Friday, November 22, 2013

Donut Delivery!


Like all domesticated grandmothers, I love to bake with the kids. I adore their enthusiasm and the way they patiently perch on stools that circle the counter, waiting their turn at the next task. Even adding a teaspoon of baking soda to the mix delights them, although sweeping a tasting finger through the dough just before it's time to pass the bowl is probably the highlight of this phase!

Over the past few years we've made drop cookies in almost every variety - raisin, oatmeal, peanut butter and chocolate chip. We've cut sugar dough shapes for every occasion, made Nick's favorite blueberry muffins whenever possible and enjoyed the bounty of warm loaves of banana bread.

Time to move on!

I bought and squirreled away a mini donut maker when Bree was just an infant, knowing this day would eventually come for both of us. I imagined she would delight in the petite size of these tasty little bites and I was correct! I also admired the fact that we could enjoy donuts without the mess and danger of a deep fryer. Right again, grandma!





And so we got to work, not only making
chubby little donuts for ourselves, but extras for
gifting to those we love....and not just on a slippery paper plate covered with plastic wrap that won't sit still either! Oh, heck no! Bree decorated and filled custom bags for her seasonal goodies. They went to Grandpa, paternal grandparents Nana and Pappy, Mommy and Daddy, and favorite neighborhood playmate, Jakey.
Bree loved stirring and tasting ingredients for the Pumpkin Donut recipe we used. Since the mini  appliance gets very hot, it was up to grandma to pipe the dough into each crevice.

Next, replace cover and wait. That's it!

It's necessary to experiment to find the correct baking time for each recipe. Because this dough is thick, two minutes is enough time for each batch to cook to perfection.






Once the donuts cooled slightly, Bree could dip them in melted butter and then a cinnamon/sugar mixture to complete.



A rubber stamp alphabet personalized each bag with names and tempera paint accented them with a perky little pumpkin - a hint of the flavor waiting inside.

The best fun was delivering them - but no, maybe not! That part might have been tasting our mini donuts, right out of their hot little oven and into Bree's cute little mitts!


If you can't find a mini donut maker locally, here's one (on page 8) at a very good price!
You'll find the recipe we used right here!

19 comments:

  1. That looked like a lot of fun, and she certainly looks satisfied with those donuts! Good one Grandma

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  2. What a sweet face she has! I love that I am going to get to watch her grow up! I really love your attention to all the little details -- the bags! Amara's Mommy has one of those and they use it a lot! A lot more than we use the mini pop tart maker!

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  3. This looks like such a fun way to bake with the kids. My two would love it. I will have to look for a pan. My husband loves the "raised" type of donuts, and I wonder if I could bake them this way...

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  4. That sounds like such fun - I might have to get a donut maker for when Ben comes to visit. I know he'd love to do that. The last thing we baked together was a three layer red velvet cake with yellow frosting (Ben's choice) - oh my it was delicious.

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  5. I am going to scream. WRONG post to read before breakfast on a Saturday morning because of course now I want a donut! ( well, maybe 2 or 3 ! ) This is the second post that I have read recently about pumpkin donuts, too. One lady made hers in the oven and assured that the recipe was wonderful, and I made a mental note to think about getting donut tins. I have never even heard of a donut maker so I'll check the link out. Bree's pictures are so darn cute I can't stand it. Just want to squeeze her! :)

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  6. Mini-doughnuts! I had no idea they had invented a mini-doughnut maker that bakes doughnuts. How fun! And, i love the alphabet block labels for each bag. They are so artistic.
    I once baked brownies with my grandson, but we didn't label them in bags for others!
    http://newgrandmas.com/740/funwithgrandchildren/travel/food/boy-brownies

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  7. I bet you do have fun baking with your grandchildren, Bree is adorable. Hi, I'm Connie at http://hotflashncraftn.blogspot.com a new GFC friend.

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  8. oh i would love to have a bag of those donuts J! especially if they were delivered to me by someone as cute as Bree! :)

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  9. Everybody needs a grandma like you! Just look at that sweet little face, you make her really happy!

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  10. Wow, great idea, your grandchildren is very beautiful. You are very creative and your blog is wonderful. Kisses from Spain.
    This is my blog: http://redecoratelg.blogspot.com.es/
    See you soon

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  11. These look amazing.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

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  12. Precious photos and a grand idea, as always. But I can't stop chuckling about your "domesticated grandmothers" phrasing. That must be in comparison to those wild ones we see running about this time of year. Too funny.

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  13. She really is the cutest little delivery girl ever! Well, almost!

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  14. Can we put in our orders? And be promised an adorable delivery gal?

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  15. Don't you just love those little faces when they concentrate doing their cooking. The gift bags are a great idea and I bet pretty Bree is going to have big smiles when she hands them out.

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  16. Those look so yummy! A donut maker is on my hypothetical Christmas wish list for sure!

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  17. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party. Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

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  18. I bet they were delicious! Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

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  19. First, I want to squeeze her little cheeks just for a moment. :-) Those donuts look delicious and I love the bags. I can only imagine how much fun you had. Now if you only made deliveries to NH. :-) But, first I'm off to check out your links to the maker and the recipe.

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