If you ask anyone in the Peace Region where to get the best donuts most people would say Crooked Creek General Store. There is just something about the simplicity of eating a vanilla glazed donut fresh out of the fryer early on a Saturday morning. However Crooked Creek is kinda in the middle of nowhere off highway 43 in between Grande Prairie and Valleyview. Seriously if you blinked you'd miss it and road trips just for donuts aren't for everyone. But after a visit to the general store a few weekends ago I promised my six year old we would make donuts one morning. And today was that morning.... as he whispered from my bedside at 7:30am, "Hey mom wouldn't donuts be so yummy for breakfast this morning?"
Baked Vanilla Bean Donuts
1 Cup Flour
1/4 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 Large Egg
1/4 Cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1/4 Cup Milk
1/4 Cup Butter, Softened
1 Tsp. Vanilla Bean Paste
Vanilla Bean Glaze:
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Tbsp. Milk
1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Bean Paste
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. and spray a donut pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Combine the first four dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon) into a bowl until well blended and then set aside.
In another bowl whisk together the remaining wet ingredients until smooth and creamy. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix just until everything is full incorporated.
Spoon or pipe the dough into the prepared donut pan, dividing evenly among the sections.
I put my dough into a gallon ziplock, sealed it, cut the end off and used that to pipe into my pan.
Place the pan into the oven and bake for 13-15 minutes, or until the donuts are cooked through.
The donuts will not turn golden brown, but should 'spring back' to the touch when done.
In the mean time, whisk the ingredients for the glaze together in a small bowl and set aside.
Once done, remove the donuts from the oven and allow to cool.
Dip the donuts face-down into the glaze and then let the glaze set. Maybe 5 minutes or so.