Buttermilk Cardamom Doughnuts with a Blood Orange Glaze

Buttermilk Cardamon Doughnuts with a Blood Orange Glaze


We are working one of our biggest gigs of the year next week, which means, no time to cook.  We will be living in a hotel, eating bad conference food by day and bar food by night.  I took full advantage this week by cooking up a storm, and I even had time to shoot, edit and write about it.  Cannot wait to share all of these new recipes with you.

First things first;  doughnuts.  Recently I have an insane addiction to baking doughnuts.  I blame the addiction on the recent issue of Saveur Magazine which is all about doughnuts.  Have you seen it?  As well my friend Tracy has been killing me with her doughnut addiction.  I am thinking about doughnuts all the time, from batter flavors to glazes, sugar coating or sprinkles.  And the crazy thing is, they are so easy to make!!  It takes less then 30 minutes from mixing to baking, to have fluffy doughnuts on the table.

I am wildly excited about how this recipe came out.  I played around a couple weeks ago, and the result was okay.  Then I had some time to kill the other day, while I waited for the sun to settle in the perfect shooting spot.  So, I whipped up these doughnuts.  Let me just say this, there are times when I have an aha moment, and this was one of them.   They were so darn good, that I decided to shoot them, write a recipe and share it with you.

The key to making these baked doughnuts besides the baked doughnut pan, is to sift the dry ingredients. Yes, you need to do this step as it will produce a light doughnut.  I tried both ways, no sifting created a heavy doughnut.  I really wanted to use citrus to flavor this recipe, and since we are on the brink of citrus season coming to an end I decided to take full advantage of some blood oranges.  I flavored the doughnuts with the zest of a blood orange and cardamom;  the two go really well together.  I went with a simple glaze of powdered sugar and the juice from a blood orange, which made the doughnuts tangy.  You have to make them for breakfast this weekend or as a snack, even if you are only one person at home.  Indulge.  Stuff your face.  Just make them and enjoy!

Happy Weekend!

Baked doughnuts to fill your sweet tooth:

Banana Chocolate Chip Doughnuts – From the Little Yellow Kitchen

Whole Grain Baked Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts – Texanerin Baking

Baked Coconut Doughnuts – Kitchen Confidante










  1. The very first thing on my shopping list for the US is a donut pan for baked donuts. Honest. And all the fault of that issue of Saveur which is in my bathroom. Yours are gorgeous and as soon as I get back to France with my pan I’ll be back here to get the recipe. Love the flavors!

  2. Dang, these look great, Denise! And you know what a blood orange fan I am!

    Hope the Gig goes well. Miss hanging out w/you and Zee Frenssssh Chef; we’ll have to do that sometime soon once the madness dies down!

    #creamofmustard :)

  3. Now I’m going to have to buy another specialty pan to add to the collection. Must revisit YOUR recipies and re-read my Saveur edition. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. I have that issue of Saveur, but haven’t read it yet. Now I must and I have a sneaking suspicion I will have to buy a donut pan!

  5. These look lovely! Beautiful photo too.

  6. these photos are making me so desperate for donuts right now. I love the pink icing – blood orange gives you the right hue without any nasty chemicals. Mmmmmmmmm.

  7. These looks SO amazing! I love the cardamom and blood orange combo! I just got a load of blood oranges from my mom’s tree so you can bet I’ll be making these ASAP!


  1. […] I can’t remember exactly where and when I “met” Denise Woodward of Chez Us this year, but I immediately loved her! I love her pins and her blog. And then, of course, there are her recipes. So many to choose from, but I really, really love her recipe for Homemade Chilaquiles, which is one of my very favorite foods. It was tough to decide because another recipe of hers that I love is her Buttermilk Cardamom Doughnuts with Blood Orange Glaze. […]

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