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!!!
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.
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.