Key Lime Donuts

Key lime DonutsSo hubby has informed me that he officially does not like homemade donuts. The kids were appalled! They absolutely love when I make them. So I made a batch not just for our family to eat, but to take to the dessert night piano recital, where I knew there would be plenty more options for the hubs. I got raves. Good to know, that he is alone in his opinions! I am loving my donut pan I received this Christmas, this time around I made some large and some small, in my donut maker. It was fun. I topped some with coconut, some with sprinkles, and left a few with just icing. Homemade donuts are just a perfect little treat!

Recipe slightly adapted from Pillsbury

  • 1 box Key Lime Cake Mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • 1 tsp. dried lime peel – Or 1 Tbsp. fresh
  • Dippers, coconut, sprinkles, whatever you have on hand
  • cooking spray

1. Spray either donut pan, or donut maker with cooking spray.

2. Place cake mix in large mixing bowl with eggs, milk and butter and beat on medium speed until just combined. Fill donut pan (or Maker) 2/3 full.

3. If using donut pan bake for 10 minutes at 425 degrees. If using mini donut maker cook until light tells you they are done. Remove and let cool.

4. Beat together frosting and lime peel. Place in microwave for about 12 seconds. Dip tops of donuts in icing, then in your chosen topper. If frosting hardens place in microwave again.

5. Eat and enjoy!

Orange Donuts

IMG_9519After years and years of putting a donut pan on my Christmas list, this year was the year I finally received one. Why I didn’t just go buy one for myself I couldn’t tell you. What goes with a donut pan, a new donut cookbook of course. So I jumped at the chance to check out 150 Best Donut Recipes. Obviously with 150 you are getting a wide variety of recipes. For now I will be sticking to the baked section so I can get good use out of my pan. Fried donuts, donut bites even holiday donuts are other sections included in the cookbook. We started out with these delicious orange donuts with an amazing orange glaze. Many more donuts coming your way, we had fun with the making and eating! – Makes 12 Donuts

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. oil- I used vegetable
  • 1 Tbsp. Orange zest
  • 1 tsp. each vanilla and orange extract
  • Glaze:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. corn syrup
  • 1 Tsp. grated orange zest
  • 2 Tbsp. Orange juice concentrate
  • 2 Tbsp. Hot Water

1. In mixing bowl combine first 4 ingredients.

2. In separate bowl whisk together eggs, milk, oil, zest and extracts. Fold into dry ingredients until just combined.

3. Scoop batter into plastic bag that you can snip of a corner. (Icing bag, or freezer bag)

4. Grease your donut pan well with cooking spray. Pipe in donut batter, filling about 2/3 full. Bake for 12 minutes at 325 degrees.

5. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove to cool completely.

6. Mix together glaze ingredients and immediately dip in tops of donuts.

7. Eat and enjoy!

Spiced Cake Donuts

IMG_8517School is back in session. After our long winter break, today is the day to gather our books, dust them off and start once again learning. Homeschooling has certainly has its ups and downs this year so we are looking forward to a brand new start. Christmas stuff is all nicely put away in storage, house has been cleaned for a nice start back. One of the Christmas gifts I did receive this year is a Donut Pan. This recipe was right on the back so of course we had to try it out, immediately. Now I can make big donuts to go along with the mini’s.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable shortening, I was out so substituted vegetable oil
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. hot water

1. Grease donut pan with cooking spray.

2. Combine first 6 dry ingredients in medium-sized mixing bowl. Combine next 4 wet ingredients in separate small bowl. Stir wet into dry and stir until just combined. Scoop into donut pan. (Makes 12 donuts).

3. Bake for 10 minutes at 325 degrees. Remove donuts from pan and let cool.

4. Stir together glaze ingredients and dip tops of donuts in glaze.

5. Eat and enjoy!

Baked Long Johns

Long JohnsBrrr…It’s cold outside. This means long hours spent by the fire and baking. I┬áhave been thinking it is time to start the Christmas baking and start stock piling that freezer, however it hasn’t quite happened. Although I was looking at lots of cookie recipes this week, I ended up making Donuts. Muffiny Donuts. I got to use my little loaf pans which don’t get to see much use in the kitchen, so that was a bonus!

Recipe from taste of home Home Style Cooking

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsps. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Glaze:
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 1/2 tsp. milk

1. Combine first 5 ingredients in mixing bowl. In separate small bowl whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter and vanilla. Slowly add this mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.

2. Grease 8 4 1/2 inch x 2 1/2 inch loaf pans. Scoop batter evenly among cups. Bake for 20 minutes at 325 degrees. Remove from pan and cool completely.

3. Make glaze by melting together the chocolate and butter. Stir in milk. Dip tops of long john’s in glaze mixture. Let cool until chocolate has set.

4. Eat and enjoy!