Sunday, May 4, 2008

Little. Yellow. Different.

If someone asks me what I want for Christmas or my Birthday or other gift giving occasion, I always try to be pretty specific in my response. I used to try and go the modest route, insisting I didn't need anything or would enjoy anything. Both of which are generally true. But eventually, in my wise old age, I've discovered that the chances of receiving something awesome increase dramatically if I actually ask for what I want. Which is how I ended up with a mini-donut pan for Christmas; it is undeniable in it's awesomeness.

Since December I've been perfecting my mini-donut skills with several test batches. Tweaking little things here and there, taste testing for quality control though the whole ordeal. Practice makes perfect, right?
naked donuts
I think this batch was a great success. Here's the naked donuts, removed from the baking pan, cooling on a rack.

chocolate donuts
Once the donuts are all baked up, out of the oven, and cooled, I go to town with the chocolate glaze.

donuts with nuts
Some with nuts too!

zebra donuts
And just to be sassy, some get zebra stripes.

inside donut
These little guys have the texture of a nice cake donut, very reminiscent of the hostess mini donuts that come 6 to a cellophane pack. Except without all the chemical crap.

This recipe was inspired by and modified from the one on VeganYumYum.

Plain Cake Donuts!
Makes 2 dozen.

Sift together:
1 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
little pinch of nutmeg

Mix in a measuring cup:
2/3 cup soymilk or almond milk
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
5 Tbs canola oil
3 Tbs soy yogurt (or egg replacer of choice)
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix wet with dry to form a thick batter/smooth dough. Spoon into ungreased mini-donut pan. Bake 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool, frost, eat!

My pan has only 12 spaces, so I wipe it out after the first round before baking the rest.

If you don't have a mini donut pan, you can make a pretty decent "donut holes" in a mini muffin pan.


Celine said...

there should be a word that describes these bites of utter perfection better than "bites of utter perfection". yum!

quarrygirl said...

wow, those zebra donuts look excellent. i haven't had a donut in YEARS, since becoming vegan, so i think i may have to try out your recipe.

Bee Roach said...

I am in love with your blog!! You have some of my favorite recipes- pesto, calzones, donuts! I'm so glad I found you :) These donuts look amazing. It is my birthday this weekend and I am definitely asking for donut pans.

Michelle said...

thanks guys!

julie hasson said...

Your donuts are beautiful! I have that pan and keep forgetting to use it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

bazu said...

I'm loving discovering your blog!