We’re almost to April, and you know what that means — warmer weather, spring produce, fresh flowers and baskets of bunny shaped chocolates! Yep, spring is in full force and I’m ready to celebrate all it has to offer. Seriously, I even worked up the gusto to ask my fiancé if we could get a pet chick the other day, and while the answer was a firm no, we did tour a house with a chicken coop last weekend so I feel like I might be making progress. Fingers crossed.
In the last week or so, my Instagram feed has been filled with vibrant photos of baskets and bushels of farm-fresh strawberries. Apparently, our ruby-hued friends have arrived a touch early this year due to warm weather in their growing climates. I’ll avoid any potentially controversial comments around climate change and instead to do a little berry-inspired happy dance, because if there is one thing I think we can all agree on, it’s that it’s the more the merrier when it comes to beautifully ripe strawberries.
To celebrate, let’s bake something, shall we?! I absolutely love strawberries for breakfast. I have memories of sitting at the breakfast table as a small child, my grandmother across from me slicing strawberries into a bowl of Special K cereal, then sprinkling a heaping spoonful of sugar over the top and passing it over to me with a wink, a signal that the little extra something on top was just between her and me. (My mother would not have approved.) So, to celebrate those strawberry-filled breakfasts of my childhood, in combination with my past and present love for sugar, I made you strawberry donuts.
These strawberry buttermilk baked donuts have a airy, fluffy texture with a slight tang, thanks to buttermilk. They’re more cake than donut (let’s be honest, most baked donuts are), but the lightly sweet, cake-like base provides the perfect palette for our star ingredient. And who’s to say we can’t have cake for breakfast, anyway?
Fresh strawberries are finely chopped and folded throughout the batter, studding the donuts with sweet little gems of fruit that, when baked, form jam-filled pockets that provide bright bursts of spring flavor in every bite.
So as not to take away from the fresh strawberries, the glaze is a simple, classic powdered sugar donut glaze, spiked with a touch of strawberry preserves to continue the flavor theme. For a pop of color and brightness, I added raspberry powder to the mix (freeze dried raspberries, pulsed in a food processor for 30 seconds), but you could achieve the same bright pink color with a touch of food dye.
And since texture is of the utmost importance, I topped my donuts with a hearty sprinkling of chopped pistachios, but these would also be delicious with pecans, hazelnuts, shredded coconut, or if you’re feeling really spunky, rainbow sprinkles. Enjoy!
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Wow these look incredible! I had no idea you could bake donuts, this has changed everything!
They’re, like, significantly less sinful this way ;)
This sounds yummy! Have you ever tried almond flour with these?
I’ve made baked donuts with almond flour without any issues! Katie would need to chime in here but I feel like it’s worth a try for sure
These are the first Donuts I ve seen in my life that are not only looking super tasty but also somewhat healthy! Ha! Wow! I d love to taste them, I m sure they are amazing!
Keep up the good work!
Winning all around for sure :)
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