Baked Orange Zest Donut Holes

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I can’t believe we’re already halfway through the week, it doesn’t seem like it should be Wednesday already. I hope you’re having some lovely weather this week! Aside from the storms that passed through on Sunday, it’s been awesome. So great that I went to the pool Monday afternoon and soaked up some sun for two hours! I need to get my vitamin D and that’s the best way to do it in my opinion! During our week of extreme heat I didn’t bother going to the pool because every time I went outside for more than 15 minutes I felt like was dehydrated already. So I stayed inside for that whole week and now I sound like an old person, lol. :)

Monday night we made a copycat Noodles and Co. recipe for their Penne Rosa. You use a combination of greek yogurt and spaghetti sauce for the sauce and it’s so good! Plus we used rice noodles which have a high stickiness factor so you’re not left with a soupy sauce. Fabulous! If you’d like to try the recipe, check it out on Back to Her Roots website.

Today I have a fun breakfast recipe for you: Baked Orange Zest Donut Holes! These donut holes are super cute but I must warn you they take some time to make and you’ll need a cake pop pan. But the end result is totally worth it!

1 c sugar
1/2 c unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
1 c milk
2 tsp baking powder
2 1/4 c cake flour
Orange zest

For the cinnamon sugar topping:
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/4 c sugar
1 tsp cinnamon, add more to taste
Orange zest

For the orange glaze topping:
1/2 c powdered sugar
Juice of half an orange
Orange zest

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a cake pop pan. Mix the sugar, butter, orange zest and nutmeg in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Add in the milk and mix to combine.

2. Fill the bottom of the cake pan with batter and cover with the top of the cake pop pan. Bake for 10- 12 minutes. The donut holes will be a light color, unlike cookies when they brown on the bottom, your donuts will not get dark.

3. For the cinnamon sugar topping mix all ingredients together and dip half the donuts in the mixture and roll around to fully coat them.

4. For the orange glaze topping mix all ingredients together and spoon the glaze over the other half of the donuts.

This should make about 36-48 donut holes. I paired the donuts with raspberries and the tartness of the berries toned down the sweetness of the donuts. I hope you enjoy these tasty donut holes!
Donut holes

*Note: the donut holes in this picture on the left were dusted with powdered sugar but the sugar dissolved so I created the glaze instead of only using powdered sugar.

Recipe adapted from Definitely Leopard.

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