It all started with the construction outside my apartment. There was a mishap of sorts (men pretending they know how to use really big tools) and a pipe broke, water was everywhere… except inside my faucets. Due to their errors, they had to turn off the water supply to our building. With no water to clean up the mess, there seemed like no better time then now to bake! I’ve been making googly eyes with my mini-donut maker that I received for Christmas, and it’s a water-free recipe so I decided it was kismet. My roommate and I had a party in the kitchen fine tuning our donut pressing skills, with the dandy little machine. The donuts were wonderful warm, the texture is similar to cake (since they’re not fried, and essentially baked) but closer to a waffle in taste. We decorated them in 4 ways; cinnamon sugar, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and lemon. My favorite was the cinnamon, but the chocolate was the biggest hit. We got a little carried away with our creations, and ended up with over 60 donuts! We found a huge shoe box, lined it, packed the donuts up and brought them to climbing gym, hoping to pawn them off! We did not run into any issues there, gone within minutes, and with great reviews. I’d say these are a big hit and I’ll definitely be making them again.
Ingredients: (yields 60+ donuts)
4 cups Flour
1 1/2 cup Sugar
4 tsp Baking Powder
2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 cup Buttermilk (or 1 1/2 milk with 1 Tbs lemon juice)
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
4 Tbs Melted Butter
Cooking Oil Spray
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and beat with an electric mixer until all ingredients have been incorporated. Spray the donut press with cooking oil. Spoon about 1 tablespoon of batter into each mold, close and let cook for about 4 minutes until golden brown. Although I’m sure this recipe could be adapted to use any donut mold!
Options for decorating:
Dark Chocolate Icing
Melt dark chocolate and butter in the microwave, 20 seconds at a time.
Milk Chocolate Icing
2 tablespoons cocoa, 2 tablespoons milk, and icing sugar until frosting become thick.
A mixture of brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon. I dunked the warm donuts in melted butter, and then coated them in the cinnamon sugar mixture.
Lemon juice and icing sugar until frosting becomes thick enough to form a glaze.