So, I made Baked Vanilla Donuts a week or so ago. And I told you guys I had another donut recipe coming soon – and so here it is! I worked with my friends USA Pan on this one to bring you this amazing fall inspired Maple Pecan Baked Donut recipe! This recipe is perfect for a lazy fall weekend as you can easily make them on a Saturday or Sunday morning. The recipe only takes about 15 minutes to make, and with baking and cooling time, you’re looking at fresh donuts in an hour! So doable for Sunday brunch and these will truly impress.
And, let me tell you guys right now – while some baked donuts taste like a baked donut – this recipe is full of flavor and the donuts get browned ever so perfectly in the USA Pan Donut Pans, that if you gave this to someone you could pass it off as a real fried donut. I was blown away after testing these, as I am very particular with my donuts!
Tips for Making the Best Maple Pecan Baked Donuts
• Make sure you have USA Pan Donut Pans, it is ideal that you have 2 pans as this recipe makes 12 donuts, and each pan holds 6 donuts. However, if you only have 1 pan, the batter is fine if it sits while the first 6 bake and then cool, remove, and bake again in the same pan.
• If you only have plain Greek yogurt, or even just plain yogurt, that will also work. I just prefer the little added flavor the vanilla gives these donuts, so if you can get it, that is best!
• It is truly necessary to have a good organic canola oil cooking spray. It helps so much when removing the donuts so they just pop right out for perfect donuts each time.
• Make sure to allow the donuts to cool completely before removing them from the pans. They will be fragile, so be patient. If you want to speed up the process, a trick is to pop your pans in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes and that helps when removing things from pans that are fragile.
Why use organic ingredients in my Maple Pecan Baked Donuts? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients.
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for these amazing Maple Pecan Baked Donuts! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here.
Maple Pecan Baked Donuts
Makes 12 donuts
255 grams (2 cups) organic all purpose flour
170 grams (3/4 cup) organic cane sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon organic nutmeg
1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
1 organic large egg
1 cup organic heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup organic Greek vanilla yogurt
6 tablespoons organic salted butter, melted
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
Organic canola oil cooking spray
284 grams (2 cups) organic powdered sugar, sifted
3 tablespoons organic maple syrup
3 tablespoons organic milk
64 grams (1/2 cup) organic pecans, chopped
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, cane sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and sea salt and mix for 3 to 4 rotations to combine the dry ingredients.
Add the egg, heavy whipping cream, yogurt, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined into a thick batter. Transfer the batter to a piping bag.
Spray the donut pans with canola oil cooking spray. Pipe the batter into the pans, or if you don’t want to pipe, you can also just spoon it into the pans too!
Bake for 10 to 14 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in the pans.
To make the glaze: In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar, maple syrup, and milk and whisk until you have a smooth glaze.
Using a butter knife of spatula spread glaze on top of each donut and top with chopped pecans.
Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
High Altitude — Bake at 400°F for 8 to 12 minutes, or until a wooden pick comes out clean.