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Recipe Redux: Baked ANZAC Doughnuts – by Emma Stirling APD

It’s our monthly Recipe Redux time again and the theme is better-for-you cupcakes.  Or if you’re totally over an upmarket cup, you can showcase another trend in handheld desserts.  Well I’m not over cupcakes.  No siree.  But I am interested in the rise in artisan doughnuts and so ready to ride that foodie wave, starting with my local Candied Bakery in Spotswood and their Italian custard filled gems.  I’m also inspired as we approach our ANZAC Day (one of our Remembrance days) in Australia and my thoughts are filled with tragedy and friends in Boston too.  Lest we forget.

Artisan doughnuts and Boston lovin’

How about the idea of a Maple Bacon Doughnut? Or a Chipotle Chocolate flavoured ring? You heard right.  That’s just what you’ll find at Union Square Donuts in Boston.  I can’t wait to go back to Boston some day soon and have a taste tour of this newly opened boutique bakery.  I hope my dietitian friends in the Boston area will fill me in.  That’s you lovely Kate Scarlata RD, Kara Lydon RD and Janel Funk RD (who just happened to give birth to her first baby in the midst of mayhem this week).

What. Absolute. Joy.

A shout out as well to Mr Brad Morin (Miss Ten’s fifth grade teacher) who is another Bostonian and who’s sister was caught up in the chaos on the day.

What. Absolute. Terror.

So I bring you Baked ANZAC Doughnuts.  A twist on traditional ANZAC cookies / biscuits based on coconut, golden syrup and rolled oats that were sent to soldiers during World War I to nourish and encourage from loved ones afar. And I wish I could pop them in a bag with a twig of fresh Rosemary for Remembrance and courier them to Boston right now.  Just like fretful families and friends did decades ago.  So they could feel our comfort through food.

Baked ANZAC Doughnuts

Makes 10


Dry: 1.5 cups plain flour, 0.5 cup brown sugar, 0.5 cup dessicated coconut, 1.5 teaspoons baking powder, 0.5 cup rolled oats.

Wet: 0.75 cup low fat milk, 1 egg, 120g melted butter, 1 tablespoon Golden Syrup

Glaze: icing sugar and boiling water enough to make a thin syrup.

Topping: Pan toasted desiccated coconut, rolled oats and golden syrup – just shake in a combo to your liking.


Preheat electric doughnut machine.  Combine dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl and make a well.  Whisk wet ingredients together, pour into well and combine with dry ingredients to make the batter.  Spray doughnut machine with cooking oil spray.  Carefully spoon in mixture and cook doughnuts for around 5mins.  Cool on wire rack.  Prep topping in a frypan, set aside.  Make glaze and drizzle over cooled doughnuts, quickly followed by a sprinkle of topping.  Refrigerate to set.

Oh and how did they taste? Exceptionally good. And exceptionally comforting.  Mr Surfer Dude must of needed extra comforting as he had *ahem* 2.

  • Dea Krismarietta

    It looks really yummy Emma! I love how creative you are- doughnuts! of course! i always remember my childhood- eating mum’s home-made doughnuts for after school treats! I assumed we can’t make this doughnut without the electric doughnut maker?

  • lovenutritionlivelife

    Oh Em! I just finished dinner and now I am craving doughnuts! Thanks a bunch!! Hehe, but seriously these look incredible. I have only made doughnuts once and I must say it was messy but well worth it I think. Such a great tribute and a fantastic idea with oats, gotta love em.

  • serena

    Ah ANZAC Day…very nice to rememberthat Aussie holiday…and what a sweet tribute to our Boston friends. These donuts look divine with flavors we Americans never think to combine…delicious! THIS is why its so fun to read post from friends across the world.

  • Wonderful post – this has really been a time for comfort food & remembrance, that’s for sure.

  • I have a feeling my Big Tex could take your Mr. Surfer Dude on in a doughnut eating contest! :-). These look really yummy Emma, and such a lovely post too!

  • kumquatblog

    i agree completely… i’m totally enjoying this doughnut craze. and your anzac version looks delicious. (happy anzac day, soon) and such a kind gesture of comfort in your post.

  • What a lovely post, Emma. Love your Anzac Day tie in with Boston and ultimately your recipe. I finally treated myself to a baked donut pan last month (only $5 no less) and now I’m obsessing over baked donuts (if you like coconut, you MUST try Gretchen (of Baked Coconut Donuts. Anyway, I’m pinning these beauties and will think of you and our fellow Bostonians when I bake them.

  • Gretchen – How funny that I totally gave your coconut donuts a shout out and then noticed you had commented right before me 🙂

  • kumquatblog

    ha! thanks for thinking of me… glad to rejoin the redux! xo

  • Diane

    I am with Deanna, love your tie in with Anzac Day and Boston. Lots of people looking for comfort; these ought to help! Never have used a donut machine. Interesting. Looks like a perfect way to cut back on fat.

  • Dr Barb, Nutrition Budgeteer

    I don’t have a donut maker or special pan but will now look into that. Your donuts look super!

  • Donuts are my personal favorite and beat out cupcakes every time…these look amazing and healthy to boot!

  • Ash Jones APD

    Oooooh these look delicious! Such a clever idea too.

  • EmmaStirling

    You could purchase a dougnut cake pan for the oven Dea

  • EmmaStirling

    Thanks Steph love your post too

  • EmmaStirling

    They are so good and love the oats slipping in

  • EmmaStirling

    I know Kat, it’s effected many of us even on the other side of the globe

  • EmmaStirling

    Ahh yes they do sound like kindred spirits

  • EmmaStirling

    Ooh off to check out

  • Love these! And what a fitting tribute. I also adore baked doughnuts and almost went that route this month too. I must try these. Thanks!

  • Mary Brighton

    What a personal post and tribute to Boston. Your donut looks unbelievably YUM. Always look forward to your stories and creations. Continued happy eating for you and your family.

  • Natalie Edwards

    Think I am skipping dinner and going straight to the sweets, they look devine Em!

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  • Georgia French

    Made this recipe today and they turned out great!!! We only had a mini doughnut maker, but they still worked and tasted absolutely delicious! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  • Georgia French

    Here is a photo of the finished product…

  • Heidi – Apples Under My Bed

    Heidi xo

  • Kasey Bateup

    YUM! Oh Em, these look amazing!

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