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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Valentine's Day Donuts

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When my friend Silvia is having a bad day she eats a donut. 
Today I found some great donut recipes and thought of her. 
I wanted to share some fun Valentine's Day, I mean My Birthday, donut recipes to all of you!  If anyone needs Silvia's address let me know. Or you could drop them off with me and they might get to her! Enjoy!




Baked Red Velvet Donuts
adapted from Bittersweet

makes about 1 dozen donuts

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon red food coloring

Preheat the oven to 350F.  Spray a donut pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In another bowl, mix together the sugar and egg.  Add the melted butter and melted chocolate to the egg/sugar mixture.  Add in the vanilla and buttermilk and red food coloring.

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mixing just until combined.  Fill the donut pan with the batter, filling each about 2/3rds full.  Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes.

Vanilla Glaze
from Velveteen Baker

2 tablespoons hot water
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

In small bowl, stir together all ingredients until sugar is completely dissolved. Use immediately to glaze donuts. You can either toss them in or dip just the tops. If the glaze starts to harden you can add more hot water. 





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Easy Raised Donuts
from the book Sinister Sprinkles

2 pkg fast raising yeast
2 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 egg beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
3-4 cups flour

In a bowl mix the yeast, sugar and water. Let sit for five minutes for the yeast to activate. Add the egg, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and salt and mix well. Slowly add in the flour until it's not sticky to the touch. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and cut out donut shapes and lay them on a baking sheet to raise for 30 minutes. Fry in canola oil at 360 F turing once so both sides cook evenly. Drain on a paper towel.
Since these donuts are the light and airy sort I added a strawberry glaze to mine which consisted of icing sugar, vanilla, warm water and strawberry flavor. Once the donuts cooled I dipped the tops in the the glaze and added my choice of topping. Sprinkles, coconut or even crushed up nuts would be great!

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