Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Mini Donut Factory -- Sour Cream Donuts with Chocolate Ganache




For a short time in the winter of 2010, I worked at the local shopping mall at a small gift boutique. Since the job was only part-time, and I rarely worked a full 8 hour shift, I didn't get a full lunch/dinner break. However, a few hours into the shift I would be STARVING and need to use my tiny 15 minute break to rush to the nearest food vendor and stuff my face.

My options? Orange Julius, Auntie Annie's, or if the mall was especially dead I could book it to Target to get some delicious Pizza Hut breadsticks. However, just before Christmas a new option presented itself: The Mini Donut Factory. For just $3 you could get a bag of delicious, crisp on the outside soft on the inside, cinnamon-sugary deep fried perfection. My co-workers pointed out that these donuts were identical to the ones you find at county fairs, but somehow my beeline to the fried dough stand had made me overlook them all these years.


I still dream about these donuts. Sadly with my recent dietary restrictions, deep friend donuts are definitely a big risk. I realize that on my next mall trip these fears might go right out the window and I'll take the plunge and devour a bag and face the consequences, but in the meantime, I have another plan...

Naked donuts...

Recently I received an email from my Groupon account, reminding me that my $10 discount on a Groupon Goods purchase was expiring. Their usual offerings were usually of no interest to me, but I thought I'd browse just in case.

My new best friend

Oh goodness, I am glad I did! They were offering a The Original Donut Factory for only $15! With my discount, that means I only paid $5. Basically, this amazing little machine is just a waffle iron masquerading as a donut maker, but no matter. After mixing up a batter it only takes 5 minutes to have delightful, delicious little cake donuts. And because they're baked, instead of fried, you're saving a bunch of calories! AND I CAN EAT THEM!


You can tailor the recipe to suit your needs. I've come across low fat, gluten-free, sugar free, and muffin-like options and they all look fantastic. I think that if you baked them for half the time and then gave them a dip in the deep fryer they'd taste just like the mall ones. For my first whirl with this donut maker I did a batch of vanilla sour cream, a batch of chocolate, and a batch of strawberry. I then whipped up a quick chocolate ganache and dipped some of the donuts in, and even adorned some with sprinkles. They all came out delicious but my personal favorite were the vanilla, fresh out of the donut maker and still piping hot.


This delightful little machine will get much use, methinks.



I LOVE when tiny dog
helps in the kitchen

Sour Cream Donuts
(From Babycakes--a different donut maker brand)

  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

-Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. In separate bowl whisk together remaining ingredients, except glaze or topping.  Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients. Using a mixer on medium speed, blend until smooth.

-Fill each cooking reservoir with about 2 tablespoons of batter, or until each well is about half full (the donuts fluff up a LOT). Bake about 4 to 5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into donut comes out clean, and donuts are golden brown in color.

Takes some trial and error to figure out how much batter...

-Let cool, then top with desired toppings. I used a simple chocolate ganache and dipped some in sprinkles. You can also roll them in cinnamon sugar.



PS. I am hoping to interview Julie Hasson, author of 150 Best Cupcake Recipes sometime within the next week! So exciting! Until then, check out the Margarita Cupcakes I made from my review copy of the book :)

29 comments:

  1. The donut maker seems really cool! Those donuts look like they came from a bakery!

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  2. Okay obviously I need to get a donut maker. I mean seriously, this is amazing. And your dog is adorable. My sis has a yorkie. We have a westie. She's really bad. lol

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    1. I HIGHLY recommend it :) I've only used this once, and it only cost me $5, so I have nooo idea if it'll die on me in a few uses or not, but the reviews seem pretty positive. I know Babycakes is a trusted brand, though they're a little more expensive.

      And thanks! Her name is Tocha, she's technically my parents' dog but I love her to pieces!

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  3. Oh my jeez what a great use of Groupon!!! I want one now! Those little donuts look to die for

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  4. Wow these look delicious. Donut maker for a birthday present? I think so!

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  5. They look adorable! That was definitely a great purchase!

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  6. these look super yummy & picture perfect!


    xoxo from nyc & http://www.the-beautiful-things.com

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  7. Man, these look incredible! I've seen people using donut pans which I had no interest in (can't imagine they are just as good as the fried stuff which I have maybe once a year anyway). But but, seeing these babies in this waffle-like press makes me want to jump right in. Oh yeah, and that chocolate ganache. Yummm

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    1. Yeah! They really are fantastic. Nothing can really compare to the tiny deep fried wonders of county fair donuts--but these are a good compromise! Especially right out of the pan, nice and warm. And dipped in chocolate they are simply divine :)

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  8. Your photos are beautiful! I love making donuts and really need to invest in a donut making machine!

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    1. It is a fantastic investment for sure! And since they're baked instead of fried, it's a wonderful excuse to eat at least ten :)

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  9. Wow, so many beautiful donuts, they look so good.

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    1. They really are! About two inches in diameter I'd guess--I should have taken a picture where you can get a feeling for their size... next time!

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  11. Wow! Like alchemy! I've never seen a domestic donut machine here in the UK. I think I need to investigate....

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    1. Hehe! I just did a quick search on the UK Google Shopping for you, and it looks like very similar products are available for you guys across the pond. And for like 16 pounds or so. :)

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  12. wow..looks scrumptiously tasty
    new to your space
    lovely space you have
    happy following you..:)
    do stop by mine sometime
    Tasty Appetite

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  13. I have not made homemade donuts before - these look really cute and yummy!

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  14. These look so unbelievably mourish! I could eat a plate right now...

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  15. These look so adorable i was SURE you were going to say that you went to the Donut Factory and picked up a bunch of them. Seriously, cutest donuts ever! A life without donuts would be so sad so I'm SO happy you found a recipe you can eat without pain!

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    1. Hehe! Thanks! Nah, the Donut Factory will still be a treat--I'll have to work up the courage to devour a bag of those deep fried little beauties...

      And do you follow my Facebook page? My ultimate tummy-test was the picture of the meal I posted from two nights ago--a terrific homemade burger slathered in cheese and bacon, so. much. grease. I made it through with only mild discomfort, but when I had the leftovers the next day my stomach was not pleased. Trial and error, I'm learning!

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  16. Holy cow! How did I not know about this little machine???!!! These look heavenly!

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  17. Yum! I bought donut pans/tins at a thrift store a while back, but haven't used them yet-- this might be the first thing I try!

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  18. Right, I officially need a doughnut pan now!

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  19. This is an all time doughnut paradise! :) Love love love!

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