Every once in a while, I'm reminded of how fitting it is that I became Jewish. I mean, what you have in Judaism is a culture that celebrates one of its most important holidays by frying everything in sight.
That is awesome.
But every year there comes a point in which even the greasiest lover of grease among us becomes a little bit repulsed by things fried. That point usually comes after standing in front of the stove for hours frying latke after latke until every surface in the kitchen -- and every bit of one's clothing, skin, and being -- is coated with grease. And when you get to that point when you feel like you've been immersed in one big fryolator, the very thought of heating up one more vat of oil makes you want to run out the kitchen screaming.
That is when you should make these baked donuts.
The following recipe is adapted from Baking Bites. My changes and additions are in italics.
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 tbsp orange zest
2 tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1/8 cup cinnamon (or more, if desired)
2/3 cup red jam (raspberry, strawberry, etc.)
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a mini muffin tin with cooking spray or vegetable oil.
In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, beat together sugar and egg until light in color. Beat in vegetable oil and vanilla extract. Gradually add in flour mixture in two or three additions, alternating with additions of buttermilk. Then add in the zest, mixing until all the ingredients have come together.
Divide batter evenly into prepared mini muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full (approx 1 tbsp batter).
Bake for 9-11 minutes, until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
Place melted butter in a small bowl. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar and place the mixture for rolling in a small bowl or deep-sided plate.
Remove donuts from pan, dip the tops in melted butter and roll in cinnamon sugar. Place on a cooling rack to allow sugar to set.
When donuts are cooled, fit a pastry bag with small round pastry tip. Place jam into pastry bag. Poke a small hole in the side (or bottom) of each donut with the pastry tip and pipe a small amount of jam into the center of each donut (approx 1 tsp).