Doughnuts and strawberries are two of my all-time favorite foods. Strawberries are sweet, tart and summery, and doughnuts are decadent and deliciousand when you put the two of them together, you get a treat that’s even sweeter.
These easy baked strawberry doughnuts are made with a trusty doughnut pan in the oven, so you don’t have to worry about the lingering smell of frying oil in your kitchen for days afterward, or wait for the dough to rise since this recipe is yeast-free. We provide all the tips and tricks you need to make these sweet strawberry doughnuts, whether you eat them for breakfast or dessert.
How to Make Strawberry Doughnuts
This recipe from the Taste of Home Test Kitchen makes 12 doughnuts and takes 35 minutes total to prepare and bake.
1 cup all-purpose flour1/2 cup sugar1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon salt1 large egg, room temperature1/4 cup sour cream1/4 cup 2% milk1 tablespoon canola oil1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract1/2 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar3 tablespoons pureed strawberries1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest, optional
Step 1: Mix the dry ingredients
Preheat the oven to 350F. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Step 2: Combine the wet and dry ingredients
Combine the egg, sour cream, milk, canola oil, vanilla and strawberries. Then, stir the wet mixture into the dry ingredients until just moistened.
Step 3: Pipe the batter into the pan
Cut a small hole in the corner of a food-safe plastic bag and fill with the doughnut batter. Pipe the batter into two greased doughnut pans (each with six cavities), filling them half full.
Step 4: Bake the doughnuts
Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 12 to 15 minutes. Let the doughnuts cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Step 5: Make the strawberry glaze
In a small bowl, combine the glaze ingredients. Dip each doughnut halfway, allowing excess to drip off. Place on a wire rack and let stand until set.
Step 6: Serve!
Serve your strawberry doughnuts with a cup of hot coffee or a glass of cold milkmake it chocolate, regular or even strawberry milk if you have it!
Tips for Making Strawberry Doughnuts
How do you keep strawberry doughnuts from sticking to the pan?
Make sure you grease the doughnut panthe right way and at the right time. Just before filling with the doughnut batter, spray each cavity heavily with cooking spray. Taste of Home food stylist Josh Rink says that waiting on greasing the doughnut pan is important because if you grease the pan too early, the spray will slide down and sit at the bottom of each cavity.
You can also use shortening to grease the pan, but the color of the baked doughnuts will be different than if you had used cooking spray. Doughnuts greased with shortening will be lighter in color and have a slightly different surface texture. You’ll cover up the top with glaze anyway, but it’s something to keep in mind.
How can you make the strawberry glaze pink?
The strawberry puree in the glaze will color the glaze pink naturally. If you want a more vibrant pink, use a drop or two of red food coloring to get closer to your desired color.
You can also double dip the doughnuts so the glaze is a little more opaque.
What else can you use to top strawberry doughnuts?
We think this strawberry glaze is lovely, but rolling the warm doughnuts in cinnamon-sugar will be a delightful topping too. If you’d rather stick with the glaze route, you could skip the flavoring and use a classic doughnut glaze, or do the opposite and try a chocolate glaze, peanut butter glaze, browned butter glaze, or even a lemon glaze for a strawberry-lemonade flavor.
How do you store strawberry doughnuts?
Keep the strawberry doughnuts in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days, although they’ll be best served the same day.
Can you freeze strawberry doughnuts?
Yes, you can freeze strawberry doughnuts. However, consider storing them unglazed to prevent the texture of the glaze from changing. You can keep them in a freezer bag or an airtight container in the freezer for a few months. Glaze the doughnuts after they’ve thawed for a fresher feel and better texture.