D is for Donuts

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A trip to the donut store is just about the best thing for the giggly girls. But guess what food allergies do to this kind of a treat?  Yep – nix it for just about, well, ever. We do go some but those trips are few and far between. You know what, though? I grew up without donut stores. Yes, there was a Dunkin’ Donuts in Albuquerque and we probably went there every once in a long while when we were visiting grandparents but I don’t remember it.

What I do remember – making donuts with mom. Of course, that recipe included leftover mashed potatoes. One of our food allergies. So, I started a hunt. I found a few recipes that were for frying donuts. But that meant greasy tastes and donuts that weren’t very good the next day, or even a few hours later.

On with the hunt for a recipe that could be rolled out, cut out like biscuits, and baked in the oven. The only ones of those that I found were not ones that could be rolled and cut; they required the special pans that only cook a few donuts at a time, cost like $40, and took 35 minutes baking time. On with the hunt.

Finally! Found this at Kohl’s. On sale. For $20. And, I had a $10 rewards coupon. Bingo!!!

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It is perfect. It bakes 6 donuts in 4 minutes. A whole batch in under 30 minutes. Easy-peasy!

I use a recipe found in Family Circle for cake donuts. Of course, I still make changes – buttermilk is almond milk with a tablespoon of vinegar in it; 1 egg is 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder and 2 tablespoons of applesauce; butter is almond milk. But it is a fantastic recipe.

If you want a change of pace, we use the same recipe and just leave out the cocoa powder and add extra vanilla. Another change we do: add ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves – about 1/2 tsp of each – for a spice donut.

So now, we enjoy a much better, much cheaper donut for breakfast every other week or so. Just like these that we made for L’s 8th birthday. This is two of the giggly girls and a friend in the kitchen making breakfast after the sleep over.

D girls working

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What are some of the breakfast treats that you make? I’d love to know because I am always looking for new ideas for breakfast. At Home.


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12 thoughts on “D is for Donuts

  1. LeeAnn Longbotham May 20, 2014 at 9:11 pm Reply

    We made LOTS of donuts when you were growing up. And yes, we did go to Dunkin’ Donuts when we went to Albuquerque. And when you were in high school, Daylight Donuts moved into Ruidoso, but it was still 20 miles, so we didn’t go there often.

    I LOVE those potato donuts!

    • 3gigglygirlsathome May 20, 2014 at 9:42 pm Reply

      I love those potato donuts, too! I had forgotten about Daylight Donuts – they had THE BEST CINNAMON ROLLS! How could I have forgotten them?

  2. agilitynut May 21, 2014 at 7:28 am Reply

    ah! that’s a neat way to make donuts! 🙂

    Just stopping by from the alphabet blogging. Neat to see to words others have come up with.

    Annette @ A Net in time (http://anetintimeschooling.weebly.com/a-net-in-time-blog.html).

    • 3gigglygirlsathome May 27, 2014 at 8:27 pm Reply

      There are lots of neat kitchen gadgets out there. This one just happens to be useful for us. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. […] On with the hunt for a recipe that could be rolled out, cut out like biscuits, and baked in the oven. . . read more. […]

  4. marcyky May 26, 2014 at 11:22 am Reply

    I’m gonna need to go find this tool now. Or maybe just some donuts!

    Thanks for linking up with #abcblogging! We’ve featured this post as one of our favorites from last week!


    • 3gigglygirlsathome May 26, 2014 at 6:37 pm Reply

      We do love to have some good donuts and this definitely makes them easier to make. Thank you so much for featuring this post on your #abcblogging series.

  5. Lisa May 27, 2014 at 4:57 pm Reply

    As soon as my kids saw this post, they were telling me that I just HAVE to make them. 🙂 Thanks for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday.” Hope you can join us again this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2014/05/try-new-recipe-tuesday-may-27.html

    • 3gigglygirlsathome May 27, 2014 at 8:26 pm Reply

      You’re welcome. Thanks for hosting that link-up. I’ll join as often as possible.

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