were able to substitute and get great results! Thank you for commenting and sharing.
Gotta love that 40% off coupon. that's how I ended up with my giant cupcake pan. Love it!
Thanks for posting the recipe that came with the pan. I might give it a try. Your cider recipe though sounds devine.
I experimented with my mini donut pan using a cookie recipe. They were great day of and day after.
Those look good! I hope you don't mind, but I pinned them. Your newest follower!
This is a very interesting post and I'll copy the recipe and get out to buy one of those doughnut pans.. have a 40% off coupon…. I'm a doughnut lover!!
Yummy!! Would love for you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home and link up to More the Merrier Monday.
Those look so yummy! I bought a mini doughnut pan and have not tried it out yet, but after reading this I will get to it. I am a new follower from Flamingo Toes. Vicky from Mess For Less
I did a post on that pan too! I used my 40 off. You have put yours to good use. I have only used mine once for the ones I posted.
Your donuts look wonderful!
You've inspired me to pull it out again!
Your baked donuts sure look good – especially the opening shot. I guess I'm just a sucker for the traditional deep-fried version, but I do agree the donut pans are cute. I've been tempted to get one myself.
Just a little something from Judy says
Why do you do this to me? Here I am on a beautiful, late Friday afternoon, and I decide to pay a quick visit to your blog. Well, these baked doughnuts sure do look mighty good. They surely must be much better than fried doughnuts, right???
Your little sweetheart on the last post just melted my heart today. You can easily tell that she is your granddaughter.
Natasha in Oz says
You made these? Wow! You are amazing! They look totally delicious and your photography is outstanding!
I am so hungry now!
I've never made donuts of any kind, but baked…well, that gives me the incentive to try. I just hope I can resist eating them all.
I was hoping that you would say this was a fantastic recipe for baked donuts. I had the same experience when I bought my pan, we just wasn't impressed with the results.
Little Mommy says
Oh my goodness…. delicious baked goodness! Love. Way to go!
Your doughnuts look delicious. I'm sorry you weren't happy with your pumpkin ones, but sometimes we have a few misses with our hits when it comes to new recipes!
Country Wings in Phoenix says
Good Morning Lorraine Sweetie…
Oh what a gorgeous and yummy looking post today. I love the sugar cinnamon ones.
Now was this a 40% Michael's coupon or where did you find this pan? I would love to get one. Baking these doughnuts has to be far better for one than frying them, and oh how wonderful they look.
I can't wait to see what you Bible Study gals think. Especially this baked cider recipe. Does that ever sound yummy.
Have a glorious day sweet friend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry
What a joy to visit. I either feel hungry or ponder about the people in the pictures and the happiness the animals bring to your life.
Lorraine, the first photo in this post is incredible – it made me want me grab those doughnuts out of my screen the moment I saw them!!! ive held of making doughnuts for so long coz i didn't want to deep fry in my kitchen, but now I have a reason to finally make them 🙂 thanks for sharing this recipe!!
So I guess buying the pan was a good investment! I'm not much of a baker, but this intrigues me. I may have to us my 40% off coupon on one of these. Thanks for the inspiration!
Wow I didn't know you could make baked donuts! How cool. 🙂 I must try this.
Abounding Treasures says
These all look SO delicious!!
I hadn't ever heard of *toasting* a dough-nut but I bet it tastes yummy!
As you say, they've got to be slightly healthier than deep fried ones 🙂
Personalized Sketches and Sentiments says
Yum! Donuts, cupcakes, cakes, cookies… love them all :o)
Yours look delicious!
Blessings & Aloha!
Thank you dear friend for stopping by and visiting :o) Have a blessed, blessed week!
Those look good! Do they get crispy on the outside? Whether they do or not-they look incredibly good! xo Diana
I've been wanting (not needing!!!) one of these donut pans, too!! Yours look so yummy!!!!!! Besides, I think the grandkids would love them. Does it sound like I'm trying to convince myself???
Ron aka TheOldGeezer says
Besides manna, donuts are the best thing God ever sent to earth! 🙂
well they certainly look just as delicious as the ones in the bakery. I've seen those pans before and thought about getting one. I've always been partial to chocolate cake donuts with glaze
Baked donuts, now there's an idea. And they look so delicious too!
Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) says
I love all these baked donut recipes!! They look fantastic and I recently purchased a Wilton donut pan. Thanks for sharing!
Sherry from Alabama says
Oh my goodness, these look wonderful! I'm going to have to try them. Thanks for the recipe!
Sherry @ A Happy Valentine
Walking on Sunshine... says
Those look fabulous! AND I love cake donuts also! Thanks for sharing!
Carrie @ Cottage Cozy says
I am not a big doughnut fan but these look quite scrumptious!
These look wonderful, what a fun treat to serve.
I love donuts but have never tried making any myself. Oh, the calories! However, baked does sound better. I am with John–nothing like those chocolate ones!
T's Daily Treasures says
I never, ever buy or eat donuts anymore. Always did like the cake-like donuts, though. And anything made at home has got to be better than what you can buy outside. At least you know what you are putting into the making and can adjust ingredients to your preference. They sure turned out looking great. Best wishes for your day, Tammy
Absolutely awesome!! Can't wait to try these. 🙂 Thank you!
Good morning…Oh wow, I have been eyeing those pans too and thinking I must resist…baked IS much better than fried, and this sounds like a wonderful recipe…if my boys still lived at home this would be a regular event…maybe when they come to visit?? haha Have a wonderful day!
They look delish, and being baked, they are almost guilt free. Thanks for the recipe.
Four on the Shore says
They look great! I, too have wondered about that pan! Can't wait to hear about the Cider donuts, as I've tried and tried, but just can't get them right! Could you post a tutorial/recipe on the fried ones?
I'm perfecting an apple cider milkshake recipe with my leftover cider reduction!
Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook says
They look fantastic, I wouldn't know what to choose first.
They look really good….I love the cake type donut!! Hope the cider ones turn out for you…Those would have disappeared quickly in my house hehehe ~Love Heather
These look amazing, and being baked instead of fried is such a plus! Gorgeous photos, too!
Maple Lane says
And to think that I had Shredded Wheat for breakfast!!!
These look fabulous. I've never heard of baked donuts.
Hope you have a wonderful day. Keep us posted about tonight's donuts!