Baked Mini Nutella Doughnuts

The latest baking craze have been about doughnuts or ‘gourmet doughnuts’. Of course, I wanted to have a go and try baking them for myself. So in an excited and hurried attempt, I ordered a baking pan from Amazon. It’s a shame baking pans are not quite as popular and accessible in UK home-ware stores.

So, there I was on a Thursday morning, waiting in anticipation for my package to arrive as Amazon promised. And when it arrived, I quickly realised that I ordered the wrong doughnut pan! Instead of the normal-sized pans, I ordered the mini sized pans.

Not wasting all the waiting and planning to bake doughnuts, I experimented anyway and safe to say, this is one of my favourite baking experiments. These doughnuts are so moreish and the nutella glaze is so tasty but not sickly sweet. My family finished them all straight away!

Ingredients:

For the doughnuts:

  • 156g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 45g nutella
  • 3 tbsp or 42g butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 118ml milk

For the glaze:

  • 125g icing sugar, sifted
  • 2 1/2 tbsp nutella
  • 4-6 tsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/375F/Gas Mark 4. Grease a doughnut pan.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients and set aside. In a separate bowl, beat butter, both sugar and nutella with an electric mixer at medium speed. Then slowly beat in the egg and nutella.
  3. In 3 separate batches, fold in the milk and flour into the nutella mixture.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for about 7-9 minutes. Watch the oven carefully as the doughnuts cook quite quickly.
  5. To make the glaze, whisk the ingredients together until the mixture is smooth and runny.

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