The other day I had a few minutes to kill before an appointment, and I was close to my favorite second hand store so I popped in to look around. In the housewares section, I came upon a mini donut maker unopened, in its original box and packaging. It was only $8 so I decided we needed to have it.
I brought it home and told my husband I was going to take it to Michigan so Robyn and I could play around with it and try some of the recipes. He was very worried it wouldn’t come home. I think he, too, was excited about the prospect of freshly made donuts. I assured him I would bring it back and make him some donuts too. Just talking about those little mini sweets, my mouth was watering!
So when we got here Robyn and I got it out and mixed up the most basic batter from the cookbook that came with it:
Basic Donut Recipe
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 Tablespoons vegetable oil
- Stir all the dry ingredients together.
- Add the egg, vanilla, and milk and beat one minute.
- Add oil and beat one minute more.
- Put one Tablespoon of batter in each spot on the preheated, greased donut maker.
- Cook about 2 minutes, remove and top as desired.
Batter prepared, Robyn suggested we make like a frosting bag for dispensing it. I filled a quart sized ziplock and we snipped the corner. It was the perfect tool for the job.
First we tried jams. I had homemade blueberry crabapple jelly and violet jam. Both were good but not out of this world. Next we tried honey – getting better.
Ever the problem solver, Robyn suggested we melt some butter and do that then the dry mix. Now that was the winning combination. Simply divine.
I won’t lie, we each probably ate 5+ of just those cinnamon sugar donuts.
Our final topping experiment was a glaze made of powdered sugar and milk. It wasn’t as amazing as the cinnamon sugar either so we decided that was the one to keep. I wrote it down in the cookbook so when I get home I can make that one for my husband.