It may come as a shock to you that I am, in fact, still alive. It may be an even greater shock that I am still using my kitchen for its intended function. I promise to tell you why I’ve gone off the reservation at some point, but for now, I think we should stick to the donuts.
I had a lovely plan this morning to surprise my littles with homemade Mini Strawberry Donuts. Who wouldn’t love to wake up to that? Excellent plan until I realized that the recipe called for “dried strawberry bits”, which after further investigation, I concluded must mean freeze-dried strawberries. You guessed it. I was fresh out of freeze-dried strawberries this morning. Moving on, I decided to try Baked Buttermilk Donuts with Fresh Strawberry Glaze. Fresh out of fresh strawberries too. I also really couldn’t get past the fact that this recipe called for yeast.
Because I simply can’t plan properly when it comes to food (does anyone remember what this blog is supposed to be all about?), I decided to combine the two recipes. I used Lexi’s recipe for donuts without the dried strawberry bits and Chris’s recipe for glaze, substituting raspberries (which I thankfully had on hand) for strawberries. Oh, and I may have used Joy’s little brown butter trick in the donut batter.
This might come as a shock to you, but I also used a mini-donut maker because I have one. I bought it as somewhat of a joke for my husband one Christmas but my kids absolutely love it. In truth, it is no different than using a waffle iron. Easy. (Oh, and P.S.? I haven’t purchased a frozen waffle since last December. I’m still very much on board with this year’s waffle making adventure.)
Lexie’s donut recipe made a ridiculous number of mini-donuts, which of course I did not count because my kids were eating them so fast. These donuts are delicious without the glaze or with glaze and without sprinkles if you are into that sort of thing.
I may have frozen some for a later date. I also may have brought a plate over to the salon so that I did not eat every last donut. Don't tell my kids that I gave any of these away.
A note about the glaze. Everytime I make glaze, I think that it isn't going to come together. One and a half cups of powdered sugar to one tablespoon of milk? Are you crazy? Why yes I am. But that isn't the point. The glaze will come together. Just keep stirring.
And I should probably talk about sprinkles for a minute. I've mentioned before that I am of the go big or go home school. My sprinkle method is to dip my donut top into the glaze, then dip that baby right into the sprinkles. This seems to work well for my kids who may someday need to form a chapter of Sprinkles Anonymous.
What are you waiting for? Go make some donuts!