Donuts… donuts and more donuts please

homemade donuts

Donuts are full of souvenirs especially when it comes to Apple cider, old-fashioned or potato ones.

Apple cider donuts are a reminder that we are moving towards the summer when every weekend we pack the car to drive 3 hours to our sailboat on Lake Champlain. Not too far from our marina, there is a fantastic bakery where they make the most delicious apple cider donuts with maple glaze.

Old-fashioned donuts are a classic everywhere. They also represent comfort food. It’s what I qualify: food for the heart that is making us happy and joyful. They were there before all of these crazy donuts flavors you can find at the Tim Horton’s. No matter what, you will always find at least one old-fashioned donut behind the counter, and you’ll be sure to always enjoy it.

Potato donuts are my childhood’s favorite. The kind of donuts made by grandma then by my mom. These donuts are the quintessence of home made baking. They take forever to prepare (even if the ingredients are simple), the recipe will make over 50 units, you have them in the freezer for a few months after Christmas and they taste like heaven! Even if we don’t make them often anymore, if I call my mom and make her the request she will be happy to plan an afternoon with me to make them.

I have recently bought a donut pan to make them in the oven and cut a little bit of the fat from frying. Here are a few links to recipes I tried and enjoy plus, a potato donut recipe (not the family one as it is hidden in a secret recipe book from my mom 🙂 )

What’s your favorite recipe when it comes to donuts?

Fried of baked?

Chocolate donuts from What’s up mom

Blueberry donuts from Weelicious

Marble frosted donuts

Potato doughnuts

Read this article about potato doughnuts from Bon Apétit

beignes-chocolat

Chocolat Donuts from What’s up mom (without glaze)

2 eggs
1/3 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup dark cocoa powder (or regular, unsweetened)
1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk

DIRECTIONS
1) Mix your eggs, milk, vegetable oil, sour cream, and vanilla in a mixer until eggs are beat.

2) Add sugar and beat. Add cocoa powder and beat.

3) Add the baking soda and salt to the flour. Then add the combo a little at a time to the rest of the batter, mixing after each addition.

4) Place a plastic bag in a tall cup and fold the top over the edge of the cup. Spoon the batter into the bag, then remove from cup and twist the top to remove the air and get the batter into the corner/tip. Snip the tip off and pipe into a greased donut pan. Only fill the donut pan 2/3 full. Use extra batter to make muffins if your donut pan only has 6 wells.

5) Put into preheated 350 degree oven for about 9 minutes (don’t overbake or your donuts will be dry!). Remove from oven to cool in pan.

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