Baked Coconut Doughnuts

Baked Coconut Doughnuts | Kitchen Confidante

I pulled my car to the curb and my little brood of carpoolers started in a flurry. Seatbelts unbuckled, backpacks gathered, my children leaned over my shoulder to deposit their kisses. “Bye Mommy! I love you!” The door opened and I felt the blast of cold morning air. “Mahalo kita!!” my daughter turned to call out one last time.

I chuckled. Then gently corrected her, “Mahal kita!” “Mahalo is Hawaiian,” her friend A chimed in. My daughter’s face scrunched for a minute, clearly puzzled. Then she brightened. The lightbulb went off. “Ohh!!!” She laughed. “Mahal kita!” “I love you too, honey.”

And then she turned and ran into the school.

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I don’t have too many regrets, but there is one. When my daughter came into the world, I had every intent to pass along as much of my parents’ native tongue to her. I would raise her bilingually, something that I did not enjoy until I was about 9 years old myself. My parents spoke Tagalog to one another and English to me, for somewhere along the way, they had been convinced by one of their friends that children would get “confused” if you speak to them in two languages.

Rubbish.

I understood them perfectly. But when it came to speaking, it took some effort. My aunts took me under their wing when I was nearly a decade old. One summer, my household became full-immersion Tagalog class. The rule was: if I was speaking to my parents or aunts, it had to be in Tagalog. It forced me to verbalize all the things I could say in the Filipino language in my head, but it would come out extremely accented in my American tongue, to the amusement of my family. But I pressed on.

Eventually I was pretty good. I held my own when I visited the Philippines. And I promised myself I would give my children the gift of this language. Early on it was fine. I would try to say everything twice, Tagalog and English. And then, somewhere along the way, I forgot.

My children have been asking me repeatedly for their favorite Filipino dishes (mostly desserts) – champorado and sapin sapin are the most requested. But my daughter has been keenly motivated to learn the language. She is enraptured with our dual language children’s books, and she has started a large roll of paper, writing all the words she has learned with their meaning. I opened the door to the car yesterday morning to hear her chanting, “Isa! Dalawa! Tatlo! Apat! Lima! …this is hard Mommy, it’s like learning to count again!”

She is determined to learn, and I am determined to help her.

There is no doubt, my daughter is like my husband – daddy’s girl through and through. Confident. Boisterous. Determined. But when it comes to her tastebuds, she is mine. Mangoes. Coconut. Lychees. These Baked Coconut Doughnuts are for her.

Have you ever made baked doughnuts? I finally got my hands on a doughnut pan and these were the first doughnuts I made. Baked Coconut Doughnuts are like the best parts of a coconut cake in a doughnut, without the fussy frosting. There are bite of coconut throughout: from the little morsels of coconut inside, to the glaze and shredded coconut topping on top. I hope you find them as delightful as my family did!

If you live in a multi-lingual household, I would love to hear from you. What are your tips for teaching children a second language?

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Baked Coconut Doughnuts

Yield: 1 dozen doughnuts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

For the longest time, I have wanted to add a doughnut pan to my arsenal. When I finally got one, I learned something - I need two! That way I can enjoy baked doughnuts faster! If you love coconut cake, these doughnuts are for you.

Ingredients:

For the Doughnuts
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup light coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

For the Glaze/Topping
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice
2-3 tablespoons light coconut milk
2 cups sweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter until it is creamy. Add the sugar and continue beating until fluffy. Add the egg and beat until it is fully incorporated.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in the shredded coconut. In a measuring cup, stir in the vanilla and almond extracts into the coconut milk. Add the flour mixture in increments to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk. Beat until just combined.

Fill the doughnut pan about 2/3 full. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Gently remove the doughnuts from the pan.

Make the glaze by stirring together the powdered sugar, lime juice, and coconut milk until smooth. Dip the doughnuts in the glaze and let the excess drip off, then dip it into the coconut to coat. Let it cool on a wire rack...or enjoy immediately.

You will need a doughnut pan. If you don't have two pans, this batter will bake in two batches.

Adapted from Best Baked Doughnuts Ever, Food.com.

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by Liren Baker on February 27, 2013

24 Responses to “Baked Coconut Doughnuts”

  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — February 27, 2013 @ 9:23 am (#
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    What a sweet post! Your daughter sounds like a gem :). These doughnuts look delicious, now i need to pull out my pan and bake a batch!

    • Liren replied: — March 1st, 2013 @ 10:37 am

      Thank you, Laura :) I think I’m hooked onto this baked doughnut thing – so glad I finally have a doughnut pan!

  2. Malou | Skip to Malou — February 27, 2013 @ 11:16 am (#
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    I don’t know why Filipino-American families don’t pass the language to their children as much as other immigrants do. I heard many families say the same thing “kids gets confused”. I guess there’s something more than that. My nieces and nephews who live in Manila don’t speak Tagalog as well. They speak English at home and in school and so with their friends. Why is that? I remember too, when I was raining my kids in the Philippines, I talked to them in English. But now that we live here, I didn’t realize that my son and daughter don’t speak the language anymore too. And I regret it. Sorry I think I got carried away. I wish I had your doughnuts to munch while we discuss this interesting language topic haha. Yep I do love coconuts and so with my kids… and I think that’s going to stay that way for the years to come :)
    malou

    • Liren replied: — March 1st, 2013 @ 10:41 am

      It really is so interesting, isn’t it Malou? Growing up, friends who grew up in Spanish-speaking households had families that fully embraced both languages, with fluency in each. But among my Filipino friends, many could not utter a single word. My mother’s side of the family was very keen on teaching the newer generation Tagalog, so it is with them that I can still practice – it was very important to everyone when we had family gathering to speak in Tagalog. My father’s side was quite different! Funny enough, I speak English to my dad, but Tagalog to my aunts when I call them now. I hope my daughter’s interest continues!

