Fruity Pebbles Baked Donut Recipe

 
Mmmm….Donuts. I cannot help it, I have a sweet tooth. As much as I try to eat healthy, I just can not resist a sweet tasting treat. Unfortunately, I also passed this trait on down to my kids who have decided to name anything sweet tasting a “Dee”. I think this name came about when Jane was just old enough to start talking and would try to say “Me” whenever she caught mommy sneaking a yummy snack without her. However, her attempts to say “Me” sounded more like “Dee” and the name caught on. To this day, they still ask me to make them “Dee’s” when they want a sweet treat.
Not only am I attracted to anything sweet, I am also attracted to colors. There is something about vibrant blues, greens, reds and yellows that makes my heart sing. So yesterday Dick, Jane and I set to the kitchen to create a fun colored, sweet treat for our breakfast in the morning. Yep, you guessed it. We made homemade donuts using Fruity Pebbles cereal. I know that donuts are probably the worst thing you could eat for breakfast, but hey. . at least I make my own and bake them instead of frying them, right? So in my mind that sort of makes them ok.
 
This recipe got four thumbs up in our house. Even my husband, who is not much of a sugar person, said they were really good. He also got mad at me for baking them because he now cant resist eating them. 🙂 tee hee. (He could use to gain a few pounds though, so I don’t look so fat standing next to him.) So here is the recipe we came up with, however the only change I would make is not adding fruity pebbles directly to the batter.  We did this and the fruity pebbles got a bit chewy after baking. Its best to just use them as a sprinkle.  
 
 
Fruity Pebbles Donuts
 
Ingredients:
2 Tbsp Butter – softened
3/4 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
 
Frosting Ingredients
1 stick butter
1 bag powdered sugar
milk
 
Donut Directions:
 
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease donut pan with cooking spray.
2. Begin by mixing all of your wet donut ingredients in a large bowl using a hand blender until well mixed.
3. Add dry ingredients into the wet mixture and continue to blend until well blended.
4. Spoon the mixture into a large plastic bag or frosting bag to easily pipe into the donut mold.
5. Fill each mold 3/4 of the way full using donut mixture.
6. Bake donuts 10-12 minutes or until edges brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
7. Allow your donuts to cool on a wire rack and make frosting using the directions below.
 
Frosting Directions:
 
1. Melt 1 stick of butter in a microwaveable dish.
2. Blend in 1 bag of powdered sugar and 1/4 cup milk using a hand mixer.  
3. Continue to add milk into the mixture until you obtain your desired consistency. You want it thin enough for your sprinkles to stick, but not thin enough that it will run off the donut.
4. Once your donuts have cooled, spread the frosting on each and sprinkle with fruity pebbles cereal.
 
 
Now you can enjoy this sweet and fruity treat that is surely an eye pleaser. They are yummy!
 
Sweet Dreams
<3 Dick and Jane
 

 

Oven Baked Chocolate Donuts – YUM!

Is it just me or does it seem like every day there is a new food being recalled? Many of which my family used.  This morning I awoke to hear that Nesquick powder is being recalled for Salmonella contamination, and just a few weeks ago it was peanut butter and uncrustables sandwiches.  Is anything safe to eat? How can you trust that what you are giving your kids is safe?  

For the last few months I have been challenging myself to go back to the pioneer way of cooking; something which I think has been lost but is making a come back with my generation. I want to know what is in my food, and I want to be able to pronounce it! I’m talking flour, sugar, water, salt, milk, eggs. And why shouldn’t I make my own food? It really is just as easy as pouring the pre-measured ingredients from a box. When you think about it. . it seems a bit silly to spend so much money just to have someone else measure and package the ingredients for you.
During my quest to be a pioneer cookin’ mama, I found a recipe for oven baked chocolate donuts. They are completely made from scratch and oven baked instead of fried (so they are better for you in terms of donuts).  Best of all, the recipe is super easy and tastes better than the fried, store bought version and is ready to devour in only about 15-20 minutes!
So if you too are looking to go back to the pioneer way of cooking food then you will want to bookmark this recipe because in my family its a really special treat.  Plus, it is so simple to swap out ingredients and customize it to the way you like. Instead of chocolate you could easily use cinnamon, pumpkin spice or fruits.

Oven Baked Double Chocolate Donuts
adapted from my friend at Shugary Sweets

Donut Ingredients:

  • 2 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp milk
  • 2 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  •  
    Frosting Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp corn syrup
  • 1 oz bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 oz semi sweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Directions:
    1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees
    2. In a large bowl mix together your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt). 
    3. In a separate bowl whisk together your wet ingredients (milk, eggs, vanilla, butter).
    4. Once both bowls are mixed, combine your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients and stir.
    5. Continue to stir until your batter is well combined, your batter will be thick.
    6. Spray donut pan with cooking spray.
    7. Fill each hole 3/4 of the way full.
    8. Bake 10 minutes then allow to cool.
    9. While your donuts are cooling, mix together your frosting wet ingredients in a small saucepan over medium low heat (milk, butter, vanilla, corn syrup).
    10. When the butter is completely melted turn the heat to low and add your chocolate.
    11. Stir until chocolate is melted and remove from heat completely.
    12. Stir in your powdered sugar until combined.
    13. Dip your donuts into the frosting and add sprinkles (optional).

    That’s it! They are yummy slightly warm right away (if your like me and you cant wait) or the next morning for breakfast.  If you have any amazing pioneer cooking recipes we’d love to hear them and you might just be featured on our blog! Send them to me at raisingdickandjane@yahoo.com.
    Enjoy! <3 Dick and Jane