Baking donuts brings fun into quarantine Julia kasabian

Donuts are a favorite American treat. As quarantine has gone on, people have been searching for fun things to do to keep busy. Making donuts is a perfect way to pass the time during quarantine. Making donuts is often mistaken as a difficult task because they are usually fried; however, this baked donut recipe allows for easier, faster cooking and a delicious treat for the whole family.

To begin, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a donut pan with butter and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together one cup of all-purpose flour, 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, one teaspoon of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

In a small bowl, whisk together two tablespoons of melted unsalted butter, one egg, one teaspoon of vanilla extract and 1/3 cup plus one and 1/2 tablespoons of milk.

Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk together until the batter is smooth.

Spoon the batter into the greased donut pan. Each cavity in the pan should be filled about 3/4 of the way.

Place the donut tray in the oven. Bake the donuts for 9 to 11 minutes or until firm.

While the donuts are cooking, make the glaze by combining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, one to two tablespoons of milk, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.

Although optional, I recommend adding food coloring to the glaze in order to make your donuts have a fun pop of color. If you choose not to, then the glaze is complete.

Once the donuts are done cooking, remove them from the tray and place them on a wire rack to cool slightly. Then, dip the donuts into the glaze as needed and add sprinkles if you so choose.

Finally, the donuts are all done and ready to eat! An easy, tasty donut recipe that everyone can enjoy during quarantine.