Doughnuts or Donuts? Either way, I’m good with either spelling because I LOVE doughnuts! They are such a huge weakness for me! These blueberry acai orange doughnuts are no joke as it was super hard not to keep eating them!
Blueberry and Acai are another favorite of mine and putting all these together makes one pretty terrific baked doughnut!
Blueberry and Acai
What is not to like about a doughnut? Not much in my book but I tend to lean more to the yeast version but I still enjoy a good cake doughnut too. How about you? And of course, there is the beloved jelly filled which is also up there in the favorite department. I just love how the powdered sugar explodes all over my face!
However, this recipe might stir some second thoughts for two reasons:
- They are the cake version
- They are baked.
Blueberry and acai go so well together, I love this combo in smoothies and especially in acai bowls, which seem to be incredibly popular now. These flavors pair amazing together and I usually eat acai bowls 2-3 times a week for lunch.
I decided to give this flavor combination a whirl in this doughnut recipe and additionally adding a touch of orange to round out the flavor profile. I have to say, its a huge winner and it really works.
The secret to this tender and moist baked doughnut is cake flour. It has a lower protein content and gives it a light and cake-like texture which is fabulous, almost like eating a piece of cake. You won’t miss that they are not fried.
Along with frozen blueberries, which are always in my freezer for smoothies, I add acai puree and orange zest along with orange extract to really compliment these two blues.
I buy my acai frozen at Trader Joes but have seen it popping up in many grocery stores.
The doughnuts are baked in doughnut pans you can purchase in many stores. They pop right out and a breeze to use.
Once baked and cooled I dip them in a traditional powdered sugar icing. Yep just like the one you use for cinnamon rolls.
Then I take it one more notch and add a vanilla drizzle to give it that authentic doughnut like look. Just like you would see at your favorite doughnut shop up on the rack waiting for you to devour!
Once you take a bite of these beauties, you mouth will thank you as it will be a flavor explosion unlike no other. You get the fruity taste of the blueberries and acai and then comes the orange and it just brightens up the whole party going on right inside your mouth.
Try making a batch of these and then:
- Grab your coffee or cold glass of milk, newspaper, and doughnut (maybe two…)
- Sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
- Savor every bite and flavor, enjoy the moment!
- Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!
Now that is the way to start the day!Print
Blueberry Acai Orange Baked Doughnuts
Wonderful moist and easy doughnut loaded with flavor and topped with a vanilla drizzle that will have you making doughnuts at home a tradition.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 24 doughnuts 1x
- Category: Breads
- Cuisine: American
- 5 TBS butter (unsalted)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp orange extract
- 1 TBS orange zest (about a medium orange)
- 2 cup flour
- 1 cup cake flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup blueberries (frozen)
- 1/2 cup acai puree (partially frozen)
- 2 cup powdered sugar
- 1–2 TBS milk
- 1 cup vanilla candy melts or almond bark
- Grease two doughnut pans well with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine the dry ingredients together in a bowl and set aside.
- Grab the blueberries and acai from the freezer and let them sit out at room temperature as you prepare the batter.
- In a mixer, cream the butter with the sugar till creamy and smooth.
- Add the orange extract and zest and mix well.
- Add the eggs and yolk and mix till creamy.
- Add half of the flour and mix on low till combined, then add the buttermilk. Add the remaining flour and mix till creamy and smooth.
- On low speed, add the blueberries and acai and mix till they are combined and start to turn the batter blue.
- Place the batter into a piping bag and snip off the end to make placing in the doughnut pans easier.
- Pipe the batter into the pans about 3/4 full.
- Bake 15-18 minutes till done.
- Allow to cool a few minutes then pop them out of the pan and cool on a wire rack.
- In a bowl, combine the powdered sugar and milk and mix it fully combined. You don’t want the drizzle too thin so add small amounts of milk to a good consistency.
Dip the doughnuts face down into the glaze and place back on the wire rack or parchment paper to dry.
- In a piping bag, add the candy melts or chopped almond bark. Place rubber band around the opening of the piping bag or a clip to seal. Do not snip the opening at the tip.
- Microwave at 30 second intervals till fully melted. Use your fingers to mash any lumps that might be in the bag and mix till its all melted and creamy.
Snip off a small end of the piping bag and drizzle over the doughnuts. Allow the drizzle and icing to dry. You can place the in the refrigerator to speed this up.
This recipe was adapted from “Duff Bakes”