Cute W likes to make delicious breakfasts: waffles, pancakes, French toast. . . usually while I’m still sleeping. So at some point we got him his very own mini donut maker, and I reported on our first experimental attempts at making mini donuts.
On Monday morning I woke up to find that our kitchen had turned into a
Cute W had two new recipes to try. First, the Chocolate Donuts with Ganache and Salty Pistachios from Vanilla Sugar Blog.
These were tasty. I thought that the donuts themselves were a little bit dense and mild, but the topping was a revelation.
Of course, before getting to the topping, an obsessive-compulsive M had to meticulously poke out the donut holes with a wooden skewer. The press leaves a little teensy layer of donutness in the center. I have no problem with this. It’s like a petite bowl for a delicous topping. Nope. M was having none of it.
Meanwhile, J was melting chocolate chips for the chocolate ganache. Last time we’d used Nutella for the tops of our mini-donuts. If you are familiar with this fine product, you will understand the ganache’s goodness when you hear that the four of us unanimously pronounced it superior to Nutella. And if you’ve taken note that after eating out repeatedly, I fell victim to an excited family eager to foist delicious homemade donuts, chocolate sauce, and Nutella on me, you’ll understand why in spite of working out 6 out of the last 7 days, I don’t look nearly as fabulous as I should. Life is unjust. But also delicious.
But, oh, the salty pistachios nestled on gooey chocolate. . . .
But the true revelation was Cute W’s other recipe, the Blueberry Lemon Glazed Donuts from Country Cleaver. This was supposed to be baked, but my clever husband adapted it. You take some yummy homemade blueberry jam
And swirl it with lovely donut batter.
Actually, if you want truly gorgeous you have to follow the link back to the Country Cleaver. Incidentally, with these donuts, we liked them better without the glaze. The glaze was fine, really, but it sort of felt like gilding the lily.
And for all of the donuts, they were much better fresh, still decent later in the day, but completely resistable one day later. Which is a good thing, because I can’t possibly work out much more that I have been.