  3. Gina — February 27, 2013 @ 11:50 am (#
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    That’s great you are teaching them. I wished my grand parents had taught us, it’s so hard to learn as an adult. I bet the kids ate these up. I want one of those dognut pans, but I’m afraid of what I might do with it. Lol. Hope you are having a good week. It feels like I’ve been working on my taxes for a million years, rrr. I think I really need a dougnut.
    -Gina-

    • Liren replied: — March 1st, 2013 @ 10:42 am

      Kids are like sponges so I hope they learn as much as possible now, it really is harder to learn languages when you’re older! Hope your taxes are done, I think I made these doughnuts sometime right after we finished ours ;) Have a great weekend!

  4. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — February 27, 2013 @ 11:50 am (#
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    Needless to say, your daughter is a gem! And don’t be too hard on yourself — interfaith marriages does come with a few more challenges. But I’m sure your kids would be able to learn more as they grow up :)

    ps: Mine is an interfaith marriage too. So I can definitely foresee some hardwork in the future, if and when we have our bundle of joy!

    • Liren replied: — March 1st, 2013 @ 10:43 am

      There are definite challenges when it comes to multi-faith and bi-racial families, but I feel blessed also, for how my kids have a wealth of family history and heritage. The key will be preserving it! I am sure you will be fine when you have your bundle of joy, Kiran!

  5. Carol | a cup of mascarpone — February 27, 2013 @ 3:32 pm (#
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    I was drawn here for the beautiful donuts…and found a lovely post and daughter! Thank you for sharing!

    • Liren replied: — March 1st, 2013 @ 10:44 am

      Carol, that is so sweet, thank you! I’m so glad to have found your lovely site, too – I just love how food can teach us so much about one another!

  6. Valerie — February 27, 2013 @ 5:29 pm (#
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    I grew up in a bilingual household too- unfortunately, my parents stopped speaking French a few years after we moved to the U.S…something she still regrets. I think what you’re doing is wonderful! Please keep the languages alive. :)

    As far as these doughnuts are concerned, I’m smitten! Coconut is one of my favourite baking ingredients (and I have an ongoing affair with doughnuts).

    • Liren replied: — March 1st, 2013 @ 10:47 am

      When I saw your doughnuts, I smiled because I have been internally obsessed! It’s been a while since I fried doughnuts, and your post has convinced me it is time to pull out the fryer again.

      Even if your parents stopped speaking French, I still think it is wonderful to be blessed with the bilingual experience! I’m sure you could still hold your own! Thank you for the encouragement to keep it up (I so easily forget!).

  7. Belinda @zomppa — February 27, 2013 @ 6:35 pm (#
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    I think it’s absolutely fantastic that you are raising a bilingual household – they will come to appreciate it TONS when they are older – and how lucky to have gotten your taste buds!

    • Liren replied: — March 1st, 2013 @ 10:49 am

      Thanks, Belinda! I’m trying! I realize in the process that I have gotten quite rusty, so it’s good for me, too :)

  8. Anjo Angela Lim — February 28, 2013 @ 3:49 am (#
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    Hi Liren! These donuts look absolutely scrumptious. Well done! And I completely understand about the bilingual thing…coming from a family that spoke Malay, English, Mandarin and Cantonese, plus learning French as a SL in Canada…lots of chaos in the house! But #madprops for continuing to push upon them the importance of learning Tagalog. Not many households are so inclined these days, “not enough time” or “too busy with other important errands” or “the kids rather play sports and hang out with friends.” Something like that. So don’t beat yourself up I think you are amazing :) Great donuts, too!

    • Liren replied: — March 1st, 2013 @ 10:51 am

      Hi Anjo! How fabulous to have grown up in such a language rich home! Absolutely fantastic — I wish I had time to learn more, actually, but I know I need to focus on the ones I do know now. This experience has been great in helping me brush up on my Tagalog, too!

  9. dixya @ food, pleasure, and health — February 28, 2013 @ 2:54 pm (#
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    well, i think its all about practice in your household- its definitely challenging for little ones in the beginning but the earlier you expose them to dual language, the better they are at soaking it because their brain is like a sponge. On a different note, I am in love with these donuts- i have big thing for coconut, i dig anything with coconut :)

    • Liren replied: — March 1st, 2013 @ 10:52 am

      You said it, Dixya, practice is the key! A day can go by and I realize I’ve forgotten to keep it up, but we’re hanging in there :) So glad you like the doughnuts, we are crazy about coconuts here, too :)

  10. Irene — March 1, 2013 @ 5:18 am (#
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    I’ve also just recently bought my doughnut pan and searching high and low for some creative ideas. These sound perfect and the coconut milk in the batter must make it super fragrant and moist! I’ll try these out soon :)

    • Liren replied: — March 1st, 2013 @ 10:53 am

      You’re going to have so much fun with the doughnut pan, irene! I really need to buy more, heh heh! I hope you enjoy the doughnuts!

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  13. Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — May 5, 2013 @ 4:30 pm (#
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    I finally got around to making these, and I posted them today. They were fun and delicious! I agree with you about having two donut pans — I knew I would need more than one!

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