You guys! Oh my goodness I have the most amazing recipe for you today…homemade donuts! This post is long overdue, and I am sorry it took me so long. But, I promise it won’t disappoint!Ingredients Doughnuts 1/2 cup Buttermilk, Warm 1/8 cup Sugar 1 and 1/8 teaspoons Instant Or Active Dry Yeast 1 whole Large Egg, Beaten 1/2 stick Unsalted Butter, melted 2 cups All-purpose Flour 1/8 teaspoon Salt Shortening – for frying the donuts Glaze 1 and a 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar 1/4 teaspoon Salt 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla 1/4 cup Cold Water Or Milk Instructions I adapted this recipe from The Pioneer Woman’s recipe that you can find here. She gives very easy to understand (and detailed) instructions for how to make these donuts. Because her recipe instructions are so fabulous, I think you should use them to make this recipe too! I included my ingredients above because I made a few changes from the original recipe. If you would like to use those ingredients for this recipe, I highly recommend it! I also halved the recipe because the recipe makes SO many donuts and even with the recipe cut in half, you get enough donuts for at least 4 people! From making these donuts a couple times, I learned a few tips I thought I would share with you. Tips: 1. To give a little variety I decided to dip half the donuts in the glaze and dip the other half of the donuts in white sugar. Both were super tasty! 2. The second time I made these donuts we decided to have some friends over and throw a little donut party. I made the dough the night before, and then the next morning before our guests arrived I rolled/cut out all the donuts and made sure they had all risen to their correct size. Then once our friends arrived, we had fun frying the dough and choosing our flavors together. 3. For the little ones: As a way to include the younger kids who came over, we made a mini dipping station where we put all the flavors in small bowls next to a plate of the donut holes. The kids had fun picking out their own flavors, and dipping the donut holes themselves!
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed, divided
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup almond milk 1 cup bran oats (this is an estimate) 1 large apple, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped Preheat the oven to 450°F. Grease and flour 18 muffin cups and set aside. Mix together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and add the granulated sugar and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add the egg and mix well; stop once to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Mix in the almond milk gently. (If you over-mix, the almond milk will cause the mixture to curdle.) Stir in the dry ingredients. Add in the bran oats to the batter, but pour slowly and just add as much as you would like in the batter. Then fold in the apple chunks. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, sprinkling the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar on top. Bake for 10 minutes, turn the heat down to 400°F, and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool the muffins for 5 minutes in the tin, then turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Good afternoon friends and happy Monday! It is raining like CRAZY here and the weather forecast says 100% chance of rain for the next few days. Looks like I will be spending my days inside with a cozy blanket and a hot beverage. My second round of coffee is brewing right now!
Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week! Time is just flying by. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to post another fun treat I found for the big dinner. As I shared before, I have been scouring the internet for fun Thanksgiving ideas (last week I posted this apple cake recipe) and I thought this simple cranberry recipe would be fun to try.
This Sparkling Sugar Cranberries recipe can be found on A Cup of Mascarpone right here. I think this would be a fabulous appetizer or a great alternative to the traditional cranberries side dish. Raw cranberries have lots of nutrients, making this a perfect (semi) healthy option. And, they look so pretty too!
Do you like trying new recipes for Thanksgiving, or would you prefer to stick with the classics?
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Ok friends I have a yummy AND healthy smoothie recipe for you today. I have always loved smoothies. In fact, when I was in high school my best friend and I made smoothies all the time and were quite sure we would open our own smoothie place one day. We had a secret ingredient that we refused to tell anyone. This smoothie is a little different than the ones we used to make but it is also healthier. Enjoy!
– 1 banana (cut into 3 pieces)
– 1/2 cup of orange juice
– Vanilla yogurt (Brown Cow is what we use and it is kind of like the secret ingredient!)
– Lots of spinach (at least a cup)
– 1 to 2 spoonfuls of rolled oats
– Carrots (Optional)
Now blend it all up in a blender and serve chilled.
I made this yummy treat from a cupcake recipe I found by Martha Stewart which you can find here. But I wanted to make them a little healthier so I cut the butter in half for both the cupcakes and the frosting. They still turned out really good so I highly recommend it! I also added blueberries on top because I LOVE blueberries and we had just picked a ton at Blueberry Meadows last weekend.