“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
~AA Milne, when we were very young
NOTE: I am away at the moment helping my mother with her treatment for lung cancer. I have set up a few posts to post whilst I am away as a special surprise. Some are new and some are reposts of old favourites that you may have forgotten, or if you are a new reader may not even have seen. I'll be back at the end of May, but in the meantime . . . Enjoy!
PS - I will only have sporadic internet use, so if you ask a question and I don't get back to you . . . it's not that I don't want to. It just may take me a while.
Saturday, 29 October 2011
There's one thing that I really miss over here . . . cake donuts. You know the kind I mean . . . all cakey, not a speck of yeast in sight, totally scrummy with the flavours of buttermilk and nutmeg. I can remember my Great Aunt Orabel standing at her wood range cooking donuts and how wonderful they tasted when they were done.
She would drop them . . . hot . . . into a brown paper bag and shake them together with cinnamon sugar, until they were well coated. Oh my but they were some good.
I have made muffins before that come very close to the flavour of these little gems . . . Jam Doughnut Muffins . . . if you were to close your eyes and take a bite you might be tempted to think you were eating a cake donut. Those ones are stogged full of jam though, which makes them quite, quite scrummy.
Today I wanted a cake donut . . . not jam filled, not yeast raised . . . a delicious cakey donut, tasting of butter and nutmeg . . . and sweetly glazed, not rolled in cinnamon sugar . . . but glazed . . . a sticky finger glaze coating the top, just like a buttermilk cake donut in a donut shop . . . except the recipe I found didn't call for buttermilk.
Meh! C'est la vie. I baked and enjoyed. So did Todd.
These are quite scrummy indeed, and yes . . . they do taste like donuts! And they're not fried, which can't be bad!
*Glazed Donut Muffins*
Tastes just like a cake type of donut, except it's not fried. Yummily glazed.
2 ounces butter, softened (1/4 cup)
60ml of vegetable oil (approximately 1/4 cup)
100g of caster sugar (1/2 cup)
60g soft light brown sugar (1/3 cup, packed)
2 large free range eggs
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
232g plain flour (1 2/3 cup)
250ml of milk (1 cup)
For the Glaze:
140g icing sugar, sifted (1 cup)
3/5 tsp vanilla
2 TBS hot water
Preheat the oven to 220*C/425*F/ gas mark 7. Butter a 12 cup muffin tin or line with paper liners. Set aside.
Beat the butter, oil, white and brown sugars, and both eggs together in a bowl until light and fluffy. Sift together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Add to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk, until all are mixed. Don't overmix. Spoon into the prepared baking cups, dividing the batter equally amongst them.
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes until well risen and lightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to stand for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
Whisk together the glaze ingredients until you get a smooth drizzle. Spoon this drizzle over the warm muffins. Allow to set before serving. Store in an airtight container.
Over in The Cottage today, Grammy Woodworth's Molasses Cookies. (Delicious!)