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...
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.
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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.