Strawberry Buttermilk Mini Donuts
Adapted from Saveur
Makes about 48 mini donuts
Freeze dried strawberries have a dry texture and concentrated flavor. You can easily crush them with your hands, or in a bag with a mallet. You can find the freeze dried berries at many stores, I always seem to easily find them at Target and Trader Joe’s.
1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries, crushed, plus more for topping
1 1/4 cup cake flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup flavorless oil (like canola or grape seed)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon buttermilk
1 tablespoon strawberry jam
1/2 to 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
Preheat oven to 350˚F. Lightly spray a mini donut pan with cooking spray.
In a mixing bow combine the crushed, freeze dried strawberries, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. In a large measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together the oil, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla, to combine. Pour the oil/buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and fold to combine completely.
Using a spoon or a piping bag, fill each mini donut cup about 1/2 way with batter. Bake in the center of the oven for about 9 minutes. Allow to cool a few minutes before turning out to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter.
In a small bowl whisk together the milk, jam, and the 1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar. Add more sugar to get desired consistency. Glaze cooled donuts and sprinkle with additional crushed, freeze dried strawberries. [/recipe]