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Baked Cherry Vanilla Bean Doughnuts

If you find yourself with a cup of cherries, make these easy baked cherry vanilla bean doughnuts! You won’t be able to eat only one. 

Baked Cherry Vanilla Bean Doughnuts | Honey and Birch

Do you like doughnuts? Cause I sure do!

I overbought cherries (again!) so I decided to make doughnuts out of them.  There’s nothing like doughnuts to make a bad day better.

Baked Cherry Vanilla Bean Doughnuts | Honey and Birch

My bad day wasn’t serious or anything.  Just one of those days.  It started off pretty blah with a to-do list longer than anyone’s list should ever be.  Crossed off a few items and then Mr. B and I decided to try out a new recipe.

We bought a pizza stone for the grill a few weeks ago and decided it was a good day to try it out for the first time.  I concocted a weird sounding but delicious tasting-in-my-head pizza recipe – the ingredients are really not important because the pizza really sucked.  My mental palette failed me.

Baked Cherry Vanilla Bean Doughnuts | Honey and Birch

The imitation mozzarella cheese that Mr. B. bought by accident also failed me.  People, don’t buy imitation mozzarella cheese.  Seriously.  It looks normal, but doesn’t melt and has a freaky texture when you eat it.  I don’t know how he confused them.  But I can assure you neither one of us will ever buy imitation cheese again (on accident or on purpose).

On top of that, I forgot to put oil or flour (whatever is supposed to make the pizza unsticky) on the pizza stone, and we couldn’t even saw the pizza off of it.  The combination of unmelted fake cheese and pizza pieces went into a bowl and we tried to eat it.  Our neighbor politely declined our offer to try my experiment and I don’t blame him one bit.

Baked Cherry Vanilla Bean Doughnuts | Honey and Birch

I was bummed (and hungry), so I decided to make doughnuts.  Lesson of the day – any spectacular kitchen fail can be quickly cleared up by a good doughnut.

We don’t really fry things in my household (high cholesterol and blood pressure must be thwarted!), so baked doughnuts are how we do it here.  Not that baking them makes them healthy but in my head they’re slightly better for you.

Baked Cherry Vanilla Bean Doughnuts | Honey and Birch

These baked cherry vanilla bean doughnuts are really easy to make.  The cherries’ flavor definitely takes over the doughnut but a very vanilla glaze helps bring out the vanilla beans.  They’re really easy to make and all you really need is a doughnut pan – I picked up mine at HomeGoods awhile ago but I see them there all of the time.  I only have one – if you’re out and about buying one, consider buying two.  Just saying.

Before you begin mixing the dough, prep your cherries and vanilla beans.  At least that’s what works for me – I chopped up all my cherries and scraped my vanilla beans and then the whole prepping/baking process was fast.  After the finished doughnuts cool, the glaze mixes up super fast and then you’re ready to glaze and eat.

Baked Cherry Vanilla Bean Doughnuts | Honey and Birch

Baked Cherry Vanilla Bean Doughnuts

Baked Cherry Vanilla Bean Doughnuts

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

If you find yourself with a cup of cherries, make these easy baked cherry vanilla bean doughnuts! You won’t be able to eat only one.

Ingredients

Doughnuts

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 vanilla beans, cut down the middle, scrapped of seeds
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted, cut into eight pieces

Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoons milk

Instructions

Doughnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the doughnut pan with extra butter or cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Combine the milk, butter, vinegar, vanilla extract, vanilla seeds and egg in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the butter melts.
  4. Add butter mixture to flour mixture and with a wooden spoon, stir to combine. When the mixture is combined, fold in the cherries.
  5. Spoon or pipe the mixture into the prepared doughnut pan. Bake for 13-14 minutes until the finished doughnuts edges come off the pan. Remove from oven and let cool for 1 minute, then finish cooling on rack. If using the same pan again, wait 5 minutes before filling the pan a second time.

Vanilla Glaze

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl with a wire whisk. Wait 1-2 minutes for the glaze to thicken before dipping the doughnuts in the glaze.

Notes

Doughnut recipe adapted from Diethood. br]Glaze recipe adapted from [Cooking Classy.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 150mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 2g

Baked Cherry Vanilla Bean Doughnuts | Honey and Birch

I hope on your next bad day, you make these doughnuts!  They definitely make a bad day better. 🙂

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Season C

Tuesday 30th of June 2015

My neighbor gave me a gallon of fresh cherries today and there's no way we're going to eat them all! Your recipe sounds perfect, I'm going to make it tomorrow. The only thing is- can I substitute vanilla extract? I know it won't be quite the same, but we're eking out our supplies til payday, iykwim. If so, how much should I use? Thanks!

Jenny B

Tuesday 30th of June 2015

That is a good question, Season, and one I unfortunately don't have a definitive answer to. I have never subbed vanilla extract for the beans so am not sure my next suggestions will work. If I were testing it out, I would add an additional teaspoon of vanilla extract and reduce the milk by a teaspoon. You could also try omitting the vanilla beans altogether.

I will put testing these 2 suggestions on my test recipe list but probably won't be able to try it out soon enough. I hope that my suggestions work out for you!

Mandi

Wednesday 11th of February 2015

Stopping by from Wine'd Down Wednesday. These look amazing! And congrats on your feature! =)

Jenny B

Wednesday 11th of February 2015

Thanks!! :)

Jess

Tuesday 10th of February 2015

This looks absolutely sinful, great post!

Jenny B

Wednesday 11th of February 2015

Thanks Jess! Cheers!

Lisa L.

Wednesday 12th of November 2014

WoW !! Pinned. Great idea!

Jenny B

Thursday 13th of November 2014

Thanks for pinning Lisa!

Anita L

Saturday 20th of September 2014

OMG! Your photo's are so amazing that I can almost taste those donuts through my monitor! I had to pin this to try later, looks so yummy!! Thank you for sharing :)

Jenny B

Saturday 20th of September 2014

You're welcome Anita - I promise you, they are as tasty as the look!