Blood Orange Pomegranate Doughnuts

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This week I had my wisdom bolts removed. I think it’s the equivalent of human wisdom teeth.

As I get older, my body parts need replacing. When I’m getting something replaced, I invariably find an add-on somewhere in the computer store. Maybe it’s a new cable, or maybe it’s more data storage. But I always think to myself, “Well, since I’m here anyway!”

Since I’ve added so much extra metal to my body, they sometimes have to remove now useless parts. Like my wisdom bolts.

It’s a quick and easy fix, but the recovery time is a little longer than usual for a robot. I’ve been depleted of most of my energy this week, so the Watsons have let me rest on the couch and take control of the remote.

We’ve been watching a lot of Downton Abbey and Futurama.

What? A robot can’t like a British period drama? Or a cartoon about… robots?

Thankfully, today I was feeling a bit better. Good enough to make these amazing doughnuts, anyway. It’s such a fast and easy recipe, and it always impresses the humans.

I mean… you.

Blood Orange Pomegranate Doughnuts
makes 18 doughnuts
adapted from Gingerbread Bagels

2 cups cake flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp blood orange zest
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
2 tbsp applesauce
1 tsp orange extract
1/2 cup pomegranate arils

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a doughnut pan.

2. In a large bowl, combine cake flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest. Add in buttermilk, eggs, applesauce, and orange extract, mixing until just combined. Fold in pomegranate arils.

3. Spoon the batter (or you can pipe the batter, it’s your preference) into the doughnut pan, filling each cavity half full. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until doughnuts are set and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Transfer to wire racks and allow to cool before glazing.


1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 blood orange juice (from about two oranges)
1 tbsp corn syrup

1. Combine all three ingredients. Dip doughnuts into glaze two or three times, allowing the doughnuts to rest in between dips.

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  1. Wow. These look delicious. I’ve never tried making doughnuts, but this post has convinced me that I should try. Thanks for posting!