January 30, 2013

EAT: valentine's day strawberry baked donuts




Every time Valentine's Day rolls around I'm scratching my head over what I should get the hubs.  V-day is such a girl's "holiday(?)" - isn't it?  I mean, it's not like you can pick up a pretty bouquet of flowers or other cheesy token of affection to prove your love. =)

This year, I decided to go with a sure bet - DONUTS.  Men heart donuts!  Well, so do women (or at least we do).  You can't lose.  And to take its Valentine's Day street cred up, I found a yummy recipe for strawberry donuts (after all, pink/red = vday, duh!).  Recipe from Mary Quite Contrary and is an easy bake version - I used a heart donut tray ($10 at Michael's)




Ingredients:

Donuts:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 10 medium to large strawberries, pureed with 2 tsp seedless strawberry jam
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
Glaze:
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cups cold milk

Directions:

For the donuts, preheat oven to 425 degrees and grease your 6-donut pan with baking spray.  Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together.  Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add in milk, egg, butter, and maple syrup. Stir until well combined.  Stir in strawberry mixture, starting with 1/2 of it and adding more only if needed (batter should be wet, but not runny).  Put dough into a pastry bag or plastic bag and snip approx 1-inch off end.  Pipe batter into each well, reserving extra batter.  Bake for 7-9 minutes until donuts spring back when touched.  Let cool five minutes and turn onto a cooling rack to cool completely.  Repeat until you've used up your batter

To make the glaze, stir all ingredients together until smooth
After the donuts have cooled, dip them into the icing and lay them on top of the cooling rack

Lastly, don't forget to package these bad boys in some fancy love wrapping.  Here's a couple of ideas to box them up.









Sweets for your Sweet!


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