Disagree with me if you like, but I think we all need more doughnuts in our lives.
While I love cupcakes, I never fully understood the craze and am ever-so-happy to see that people are now giving doughnuts the respect and reverent attention they deserve.
I am a doughnut fiend.
I will do (almost) anything for a good doughnut including forcing loved ones to traipse through a frozen New York City (on foot) in the early morning of a bitterly cold winter day in my quest to end up at the Doughnut Plant (I actually did that).
Yeah sure they were cold but they weren’t complaining when they were finally stuffing doughnuts in their mouths!
All of this is to say that I feel it’s important that I do my share to spread the gospel of the doughnut.
Case-in-point, I would like to tell you about the deliciously adorable book by Hannah Miles Doughnuts: Delicious Recipes for Finger-Licking Treats.
I think the first thing I loved about this sweet little book is that it’s little. This of course means I can tuck it into my pursue or bag and carry it around me with so that while I’m stuck on the subway (you know you feel my pain people of Toronto) or while I’m waiting for an appointment, I can happily pull my little book out and be in doughnut-land in no time.
Some cookbooks are not conducive to being carried around as reading material and if you’re wondering if I do a lot of this the answer is yes, I do.
Don’t judge me.
But back to Hannah’s cookbook. There are all sorts of doughnut recipes to try, including both yeasted and not. There are even recipes for baked doughnuts, which surprisingly, are quite good.
There’s the prerequisite recipe for doughnuts topped with bacon (I’m not complaining) and there are a lot of really interesting twists and combinations.
If you own as many doughnut cookbooks as I do, it’s nice to see some new variations.
For example, I was pretty excited by the Fall Pumpkin Doughnuts (which were delicious – no picture, though – sorry); the Lemon Ring Doughnuts made me happy; I didn’t try the Doughnut Popcorn but I can’t stop staring at the picture; and I want the Doughnut Croquembouche in my life very soon.
Because I own doughnut pans that I have never used, I decided to test the baked doughnuts and I chose the Coconut Doughnuts as my experiment.
Coconut alone makes me happy and these doughnuts include a healthy dose of coconut rum both in the doughnut and in the glaze.
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how good these were. While I will always favour fried doughnuts, the baked doughnuts were light and tender. Plus it was really fun to play with food colouring and shredded coconut.
I hope you’ll make some time for this lovely book if you see it on the bookshelf in your local store.
If you don’t want to do it for me, do it for the doughnuts.
*Note: I don’t have a recipe to share from the book but you can find a lot of recipes for baked doughnuts including this one and this one. If you want to make a coconut version simply make a glaze and add some coconut extract or coconut rum and then sprinkle on some shredded coconut. Enjoy!