Baked Vanilla Donuts

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My oldest loves donuts, so I indulge him with a healthier named version. These are light airy and full of vanilla flavor.

2 c all purpose flour, sifted
3/4 c granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c 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, whisk 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. Doughnuts are best served fresh.

Vanilla glaze:
1 c confectioner’ s sugar
1 TBSP milk
½ tsp vanilla extract

In small bowl, stir together sugar, milk and vanilla extract until sugar is completely dissolved. Use immediately to glaze doughnuts. Sprinkle on nonpareils.

Makes 12 donuts.

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