Today I bought some delicious blueberries and started eating them while writing this. As much as I want to eat them all in one sitting, I am considering making something from them. But, I am not in the mood for pies, and I can’t bother with making the cake.
That’s why I decided to make blueberry donuts instead. I have some really simple, yet delicious recipe ideas, and I want to share them with you. But, first things first, let’s learn a bit more about donuts and blueberries!
Interesting Facts about Donuts (And Blueberries!)
1. National Donut Day
Did you know that donuts have their National day, celebrated in the US and some other countries? It’s on June 2, and it started as an event in 1938 dedicated to those who served donuts to soldiers during WW1.
2. Donut Or Doughnut?
Both spellings are correct, although doughnut is more used in the UK, while the Americans prefer shorter name. It is said that donuts (or doughnuts) got their name because women used to put the nuts in the dough before frying it.
However, the more probable version says that the donuts originally were shaped like a walnut, and that way earned their name.
3. Donut And Its Hole
Today, one can’t imagine American donuts without a distinct hole in their center. However, they didn’t always look that way. The legend says, they got their modern shape when one young sailor took them on the ship.
Since he couldn’t steer the ship and eat his donut at the same time, he skewered it through with one spoke on the ship’s wheel and ate it that way. The more realistic version. though, says that donuts got their holes because they made them easier to cook evenly.
4. The Most Priced Donut
Although donuts rarely cost more than a few dollars, the most expensive donut was sold for more than $1000! It was made by Krispy Kreme, the first donut national chain. This donut was dusted with 23-carat gold and edible diamonds.
5. The Largest Donut
On the other side, the largest donut weighed 1,7 tons, and it had a diameter of 16 feet and 16 inches in height at the center. The biggest donut stack was made to honor The Simpsons and it was shaped like a pyramid, with a height of 43.5 inches.
6. Fruit With Many Health Benefits
Blueberries are proven to have the most antioxidants among 40 different fresh fruits. They help reduce the risk of cancer, increase the insulin response, lower blood pressure, and reverse the memory loss caused by aging.
7. Blue Berries – Blueberries
Blueberries are one of the rare foods that are naturally blue. The blue color is quite rare in nature because there is no blue pigment in nature. The only way an animal or plant can appear blue is to use a red pigment called anthocyanin, which appears blue with varying acidity.
All these interesting facts made me crave blueberry donuts even more, so let’s gather the ingredients!
Making The Blueberry Donuts – Step-by-Step Donut Recipe
Another great thing about donuts is that they don’t require too many ingredients, and all these ingredients can already be found in your fridge or pantry:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoonbakingpowder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 cup milk
Now that we gathered the ingredients, let’s make these delicious donuts! By following these instructions, you will enjoy this dessert in no time!
Step1 Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Step2 Grease the donut pan with cooking oil or melted butter.
Step3 In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients first until you get a homogenous flour mixture.
Step4 In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients.
Step5 Add the wet ingredients into the bowl with dry ingredients and stir until all of the ingredients are well combined.
Step6 Gently fold the blueberries into the batter.
Step7 pour the batter into to plastic bag with its end cut off.
Step8 Squeeze the batter and use it to fill the donut pan until each cavity is approximately 3/4 full.
Step9 Slam the donut pan against the kitchen countertop to make the donut dough settle.
Step10 Bake donuts for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown.
Step11 Let the baked blueberry donuts cool in their pan for another 10 minutes before taking them out.
While you wait for donuts to cool down, you can make the glaze. Simply whisk the ingredients together and dip the top of each donut. While the glaze isn’t firm yet, you can sprinkle donuts with sprinkles, chocolate crumbs, coconut flour, cinnamon sugar, or even chopped nuts.
Also, instead of buttermilk, you can use sour cream or yogurt. Instead of pure vanilla extract, you can use almond extract.
If you want to make a glaze that will also be full of blueberries and their delicious flavor, you can try this recipe:
- 1 cup powder sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 1/2 teaspoon pureed blueberries
- Earl Grey leaves for garnishing
Combine powder sugar, blueberries, and lemon juice. If you want to achieve a thinner glaze consistency, add more lemon juice. Dip the donut tops into the glaze, and place the donuts on a wire rack to allow the excess glaze to drip off.
Garnish your donuts with Earl Grey leaves and allow them to rest for at least half an hour, or until the glaze dries completely.
A gluten-free diet is not just a fad, as more and more people are noticing many health benefits of avoiding gluten. As the gluten-free diet is becoming more popular with each day, new gluten-free recipes are created, able to replace any meal. There is a gluten-free version of blueberry donuts, so let’s take a look and see how to make them:
Ingredients for donuts:
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup gluten-free flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla
- 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk
- lemon zest from one medium-sized lemon
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup of cooking oil
As usual, start with mixing the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder) together:
Step1 Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Step2 Grease the donut pan.
Step3 In a small bowl, combine the wet ingredients and add them to the already mixed dry ingredients.
Step4 Fold the blueberries into the batter.
Step5 Using a spoon, transfer the donut batter into the donut pan, filling 1/2-3/4 of each donut pan hole.
Step6 Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Step7 Let them cool for 5-10 minutes before taking them out of the pan and placing them on the wire rack.
Step8 In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup of powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons of milk.
Step9 Dip the tops of your donuts into the glaze and place the donuts onto the wire rack until the glaze hardens.
Mistakes To Avoid When Making Blueberry Donuts
The most common mistake that many people make is not preheating their ovens. When you bake donuts in the oven that wasn’t heated enough, you risk your donuts being cooked unevenly – undercooked in some parts, while overcooked in others.
Another mistake is overfilling the donut pan. When exposed to high temperatures, the dough will rise as it bakes. If you fill the donut pan to the top, the dough will spill from the pan as it rises, and you will get oddly shaped donuts.
Although it may be tempting, avoid eating hot donuts because they will fall apart if you do so. Additionally, you risk burning your tongue and mouth if you eat douts straight from the oven.
Also, once the donuts are baked, don’t take them out of the pan immediately. Let them rest in the pan for at least 5-10 minutes. This way, they won’t fall apart when you take them out of the pan.
Don’t overmix the ingredients. Donuts are the best when made out of ingredients that were gently combined, but not mixed for too long.
Q: How to store blueberry donuts?
A: Place them in an airtight container and in the fridge. This way, they will remain fresh for up to 3 days. You can also store them in the freezer, where they will remain fresh for up to 2 months.
Q: What’s the best way to make blueberry donuts?
A: The easiest way to make blueberry donuts is to bake them in the oven, but you can also fry them in oil or in the air fryer.
Q: What’s the best way to serve blueberry donuts?
A: Most people prefer their donuts with sweet glaze icing, but you can also serve them coated in powder sugar, or sprinkled with chopped fruits and nuts. Another popular serving suggestion is to serve blueberry donuts with vanilla ice cream.