It’s officially strawberry season, and when I saw big containers on sale at Ralph’s for $.99 this week, I got way too excited and grabbed four. Then I realized that I like strawberries, but I’d rather not eat them and only them this week.
So I put two back and into my cart the other two went. I figured I could freeze some for smoothies, add some to oatmeal … you know, healthy things. But then I got distracted by the mini-donut pan at Sur la Table, and these happened instead. But they’re still totally healthy because, you know, strawberries.
I came home with a donut pan and a recipe on the back, and decided throwing strawberries into the mix was the way to go. I’m happy to report it worked. 🙂 First I cut up some lovely fresh fruit …
I followed the recipe on the back of the package exactly, except when I almost chopped my finger off. That part wasn’t in the instructions (huh).
The rest went pretty smoothly. Here’s the recipe, courtesy of Wilton Donut Pans:
— 1 1/4 C cake flour (I used pastry flour)
–1/2 C sugar
–1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
–1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (I used cinnamon)
–3/4 teaspoon salt
–1/2 C buttermilk
–1 egg, lightly beaten
–1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
Preheat oven to 425 and spray mini donut pan with cooking spray. Sift together dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients until just combined (here’s where I added a bunch of chopped strawberries. That’s as scientific as my measurements got.) Fill each donut cup halfway full, then bake for 4-6 minutes or until top of donuts spring back when you touch them. Let cool for a few minutes.
Then I topped mine with a glaze I made by combining 1 cup of powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of milk, 1/2 tablespoon of vanilla, and strawberry puree (a fancy way of saying I added the rest of the strawberries to the food processor and blended them into liquid). Top with sprinkles if there is a need to make them pretty. Actually, donuts should be pretty by law so you should probably go ahead and buy the sprinkles.
If you too spot strawberries for $.99 a carton and would prefer to make them into something sugary and yummy as opposed to just eating them, this is a great option. 🙂 They would be great for little kids … or just of us who just eat like little kids.