These Baked Powdered Sugar Doughnuts are a quick and easy classic!
I have a history with doughnuts. More specifically, I have a history with powdered sugar doughnuts. So I’ve always enjoyed waking up early…even as a kid. Don’t ask me why. It’s just in my blood, I guess. For some reason, my parents didn’t really enjoy the fact that I woke up at 5:15am on weekends. I can’t imagine why not. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that I would sneak downstairs and stare at them until they woke up. Oh, and I grew up in an old house in downtown Charleston, SC…which meant you couldn’t go up or down the wooden stairs without waking the dead. (That included waking up the ghosts who lived in the house with us…but that’s a story for another time.)
My parents were pretty wily folks, though. They weren’t going to let a 5-year old steal valuable hours of sleep. At first, my mom would leave several comics or a Hardy Boys book laying by my bed. That worked…for a while. Then it turned into leaving stacks of comic books or random toys at strategic intervals between my room and their room. That also worked…for a while. Then my mom pulled out the big guns. Doughnuts. On Friday night, she’d leave a bag of those mini-powdered sugar doughnuts sitting on the kitchen counter. I’d run right past their room, grab a doughnut (or 4) and sit down to watch Saturday morning cartoons. It was probably the best $0.89 they spent each week. (Hey, it was the early ’80s…stuff didn’t cost as much back then.)
Much to my wife’s chagrin, I really haven’t changed all that much since I was a kid. I still wake up way too early on the weekends. (For the record, I often wish I could sleep in…but once I’m awake, I can’t go back to sleep.) Now I lay in bed and play on my phone for a while. But then I get bored. When I get bored, I get fidgety. Pretty soon, my wife is going to learn the trick of leaving doughnuts on the kitchen counter. But only powdered sugar doughnuts. None of those jelly-filled things. I’d just as happily stay in bed before eating one of those.
I was rummaging around in the basement the other day, and I re-found my doughnut pan. That reminded me of powdered sugar doughnuts. So I decided to get in the kitchen and make up a batch. These bad boys were fun (and incredibly easy!) to make. I just slightly adapted my recipe for Gingerbread Doughnuts, and I was good to go. You could seriously whip up a batch of these for breakfast in no time. Or, if you’ve got little rugrats who like to wake up early, then you might want to whip up a batch of these the night before and then leave them on the counter. It worked for me!