Red Lentil Baked Doughnuts (Cinnamon Sugar and Chocolate Dipped)
Whenever there is a fresh blanket of snow outside, I always find myself reaching for comfort food. Lately it’s been casseroles, homemade soup, fresh baked rolls, warm mugs of apple spiced tea and all the baked goodies imaginable. The freezer as of late has become pretty bare because we’ve somehow managed to eat through all the carrot ginger soup and leftover turkey stew I made and promptly froze at the end of December. Luckily with all this soup and stew we’ve been eating, my new bread maker has been getting plenty of use. I’ve become a master of the “dough” setting and turning out fresh rolls like nobody’s business. Hopefully later on in the year I’ll be able to face my fear of making fresh bread on a regular basis and we can stop buying up all the spongy commercial bread at the grocery store across the street (possible goal for 2015?).
Speaking of goals, another one I have for this year is to try and get more use out of some of my single purpose kitchen items. When we were moving in August and I was packing up the kitchen odds and ends, I came across my mini doughnut pan shoved in the corner of a dusty cupboard. I lovingly wiped it clean, gave it a kiss before packing it away and vowed that I would make use of this pan before the year was out.
Now that 2014 is gone, I’m finally, finally making good on that promise and I’m proud to be entering this recipe for Red Lentil Baked Doughnuts in this year’s Canadian Lentil Recipe Revelations Challenge. If you are a long-time reader of SBH, you may recall that I entered this same contest in 2012 with my recipe for Peanut Butter Banana & Red Lentil Muffins. Those muffins are still on regular rotation in our kitchen, but the way Trevor’s co-worker’s inhaled these doughnuts, I’m sure this new recipe is not that far behind.
When I was little, my favourite doughnuts were plain with either a dusting of cinnamon sugar or dipped in chocolate glaze. To keep this recipe simple, I stuck with these childhood classics. However, if vanilla bean glaze or confetti sprinkles are your thing, then go nuts! In my past doughnut recipes, I’ve also used caramel, chopped walnuts and even a simple dusting of powdered sugar. Please consider this to be the blank canvas for all your wildest doughnut creations.
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Red Lentil Baked Doughnuts
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp melted butter/margarine
- 1/2 cup pureed red lentils
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Melted butter and cinnamon/sugar mixture
- Melted chocolate
- Preheat your oven to 350*F and lightly coat your mini doughnuts pan with non-stick spray.
- In a small bowl, carefully measure and whisk together all-purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
- In a smaller bowl, beat the egg. In a large bowl, stir together melted butter/margarine, pureed red lentils, sugar, beaten egg, almond milk and vanilla. Add flour mixture to the wet mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined.
- Fill a small plastic sandwich baggie with batter and cut off a small piece of the corner. Gently pipe the batter into the mini doughnut pan, filling the wells about halfway full. Any more and you will risk an overflow during the baking process.
- Bake for 4-6 minutes until the doughnuts spring back when lightly touched. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Gently shake the doughnuts out of the pan and transfer the warm doughnuts to a wired rack to cool completely. If the doughnuts stick to the pan, you may need to gently pry them out with a butter knife. Repeat this process until there is no more batter left.
- For cinnamon-sugar doughnuts, mix together cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl. In a microwave safe container, melt the butter/margarine on high for about 10-15 seconds. Lightly dip the tops of each doughnut in the melted butter and toss in the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
- For chocolate-dipped doughnuts, melt chocolate at very low heat in a pan over the stove or in a double-boiler. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes (not harden). Gently dip the tops of each doughnut in the melted chocolate.