There's been a lot of talk about doughnuts around these parts lately. And while I love a good doughnut as much as the next person, I don't love the guilt that comes with scarfing one down. That's why I was excited to try King Arthur Flour's Buttermilk Doughnut Mix ($6.95). The doughnuts are baked, not fried, and each one weighs in at a reasonable 190 calories.
Each box contains two bags of doughnut mix, and each one yields six regular-sized doughnuts. Sometimes it's nice to not have to commit to a dozen doughnuts. To prepare one bag of mix, combine it with two eggs, two tablespoons of milk, and two tablespoons of melted butter.
Spooning batter into a doughnut pan is tricky business. It's hard to spread it evenly in the ring-shaped indentations with getting it all over the place. I found that using a small spoon (and my fingers) was the best method. After 10 minutes in the oven, the doughnuts emerged incredibly puffed and fluffy with bronzed bottoms and smooth, golden tops.
Working quickly while they were still hot, I dredged each doughnut in cinnamon sugar, then let them cool completely on a wire rack. Each doughnut was three inches wide, about the size of a Lender's mini bagel.
What I enjoyed most about the doughnuts was their sweet cinnamon flavor. Yes, I dusted them with cinnamon sugar, but there was also a subtle spiciness to the interior cake that added depth and warmth without being overpowering. What I liked least: they tasted a little too much like plain cake. The best doughnuts are moist and thick, and a bit heavy for their size. I also would have liked a more pronounced buttermilk flavor.
Still, for a doughnut that clocks in under 200 calories, these were pretty terrific. When I asked my husband if he thought they were missing anything he said, "coffee."
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