Tuesday, March 5, 2013

52 Weeks of Baking: Week 6 - Cherry Almond Donuts

Saw a recipe for cherry almond cake on pinterest. I won't link it because it was a modification on a box cake mix, and I have strong anti box cake mix feelings. That didn't stop me from wanting the cake, of course. But I don't like making whole cakes because they're harder to share unless you're having a party. I wasn't having a party.

Donuts! The perfect answer to everything.

Let's dispense with the crip crap.

Cherry Almond Donuts

2 tbsp maraschino cherry juice
1/2 c minus 2 tbsp 'milk' (roughly 100ml if you've got a measuring cup with imperial measurement)
1 flax egg
1/4 tsp apple cider vinegar
4 tbsp Earth Balance Coconut Spread
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 c flour
1/3 c sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
scant 1/2 c maraschino cherries, chopped

Preheat to 350; I made 24 mini donuts and 3 large ones, so spray the appropriate number of pans.

Melt all the wet ingredients together in a small pot over low heat.

Mix together all the dry ingredients; add the wet and stir together, then fold in the cherries. Pipe the batter into the pan and bake for 10 minutes for minis and 13 minutes for full size donuts. Let cool a few minutes in the pans and then remove to racks.


1/2 c icing sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 tbsp 'milk'
sprinkles if you feel like it

Mix together all the ingredients in a bowl with a fork; if you need to add more liquid or more sugar to make it a good 'dipping' consistency, use your discretion. Put parchment under your racks so that you can dip and then let them rest without fear of big mess making.

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