Friday, September 9, 2016

Mini Bunny Vanilla Bean Doughnuts 小兔子雲呢拿甜甜圈

Looking for after school snack recipes that are cute and easy?  You’re going to love today’s recipe and video tutorial!  Check out these Mini Bunny Vanilla Bean Doughnuts (小兔子雲呢拿甜甜圈)!  They are packed with cuteness and awesome vanilla bean aromas.

How to Make Mini Bunny Vanilla Bean Doughnuts 小兔子雲呢拿甜甜圈

Instead of the traditional deep-fried method, these mini doughnuts are baked in a mini doughnut pan (I’ll list the tools at the end of this post for your reference).  Therefore, they are a little bit healthier and easier to prepare.  You don’t have to deal with kneading a yeasty dough nor deep frying in a big pot of hot oil.  Phew…. 

How to Make Mini Bunny Vanilla Bean Doughnuts 小兔子雲呢拿甜甜圈

Since these doughnuts are baked rather than fried, the texture is more comparable to cakes or cupcakes, which is quite different than a traditional doughnut.  Nevertheless, these doughnuts are still light and fluffy.  Thanks to the vanilla bean paste that is added to the batter, you can definitely taste the vanilla bean flavor.  I love that these doughnuts are in mini sizes too.  Not only they are cuter that way, they are perfect for portion control too!  

How to Make Mini Bunny Vanilla Bean Doughnuts 小兔子雲呢拿甜甜圈

As you can see from my video tutorial above, these bunny doughnuts are quite easy to prepare  Because there’s no machine nor mixer needed.  Plus, it’s super fun to decorate them into bunnies as well.  Just a quick dip in the icing, then draw out the facial expressions that fits your mood. 

How to Make Mini Bunny Vanilla Bean Doughnuts 小兔子雲呢拿甜甜圈

These Mini Bunny Doughnuts were a big hit at home!  My kids loved them so much and they requested to have them as breakfast the next day.  What are your kid’s favorite after school snacks?  Tell me in the comment below.  I would love to hear from you.

Tools and ingredients used:
Nonstick Mini Donut Pan (Click here for more information)
Cooling Racks (Click here for more information)
Vanilla Bean Paste (Click here for more information)
Kerrygold Butter (Click here for more information)
Measuring Cup (Click here for more information)

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Mini Bunny Vanilla Bean Doughnuts 小兔子雲呢拿甜甜圈
Makes: 16 mini doughnuts

Ingredients for the Doughnuts:
1 cup cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
6 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 large egg, room temperature

Ingredients for the Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Ingredients for decorating the bunny:
1 ounce melted dark chocolate
Beet Root Natural food coloring (recipe here)
24 whole almonds

To Prepare the Doughnut:
Preheat oven to 350F. Slightly grease a mini doughnut pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large measuring cup, whisk together the buttermilk, butter, sugar, vanilla bean paste, and the egg. Add the buttermilk mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Transfer batter into a piping bag with a small round tip.

Pipe batter into doughnut pan 3/4 full and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool completely before icing.

To prepare the Icing:
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk powdered sugar and milk until smooth.  Transfer a small amount of icing to a small bowl and add a few drop of beet root food coloring (recipe here) to create pink icing.

To Assemble:Cut 2 small slits on top of the doughnuts around the ears area. Dip the pointy side of the almond into the icing, then insert onto the doughnuts as bunny ears, pointy side down. Let the icing around the almonds slightly firm up.

Then, Dip the whole doughnut into the icing. Transfer to a wiring rack that is placed on top of a baking sheet to catch the excess icing. When icing is dried, use a toothpick to draw the bunny eyes with melted chocolate, and draw the cheek and ears with the pink icing. Enjoy!
How to Make Mini Bunny Vanilla Bean Doughnuts 小兔子雲呢拿甜甜圈