Vanilla Bean Baby Doughnuts

Adapted from Sur La Table

Yield: 5-6 dozen baby donuts


2 cups all purpose flour, sifted

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 cup buttermilk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 tbsp. butter, melted

Seeds from one vanilla bean

Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray donut pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In large mixing bowl, sift together all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add buttermilk, eggs, vanilla extract, vanilla seeds and butter and beat until just combined. Spray doughnut cavities with cooking spray or brush with butter.  Fill each donut cup approximately 1/2 full.

Bake 5-8 minutes or until the top of the donuts spring back when touched. Let cool in pan for 4–5 minutes before removing. Finish doughnuts with vanilla glaze. Donuts are best served fresh.

Vanilla Glaze:

1 cup confectioner’ s sugar

1 tbsp. milk

½ tsp. vanilla extract

4 drops of liquid blue food coloring

White nonpareils

In small bowl, stir together sugar, milk and vanilla extract until sugar is completely dissolved. Add food coloring and stir until color is uniform.  Use immediately to glaze donuts. Sprinkle on nonpareils.