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Soft and melting in the mouth are these vanilla glazed donuts baked without yeast. This colorful dessert is a welcome splurge for the entire family, with or without guests. I also love to offer a rainbow of colorful donuts for my high tea parties, baby showers and picnics. Who would say a NO to delicious homemade baked donuts?
For a bite-size dessert, check my recipe for Homemade Baked Cinnamon Sugar Mini Donuts.
How To Make Baked Donuts that Rise Without Yeast?
To bake donuts without yeast is one of my favorite things. Every now and then I do not have yeast in my pantry, but I do want to create something delicious right away.
These homemade baked donuts rise during the baking thanks to baking soda! A small amount of this white magic goes a long way.
Please take into account that this particular recipe calls for a donut baking pan. You can get it HERE. I use mine frequently with this recipe and get a lot of use out of it.
There are recipes with the dough that can be shaped into a donut ring and not use a donut pan. But this recipe is for pumping the dough into the baking cavity. Using a regular spoon or a Ziploc plastic bag, you can fill donut cavities with precious liquid dough.
When donuts are ready, the upper part of the baked dessert will be of lighter color than the side which was inside the cavity of the donut pan. This is normal. I decorate the lighter part with royal icing.
Coloring for Royal Icing or Vanilla Glaze
When it comes to coloring, I like to use food grade colors. This one from Watkins has no artificial coloring inside and is perfect for 4 colors and their variations during mixing them with each other.
If you love natural colors, there are some premiums on the market. This truly mesmerizing pink pitaya supercolor powder is a perfect coloring agent for any of your recipes. You can use in royal icing, cakes, smoothies, creams, lemonades, pastries and pancakes. This product is Non-GMO, Gluten Free, has zero preservatives, plant-based. And what is even more exciting, it gives a brilliant pink color and its hues. You can buy it HERE.
Without further ado, here’s a truly marvelous recipe for Vanilla Glazed Donuts baked within minutes. You can easily double the recipe to receive a full dozen of these amazing donuts.
Homemade Vanilla Glazed Donuts Baked Without Yeast In A Donut Pan
A delicious small batch of baked donuts can be used for your breakfast, lunch and even high tea parties. Choose colorful glase on donuts to celebrate your occasion.
1st Bowl Dry Ingredients
- 1 cup all-purpose flour sifted
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
2nd Bowl Wet Ingredients
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup + 2 Tbsp milk sometimes I use half-and-half as a substitued for milk
- 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup Confectioner's sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 2 Tbsp milk or half-and-half
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Food coloring of choice optional
Preheat oven to 350F
Use any oil to grease a donut pan. Set aside.
1st Bowl: Combine all dry ingredients and carefully whisk them together.
2nd Bowl: Combine all wet ingredients and add them to the 1st Bowl. Combine all ingredients until they become one smooth batter.
Use a teaspoon to spoon the batter and fill each cavity of the donut pan at 3/4 of its capacity. You can use a batter bag or a ziplog bag to pip the batter into each cavity. But I use a spoon just fine.
Place a donut pan with batter into the oven for about 10 minutes. Every oven is different. So watch the donuts carefully to determine if they are baked.
Please note that the top of each donut will be much lighter than the bottom. This is how it should be. Because there's no frying involved, only the part that touches the walls of the pan will be really brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Prepare the Glaze
In a bowl combine together confectioner's sugar, salt and vanilla.
Add 1 Tablespoon of milk and combine well. Add another spoonful of milk if the mixture is too thick.
Add food coloring of your choosing.
Dipping of the Donuts
Dip each donut into the glaze, return to the cooling rack or board and immediately decorate with sprinklers, if you choose to do so. Glaze dries up fast, and sprinklers won't stay on a donut if you leave the decoration for later.
Allow the glaze to settle for about half an hour and then serve to enjoy.
For a group dessert that is bursting with flavor and taste, check out this Healthy Mango Crisp Crumble Pie. It is unique, for sure.