It was only after the fact that I learned that National Doughnut day had come and gone. But that’s alright, I probably wouldn’t have paid any attention to it anyway. I honestly never pay much attention to any of these so-called special days because there are so many of them, every single day it’s something, and often more than one something per day.
Who designates these special days anyhow? No one has ever asked me what I think, or if I have a favorite food that I would like to honor with it’s own special day. If anyone can get in on the act offering random suggestions for dedicated days, then I can do it too. Mine would be much more specific like— mulch the flower beds day, or skip work and go for a drive day, or lets’s get our nails done and then go out for lunch day, or put on some good music and dance day. As you can see my days have a lot more to do in them than just eating one type of food… they’re more about movement and action and getting things done. That’s the kind of gal I am.
Anyway, having gotten that off my chest, here’s a recipe for making doughnuts that are just the tiniest bit healthy because they are baked instead of fried. I don’t know anyone who makes their own fried doughnuts, do you? I think everybody and their mother hates deep frying foods, and that definitely includes me. If the thought even crosses your mind, think of your thighs and reconsider!! One impulsive act like frying doughnuts can undo weeks of careful eating, and hopefully weight loss, so get a grip on yourself.
Thank heavens these doughnuts require NO fryer. They’re easy to make and they turn out light and cake-like. They require only one specialized pan; a doughnut pan that is generally inexpensive. When I bought mine I thought I would never use it, but I’m finding myself using it more and more. One little trick that I do with mine, is pour muffin batter in it and bake them. You will get a shallow muffin, like muffin tops with a hole in the middle. Think of it as a weight loss tactic; smaller muffin with a hole in the middle=less calories! What you see in the above photo that looks like muffins is actually the remainder of the doughnut batter that I baked in a muffin pan. I call them Douffins 🙂
Mr D. called these doughnuts “fabulous” and I have to agree with him. I love the bits of tartness that the grapefruit zest adds to the flavor, and the grapefruit juice in the glaze keeps it all from becoming too sweet. Making the candied zest is very easy to do, and now that I’ve done it, I would try it with other citrus fruits and use the candied zest as a garnish or topping on other baked goods. Try this, it adds just the perfect touch.
GRAPEFRUIT BUTTERMILK DOUGHNUTS WITH CANDIED ZEST
Yield: 1 dozen doughnuts (I got 12 doughnuts plus 4 douffins)
- non-stick cooking spray
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- zest of 1 large grapefruit, plus 4 two-inch long strips grapefruit zest thinly sliced
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 3 tablespoons grapefruit juice
1. Coat 2 six-cavity doughnut pans with nonstick spray. Preheat oven to 350*F. Meanwhile in a large bowl, combine flour, 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, baking powder, ginger, and salt, and mix well.
2. In a small bowl, whisk buttermilk, egg, canola oil, vanilla, and zest of 1 grapefruit to combine.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir. Spoon batter into the prepared pans, filling each cavity a little more than three-quarters.
3. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then turn doughnuts out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
4. In a small bowl, whisk confectioners’ sugar and juice until smooth. Set glaze aside. In a small saucepan, combine zest strips, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, and 3 tablespoons water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer mixture until sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Drain, and discard the liquid. Immediately toss the zest strips in the remaining sugar until coated. Transfer to a cutting board and chop.
5. For each doughnut, carefully dip the top in the glaze, then set on a wire rack, glaze side up, so excess drips off. Sprinkle immediately with chopped zest.
SOURCE: Country Living Magazine