I made these baked cinnamon donuts for our family lunch on Easter Sunday. I baked some boozy rum and raisin brownies first, but thought I should make something else that was kid friendly. I had all the ingredients for these on hand so whipped them up on Sunday morning. These turned out to be quite a hit and went like hotcakes!
I bought my mini donut tin when we were on holidays in the US. I wish I had bought 2 tins, but alas I only have the one. They are easy to make, though the baking can take a while if you only have one tin and need to bake in batches.
Mini Baked Cinnamon Donuts
makes about 60
1 1/2 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking power
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
For coating the donuts:
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup caster sugar
Preheat oven to 180°C (360°F). Grease mini donut pan with pan coat or cooking spray.
In a medium sized bowl, mix together the cinnamon and sugar for coating the donuts. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking power, sugar and salt. In a separate bowl mix together the egg, oil, milk and vanilla with a fork. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and then pour in the wet ingredients. Whisk together until combined.
Pipe batter into mini donut pan filling each section about 1/2 full. If you don’t have a piping bag, you can use a ziploc bag and snip the corner off. If all that seems too hard, you can spoon the mix into the tin. It’s runny enough that’ll spread and sit flat. But it does take a lot longer to fill the sections if you’re using a spoon.
Bake for 5-7 minutes, or until they spring back when gently pushed. As soon as you take them out of the oven, put them straight into the cinnamon sugar and toss to coat. I did about 3 at a time. Re-coat the tin and bake the next batch.
I cleaned my tin half way through (after 3 batches) because the edges of the donuts were starting to get a little straggly.
You will probably have some leftover cinnamon sugar mix. It’s delicious on regular toast, or French Toast and great sprinkled over porridge.
The donuts are super cute and small enough that you can eat 5 or 6 without feeling naughty. Here’s a toddler hand snagging a donut for size reference. I can’t really tell you how long they keep for…we managed to eat all 60 in one afternoon!