Hey there, fabulous foodies! Guess what?
Today, we’re diving headfirst into the world of irresistible donuts – but not just any donuts. Golden rings of pure bliss infused with the warm, comforting embrace of banana bread.
Yes, you heard that right!
We’re whipping up Cinnamon Sugar Banana Bread Donuts, and trust me, this recipe is a game-changer.
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What are Cinnamon Sugar Banana Bread Donuts:
So, what’s the deal with these heavenly creations?
Well, imagine the sweet nostalgia of your grandma’s banana bread, kissed by a crunchy, cinnamon-sugar coating, and transformed into adorable donut form.
That’s what we’ve got on the menu today – a fusion of two beloved classics that’ll have your taste buds dancing the tango.
Why You’ll Love this Recipe
Now, why should you get all excited about these donuts?
Let me tell you, making these at home is not just a kitchen adventure; it’s a revelation. You see, like you, I used to be a bit intimidated by frying donuts. I mean, who wants to deal with gallons of sizzling oil?
But it turns out, it’s easier than you’d think. Plus, the results are off-the-charts amazing – tender banana bread goodness on the inside, and a crispy, sugary hug on the outside.
So, if you’ve ever dreamt of creating your own fried donuts, this is your moment to shine.
- Butter: It’s the base for that creamy, dreamy texture.
- Sugar: The sweetener that ties everything together.
- Eggs: The binding agents that make our donuts tender.
- Banana: The superstar with its natural sweetness and banana-bread essence.
- Buttermilk and Milk: For a hint of tanginess and moisture.
- Flour: The canvas of our donut masterpiece.
- Baking Powder and Baking Soda: These leavening agents make our donuts rise to the occasion.
- Salt: To balance all that sweetness.
- Nutmeg: A dash of nutmeg adds that cozy warmth.
- Cinnamon: The hero that gives our donuts their signature flavor.
Substitutions & Additions
Feeling a bit adventurous? Here are some swaps and add-ins you can experiment with:
- Nuts: Crushed walnuts or pecans for a delightful crunch.
- Chocolate Chips: Because chocolate and banana are a match made in heaven.
- Glaze: Drizzle with a simple glaze for an extra layer of sweetness.
How to Make this Recipe
Now, let’s get to the fun part – making these delectable donuts. Imagine you’re in your cozy kitchen, surrounded by the warm aroma of baking.
In a mixing bowl, cream together room-temperature butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until they’re like a fluffy cloud of sweetness. Now, add eggs and vanilla, beating with all the enthusiasm of a dance party. Toss in those ripe bananas, buttermilk, and milk – they’re here to take your donuts to flavor town.
Next, it’s the dry ingredients’ turn. Flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon join the party. Mix them all up until your dough is just begging to be formed into a ball. Pop that dough in the fridge for a nap – about 1-2 hours.
While your dough chills, whip up the cinnamon sugar topping by mixing sugar and cinnamon in a shallow bowl. This duo is going to make your donuts dance with flavor.
Now, the magic happens. Heat up some vegetable oil in a trusty skillet or pot to about 350°F. It’s donut-frying time! Roll out that dough, cut out adorable donut shapes, and let them swim in the hot oil for 2-3 minutes per side. Pro tip: chopsticks are your secret weapon for flipping perfection.
Lay those golden beauties on a paper towel to soak up any excess oil. While they’re still warm and slightly oily (the best time!), give them a dip in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Trust me; this is where the real party starts!
Cooking Tips & Tricks
For donut nirvana:
- Use a candy thermometer to keep that oil at the perfect temp.
- Don’t rush the resting step; it’s the secret to tender donuts.
- Make ’em your own with the suggested substitutions and additions above.
Now, for the best part – serving! These Cinnamon Sugar Banana Bread Donuts are the perfect morning companions for your coffee or tea.
Or, why not surprise your guests at brunch with this irresistible treat?
If, by some miracle, you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. But trust me, they won’t last long!
Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose? Sure thing! Whole wheat flour will give your donuts a nuttier, heartier flavor.
What’s the best oil for frying? Vegetable oil is our go-to, but canola or peanut oil works too.
Can I make these ahead for a crowd? Absolutely! Make them a day ahead, but hold off on the cinnamon sugar coating until serving time.
More Inspired Recipes
And there you have it, my fellow food adventurers – Cinnamon Sugar Banana Bread Donuts that are sure to steal your heart.
It’s a recipe that combines the best of banana bread and donuts, with a touch of cinnamon sugar magic.
So, go ahead, whip up a batch, and make your mornings a little sweeter. Happy donut-making! 🍩✨
Cinnamon Sugar Banana Bread Donuts
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup banana (~1 medium banana)
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup milk
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1-2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, or using electric beaters, cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy.
- Add eggs and vanilla, beating in between each addition. Mix in bananas, buttermilk, and milk.
- Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon and mix until just combined, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until begins to form dough ball. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rest in refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
- Meanwhile, make cinnamon sugar mixture by combining sugar and cinnamon in shallow bowl.
- After resting, heat about 3-4 cups vegetable oil over medium heat in cast iron skillet or stockpot until oil is about 350° F. Use a candy thermometer as you will need to keep your oil at this temp for even frying of the donuts.
- Turn out dough onto floured surface and roll out until about 1 1/2 inches thick. Cut out donut shapes with either a donut cutter or large glass and shot glass (for center holes). Gather scraps and roll out again, continuing until all scraps are used up.
- Fry donuts in oil for about 2-3 minutes per side. I have found that the easiest way to flip them is to use some chopsticks.
- Remove donuts onto paper towel lined plate. While the donuts are still warm and slightly oily, dip each side in the cinnamon sugar mixture to coat evenly.
- If you end up waiting until the donut are cool to coat them in cinnamon sugar, then just melt a cup of butter and dip donuts in butter before coating with cinnamon sugar.
- Serve immediately while still warm.